I came up with two easy projects with my jars. These are projects that you can replicate at home, or put your own twist on:
Here are my ready-to decorate jars. Look for the Ball American Heritage Collection at your local store. They are affordable and useful for many things besides canning food! What would you do with them?
Rather than run to the craft store, I looked around my house for materials I already had. I came up with these Tim Holtz numbers and some burlap ribbon. I also had some matte white spray paint and hot glue that I used to attach the ribbon and numbers to the jars.
I just wrapped a length of the burlap ribbon around the middle of the jar and glued an enamel number in the center. I filled my new "vase" with dried cotton. I think it's a nice complement to the burlap and the classic jars:
Cotton can be a tricky dried plant to work with because it has a tendency to break easily. My remedy was to simply hot glue the broken blossoms back onto the twigs. You can find cotton branches on Ebay and other sources on the web.
To make the spray painted jars, I cleaned the jars and lids first with soapy water, rinsed, and dried thoroughly. Two light coats of the matte white spray paint was adequate. Once dry, I sanded them lightly with a medium grit sanding sponge to bring out the highlights. I glued the number on the rim of the lid this time:
I like how the blue glass peeks through the worn paint areas:
I left a tin ceiling tile outside all winter and the back of it rusted quite nicely. It made a good backdrop for this shot:
Perhaps this post will inspire you to grab some classic Ball jars and create some fun vases or storage jars this weekend! You can get more ideas at the Ball Pinterest boards here.