Do you dream in glitter? Does gilded anything make your heart sing? It sounds like we’re one and the same. When I was planning for my Kate Spade-themed 25th birthday party, I knew I needed an easy way to match decor up with my vision of all things glittery, gilded & bright. I had the brights down – I’d found the cutest (and cheapest) paper straws + napkins at Indigo – but the glitter was still eluding me.
My obsession with adorable vintage Crown jars was the inspiration for this easy DIY you can do in three easy steps. I love the chic mix of gilded + glitter mason jars! The original plan was to use the gilded jars as drinking cups, but they ended up making the perfect vases instead. Bonus: I now have two sets of awesome + versatile party decor I can use forever! Go team glitter.
What you’ll need:
- Mason jars (any size/type – mine are from Canadian Tire)
- For glittery jars:
- Elmer’s school glue (+ a paper/plastic cup for mixing)
- A paint brush
- Fine glitter (any colour will do – I used champagne + silver)
- For gilded jars:
- 24kt gold spray paint (I used Krylon Premium Metallic Paint)
- A well-ventilated surface + drop cloth (that’s an old sheet you’re seeing)
It’s as easy as it looks. Set up your work area by putting down a drop cloth or sheet. You’ll want a flat surface in a well-ventilated area if you’re going to be using the spray paint.
For glittery jars:
- In a disposable cup, mix Elmer’s school glue with water (1-2 tablespoons) to dilute the mixture. Alternately, you could use Modge Podge here.
- Paint the inside of the jars with the glue & water mixture. Paint as far up as you want your glitter to go – we went about 3/4 of the way up.
- Sprinkle a healthy amount of glitter into the jar (do one at a time so you can recycle the leftover glitter!) and swirl it around to cover all of the glue-painted areas.
- Shake out excess glitter and let dry
For gilded jars:
- Take lids off of mason jars and set them upside down in a circle on your workspace
- Shake the spray paint well and spray an even coat onto the mason jars. You can paint the whole jar or use painter’s tape to give it a different look – doing just the bottom inch and a half would give the jars an amazing gold-dipped look!
- Let the jars dry – they’ll dry pretty quickly, especially if you spray them outdoors – and apply a second coat if needed. If you’re going to use the jars as votives/candle holders, they don’t necessarily need to be opaque.
- Be careful with your jars! If you’re using them for drinking, hand-wash them carefully. Make sure not to scratch them – the paint is decorative and will scratch off easily.
That’s it! Out of all the DIY projects Kelsey -my partner in crime – and I did for my 25th, these were by far the easiest – and the most rewarding. The whole shebang took about half an hour – amazing as far as DIY projects go. When all was said & done, I wish I had even more jars to decorate with. They looked great lined up along the fireplace mantle as vases and grouped in threes on the tables – 2 votives for every vase. The gilded jars also look adorable with striped paper straws popping out the top on the bar.
What your favourite super-simple DIY?