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Sunday, October 22, 2017

How to Make Vintage Inspired Ornament Candy Jars


Dollar Tree glass jars are beautifully transformed into vintage inspired glass ornaments. 


I know, I know, it's not even Halloween and I'm over hear talking about Christmas. 

Hear me out for a minute. 

Do you remember the pumpkins I shared a few weeks ago that I made out of Dollar Tree glass jars?  They have quickly become one of my most popular Dollar Tree makeovers.   So much so that I've been hearing from a lot of you that you're having trouble finding the jars or that you're local stores are completely sold out.  Crazy, right?  

So, in an effort to make sure you'll be able to make both the pumpkins AND these vintage inspired ornaments I'm moving this project up a month.  I promise, I'm not rushing fall or Thanksgiving.  Can we still be friends?  
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- Round glass jar from Dollar Tree 
- Spray bottle
- Water 
- Vinegar
- Brown craft paint
- Small unfinished wood spool (I used a larger spool that I cut down)
- Needle nose pliers


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I had my heart set on making these jars into vintage inspired, Mercury glass ornaments and knew Mirror Effect spray paint would give me the exact look I was going for.  There are a ton of tutorials floating around the web for using Mirror Effect to make Mercury glass, but I followed my friend Nicole's tutorial from The Inspired Hive.  
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Basically, I mixed equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle then sprayed my glass jar with a generous amount of the mixture.
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While the water and vinegar mixture was still wet, I sprayed a few light coats of Mirror Effect until I was happy with the coverage.  You can keep repeating the process until you get the desired coverage you are looking for.
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While my glass jar was drying I sprayed the lid with Pure Gold metallic spray paint.  I used the same technique I used for the Dollar Tree storage jars I transformed to give the lid an aged look.
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Basically, I added layers of metallic pewter craft paint, Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff and brown paint.  I did the same paint technique on the small wood spool as well. 

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To make the top of the ornament I unwrapped about 5-6 inches of craft wire then wrapped it around the small spool using needle nose pliers.   I took another piece of wire and formed it into a hook then glued it to the top of the wood spool.
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DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments

DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments
Aren't they so cute!  I love the combination of the mercury glass and "rustic" lid. 
DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments

DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments

DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments

DIY Mercury glass, vintage ornaments, dollar tree DIY, Dollar Tree, christmas, ornaments

Fill these vintage inspired Mercury glass candy jar ornaments with candy and you have a simple, affordable and unique DIY gift perfect for a teacher, friend or neighbor.  


     
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3 comments:

  1. Morning, Katie!! I'm still on the hunt for those precious jars. In the meantime...what's the story on the adorable red and white Pom Pom string? Did you string some together or buy it? Just tooooo cute!!! As always, thanks for the info and thanks for being such a great sharer😃

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  2. Dying to know about the Pom Pom garland :)

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    1. Hi Cindy! I bought the pom pom garland from Hobby Lobby last year. I did buy red and off-white wool to make my own, but ran out of time. Maybe I'll get to it this year :)

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