July 25, 2011

How to Make Blue Ball Jars Plus a Floral Arrangement

Spaghetti sauce. Capers. Artichokes. Clam juice.

Jars Jars Jars!

I have been collecting jars these last few months after being inspired by this Martha Stewart photo.So, I set out to turn plain jars into blue "Ball" jars.

After soaking the labels overnight in the sink, I gathered my other supplies of Elmer's glue, food coloring and a sponge brush.Using about 1 tablespoon of glue, one teaspoon of water, I then played around with the colors. I came up with three shades. From left to right: one drop of blue, three drops of blue and one drop of green and four drops of blue and one drop of green.Paint the outside of the jars. I found that I did need to add a bit more glue to make the color stick better. You don't have to be precise in painting the jars because this project is very forgiving. What worked best for me was to let the jar dry for a few minutes and then to go back and do another coat. Once dry, the jars are nice and smooth.My favorite shade turned out to be 4 drops of blue and one drop of green and my favorite jar was clearly the Barilla pasta sauce jar. After removing the label, there was all of this engraved wording that made it look like a Ball jar.Here they are.And, the final floral arrangement.I will continue to use this arrangement for the rest of the summer changing out the flowers and using some foliage from my garden.

What creative ways do you use to arrange your flowers.

116 comments:

Beauty Blogger Bri said...

I love this! Beautiful, creative, and inspiring...you did a fabulous job :)

Meyser said...

Beautiful! I clipped this right into my "things to try" folder. Thanks!!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

OH. MY. GOSH! I love this!!!! This looks so great!

michelle said...

I love this and I LOVE the colors that you made!! I think that I may have to try this, I have a ton of spaghetti jars too!! :)
xox

Tracy said...

WOW is the only word I can come up with and it is not nearly enough.

Tammy said...

Wow what a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

Omigosh! I love love love this post! Very clever. I also collect bottles and I've been dying for those amethyst color bottles but they're always too expensive. Now I know what to do. LOVE IT!

Happy SOYCM!
-Marie

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

I love them! So cute and perfect for any home.

Thank you so much for sharing it!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks so much for sharing your "recipe" for the colors! This project turned out great...I want to try some too now that I have seen yours.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Monday!

Jo said...

Carmie,this looks amazing!..and easy too,I love the way the jars turned out,perfect color and one of my favorites and the fresh flowers fantastic!
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

Ellen said...

Very cool idea.

Lisa said...

That turned out so beautiful! Now I want to try it!

visiting from www.hsdays.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

Very creative! I love the arrangement! The flowers are beautiful!

Tracie said...

Love this! Shared on my FB page at http://www.facebook.com/LifeInStages

Terri said...

Ok, you are now my Crafting Queen. This project rocks. If I can figure out how to, I am going to share it on my FB page. This is truly a great project!

Corine said...

I love them they turned out beautiful. I am one of your new followers thank you
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Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

Wow! I am impressed! These look beautiful! I hope you will share this project at my HomeMade Monday Blog Party next week at HomeSavvyAtoZ.com. I am happy to be a follower!

Monica said...

I Love this!!

Valeree said...

Gorgeous!! They came out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

These look great- I especially love the contast with the flowers! Good job!!

Natalia Lynn said...

This is a great idea! What a great idea to fancy up some regular bottles! I have got to try this!

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

I love the jars, the funny thing about is that I was just thinking last night that I wanted to find some blue jars...now I can just make my own,thanks to you!

Brynn said...

Love that you tinted these blue! It's hard to find blue jars - this will definitely be added to my To Do list! Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for leaving me a great comment! I didn't know goo gone came in a bottle until I got to the store...such a pleasant surprise! :)

Stacey@Real Southern Living said...

I so am going to try this! Your arrangement is so cute! Love the idea!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great project, Carmie! I like the third one best, too, but your inspiration has the lighter shades, too, so I think you got it dead on! :)

~Iffy~ said...

Love how they turned out! I too am collecting random jars yay now I know what to do with them! Thank you! I'm stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
& be sure to check out my giveaway too!
Thanks
~Iffy~

www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

C'est Magnifique said...

Wow, those are so beautiful and it looks so easy too! Thanks for the tutorial!

Tania

Andrea said...

Carmie, they are gorgeous!!!!!!!!I like the way you made them with glue! gotta try this too!

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!

xoxo
Andrea

Mariaelena said...

fabulous!!!...thanks for the tip....going to try this for sure....come on over and visit...Mariaelena

Mommy Makes Me said...

Oh my Goodness! I love this! Thank you, thank you. I have been wanting jars to look like that too. At the antique shows they want like $10+ for a single jar. As little as I would use them, this is a great solution. Just love it! I saw your link at Sugar Bee Crafts and are now a new follower. Hopefully you can stop by and check my projects out.

http://mommymakesme.blogspot.com/

Have a great day!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love this!!!!!! I am going to have to try it! Thanks for linking!
XO
Kristin

Queenie said...

Thank you so much for sharing how you did this...I love your jars! These look beautiful grouped together with your flowers too :)

Little Mochi said...

Oh my goodness! They are so pretty! Thank you for sharing the tutorial ~ something on my list of things to do :)

Heather said...

So Pretty and so much more affordable than buying the real deal. I featured this at Me Making Do.

GWENNY said...

I am so glad I found this post! I love the shades of blue and was thinking recently that I was going to go purchase some blue canning jars... now I can make my own just for flowers as you have here!!!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Blessings to you~

Kristin said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from {trendy treehouse}

Low Tide High Style said...

This is such a clever idea! I love the colors and your beautiful flowers!

Kat :)

Cornuecopia LLC said...

How lovely. Thanks for this post.

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

You already know I love em...just letting you know I've featured them on my blog tiarasandbowties.blogspot.com

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

I have one word for you: STICKER!

Coley said...

I love trays filled with bottles! Especially blue ones :)

www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

Amy {The Idea Room} said...

I have been wanting some blue jars for a long time! You are brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

Lyss said...

So pretty. I'm going to have to try this. Visiting from Not Just a Housewife.

Good Girl Gone Green said...

I love it. I think I will try that when I have a few free minutes....:)

sephora said...

Lovely jars!! Do paint inside or outside of the jar??

Bev said...

Great idea! I assume that we would paint the outside of the jars, right? And is it sticky/tacky even after drying?

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

great project. After I get moved I am so making some of those--connie, measuredbytheheart.com

Vic said...

i have these jars sitting in my box waiting to unpack when we move to do this kind of project! i love the blue vintage color:) really flowers around the house makes any lady happy! love love love these! thanks for sharing an easy how to! xo

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Thank so much for the great comments and questions. I painted the outside and when it is dry, it is not at all tacky but very smooth.

Jackie said...

Love it! I love my canning jars, but would never have thought of this idea. Thanks so much for linking up!

Heather said...

Wow! I would never think to do that, but they look so pretty and so like they belong in a Country House setting. I like it.


I'm a new follower from the Follow Me Friday Hop, I'd love for you to check my blog out sometime. Have a great weekend!

Heather From and Mommy Only Has 2 Hands!

MicheleV said...

this is beautiful!...I'd say you really out did Martha! It looks amazing!

abeachcottage said...

Great idea and they turned out lovely, adorable colours too. Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

For the Love of a Cottage said...

The jars turned out so beautiful!! Very clever idea that can be used so many ways!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is just the coolest idea! I'd love for you to come join in on my linky party, Vintage Inspiration Friday, when you can! xo Debra

Kristina said...

I think this is very cute! I have some jars laying around..what an inspiration for something so easy to DIY. Thanks for sharing!

xoxo
Kristina
@PearlGateway

jonio said...

This is a fantastic idea!! I have 2 old blue jars (thanks to my late grandfater) and I've always wanted more, now thanks to you and your creative idea, I can have them. Thanks so much for sharing!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very pretty! I love your end grouping as well. What a lovely centrepiece!

Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 92. :)

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Donna

Marlee said...

This looks so cool, I'll definitely have to try it! Great blog, I'm a new follower!

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Honey at 2805 said...

What a fabulous project and you have terrific results! Thanks for the instruction. In a couple of week I plan to have blue jars!

Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100.

Sachiko said...

I love love this project! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Emily @ I Love Farm Weddings said...

Lovely tutorial! I think you did a fabulous job!

I can see these being perfect for a farm wedding!

Emily
www.ilovefarmweddings.com

Katherines Corner said...

one word...Lovely!
hugs

Sandy said...

How clever you are! I love your blue jars. Just think you could also do them in other pretty pastel shades of pink, yellow, red and green...wow!

FinsFan said...

Carmie..this was fantastic ! Thanks for sharing. So glad to find your blog through FJI. Have a great afternoon :)

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

I am SO EXCITED!!!! I knew I was saving those jars for something GREAT! This is it! I love you for coming up with this, girl-friend.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carmie...

Oooh...I love that gorgeous "blue jar" vignette by Martha Stewart! And...I think your blue jar vignette turned out fabulous too!!! This craft project sure sounds easy enough...and very inexpensive too, but I was wondering how the "glue mixture" that you painted the inside of the jars with...holds up to water? Since you added water and pretty flowers?

Thank you for sharing this awesome craft with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! I really do love this idea!!!

Have a super sweet Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carmie...

Just me again! I just scrolled back up and seen that you paint the "outside" of the jars! Hehe...that answers my previous question! Guess I need to pay more attention to my reading...eeeks!

Chari

Lindsey Lea B said...

I am a jar collecting junkie! What a great idea!!

Christina said...

So so SO cute! I am obsessed with jars...and the coloring and the flowers are the perfect touch :)

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!

natalie said...

ohmyword, what a great idea!! i think i'm definitely going to start saving all the pasta jars and whatnot and start a collection of these! definitely would've come in handy yesterday when i had some beautiful flowers to bring to a dinner party and had to give up one of my blue vases!

Julie said...

Really cute idea! Pinning for later!

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

This is an amazing idea. I use turquoise glass in my bathroom. Can't wait to get started. Thanks! I love your instructions...so simple and clear.

Jen @ The Decor Scene said...

Stopping over from Serenity Now. Love your project. I really want to try this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Hope you will stop by my blog if you have the chance, to say Hi. :)

mo said...

so simple and beautiful.

Great job.

Thank you for sharing.

*hugs*

mo

Heather said...

Congratulations, this was the top viewed link at Me Making Do this past week.

making baking and creating said...

Hello, what a wonderful idea. I love it!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

These turned out so gorgeous!!! This lovely project is featured today from the Fancy This Fridays linkup! Hope you'll visit and grab a button! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/08/fancy-this-features-35.html

trumatter said...

Hey there! This is really nice! I stumbled upon your blog and absolutely love this. However, i have one question. Wont the glue wear out with time? Or with water since you are keeping flowers in it..?

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

I have to say that this is one of my favorite projects that I've seen on a blog. And it's so simple! I knew I was saving those Barilla jars for something!

Passionate for White said...

Just became one of your newest followers and I'm so looking forward to going through your archives.

Katie said...

I love these jars!!! What a great idea.

Thanks for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy last week! Hope you'll join us tomorrow and link up!

Jamie said...

Beautiful. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your jars. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my gosh that is amazing !!! Thank you for the awesome tutorial ~
Your pictures are beautiful!

xoxo
Lori

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Featuring YOU over on my blog today. Love this. Come by & grab a button. :)

Ginger

Jerri said...

Cool project! When I clicked on it, I thought the jars were already blue to begin with it. lol.

Thanks for linking up with me! I just added this to my pinterest!

Corbs having FUNN said...

This is simply a fantastic idea! i never thought you could do such a thing and to find out it is so darn easy! WOW!
Looks stunning.
Have a Kraafty day!

Buffie said...

What a great idea! I LOVE glass and jars. Thanks for sharing your idea.
I'm your newest follower.

Buffie
http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

This is SO AWESOME! Thank you sooo much for this. The blue Ball jars are so hard to find sometimes. I have some, but this is great. Thanks!

Funky Time Art said...

MMMMM MMMM love these!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

One word for you: STICKER!

I just want to let you know that I'll be featuring your great idea today on my blog...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Betty's corner of the world said...

Thank you soo much for sharing ..I can't wait to make a bunch of blue jars for my next garden party.
I love your blog!
Hugz ...Betty

andrea said...

Stunning! They even have the aged frosted texture. Looks amazing as a group. Your newest follower, Andrea @ townandprairie

Susanna said...

I have been collecting jars so I can do this project. I have the perfect windowsill for some pretty jars. Tip: S.O.S. pads work great for getting labels off!

Micupoftea~ said...

Who'd a thunk?!? Great idea...thanks for sharing! :)

Shauna said...

How neat. I love anything vintage and old, and this is such a fabulous idea! So lovely, I have to remember this project. Thanks so much for linking up to my "All Things Wonderful Link Party". I hope that you will come back again.
Take care,
Shauna
myshaenoel.blogspot.com

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I just made these today and LOVE THEM!!! Thank you so much for showing us how. I'll be posting about it later today/tomorrow with all credit to you!
Thanks!
XO
Kristin

carolyn bradford said...

This is wonderful!! I just saw in on Kristin's blog!! So glad I did!
Carolyn
mulberryheightsantiques.com

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Great project! I love blue jars!

Brandi said...

Love this idea. They look so pretty.

Kyria said...

I did this! http://faithfulstewards.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/glass-jars/
Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

This is such a fabulous idea. I am wondering if these are washable? I am thinking of doing this to an inexpensive Ikea glass lamp. Wouldn't that be gorgeous.

Nicole said...

THANK YOU!!! This is definitely something I'm going to try! I will just have to find something similar to Elmer Glue here in Germany.

I just love this idea!

Bertha said...

I know i was saving my jars for something special!!!! thank you and on my favorite color!!!

AntiqueChase said...

I think google ate my comment. New follower...

could you pleae tell me if you used regular food dye from the market or something fancy from the craft store? if so, what brand, etc.

Please come say hi if you have a chance!

antiquechase.blogspot.com

Mrs. No-No said...

lovely! i think this would be beautiful in my bedroom!!! :) thanks. found you at ladybugs blessing's hop. now following.
carla :)
Mrs. No-No Knows

Priya Pax said...

Thank U so much....I tried and wow....it looks great.....Thanks again...:))

Anonymous said...

Will the Elmer's glue wear off after time or when wet? What type of due or coloring did you use? I never saw answers to these questions.

Thanks!

The Single Nester said...

The color does fade after a while. I just used some old food coloring I have had. I purchased it years ago at the supermarket.

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