DIY Post – Gold Animal Jars


This is the second in my series of easy DIY posts showing how to recycle your old jars and tins. In the first I showed you how to make pretty copper tins to display flowers and metallic kilner jars.
See my Copper Jar & Tin Diy Post here.

Todays post is a cute gold animal jar DIY perfect for storing your beauty items. Its really simple and so effective.


As before make sure you clean your jars really well. Give them all a good wash in hot soapy water and if any label or sticky residue remains you can use some Sticky Stuff Remover  which will clean off all your excess label residue, but make sure you then wash your jar or tin again in soapy water as this remover is oil based. Dry off thoroughly.

I’m using 3 matching tall jars and a short jar too and have chosen animals for the top of my gold animal jars which I picked up in a tube for £4 from a toy shop. You could also use other kind of small toys like dinosaurs, shapes or plastic flowers. I tried really hard to find mini plastic pineapples as I reckon this would have looked so cool but sadly no luck. I chose 4 animals which have a distinctive shape and will look good when sprayed.


First things first is to very lightly spray your lids and animals with a primer. I’ve used grey but you could use white primer too. Lay your lids and animals on newspaper and do your primer coats very lightly and leave to dry and then repeat again lightly so you don’t get paint build up. Make sure you spray under your animals too.

Once primed glue your animals to your lids with a clear plastic glue, a little bit on each foot. Leave to dry.
Then place your lids on newspaper again and start your metallic spray colour. I’ve chosen gold but bright silver would look so pretty too. Again do light coats with plenty drying time in between. Don’t use a clear sealer on top as this affect the metallic finish.

Then use your gold animal DIY jars to store whatever you like. I’ve popped cotton wool and some of my beauty bits and bobs inside and sat them on my dressing table but you could also use them to store stationery or home bits like pins, paperclips or pencils.


My next jar DIY will be some clever use of masking tape to create shapes and colour effects.

What do you think of today’s DIY? Will you be trying this one out?


  1. Rebecca Ellis
    April 7, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    I love this idea! I’m always complaining I never have enough fancy storage, and this is right up my street x

    • Debs
      May 10, 2015 / 11:47 pm

      Ah so glad you like it x


  2. Rose
    April 22, 2016 / 1:29 am

    I really wanna try this!!! But i cant find any decent animals, where did you get yours from?

    • Debs
      April 24, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      I actually got mine from a kids toy store. They also have them in £1 shops sometimes too!

      Debs x

  3. Nancy
    May 10, 2016 / 10:58 am

    What a great idea, thank you for sharing

  4. Nardia
    June 6, 2016 / 4:20 am

    I will definitely try this, great idea!

  5. SueC
    August 4, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Love this! So pretty, easy, and practical.

  6. Lee
    August 20, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Amazing idea. I have just purchased some animals on ebay for £2. Will be making them next week.

  7. Nicole
    September 18, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Wonderful idea!! I will try this.

  8. Nicole
    September 18, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Wonderful idea!!

  9. Kathy Blundell
    October 10, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I’m always interested in new ideas, as I sell mine at our church summer and Xmas fair, trouble is I’m running out of ideas. I love yours, thank you for sharing

  10. Lizzie
    January 12, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Love this idea, where do you get your spray paint from and is it waterproof? I sprayed some dinosaurs the other day but after handling them the paint comes off and they feel quite sticky. Any advice on the best paint to use?

  11. January 12, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I found this on Pinterest and I love it! So fun and yet so stylish and such a great use of all those flaming jars I insist on saving! What’s your glue of choice? I tend to use UHU for most things, which I think would work. I already have practically everything I need for this project, all I need now is to find a child’s toy box to raid…! Thanks for sharing. Sue ~ The World of Suzy Homemaker

  12. Jo El
    January 14, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    What glue did you use? I did something like this but they would not stay glued on.
    Thank you

    • Bang on Style
      January 16, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Hi Jo I used a two part glue called Araldite. Very very strong once dry. x

  13. Emm
    January 27, 2017 / 1:43 am

    Do u defo need some primer?

  14. Rosemary Grabowski
    February 27, 2017 / 4:26 am

    Wow! I love, love, love this!! I’m thinking I could probably sneak a few animals like that away from my kids. LOL

  15. Sophie
    October 9, 2017 / 10:00 am

    these are soooo stunning! love them, what a great idea!
    i’m thinking of making a bunch of these for christmas presents. do you know how many a can of primer and spray paint would do? just so i know to buy enough,
    thanks so much

    • Bang on Style
      October 9, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Hi lovely, one large can of each will be fine for a few. Make sure you do nice thin coats or they stay tacky and struggle to dry x good luck

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