Thursday, June 2, 2011

Decoupage Romantic Jars

Decoupage Jars  
How to Make and Price Your Beautiful Recycled Jars

I have so many people interested in decoupage lessons that I decided to copy this from my web site to share. If you like this post, please follow this blog as I am always adding more articles.
I love jars and never throw them away, instead re-purposing them, using my images and adding a little paint and old jewelry. I use them for storage, give them as gifts, or sell them.

It is very green to recycle and it's fun to make a little green while you are doing it.

Here Is How I Recycle My Jars

I clean my jars and lids in the washer

I remove my labels under hot running water and use Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky residue.

If I am going to paint my lid, I either use metal paint, found in 2 oz. tubes, which I purchase at a local craft store or I prime my lid with Kilz Primer, letting that dry and then paint on my finish color.

Before I apply my image, I clean the outside of my jar again with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease.

I apply my image following the How To Make Stickers tutorial or I print out the image using sticky paper and cover it with clear contact paper for protection.

To paint gold swirls, I use fabric paints, sold in tubes and found at your local craft store.

I apply Swarovski Crystals right on top of the gold paint.

Here's an example using vintage jewelry on a decoupage jar. This is so sparkling pretty!

To add vintage rhinestone jewelry like I did in the Witches Brew jar, I use a glue called E-6000, which can be found at Home Depot or your local craft store.

Pricing Your Re-Purposed Jars

Many people ask me how I price my jars. The jars are basically free but for the sake of pricing, I use the cost of the item plus supplies x 3 plus a little extra.

The Witches Brew jar once held strawberry jam that cost $2.00 plus supplies of a vintage diamond necklace that cost 50 cents when purchased at a flea market.

That's $2.50 x 3 = $7.50 plus I added $1.00  The price of the Witches Brew Jar is now $8.50  

That means, not only do I get my jam for free while helping the environment, I also make money to buy more jam.

It is good to have a variety of sizes and prices if you are selling jars.

Good luck with your Jar Art

Kate Bangs /

Super Close-up....   This is awesome because you can see all the details. 
It's not perfect but it is handmade goodness!  Haa Haa

Vintage Roses Labels Digital Collage Sheet-collage sheet, rose, labels, sugar, supplies,
If you would like to make your own Rose Jars, here's the collage sheet link: