We turned plain glass jars into wonderful hostess gifts. Frosted paint was used to create a design on the jars, then the jars were embellished with ribbons and fresh greens.
painter's tarp/or large cardboard
hot glue gun and glue sticks
glass jars (peanut butter, jams, salsa, etc.)
frosted spray paint
clear glass marbles
pine boughs and red berries
Use painter's tape to create patterns, like stripes, squares or letters, on the glass jars.
In a well-ventilated area, spray jars with the frosted spray paint and let dry. Apply a second coat of paint. Remove painter's tape once the paint has dried.
Cut ribbon to fit around jars with enough to make a bow. Glue ribbon around the top of the jar. Layer on a second ribbon and make a bow.
Add the clear marbles to the jars, then add water around the stems of the flowers.
Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.