Autumn Leaf Glass Jars
The last of the leaves are falling off the trees here, and the weather is getting colder. Yesterday while the clouds were hanging around it almost felt as if it would snow; thankfully it didn’t! It’s not a huge secret that I’m not a fan of winter. It’s my very least favorite season. I hate to be cold, and it’s often so dreary and gray! I’m holding onto the last bit of fall while I can. My friends at DecoArt sent me these fun Gloss Enamels paints I had been wanting to try, and I had some dollar store glassware hanging around that I thought would be the perfect canvas! This Autumn Leaf Glass Jar project was so much fun, and now I want to paint all the glass!
*Some of the supplies used in this post were given to me by DecoArt. All of the ideas and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you should make a purchase using one of my links it won’t cost more, but I may earn a small commission. Thank you for helping to keep the Craft Shack Adventures going!*
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Autumn Jars:
- DecoArt Gloss Enamels Paints
- DecoArt 3D Gloss Enamels Writer, Transparent Crystal
- Glass Jars or containers
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Paint Brush
- Leaf outlines
Draw, print or use actual leaves for a guide to follow when painting. I printed these leaves out and put them in my jar to follow. You are welcome to use them too, free for your own personal use, please.
Clean your glass surface with rubbing alcohol. Let dry.
Load up your paintbrush with Gloss Enamels paint and fill in the leaf outline. Spread the paint around to fill out an entire leaf. I worked one leaf at a time.
Using a contrasting paint color, add more paint to the leaf, swirling the second color into the still wet first color in a marble-like pattern. I liked the multicolor leaves. Allow the leaves to dry to the touch. This takes at least an hour.
Use the Transparent 3D Gloss Enamel Writer in Crystal to trace around the leaves. This dries nearly clear, but with pretty glittery sparkles around the leaves adding yet another dimension to them. Allow the crystal gloss enamel to dry.
Let your glass cure for four days. Really, just set it aside and leave it alone! After four days, place your glass in a cool oven. Set the temperature to 325° F and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the glass to cool inside the oven with the door slightly open.
Now your glass is top rack dishwasher safe! *please note, this paint is not food safe. It is not meant to come into contact with food. Painting the outside of a glass that won’t touch food is fine, but please don’t paint the top of a plate that you want to put food on!*
I painted a fun little pumpkin shaped jar just using the fall colors and blunt brush strokes.
There are so many different possibilities! It’s a super fun way to personalize your glassware and make it unique and YOU!
I tested the Leaf Vase in the dishwasher after curing and baking the paint. It came out looking just as good as it went in! It’s great that you can clean the glass still.