If your family eats as many pickles as mine does, you’ll have a supply of gallon and half gallon glass jars. They are a good size for storing treats for your pet, cookies, candy and other small items. This is an inexpensive gift that students in fifth grade and up can make.
The jars pictured here were painted with a special kind of paint made for painting on glass. There are two kinds of this paint. Both are water soluble and available at crafts stores. One brand needs to be baked at 350 degrees in a standard oven for twenty minutes to set the paint. The other brand does not need to be baked, but in my experience, the paint sticks to the glass better when it is baked anyway. Do not mix the brands together because they have different ingredients.
Both brands come in a variety of colors, but because of the cost, I bought the three main primary colors, white and black. I mix the colors I want. You will also need a top glaze if the paint calls for it (some brands are glossy, some are matte).
A little dab will do ya! One drop of paint will cover two or three square inches of area. It is best to mix the smallest amount possible. The paint dries quickly, and when it gets a skin on the top but hasn’t dried on the bottom, it will cause an uneven coat. For this reason, I usually have two or three projects going at the same time. I paint one area on one jar, and let it dry while I’m working on another one.
Draw your design on a piece of paper that is cut to fit inside the jar. Coloring books also make good patterns. Tape the design to the inside of the jar, making sure it is centered and straight. Look through the glass and paint on the outer surface of the jar. Use the pattern like a coloring book page, and fill in the areas with paint. Let the first coat dry. Using a liner brush, outline the areas in black. Let this coat dry for an entire day or longer before putting on the top glaze.
The next step is to decorate the lid. The easiest way is to spray paint it black. If the men in your family always put the lid on as tight as can be, this will be the best method. If you want to make a piggy bank, drill two holes in the lid, and then use a grinding disc and a moto tool to connect them and make a slot.
The jars pictured have fabric glued to the lid. Cut a circle of fabric that is two or three inches wider than the lid, depending on how puffy and full you want the lid to be. Use a needle and thread to sew all around the edge with a straight stitch, about ¼ inch inside the edge. If you want lace on the edge, sew it on at the same time. For the dog jar, cut two ears from felt, and sew them on opposite sides of a felt circle.
Pull on the thread to gather the edge until it is the same diameter as the lid. Tuck the raw edges in. Fill the inside of the fabric with stuffing such as fiber fill or scraps of quilt batting. Use high temperature hot glue to attach the fabric to the lid, making sure to give the joint a good amount of glue.