Holiday Treat Jars
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Holiday Treat Jars

These bright jars are perfect for the season's sweet surprises. Mix and match these designs, which are adaptable to any jar shape.

Gingerbread Man Cookie Jar

You can paint just one friendly fellow or a whole brigade to march across your container.

What You Need:
Christmas Treat Jar with Gingerbread Man
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This guard is always on duty.

  • Glass jar with glass lid (look in discount or crafts store)
  • Newspapers
  • Tracing or typing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Disposable foam plate
  • Acrylic glass paints in green, white, red, brown, and black
  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (This requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

 

2. Trace the pattern onto tracing or typing paper. If necessary, reduce or enlarge the pattern on a copy machine to fit your jar.

3. Clean glassware. Before beginning to paint, wash the glassware and let it dry. Be careful not to touch your fingers on the areas that will be painted (use a towel).

4. Cover your work surface with newspapers.

5. Position pattern. Trim any extra paper away from the traced design. Tape the pattern to the inside of the candy jar.

6. Paint background. On a foam plate, mix a small amount of green paint with white paint to make light mint green. Paint the background shape, going around the shape for the gingerbread man. While the paint is wet, add a few swirls of white paint. Paint the lid with the light mint green paint. Highlight with white. Let the paint dry.

7. Paint the gingerbread man brown. Let the paint dry.

8. Paint in the details of the gingerbread man, the background, and the lid. To mix pink tones, stir a dab of red paint into white without mixing completely. To make dots, dip the handle end of a paintbrush into the desired color of paint and dot on the surface. Let the paint dry.

Trimmed-Tree Candy Jar

A simple, free-form Christmas tree can be painted onto a jar of any size.

What You Need:
Christmas Treat Jar with Gingerbread Man
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Red candies plus a painted green
tree add up to a brilliant idea.

  • Glass jar with glass lid
  • Newspapers
  • Disposable foam plate
  • Acrylic glass paints in green, white, purple, dark green, metallic gold, red, and yellow
  • Paintbrushes
  • Toothpick
  • Old toothbrush
  • Newspapers

Instructions:

1. Clean glassware. Before beginning to paint, wash the glassware and let it dry. Be careful not to touch your fingers on the areas that will be painted (use a towel).

2. Cover your work surface with newspapers.

3. Paint snow and large trees. On the plate, mix a small amount of green with white. Start to paint the snow at the bottom of the jar. Using the same colors, paint a large tree on each side of the jar. Mix a small amount of purple with white and continue painting the top of the snow. Let the paint dry.

4. Paint small trees and gold stars. Using dark green, paint small trees around the jar between the large trees. Add stars to the top of each large tree using metallic gold. Paint various size stars on the lid. Let the paint dry.

5. Add trims to the large trees. Dip the handle end of a paintbrush into the desired colors of paint and dot on trees. For garlands, use a toothpick and gold paint. Make several dots in a row. Let the paint dry.

6. Add some snowflakes. Dip the bristles of an old toothbrush into white paint. Run your finger along the bristles to splatter specks of paint over the jar to resemble snow. Let the paint dry.

Candy-Cane-Stripe Treat Jar

You can paint angled or straight stripes to parallel the forms of your jar.

What You Need:

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Create a candy-colored world.

  • Round glass jar with lid
  • Newspapers
  • Disposable foam plate
  • Acrylic glass paints in red, white, and green
  • 1/4- and 1-inch-wide flat paintbrushes
  • Pencil with round-tip eraser
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

1. Clean glassware. Before beginning to paint, wash the glassware and let it dry. Be careful not to touch your fingers on the areas that will be painted (use a towel).

2. Cover your work surface with newspapers.

3. Paint white images. Place some white paint on a foam plate. Using the 1/4-inch brush, paint a ring around the top of the jar and on the edge of the lid knob. Using the 1-inch-wide brush, paint slanted stripes around the jar, leaving about 2 inches between stripes. Let dry.

4. Paint red details. Paint 1-inch red stripes between the white stripes. Use the 1/4-inch brush to paint vertical stripes over the white-painted rings at top and on knob. Let the paint dry.

5. Add green dots. Dip the eraser end of a pencil into paint and dot on the surface of jar and lid. Let the paint dry. To add tiny white and red dots in the center of the larger green dots, use a toothpick dipped in paint.

6. Paint the top of the knob, using red paint. Let the paint dry. To add white dots on the top of the knob, dip the handle end of a paintbrush into paint and dot on the knob. Let the paint dry.

Merry Christmas Cookie Jar

Etching cream plus paint makes an elegant holder for the finest cookies and other goodies.

What You Need:

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Your baked goods deserve the best.

  • Glass jar with lid
  • Newspapers
  • Tracing or typing paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil with round-tip eraser
  • Tape
  • Etching cream (available at crafts stores)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small round, fine-tipped, and 1/2-inch flat paintbrushes
  • Disposable foam plate
  • Acrylic glass paints in red, white, green, teal, purple, and silver
  • Red metallic cord
  • 3 medium jingle bells

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern. (This requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Trace the pattern onto tracing or typing paper. If necessary, reduce or enlarge the pattern on a copy machine to fit your jar.

 

2. Clean glassware. Before beginning to paint, wash the jar and let it dry. Be careful not to touch your fingers on the areas that will be painted (use a towel).

3. Cover your work surface with newspapers.


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4. Position pattern. Trim any extra paper away from the traced design. Tape the pattern to the inside of the candy jar.


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5. Using etching cream, paint the words on the outside of the jar as shown by the pattern. Be very careful, as the glass will etch wherever the cream is applied. Read the directions on the etching cream label to know how long to let the cream stay on the glass.


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6. Note the time. When the time is up for the etching cream, put on the rubber gloves and rinse off the cream under the faucet. Dry the jar.


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7. Add red accents onto etched letters. Place some red paint on a foam plate. Using a fine-tipped brush, add a shadow to the left side of the letters as shown. Let the paint dry.


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8. Add white accents to etched letters. Place some white paint on a foam plate and paint white highlights on the top of each letter. Let the paint dry.


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9. Paint greenery. Place green, teal, and white paints on a disposable plate. Drag the flat brush through each color and begin to add sprigs of greenery around the lettering and the jar lid. Start from the center of the sprig and brush outward. Continue making these strokes until you have the length of sprig desired. Let the paint dry.

10. Paint berries. Dip the eraser end of a pencil into red paint and dot it on the surface. To add garlands, use this same method using desired colors of paint mixed with white. Let the paint dry.

11. Finish with bells. String jingle bells onto red cord and tie around the lid knob.

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