With Easter right around the corner and Spring weather on its way, I have been craving all the pastels. Normally I tend to stay away from lots of pinks and yellows and am drawn more to the bright whites and warm woods. But there’s something about this time of year that has me longing for some pretty colors! I was so excited, then, when my friend Arin from Arin Solange At Home offered to share her super simple DIY Painted Jar tutorial. She is the queen of decorating with girly colors and I love this tutorial of hers! These painted jars would be a great budget-friendly way to add some pretty pastels to your home for the Spring months. I’ll let her take it from here and show you exactly how she created them…
Hi there! This DIY painted jar tutorial was inspired by the paint jar floor set in our local Anthropologie store here in St. Louis, MO. I love that they are messy & artistic, but somehow beautiful all at once. The original Anthropologie inspiration used a bright color palette, but I opted to create an ombre look using pastels in tan, pink and white. I used these painted jars as our Spring centerpiece in the dining room last year and can’t wait to get them out again this year.
Here’s exactly how I made them! (Warning: this tutorial is super simple! 🙂 )
- Glass jars in varying sizes
- Disposable cups
- Disposable spoon or stirrer
- Craft paint in the color(s) of your choice (I used the Folk Art brand)
- Something disposable to place jars on to dry (foil, paper plates, anything you wouldn’t mind getting paint on)
Start by mixing the paint with a little bit of water using the disposable cups & spoon/stirrer. This way the paint will be able to easily drip down the inside of the jar. Don’t add too much water – just enough to create a thin runny mixture.
Pour a small amount of the paint/water mixture into the bottom of the first jar. Swirl the jar around and turn upside down to achieve the desired look. (You can switch up the look by leaving the jar upside down in a foil pan or paper plate for an extended period of time. This will leave the jar almost completely covered, while the jars that you swirl around by hand will leave more clear glass exposed.)
To achieve the ombre look, mix in white paint to your original mixture and repeat the process. You can do this as many times as you want to create lighter shades of the original color. The more white you add, the lighter the color will appear. (I used 3 original colors and then added white to each of them after every couple of jars.)
Aren’t those so cute?! I love how versatile they are too, they’d be perfect for an Easter centerpiece idea! Or style a couple on a side table with some fresh tulips… In fact, I’d probably keep the white ones out all year! Thank you so much for sharing this creative, yet simple, DIY with us Arin. And thank Y-O-U for reading 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful week!