Sunday, April 2, 2023

The Upcycled Garden: Garden Art 2023 - Painted Glass Jars & Bottles

All artwork & photos by Laura Beth Love - this blog post may contain affiliate links 

It's that time of year again! Thank goodness! Let's get out our recycled items and craft supplies and think about what we can make to accentuate our gardens and outdoor spaces.

I love a garden with lots of shine and color! 

A few years ago I did a blog post about using old glassware in and around the garden. This time I'm taking it in a little bit of a different direction - by adding some simple paint designs to old glassware; jars, bottles, mason jars, that kind of thing...I hope you like them!

There are a few different types of paint that you can use for this. You can use acrylic paint, or you can use enamel paint...I gravitate towards acrylic just due to the fact that there are so many colors to choose from and nowadays the formulations are so much more outdoor-friendly than they were years ago. 

You don't have to be an artist or great painter to do this, just play!

With some simple supplies (I'll share some links to supplies below to get you started) and just a few simple strokes you can create your own beautiful, one of a kind painted glassware.

And the best part of it all? The canvases are free! Use any old glass containers that you like. I love vintage ones the best, they just have that little extra something that makes them so unique and beautiful. So gather your glassware! If you don't have any, ask friends or family members for old pieces and also be sure to check your local thrift stores - I find tons of glassware at mine. 

Before you begin you will want to first  soak off any labels. Remove any stubborn glue or adhesive residue with acetone. 

Wash your bottles thoroughly and dry. Now your canvases are ready for paint!

Follow any manufacturer's directions for your paints. Once you've finished painting, allow your designs to completely dry (I do 24 hours) and then it's a good idea to spray them with a sealer. You can use a brush-on type if you prefer that to a spray. Below are some recommendations for products I like to get you started.

You can use these painted pieces indoors or outdoors - but if you are using them outdoors be sure to seal them and I would also protect them from any harsh weather and too much direct sunlight.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to create! I'll leave you now so you can get started planning your garden and your next project - Happy spring! 

~ Laura

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