DIY Distressed Picture Frame Jars
By Savvy Nana
I got this idea of turning jars into photo frames from a pin I saw on Pinterest. The difference between the pin and these jars is basically the frame around the photos, the one I saw had zig-zag edges. I read the directions to try to make it, I couldn’t figure out how to attach the zig-zag stencil onto the glass so that you paint around it.
Stumped I looked around for an alternative and came up with these jars with the help of the Washi tape I found at Walmart. I just love that the tape says “Special Delivery” because these twin angels truly are special deliveries! I used one mason jar and a shorter jar I also found at Walmart.
Really you can use any shape jar to make these, just be sure the mouth is wide enough to get your hand easily in and out so you can place the photos inside.
You can also change the photos whenever you want, they’re just taped on there with masking tape. I thought of planting them with succulents but decided against it, putting soil in them wouldn’t allow a photo change and watering the plants would ruin the photos.
Instead, I filled the mason jar with wrapped truffles and popped a plant in the other. A 4″ potted plant fits perfectly in the opening of the shorter jar. I painted the rim of the plastic pot to match the jar so it looks like it’s part of the jar. The plant can be removed anytime and the jar can be put to other uses.
Here’s what you will need to make them:
Clear wide mouth glass jar
Masking or painter’s tape
Fine grain sandpaper
Wallet size photo
1. Make the picture “window” by taping off a rectangle shape on the outside of the jar.
The rectangle should be the same size of your photo or the part of the photo you want to be seen. The window will be the size of the taped area, adjust it to your needs. Make sure the tape is secure, no gaps and no peeling edges or corners.
2. Using the sponge brush paint the jar with the first coat of paint.
Do not paint inside the taped area. And try not to paint under the tape. Let the paint dry.
3. When the first coat is dry paint on a second coat.
Be sure you paint in the same direction as the first coat to keep the first coat from peeling. When you are completely done painting gently remove the tape. You must do this before the paint dries, otherwise, it will peel off the paint around it. If there are spots of paint that got under the tape, don’t worry, you can fix that later when the paint is dry.
4. Once the paint is completely dry use the Xacto knife to trim around the “window”.
Lift off any excess paint that you trimmed off.
5. Gently sand the painted areas of the jar until you get the desired effect.
6. Stick the Washi tape around the rectangular window.
7. Tape the picture inside the jar facing out so that it is visible thru the window and you’re done.
You can change the picture anytime and use the jar for whatever you want. I gave these to my daughter-in-law for her birthday, the twins are her babies.
She loved them!
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