Decorative Painted Glass Bottle

When I wanted to paint some glass for a gift to a friend, but didn't have any money, I discovered that acrylic paint and varnish work pretty well. Here is the craft for painting dotted spirals on a jar and filling it with bath salts as a gift.

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Approximate Time: 10-20 minutes

Supplies:

  • apple green acrylic paint
  • sage green acrylic paint
  • red acrylic paint
  • clear craft varnish/sealer
  • paintbrushes
  • glass jar with lid
  • bath salts

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the glass jar well. Dry off every single drop of water.
  2. Dip your paintbrush into the apple green paint and begin making dots in a spiral pattern down the jar.
  3. Repeat process with sage green paint, then apple green again.
  4. Move down the jar and in the empty space paint red dots in a spiral down the jar.
  5. Let paint dry completely.
  6. Cover the outside of the jar in a light, even layer of the varnish and let dry completely. You can add a second layer for extra protection if desired.
  7. Use a funnel or twisted paper to pour the bath salts into the jar.
  8. Close jar. Add any bows or other embellishments you need and you're done.
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Painting

If you have, or can afford, glass paints for this craft you certainly should use them. However I didn't have the money for glass paint, so I used acrylics and a light varnish. To my great surprise the decoration worked!

You cannot put this in a dishwasher or soapy sink and such, it's still delicate. The design will eventually wear off the glass. You can clean in gently with a damp cloth, but if you scrub it, the paint will come off. If you use the item in your everyday life it will wear away faster than if it's just a decoration on the shelf.

You can use the technique on almost any decorative glass, just don't put it in the dishwasher, oven, and so on.

By Aysha from Boise, ID

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December 26, 20080 found this helpful

I have used colored nail polish, too and they work great and now are in so many colors - but have been warned that they are toxic with too much exposure!

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