Since Christmas I’ve continued to stockpile coffee jars waiting for the perfect upcycling project and this definitely fits the bill! Turning boring old glass jars into pretty pastel coloured pots is very satsifying and messy enough to be really fun too!
Milk glass has been around for a long time and has become very popular with vintage lovers, becoming quite the collectors’ item. Whilst some gems can be picked up in charity shops and craft markets, it is possible to create the milk glass effect yourself in a number of different ways. The first way I’ve demonstrated in this tutorial (with more tutorials to follow soon).
Acrylic paint (59ml)
1. Mix 59ml of acrylic paint with 25ml of water and mix. The acrylic paint is too thick to swirl round the jar without diluting it with water.
4. Leave upside down overnight for the paint to set. Then turn upright – it took about a week for the paint to fully dry on the inside of my jars so don’t put anything in them until you’re sure the paint is properly dry.
These jars are lovely for storing kitchen utensils or cutlery, they can store pens and pencils and any other bits and bobs you can think of! You won’t be able to put water or flowers directly inside the jars but a good tip is to rest a plastic cup filled with water inside the neck of the jar and use that to hold cut flowers instead 🙂
You can also get interesting effects by using pearlescent paint (which I did by accident on the yellow jar!) plus the great thing about making your own milk glass is that you can make the jars whatever colour you want, be it really pale pastels, bright and bold rainbows, monochrome or metallic. You could even try mixing colours in the jar for a marbled effect.
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