Tuesday, November 1, 2011

diy: yarn wrapped painted jars


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This was inspired by something I came across on the internet a while ago but never pinned and now I can't find it anymore. Go figure! 

I remembered that the original glass was white and had lines all over, so I figured I would just use some yarn and warp it around my jars and spray paint them to create the effect. 

Here is what you'll need:

- Several cleaned jars. I always keep mine for projects. Soak them in water to get the tags off and use some Goo Gone for the glue residue. Make sure to clean them with soap to get all the Goo Gone off or else the paint won't stick.
- Yarn or some sort of string. If the yarn has a lot of fuzzy fibers they may stick to the jar a little but it won't be very noticeable so don't worry about it too much
- A can of white spray paint. I used Flat. You can use any color you want but with winter coming up I though white was best suited. 
- You'll also need something to cover whatever surface you'll be spraying on. Spray paint doesn't work as well when it's cold outside so it will take longer to dry. Make sure to give it some extra time before you touch the jars. 


I used some regular packaging string and some yard with texture. Wrap the string around the jar tightly and tie a knot. Now wrap the string around the rest of the jar tightly criss-crossing and overlapping until you like what you see. Then just tie the end to the leftover string where you started and cut off the ends.


Place the jars onto your covered surface upside down and spray paint them evenly with 2-3 coats. Make sure to let them dry for 5-10 minutes in between coats. Once they are fully dried just cut the string in one place and unwrap. Now you can place a tea light inside and decorate away :) 

I think it would also look cute to wrap some twine around the bases of the jars for some more texture. 


I love the different effects the skinny string and the textured yarn create. The jars that were wrapped with the thicker yarn look like they have puffy clouds floating in the sky. 
This project is also super cheap since the jars were free and I had the string and yarn on hand, all it cost me was a can of spray paint. They would also make great little gifts, just tie a ribbon and bow around 3 and you're ready to go. 


68 comments:

  1. OH WOW, these are awesome! How creative, Soph. Did you have these out for halloween? Very festive.

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  2. Love this Sophie---funny that I saw this on the strictly homemade link up :) XOXO, Kate

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  3. A great idea! They look so pretty lit up!
    -michellepaige.blogspot.com

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  4. Hey! Love the jars! Really cool and cheap! I think I may try this! :D

    -Noelle

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  5. Und man kann gleich eine ganze Partie machen, sehr praktisch!

    Lg
    Swenja

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  6. Great idea!It will look so good on the Hollydays !I will try it! erika

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  7. Very clever! I found you on Strictly Homemade. I'm going to start saving my pickle & jelly jars so I can recreate this.

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  8. Hi, these are just beautiful!! There is so much you can do with these too. i love how you have them arranged too! Thank you so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday and please come back this week and link up your newest project as well as enter my Shabby Apple Necklace Giveaway!

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  9. This is such a beautiful idea. I had heard of it before yet seen it done with different sized rubber bands (I have a horrible time keeping the thread tight). It's just an alternative but the results are the same! Thanks for posting!

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  10. DEFINITELY will be making these this Spring for our patio. So glad I've been collecting those various glass jars! Thanks for the inspiration! :D

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  11. Great idea for using on my outside table under a very large tree. Sometimes I forget to bring candles in before a rain and they look horrible after, so this is a great alternative....If it rains no big deal.

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  12. Cool Idea!Thank you for sharing! I might do this as gifts next holiday :)

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  13. It was elastic bands and frosting spray paint!

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  14. meaning thats how you get that effect! I did it myself and it had crisp lines! and it's easier then using yarn!

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  15. Just found this post on pinterest! They are so lovely and seem gorgeous! I will definitely try it! : )

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  16. Have lots of jars and didn't know what to do with them. Thanks.

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  17. its look very beautiful. good idea.

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  18. So nice, I have to do it tooo :)

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  19. They look so good and they are so simple, brilliant! will defiantly have a go

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  20. Hi Sophie:

    This is simply gorgeous. Do you mind if I pin this?

    Angela (www.peachcoglo.typepad.com)

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  21. great for a garden party this summer ... could even put some citronella candles inside to ward off the bugs in the early evening.

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  22. Great idea!!! simply the best!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. Really love the look of these. Elegant and interesting.

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  24. Made these for my family but used different sizes of rubber bands. It worked out great. Love this idea!

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  25. I highlighted this beautiful craft on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

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  26. WOW, I just made these and I love them!! They're perfect for outside in the summer!

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  27. I made mention of your project idea in my blog today. Great project!

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  28. Really great. http://amberlight-label.blogspot.de/2012/05/tischdeko-familiengeburtstag.html

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  29. You could use stickers to spell a word or a name as well. Just peel off after the paint has dried like you do the string.

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  30. Here you go: I made them for Hamptons Magazine in 2010. http://www.hamptons.com/Home-And-Garden/Hamptons-Green/10742/Hip-Cycling-Home-Dcor.html#.T7x7546Rq-8

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  31. excellent!!, to better wash your jars, put some vinager oddors gone and the glue too.
    sorry, my english isn't very good :)

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  32. Can't wait to get started! Love this idea!

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  33. Love these. First thing that came to my mind was zombies. Hmmmmmm.

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  34. Cool idea!!!...you could even wrap it a second and third time (or as many times as you like) and layer the colors :D

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  35. The one I found on pinterest used rubber bands. It is on my page if you want to check it out. Thanks Barbara

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  36. Thank you so much for sharing! I made ten of them today, and they look wonderful.

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  37. Lovely! I saw these in Mollie Makes today. I created some similar ones earlier this year for a tea party i helped to host: http://www.allthingshandmade.org/handmade-lantern-made-from-a-glass-jar/

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  38. This may be a dumb question but is it votive candles that you put in the jars or what?

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  39. The only problem with "normal" jars is: how do you get a light inside???

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  40. Came across you today from Pinterest. I have been looking for something different using glass bottles. I also think using flame less votives might be a good idea. Back to the subject; thank you for the tutorial. I'll be coming back to your blog.

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  41. Maravilhoso! obrigada,,irei fazê-lo.
    Resta-me a dúvida sobre a luz,,se possível esclarecer novamente,obg

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  42. Various sized rubberbands work great too!

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  43. I did come here from Pinterest and love this. So simple. I have it in my Ideas to do. I am a new follower. Love your blog.

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  44. Has anyone tried making these with a different color spray paint? How does the light change?

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  45. What a beautiful idea! Thanks so much for it.

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  46. Thank you for sharing this with all of us 'pinners'!

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  50. So cute, and what a creative idea. I think they look like they could be Halloween decorations which is perfect because Halloween is not too long away. For me it's always hard to find decorations that aren't really scary for my toddler girls.
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  51. I am a middle school student who needed a project for the halloween carnival. This project was perfect because it can be made for boys and girls depending on the design and colors. Thank you for this amazing project!

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