Hello Hambly, this is Kirsty.
I have a small confession to make, and I hope you might be able to relate: I find it really difficult to throw away used glass jars and bottles. Yes, I recycle – of course I do – but I can’t help seeing the repurposing potential in things like empty jam jars as well. I have an ever-growing collection on my office windowsill, and although I use them to store all sorts of things, from buttons to coins to crochet hooks, they’re mostly practical, rather than pretty. The solution? A quick and easy, but super-effective Hambly makeover.
Empty glass jars and bottles
Spray paint (I used Montana Gold, in Marble which is a very pale shade of grey)
Hambly overlays, rub-ons and washi tape
Step 1: Make sure your jars and bottles are clean and completely dry. Spray on 2-3 coats of paint, to create a smooth, even finish.
Tip: If your glass has sticky marks where you’ve peeled off labels, try rubbing them with metal polish (e.g. Brasso), and then rinse in soapy water.
Step 2: Cut strips of overlay to fit around some of the jars. Overlap the ends at the back and either glue them into place, or – for a semi-permanent option – hold together with washi-tape. This makes it easy to change up the overlay whenever you like.
Step 3: Add rub-ons to the rest of your painted glassware, either applying them singly or combining a couple of different designs.
Use the finished pieces to hold whatever you like, or line them up to make a fancy display.
Thanks for visiting, and don’t blame me if you suddenly start finding it really difficult to throw away used glassware!