Copper Jar & Tin Vases – DIY POST

February 16, 2015 11 Comments

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I’ve been so excited to share this with you as its a little bit different to my usual post but is the kind of crafty thing I get up to in my spare time. There will be three posts in total all showing you how to up cycle and transform your empty jars and tins.
Today’s post is all about making simple but really pretty vases from them just by using spray paint.


So first things first is to collect together all your old jars and tins. I’ve collected together a whole lot including some mismatched ones but for this post I’m going to use three matching jars and three matching tins.
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 and you don’t want any of it left behind affecting your spray paint. Dry off thoroughly.


For both the jars and the tins you are going to want to use a primer spray first. Not only does this help the coloured spray adhere to your object but it does mean you get a nice opaque finish. If you do want a more semi opaque finish you could spray your colour straight on but be aware it will drip very easily so less is more and build up colour gradually..
For my tins I’m going for a copper look whereas for my kilner jars I’m going to have a mix of metallic colours. I’ve picked a bright metallic silver and a bright metallic gold as well as the copper spray again.
All my spray paints came from Wilko.
Set an area outside with the surface covered with newspaper or plastic. Place your jars and tins upside down. Start spraying all the bases of your jars and tins with your primer. Hold your can a good distance away and do light misty coats to prevent drips.
Let them dry for about 1 to 2 hours. Turn your jars/tins right way up and spray the top half, again in light coats. Leave to dry overnight.
Repeat the same process as above but with your coloured sprays. Its really important to keep your spray can the right distance away, constantly moving and nice light coats otherwise you’ll end up with unsightly drips. It takes a bit longer but its so worth it.
Finish with a coat of clear sealer to make sure your jar/tin is safe from knocks and bumps.


I’ve then filled mine with simple angles breath in my tins and roses in my jars, but you could also store makeup brushes or stationery in them or even just the jars themselves on a shelf as a feature.
Later in the week I’ll be showing you a few other ideas for up -your old jars including masked designs and creating unique lids so pop back. And do let me know if you have a go of either of these DIY’s and if you enjoy seeing this style of post on the blog x
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  • Amy Charlesworth February 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    These are so pretty! What I love idea, going to have so much fun recreating these!

    Amy xxx

  • Jessica Dearnley February 16, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. My husband and I have been saying our house could do with a pick me up, I’m thinking of having a go at these! :)


  • Sophie February 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This is such an amazing idea – going to pop into Wilko on my lunch break!

  • Heather Nixon February 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    They look gorgeous! I will have to try this x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  • Lurch Hound Loves February 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    OMG amazing ideas – definitely going to have to give this a go lovely! xx

  • Alice February 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Love this – they look awesome!

  • Diana Cloudlet February 18, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Interesting posts, beautiful photos & design! It’s really amazing!
    Great job! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

  • Kylie L February 18, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Love this, they look so effective!

  • StephDreamsBlog February 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are so nice! How amazing will they look around the house, perfect wedding DIY too x

  • Tanya February 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    It looks professional.

  • Phyllis March 22, 2017 at 3:28 am


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