DIY And Tutorial Month – Re-purposed Jelly Jar

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Re-purposed Jelly Jar” by Lisa from sparkklejar



In celebration of the do-it-yourself month of March, I am giving a DIY tutorial on how to repurpose the lid of a vintage jelly jar. These jars are often found at thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets or in Grandma’s attic. Jars with nicks around the top and lids that are creased or a little rusty can easily be repurposed. These jelly jars were made by Kerr, Ball, Hazel Atlas, Presto and many other glass companies. The technique used in this tutorial can be used on anything with a metal embossed lid, such as a zinc mason jar cap, old cold cream bottle or antique snuff glass. This DIY features a post 1940 Kerr jar with a shiny un-coated metal embossed lid. The shinier the lid, the harder it is to distress the embossing. The following will teach technique and tricks for successfully repurposing metal jelly jar lids using acrylic paint, sealer, water slide decal images, and glitter. Most of the pictures show the lid painted a darker color than i recommend, but the green photographed nicely, showing the step by step process. Please read the entire tutorial before starting your project.

Materials Used

  • Vintage jelly jar with an un-coated embossed metal lid
  • Acrylic craft paint in a light color
  • Water slide decal
  • Medium grain sandpaper
  • Water base liquid gloss polyurethane
  • Soft synthetic nylon paint brushes
  • Glitter paint or fine grain glitter
  • Scissors
  • Soft cloth like an old t-shirt
  • Optional blow dryer with low setting.


Tutorial Directions

Metal vintage jelly jar lids sometimes come with issues. It is common to find a label or canning wax stuck on them. Boiling water removes wax and rubbing alcohol removes labels and stickers. If your lid has big patches of rust, you might want to sand the rusty areas as flat as you can. Make sure the lid is as clean as you can get it.



Using acrylic tole paint, such as Americana, Delta, or Apple Barrel, in a light shade, take a little on your brush and sweep the sides of the lid so it’s shabby painted.

After the sides are dry,( I use a blow dryer on coolest setting to speed the paint drying process along) paint the top of the lid with several thin layers, the paint needs to be completely dry between coats.

Make sure the paint has gotten between all the embossed letters on your first coat. Brush strokes should be side to side. Several thin layers are better than a few thick layers. Soft nylon or synthetic brushes are preferred over natural fiber brushes. Natural fiber brushes shed their bristles and become stuck in the paint. I always use name brand paints as i find store brands too watery for painting on metal.




The green you see used in this tutorial is an Americana stock color called “Sweet Mint”. Most colors darken a shade once the polyurethane is applied, keep that in mind when choosing a color. “Sweet Mint” darkens to a shade of mint julep and is an example of the darkest hue I recommend using for this project.

Let your lid air dry a full 48 hours, this is very important. After the lid has dried, put medium grain sandpaper over a fluffy towel and run the lid back and forth over it in the same side to side direction as your brush strokes. This gets the sanding process started and you should see some of the letters start to lose their paint.


Taking a smaller piece of the sandpaper, gently start sanding over the letters using your fingers, back and forth keeping with the side to side grain you painted in. This will take a while, you may want to wear a mask as this produces a fine paint dust. Once your letters have been sanded down to bare metal, sand the top edges of the lid and anywhere else you want to look shabby and worn. Do a quick paint touch-up of any area you may have accidentally sanded and let dry.


Seal the sides and top with a thin coat of brush on liquid polyurethane. I use Americana Dura Clear gloss varnish. This varnish is non-yellowing and water base. I blow dry this fast drying polyurethane until it’s not tacky, but it still needs to sit for at least 8 hours before you apply the decal. *depending on the humidity, your polyurethane coat may cause a few tiny bubbles in the paint. You can rub these bubbles flat (or almost flat) with an old t-shirt or some other smooth and soft cloth after the polyurethane is dry to touch.

Water slide decals are for non-fired projects and are not the same as ceramic decals. You can order many images on-line already made, or you can get the decal paper and print and seal your own.

Cut your decal image out using sharp scissors. Since decals are transparent, cutting close to the image is fine, rather than trying to cut out every little detail. The transparency of the decal image is why a light paint background is necessary. After deciding where to place your image on the lid, dip the decal according to the manufacturer’s directions in water. When your decal is ready, slide it off of it’s backing onto the lid. Smooth it flat with your cloth, removing any bubbles. Make sure you have dried any standing water from applying your decal. Do not blow dry, let your decal set overnight.


When I apply glitter to these lids, I just put it on the decal area. You can choose where it goes, or to not use any at all. There are two types of glitter techniques i use. I like the Deco Art Twinkles, which is a clear acrylic glitter paint, or I use fine grain glitter and mix it with a little polyurethane (work quickly, this dries fast). Dab the glitter paint onto the desired area with your fingertip. Sometimes your glitter paint gets a little sticky and may pull an edge of the decal up, no worries, just tack it back with a little polyurethane. Less is more, thick glitter tends to mute out details in the decal image. I have chosen to use both dark green and rose pink for this lid.



Let dry about an hour or two, do not blow dry (decals do not like blow dryers) and brush on a final coat of polyurethane, after this is dry take old scissors and scrape any paint off the inside sides that may have settled there, otherwise your lid may not fit or get stuck on your jar. You have just completed your shabby cottage chic jelly jar!


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DIY And Tutorial Month – Recycled Bird Water Feeder

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Recycled Bird Water Feeder” by Megha from byTheArtBug


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I made this recycled bird water feeder/bath just mainly from two things: Detergent bottle and a bright-colored plastic lid.

Materials Used

  • Any laundry detergent bottle that has a handle
  • Bright colored plastic lid
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Tutorial Directions

1. Nicely wash and clean up your detergent bottle. Remove the label if you want.


2.  Cut off the major part of the bottle leaving the handle and about 4-5 inches from base. You can also cut a bit of scalloped design on the handle.

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3. Now take the lid and draw a simple flower shape and cut it, cut it from middle on the
dotted lines and push your flower on the bottle handle.


4. Secure the flower with some tape.

5. Fill your feeder/bath with water and place in a nice spot with shade.

6. Change the water regularly to maintain the freshness.


Enjoy the sweet little birdies that stop by!!

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DIY And Tutorial Month – Fairy Door

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Fairy Door” by Christina from lebeauchaton



Welcome the wee folk with an easy DIY Fairy door created with popsicle sticks, basic craft supplies and odds and ends.

Materials Used

  • Craft sticks
  • Paper
  • White glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft moss
  • Faux flowers
  • Buttons or accents

Tutorial Directions

  1. Glue sticks to band of paper (excess can be trimmed off later).


2. Paint or Stain your choice of color.


3. For a weathered look you can use a quick crackle technique. Start by painting the door the base coat (this will be the color that shows through the cracks).


4.  Once dry brush with a coat of white glue. While glue is still tacky coat with another layer of paint in contrasting color (I use a “throwaway” brush for this).


5. As the layers dry, the finish will crackle magically creating an aged look.


6. Then have fun decorating by adding craft moss and a button doorknob.


7. Or paint a cheery greeting for our garden gate we simply staggered the sticks rather than gluing straight across. Glue a craft stick on back as a stake to pop into a planter so it stands straight.


8. Doors can be created to suit a variety of themes and colors and styles – note they can be fragile and are not a toy.


9. A winter theme makes fun holiday decor perfect for elves.


10. Or they can be popped onto a flower-pot for a gnome home.



11.  Have fun displaying your tiny doors or add as an accent to a potted plant as a unique gift.


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DIY And Tutorial Month – Stamped Metal Bar Tags

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Stamped Metal Bar Tags” by Lindsay from ShrimpSaladCircus


Lindsay here from Shrimp Salad Circus to share a fun tutorial to dress up your bar cart. These stamped metal liquor bottle tags also make lovely gifts and can be used for a wide variety of purposes, like labeling kitchen items! Read on for the full tutorial to find out how to stamp just about anything for a lasting impression!

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Tutorial DirectionsDIY-Stamped-Metal-Bar-Tags-Step-2

1. Count the number of letters in the word you want to stamp. In this case, we’re stamping “vodka,” which has five letters.

2. Now mark five evenly spaced, centered dots to use as a stamping guide.

3. Place your first letter stamp over the first dot, and hammer it firmly 2-3 times. Repeat for the rest of the letters.DIY-Stamped-Metal-Bar-Tags-Step-4

4. Color in the letters with black permanent marker or paint, and then use a paper towel to wipe it off the surface of the metal, leaving only the letters filled in.DIY-Stamped-Metal-Bar-Tags-Step-5

5. Punch a hole in each of the top corners. Thread a jump ring through each hole, and then attach each end of a chain to the tag.

Optional Steps:

6. You can hammer the edges of the card for a more rustic, textured finish.

7. If you have a round or oval bottle, you might want to shape the tag over a bracelet mandrel so that it hangs properly. Click here DIY Stamped Metal Bar Tags to see how I did that.


8. Hang the tag on your bottle to check placement. If you like the way it hangs, you’re done! If it seems too low or is sliding down the bottle, trim the chain a bit until you’re happy with the end result. Voila!

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DIY And Tutorial Month – Fabric Button Earrings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial for Fabric Button Earrings” by Jessica Luiz-Brazil from SummerStarsMasonJars



Materials Used

Earring Posts and Backs
Glue (I use E6000 but any jewelry glue will work)
Button Kit (I bought mine at Joann Fabrics this includes the button fronts and backs, the circle template, the rubber holder and the button back push. I like the 3/4 inch ones but they have larger and smaller sizes)


Tutorial Directions

Step by Step tutorial Fabric Button Earrings

Center the fabric that you want shown on your earring in the center of the circle template.


Cut out two circles from the fabric.


Grab your fabric and the button top. Put the button front in the middle of the fabric and grab the rubber holder.


Push the fabric with the button top into the rubber holder.


Tuck all the fabric into the holder.


Place the button back onto the tucked fabric in the rubber holder.


Push the button back into the button with the push, you should feel it pop in.


Pop your button out and repeat on the second one.


Grab the glue and the earring posts. Glue them on and let them dry.


If your button package comes with the button backs with the loop on them to sew onto clothing just pop it off with pliers or cut with wire cutters.. your earring posts will cover the holes that it makes.


I usually leave mine to dry for a few hours but it will depend on the glue that you use.



Voila! You’ve got yourself a new pair of earrings!


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CIJ Blog – DIY And Tutorial Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

March is National Craft Month! The Christmas in July team thought it would be fun to celebrate by promoting DIY items and Tutorials on the #EtsyCIJ blog!

We want to showcase your DIY and Tutorials, so please send them to us here.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says DIY Crafts, such as knitting, sewing, embroidery and needlepoint are fantastic ways to create something homemade. We love this embroidery craft kit called “Sweet Treats”. It comes with everything in it needed to make this picture and, when finished, it can be a pillow or picture! Crafts are fun and can be very therapeutic!

Sweet Treats Needlepoint Craft Kit

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said this a snail mail set which includes a blank card and plenty of bits and pieces to decorate with! It is Easter themed with Easter being at the end of March. I am sure a friend would love to receive your own handmade card in the mail!

Easter Snail Mail DIY Kit

These are just a sample of what our team members have in terms of DIY and the Tutorials will be coming soon!

Here are the Tutorials!

Re – Purposed Jelly Jar

Recycled Bird Water Feeder

Fairy Door

Stamped Metal Bar Tags

Fabric Button Earrings