Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Uses for Spaghetti Sauce Jars

 
Too cheap, too easy and too cute not to do this.
 
Don't throw out your spaghetti sauce jars, in fact, don't throw out any jars. They can be reused for a variety of things around the house.
 
What you will need for this project:
 
Jars
Food Coloring
Elmer's Clear Glue
Paper plates or something like them that you don't mind throwing out
 
Step 1: Wash and remove label. (Removing labels on some can be tricky. If you find one that won't come off after soaking in hot water, you will probably have to use alcohol or even paint thinner).
 
Step 2:  Heat the jar under faucet. Use the warmest water you can stand. Pour out water but do not dry. Pour 2 tablespoons of Elmer Clear Glue into jar. (This glue is usually found with the school glue).  Squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the jar. (I used anywhere from 6 to 8, it depends on how dark or light you want the color).
 
Step 3:  Gently swirl the glue, coloring and remaining water, in the bottom of jar. Once they are mixing together well go to the next step.
 
Step 4:  You will have to have some patience with this step. Over your paper plate, you will tip the jar and begin turning. Continue tipping and turning until the entire interior of the jar is covered. The neck of the jar can be tricky, if you miss a spot, wet a finger and gently smooth glue over that area.
 
Step 5:  After the entire interior of the jar is covered, flip it upside down on your paper plate. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes.
 
Step 6:  Flip jar right side up and allow to dry.
 
Remember, you can Not use these for liquids. So they can Not be used for fresh flowers or storing liquids. But they are wonderful for displaying dry or fake flowers.
 
These colored jars add charm to any room. Great for storing cotton swabs, cotton balls, floss picks, and any other dry object you will to display.
 
***Note, pictured above, the jar on the far left was made with school glue instead of clear. You notice that it leaves a cloudy appearance instead of clear. Once dried, it Is Clear but not as crystal clear as the others.*** 

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