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Upcycled Jars: Terracotta DIY

I have always been a DIY-er (that’s why I started baking), but since lockdown, I feel like my DIY desires have increased. I think that has to do with the fact that I have been watching a bunch of Sweet Digs and Apartment Therapy videos and now my mind is racing with interior design projects. In another life, I may make the switch to being an interior designer. Sometimes for fun, I like to look at different spaces and think “How would I redo this place?”

Recently I have been finding a bunch of old jars laying around the house. These are old flower vases and empty candle jars. Normally I would just recycle these but luckily YouTube recommended a video for upcycling old jars. You can find the video here. MaCenna is so talented and I loved what she did with the jars. I also watched Geneva’s video and loved how the jars turned out. So I decided I would post and share my experience DIY-ing these jars! Continue reading if you want to know how I did these DIY terracotta jars!

PREPPING THE JARS:

I used an old flower vase, an empty pistachio cream jar and an empty candle jar. To remove the excess wax from the candle I just placed the candle in a pot of small water and then turned the heat onto medium. As the water heats it melts the wax. I emptied the leftover wax into some used paper towel then tossed it into the trash. You need to wash the jars before using them to make sure there is no residue or oil left on them. You can remove stubborn labels by soaking them overnight in hot water then washing it off. The glue residue can be removed with some canola oil!

PAINTING THE TERRACOTTA JARS

I went to the dollar store and grabbed water-based acrylic paints. I already had deep red, white and yellow at home, so I only needed to buy black. In all honesty this DIY project cost me a dollar because I already had a lot of the supplies. If you need to go out and get paint and paintbrushes this entire project should cost less than $5.00! You can buy terracotta-coloured paint if you like but I think there is something fun about making your own colours. I start off making an orange-based (Red + Yellow), and then I add different colours as I go. If you do not have baking soda you can use baking powder. The two leaveners will leave a different consistency to your paint but still gives it that gritty texture we are aiming for!

  • Dark rust: Orange base + two drops of black + lots of red + 1-2 tsp baking soda
  • Dusty pink: Dark rust base + lot’s of white till I achieve the colour I like + 1 tsp baking soda
  • Dusty orange: Dusty pink base + lot’s of yellow + 1 tsp baking soda

 

 

I painted a heavy coat and then let it dry for about 20 minutes before coming back to do a second coat. You will be tempted to touch these but do not touch them until they are completely dry. I let it rest overnight. Also remember to paint the rim and the insides of the jar (at least halfway) so that it looks even. That’s it! You’re all done. I absolutely love how these DIY. terracotta jars turned out. In all honestly, I wanted to start painting everything this terracotta colour. 

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