DIY Post – Gold Animal Jars

April 7, 2015 20 Comments


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?

Bang on Style

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  • Rebecca Ellis April 7, 2015 at 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 at 11:47 pm

      Ah so glad you like it x


  • Rose April 22, 2016 at 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 at 8:44 pm

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

      Debs x

  • Nancy May 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    What a great idea, thank you for sharing

  • Nardia June 6, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I will definitely try this, great idea!

  • SueC August 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Love this! So pretty, easy, and practical.

    • Crystal September 7, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Love this!!!!! Gonna try today! :)

  • Lee August 20, 2016 at 10:39 pm

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

  • Nicole September 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Wonderful idea!! I will try this.

  • Nicole September 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Wonderful idea!!

  • Kathy Blundell October 10, 2016 at 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

  • Lizzie January 12, 2017 at 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?

  • Sue J January 12, 2017 at 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

  • Jo El January 14, 2017 at 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 at 6:15 pm

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

  • Emm January 27, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Do u defo need some primer?

  • Rosemary Grabowski February 27, 2017 at 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

  • Sophie October 9, 2017 at 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 at 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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