I wish I was one of those bloggers that could just give you a simple tutorial without any additional tales from nightmares behind the process of doing the craft. You know, write a “Here’s a great technique to help you spray paint a jar. Steps 1, 2, 3 – Easy Peasy!” blog post. It’s so simple to spray paint glass and not get angry. At all.
First. It’s all lies.
Second, look. If you use the term “easy peasy” in your blog tutorials, we need to have a chat. Unless you are talking to your 3 year old, no grown adult should be telling anyone anything is easy peasy unless they are in an Saturday Night Live skit about Martha Stewart.
Side note – for those of you who are new and unfamiliar with my writing personality, I am being completely facetious here. Lots of my friends use the term easy peasy. I love them all!
How to spray paint glass and not get angry
What most bloggers don’t tell you is that behind a lot of the crafts and DIY projects they show, lie about 10 attempts of trial and error. This leads to mishaps such as burnt skin courtesy of their glue gun and a lot of cursing before things go well and a craft technique is mastered.
This is often the case with what really happens when you try and paint glass. In this case a jar.
Not a mason jar. Are we done with the mason jars yet?
About painting those Mason Jars…
I’ve seen the tutorials on how to coat the inside of the mason jar with paint. This involves a delicate rolling around of paint, sometimes mixed with Mod Podge or glue, depending on if it’s paint or food coloring to tint the jar.
What bloggers often don’t show you is all the streaks that can appear inside the jar, if you coat one side with too much paint. If the paint dries wrong, you get unevenly dried paint and dripping lines.
On the amazing chance that you get everyone of your jars done perfectly, then continue on with your easy peasy self.
But painting the outside of a glass jar vs the inside is a different story.
Especially with spray paint.
Now my husband is a far better painter than I am. He’s the one who has taught me how to slow the hell down and properly paint glass. When I first started I would do the typical thing. Attack the glass with the spray paint and then lose my shit when I saw paint dripping down the side ruining the projects.
And trust me I have ruined a lot of stuff with my impatience.
So in order to move the blog world away from mason jars to other jars – say pickle jar in this case…and in this case – I am going to share with you how I did this project. I wanted to create a jar that had writing on it that I could essentially use as a lantern with a battery operated candle inside it. I am testing out stuff for my daughter’s camping themed birthday party coming up at the end of this month.
Side note, yes that is a Coldplay song on it – A Sky Full of Stars. I love Coldplay. My husband makes fun of me for this. Yes I did chicken out from meeting them in real life one time at MuchMusic. And my dear friend Kathryn, I know we chatted about the whole Chris Martin flower in the guitar thing in the corresponding music video. This one is for you.
This is how you should paint the outside of a glass jar, so you do not get angry and throw the jar against a wall because of unnecessary paint drips.
Get some stickers and a jar. Clean the jar very well. Let it dry. These fancy stickers cost $2 at Walmart. Put the stickers in the phrase that you want onto your jar.
Go to your painting space. Our garage in my case. Shake your spray paint can. Shake it for about 1 min.
The first spray from your spray paint can should be at a piece of cardboard or something you can afford to ruin. Get the first couple of sprays out to ensure there is no splatter or messed up nozzle or anything.
Once you are sure your spray paint is coming out smoothly, step BACK from the jar approximately 12″ (1 foot). Cans usually suggest 10″ to 16″. I’ll bet over half the people that use them, do not pay attention to this rule. I know, I used to be one of them. That’s where my anger came into play.
Moving your spray paint can back and forth lightly mist your jar with paint. Think of it like the first sheer coat of nail polish. Don’t go coating it with a huge amount of paint or drips and uneven globs of paint will happen.
I repeat, LIGHTLY MIST.
After the jar is misted, walk the hell away and let it dry for about 10-15 mins. Come back, repeat step misting steps. Do as many layers as you need to ensure an opaque coating. See? Now you’re spray painting glass and you’re not angry because there are no streaks and it’s all showing up evenly on your surface.
Doing this will decrease the chances of your jar getting covered unevenly and be consumed with paint drips.
It takes a little longer, but it really helps.
Using an Xacto knife, go around the edges of the stickers to remove them. Don’t go peeling them off with your fingers as you risk peeling off the paint outside the letters. I’ve read that people should take them off while they’re still wet but I have never been able to do that successfully without ruining the overall paint job. So this is what I do now.
If you have any excess sticky residue, scrub it off with your Xacto knife or use a pencil eraser to get most of it off. Then wipe it all clean with a dry cloth.
I also spray painted the inside of this jar with white paint to create the contrasting letters. So that at night when my flameless candle is in it, it will highlight them.
Please do not use a real candle if you paint the inside of your jar.
Paint and fire in a small confined space together, not the best combo ever. Are we understood?
Revel in your Sky Full of Stars. Which is going in our home office.
I’m kidding. I had to. Because there’s also another rule about blogging that one must show as many photos as humanely possible of a project.
Was this easy peasy?
I don’t know. Depends on if you’re a patient person. I am not. But if you are, then yes it is.
Does it work? Definitely. Especially if you want full coverage spray paint and even crisp lines from your stencils on your glass. But at least now you can spray paint glass on the outside of the jar efficiently and not be upset.
Maybe I should have saved this for Halloween.
Oh like I won’t make another pickle jar craft by then. Anyone got a contact for Bick’s Pickles?