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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Random jars and Clay tags and WAAYYYY too many pics!

So what do you do with random jars, drinking glasses and vases?
Me? I wash them,

spray them with kilz primer, then some gloss white spray paint.
(just a little note, these last 2 steps render them useless for drinking out of but who cares? I don't)

glue a little round clay tag on each one and you are set!

Of, course if you are like me, you are gonna arrange and take pics,

and arrange and take some more pics,

all the while your 13 year old is standing behind the vignette, holding up a white board for the picture background, and attempting to read a comic while holding it up. Needless to say she is also complaining that it takes too long, her arms are getting sore and you take too many pictures!

So, you tell her to just hush up and hold the background up, cuz when you were little you had to spend HOURS in the fabric store with your mother. So why is she complaining? Too which she answers, you made ME do that when I was little too!
What can I say?
That's life when you have a crafty momma!

Ok, so I admit, I took a few too many pictures!

But this project was so fun!

And it looks so pretty any old way you arrange them!

Just don't add a bunch of heavy butter knives to the tippiest container,

or it will tip over and break,

and you will be left with jars numbered 1,2,3,4,and 6!

Then your 5 year old will come along and admire the pretty jars, spy the numbers, and start testing her counting skills on them. You will then hear, "but mom, there's not a number 5!"

Only a 5 year old would actually notice that one is missing :)


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  1. LOL! Fun post and fantastic idea. I personally think you took just the righ amount of photos. LOL

    Now if you will excuse me, I've got to go round up some jars!

  2. Shut up.. I didn't even know you could paint those.. now as if I haven't tried to spray paint everything except the dog in the house, of course I will be painting glass this weekend. Love them! Thanks .. saw you on Flaunt it Friday..

  3. LOL! Oh my gosh that is too funny! I have a soon to be 13 year old and a 12 year old that get tired of me looking at stores and so on. Love the photos!

  4. These look so pretty! What a great way to make something look new again.

  5. I'm completely "Wow-ed" by this project! You transformed those humble jars and miscellaneous glass pieces into such an elegant, artful, and original thing of beauty! The little thumbnail over at Tickled Pink really caught me eye, and I'm so glad I came over. Great tutorial. I'm definitely going to be upcycling some jars of my own now! Thanks! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  6. I love these! I especially like the clay tags. How did you make them? And by the way, I think that 13 year old lives at my house too! LOL

  7. I am ubber impressed! Very original and CLEVER! I am glad I followed your link from 504 Main!

  8. I love the white paint on the glassware! These are so cute.


  9. What a wonderful idea! I like reusing whenever possible. I don't think you took to many pictures.


  10. That's really clever! I love it!
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    I'd love a follow back at

  11. That is awesome. A definite on my "to do" list for my mother's day brunch. Thank you!

  12. What a GREAT idea !! I'm jotting this one down, for sure! Becca (

  13. I adore these!! I had to laugh out loud when I read the part about the fabirc store. My son loathes the fabric store!

  14. so awesome! great idea! and I love all the pics, and the dialogue; my 4 yr old would have noticed a missing number too! smart little ones! oh, and my fav pic is the single jar sitting in the silver tray...
    come see me!


  15. I love this idea and heaven knows I have plenty of glass jars in the recycle bin. Are the clay tags, paper clay?

  16. I love idea of the painting the jars, also, your description of the the 13 year old holding the paper; I can relate. I am always dragging my daughter to help make my pictures turn out! :)


  17. These are really nice! I just complpeted some projects using old jars and glass too!

  18. Super adorable!! Cant wait to try this one myself!

  19. Lovin' your thrifty idea...hop over and show it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY this week. I’m having a sure to come by and check it out…it starts Monday March 7.


  20. The whiteboard behind made your perfect number of pictures turn out lovely. Did you make the tags? I really like the texture to them.

  21. Clever idea! Looks fantastic!

  22. I love this idea! Is there anything white spray paint can't fix?!?!? I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  23. Great idea - and wonderful little clay tags! And we loved all of your pretty photos! :)

    xoxo laurie

  24. cute! Did you make your tags from paper clay?

  25. I can picture this arrangement for parties and get togethers. Love this thrifty project and the fun photo session story. :) Thanks for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  26. This idea is totally perfect for parties! I need to try this!

    And you can never have too many pictures! :)


  27. your commentary was priceless, these turned out great! such a cute idea

  28. PS - I shared this on my facebook page tonight -

  29. The paint totally changes these jars! They are awesome. Thanks for the great idea and for sharing this at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again this week.

  30. love the work you do w clay. looks like I have yet another craft I NEED to delve into. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Please consider having email sign-up so we do not miss any of your crafting updates.

  31. Beautiful job, K! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! :)

    Have a SUPER week!


  32. I love this! You made this simple project look like a million bucks. You tell that daughter of yours she did a great job holding up the whiteboard because your pics are fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up this week!

  33. I love the jars the way you have them. They look wonderful. I can relate to the 13 yo, I have one too. He complains whenever I enlist his help with crafty endeavors.