Altered jar { DIY }

Dear blogfriends,

A warm welcome to you. Today I'd like to share with you
an altered jar plus a little DIY.

As a crafter I try to reduce my impact on mother earth as much as possible.
Which means... looking for things to reuse or re-purpose.
Which is actually fun!

Jars, bottles, boxes, all waiting for us to be upcycled.

Beautiful embellishments can be found
in thrift stores and dusty attics.



Things you need

Images for front and back if you like
Modpodge or gel medium
Leftover threads
(or other things to add texture)
White gesso
Acrylic paints (also gold if you wish)
Embellishments like beads, ribbons, flowers, buttons, etc.


Here's how to alter your jar

1) Glue papers and images

Glue (news-) paper pieces to your jar with modpodge or another clear adhesive.
Then add two images of your choice.
One for the front of the jar and one for the back.

Let it dry.

2) Create texture with gesso, tule and threads

To add some texture to your jar
you can use tule and/or threads or other things.
Hold them against the jar and apply gesso over it.

Let dry thoroughly.

3) Paint over the texture 

I used several colours of acrylic paint (including gold)
to match with the images I chose
as if the threads were branches of a rose bush.

4) Add embellishments

Glue the embellishments of your choice on the lid (you can use a glue gun for this,
but gel medium or modpodge worked fine with me too),
hang them on a chain or cord around the jar,
add whatever you like.
Ribbon, charms, beads, flowers, ...



- Large bean jar
- Leftovers of threads
- Fabric scrap
- Pieces of old jewelry
- Button from grandma's jacket
- Leaves and flowers of home decoration piece
- Pieces of newspaper

(The beautiful charm below the ribbon bow
is new and it's a gift from Marjanne.

A very special thanks to her
since she was my first swap friend AND my first follower.)


The painting I chose is called
"Young Woman with a Bouquet of Roses"
by the French (Paris) painter François Boucher
who lived 1703-1770.

 I'd like to link this to City Crafters Challenge week 106,
Shabby Tea Room challenge week 111
and Frilly and Funkie April challenge.


Have a wonderful week!

xx Wen


  1. Wat een prachtige potje heb er van gemaakt, en wat leuk je uitleg!!

  2. Jeeeee wat dit een mooi potje!! Super!! Was Ik je eerste volger ? Nou daar ben Ik héél trots op, Ik hou van je stijl.

  3. Schitterend meis helemaal geweldig en zo mijn style...knuf peet

  4. Oh Wendy ,it is so very lovely, and so very gorgeous,-I love the effect the tulle makes,and the layers you created .The flowers and jewlery pieces are beautiful ,and your image so wonderful .
    Thankyou dear, for your tutorial, and images, so very sweet of you.

  5. How beautiful piece! Thanks for your kind comment in my blog, you're very gentle. Greetings from Spain :-)

  6. Wow, that is a glorious transformation, Wendy! And so lush and beautiful. What are you planning to put in it? Or is a gift?

  7. GORGEOUS project, Wendy!

  8. wow! such a beautiful creation!

  9. Wow what a beauty your jar is! Thx for the tutorial too!

  10. Beautiful creation, so much detail, I love it! Thanks for sharing at The Shabby Tea Room!

  11. What a wonderful altered project, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  12. Your art is fantastic, Wendy! What a wonderful Blog you have! Thank you for your lovely comment on my Blog; I will be back for frequent visits for inspiration!
    Best to you!

  13. Gorgeous repurposed jar! I love the vintage image! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Frilly and Funkie!

  14. You know you could have all the supplies in the world and still not come up with something as lovely as this ... an amazing project! Many thanks for sharing your talent with us at CCCB

  15. WOW! This is so beautiful. I just love what you have created here.. Truly beautiful.. I am so glad you played along with us at CCCB!

  16. This is just STUNNING Wendy!! Thanks for joining us this wei at CCCB!

  17. This is a beautiful repurposed jar! Wow! Love all the little treasures and texture you added! Thank you for playing along at Frilly and Funkie!

  18. Now this is a jar!!! Love the image (thanks for the freebie) and all the embellishment is a wow! It's so romantic feeling! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Frilly & Funkie!

  19. What a wonderful project so delicate and beautiful and charming

    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  20. Wat een gave metamorfose... Niet te geloven, dat een leeg glas van boontjes zo iets moois kan worden!!
    Leuk dat je je plaatjes zelf restyled in photoshop... Ik heb zelf ook een tijdje hiermee gestoeid en weet hoeveel tijd dit vergt. (als beginner althans). Bedankt voor de duidelijke uitleg!!

    Groetjes, Toos

  21. Such a wonderful post dear Wendy. I adore your altered jar. It's gorgeous and you have so many beautiful photos with it, plus a tutorial!!
    I wish I could do half as much!!
    June xx

  22. Wendy this is lovely, thanks for sharing.

  23. This is just wonderful!! I was so inspired I had to alter a jar myself :) I'll link to your blogpost in the description box when I post it!! tfs, hugs and smiles, Linda

  24. Thanks for your great tutorial, Wen, your photos are so clear. I would love to try this...


Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen