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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How I made my Jars Blue!!

First things first!  
Kimberly Freeman
 won the necklace from A Modern Boutique!  
She was very excited!  
Congratulations to her!  
Kimberly it's on it's way!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled post!
So I'm still working on my room!!  
(Yeah remember this is a "real" DIY timeline!!)
Anywhoo, I wanted some flowers on my new blue tables
 (You can see them here.)
I knew exactly what I wanted. 
 I had this whole box of silk flowers I got for $10 way back in 2010
so I just needed something to put them in!  
OK, I knew exactly what I wanted to put them in!! 
A while ago I came across three giant canning jars at DI, when I saw they were 25 cents each I'm sure I looked like a total maniac snatching them up.   Just to give you an idea of their size here is a picture compared with a quart size jar.  These giant ones are 9 inches tall.  

 As soon as my jars were nestled in my cart I knew I wanted to tint them blue!!
I found my directions for tinting my jars at It's Over Flowing blog by Aimee Lane.  I found lost of ways to do it but this seemed the best for me.  I must say I loosely followed her recipe.  I felt it made way too much for the amount of jars I was doing.  I microwaved 1-3 tablespoon of water for 30 seconds and added a lot of gel food coloring.  Yes, that means a lot.  My first go round the jars were barely, and I mean barely blue.  So I did it again.  Add lots of color.  Next I added the color mixture to 1/4- 1/2 cup of modpodge and mixed it well.  I followed Aimee's directions from then on.  The only other issue I had was drips around the top of my big jars.  I actually ended up doing this process three times.  Twice to get a darker color and once trying to get rid up the drips.  I only had drips on my big jars, so I assume the bigger your jar the longer you should let them sit  and drain.  I did more than 5 minutes the last time and still got drips.  So I would suggest letting the blue liquid drain with the jars right side up for 20 minutes before you put them in the oven for twenty minutes.  

In the end, I must say, I'm happy with my blue glass jars!! 
 They make me happy and that's what your house and it's decor should do!!!  

OK, we always talk cost here 'cause I love pretty things but not big prices!!  
Here's the break down:
Jar 25  cents
used less than $1 worth of Modpodge
Total $1.25

Found similar jars on line for $12 and up.  
Just saying,
beauty doesn't have to cost a lot!!
I can't wait to find a place to use my other jars! 

Thanks for stopping by!!

1 comment:

OrangeBlossom said...

Beautiful!! Didn't even know you could do that.