DIY Faux Stained Glass Jar Lanterns

by Heather
4 Materials
5 Hours
In this tutorial, I'm using these little glass jars that are the packaging of a regular purchase of my husband. And they kept multiplying. But I can't throw them out! They're little cute glass jars!So here's my project on what you can do with little glass jars...or big ones should you like.
Find or draw a pattern.

This proved to be a little tricky, for me. I ended up finding a few patterns I thought would work perfect on Pinterest. They came from this book.
  1. I copied the photo from Pinterest and put it in a Goodnotes notebook page that was gridded to measure an inch when printed.
  2. I measured the circumference (around) my jar.
  3. I adjusted the size and cropped the pattern that I pasted in my Goodnotes notebook so it would match up at the ends for the amount of inches I had measured.
You could also just draw or wing it for your pattern.
Step 2:

Print your pattern(s) and cut them out.
Step 3:

Roll it loosely so you can put it in your jar to trace.
Step 4:

Use your fingers to loosen the pattern Ito lay flat along the sides of the jar.You can notice in the photo where the ends meet up and the reason for all the effort in photo manipulation.
Step 5:

Trace over the pattern with the liquid leading or puffy paint on to your jar.
I used the tea light candles to prop it so it wouldn’t roll away if my kids nudged the table while drying.
I made a few...
Step 6:

Fill in the spaces between the “leading” on your jar with alcohol markers.
Step 7:

Dab on Gallery Glass window medium over the colored glass.Be careful to just dab it on. The color will come off with the medium so swirling it around might cause the color to be uneven.
Below, I had just done the big yellow areas to test, before I covered the whole thing.
And viola!

My little jars came with screw-on lids, but some were white and I wanted them to match, so I spray painted them:
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  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 04, 2020

    What do you plan to use them for? I. Have a lot of cute little jars but no use for them. Sometimes I make a tiny flower arrangement from them. Front yard wild flowers my little ones bring in. They can hold tiny parts/screws you don’t want to lose, but otherwise I  would just line them up as a cute decor on my window sill. you?

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  • Thea Thea on Jun 05, 2020

    The Goodnotes tip is a great one.I’ve never heard if it and printing to scale is always a pain i the butt. I will definitely check it out.

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    • Thea Thea on Jun 06, 2020

      Going to do it right now!😁