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Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars


Hi guys! It’s Meg from GreenWith Decor back with a fun spring DIY project.

It’s still a bit chilly here in Wisconsin, but I’m willing spring to arrive with all of my spring decorating inside! I love using old glass bottles and jars for decor. In fact, my spring mantel this year was full of them!  

I wanted a little something for spring in our family room, too, so I rummaged through my jar stash to find a couple jars I could use as vases for spring flowers. Aren’t they perfect for spring?!  
Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

This is an easy tutorial you could use for any season of the year. I love switching out decor pieces each season, it always gets me excited for what’s next! Plus these jars are so little, they’d be easy to store for use year after year.



Supply list:
  • Glass jars (I used spaghetti sauce jars.)
  • Drop cloth
  • Clay paint (I used green and light blue.)
  • Paint brush
  • Wax
  • Wax brush
  • Clean, lint-free cloth 
If you’re using old food jars like I did, peel the labels off. Sometimes running the jar under hot water helps.
Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

You can really use any paint for these, but I love the look of clay paint. It’s similar to chalky paint and gives that kind of textured look to painted pieces. I’ve used it on several furniture makeovers, and I always love the look of it.

I gave each jar two coats of paint, being sure to apply the paint with brush strokes going in the same direction each time. This gives jars a more finished look when you’re done.

Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

Around the tops of the jars, I didn’t cover them with paint completely. Instead, I did some quick brush strokes, leaving a bit of jars plain to give them a more rustic look.

Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

Let the paint dry in between coats, or you may end up messing up your first coat and having to start all over again. Not that I’ve ever done that! :)

Sometimes it’s best to be patient.

Let the second coat of paint dry for 24-48 hours. Then apply the wax to seal the paint. I’ve used a few different wax brushes, and I have to say, paying a bit more for a good one is worth it. (This is coming from someone who keeps old spaghetti sauce jars to use as vases!)

Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

I used clear/natural wax, but if you want a more textured look, you could use dark wax or glaze. I tend to stick to the clear wax just because I like it, but it depends on the look you’re going for.

Swirl your wax brush in the wax container, then apply the wax to the jars using a circular motion. Use a clean cloth to wipe off an excess wax.

Then plop in some spring flowers and display. Bonus points if you have little eggs to display with them, too!
Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!
Even if it’s still cold outside, the bit of spring inside is a good reminder that warm weather is coming! 

Make spring vases from old spaghetti sauce jars. A great Easter DIY, these would look great as a spring centerpiece!

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Thanks to Kim for having me today!

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