Trash-to-treasure crafts are the best! Turn old spaghetti sauce jars into adorable nautical stripe vases using chalk paint. This is such an easy, inexpensive, and beautiful craft!
I’ve been on a big nautical kick lately… Mainly because my Cape Cod coastal bedroom makeover has been the focus of my attention for the last several weeks. Baked spaghetti has also been the focus of my attention lately. It is seriously the easiest dinner recipe, and much cleaner than it’s un-baked counterpart.
“Girl, you have gone off the deep end! What do coastal bedrooms and baked spaghetti have in common?”
I’ll tell you: the opportunity for some seriously cheap crafting!
See, this baked spaghetti requires the use of one jar of spaghetti sauce. Yes, store-bought spaghetti sauce in a jar. In an alternate universe I make spaghetti sauce from scratch, my children put away all of their toys, and I have a pet unicorn in my backyard.
Basically, I had some glass spaghetti sauce jars lying around and decided to put them to use as fresh-flowers-from-the-farmer’s-market-season-approaches.
Leftover Food Jars + Chalk Paint = Crafting Goodness
Nautical Stripe Chalk Paint Jars
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- Jars, washed and labels removed
- Chalk paint in colors of your choice. I mixed my own custom colors and used BB Frosch chalk paint powder. I also like the Martha Stewart Crafts chalk paint in these colors: Sailor Blue, Antique Sky, and Ivory.
- Paint brushes
How to make Nautical Stripe Chalk Paint Jars
Step 1 – Pick Your Colors
I mixed my own colors with BB Frosch chalk paint powder. If you want a more straight-forward option, I really like these colors from Martha Stewart Paint.
Step 2 – Start Seeing Stripes
I just kind of painted whatever stripes looked good to me. I chose thicker stripes for the lighter colors, and thinner stripes for the dark navy.
Since I painted the entire bottom of two of the jars, I just held the jar by the opening and then let them dry upside-down. My hand looks so weird in that picture. Great. Now I’m going to be super self-conscious about my hands in all of my pictures. #bloggerproblems
Step 3 – Coat # 2
I went over the stripes with a second coat of paint, just for good measure. It seems like the darker the color, the more likely you are to need a second coat.
Step 4 – Let Everything Dry & Enjoy
I just let everything dry for a few hours before putting my flowers in them. I don’t think putting them in the dishwasher would be a good idea. Hand washing is fine.
So there you have it. Too easy, right?
Now whenever I look at my new vases, I will be able to enjoy my farmer’s market flowers and think of baked spaghetti. Mmmmm…. baked spaghetti. So. Good.
Happy painting all!