DIY Spring Centerpiece from Old Glass Jars

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I love to reuse items and create unique and inexpensive items to decorate our home.  Now that I have kids, I have a new found love for decorating for the holidays; every season I have a new challenge of how I can bring in seasonal decor without spending much money.

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

This spring, I used some of my old glass jars from my stash in the basement to make these cute little chalk painted jars.  I also found the BEST paint to use on glass jars that will not wash off AND gives a chalky finish.

Finally, an easy way to remove stubborn, sticky labels and residue from glass jars!

I started with some glass jars in different sizes.  You can see the labels were not cooperating, but thankfully I’ve figured out the best way to remove those stuck on labels.  It’s a little strange, but it works so well!

Finally, an easy way to remove stubborn, sticky labels and residue from glass jars! Best of all, this method uses common household products.

After the labels were removed, I ran them through the dishwasher, and then cleaned them off with rubbing alcohol.  Anytime you paint glass, a good wipe-down with rubbing alcohol right before you paint is the way to go.

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

After completely cleaning the jars, it was time to get painting!

DecoArt provided me with the paint to try out for this project.  All opinions are my own.  Just know I simply wouldn’t recommend a product I don’t love!Finally! This chalk paint can be used on glass and will not wash off with water.

This Chalky Finish for Glass paint by DecoArt is awesome.  Regular chalk paint is not permanent on glass.  It can easily be washed off, and it certainly can’t be put in the dishwasher.  Well, this paint is different!  After painting, you actually bake the glass jars in the oven (similar to other glass paints) making the finish permanent, and able to go in the dishwasher!

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I mixed a little of the Everlasting (white) with each of the colors to get a more muted color.
Finally! This chalk paint can be used on glass and will not wash off with water.

Using a regular paint brush I just painted the colors onto each of the jars.  If you’ve ever painted on glass before with most types of glass paint, you know that you often need to do multiple coats for it to cover correctly.  This paint is different.: one coat is all you need!

Finally! This chalk paint can be used on glass and will not wash off with water.

I then used Inheritance and Relic to paint on the beaks and eyes.  Once painted, they need to dry for four days (according to the directions on the back, if you want them to be dishwasher safe in the end).  After this four-day drying period, I used 220 grit sandpaper to distress the jars slightly.

Finally! This chalk paint can be used on glass and will not wash off with water.

After drying, you place them in a cool oven, set the temperature to 325 degrees, and let them bake at that temperature for 30 minutes.  After the baking time, you turn off the oven, open the door a crack, and let the jars cool in the oven.  (I was obviously working on another project at the same time as this one, hence all the painted mason jars!)

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

It’s such an easy and fun project, and one that you could easily do with kids, too!

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

Little birdies are just the beginning! You could paint bunny faces, or go a whole other route for different seasons.  Hate cute little animals?  Ditch the faces all together!

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

And just now, as I added this last picture, did I remember I wanted to wrap twine around the top of each vase!  Oops. Do you know how much cuter that would look?

What a great way to reuse old glass food jars! I suppose you could paint other animal faces on these, or just leave them as spring colors, too. Such an easy DIY spring decoration for Easter!

If you have a old glass jar stash in your basement like me, you’ll want to check out these other posts using reused glass food jars!

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