By Kellie Pearson
Have a surplus of glass you don’t know what to do with? At Glass Doctor®, not only do we fix your panes, we also provide creative solutions. Use your extra glass pieces as inspiration for your next DIY project. Here are a few of our favorite techniques…
Etching – Etching is easily done with some etching cream, paintbrushes or Popsicle sticks, and tape. Create your own unique design or monogram for added elegance to any glass piece.
Frosting – Whether you add a simple chevron stripe or fancier flower design, using a frosted glass finish can complete the look for any mirror or glass jar project. Tape off the area you want to spray around for cleaner, more distinguished edges.
Glittering – Gluing a glob of glitter to your choice of glass can add that extra glitz and magically transform it into something entirely different. Whether you glam up last season’s candle holders, flower vases, or champagne glasses, glitter will surely do the trick.
Painting – Perfect your glassware with a drop of paint. Whether you want the traditional, stained glass look or modern metallic or milky look, opportunities are infinite. Play with the color wheel by incorporating color blocking or an ombre appearance by including multiple shades of one color.
Stenciling – Get practical by grabbing a stencil and some paint and labeling your storage jars in the kitchen or play room. To be more versatile, you can use chalkboard paint so you can easily repurpose your jars. For a chic look, use puffy paint or a glue gun to write inspirational messages on a flower vase and then paint over the lettering with a solid color for a three-dimensional look.
Wrapping – Complement your glass jars by adding lace, burlap or ribbon. For a rainy day, cut out sheet music or a favorite article and decoupage it onto the glass for an artsy look.
In addition to these enhancements, you can repurpose your glass with these three tricks.Get organized– Frame your glass and put a gradient of paint swatches underneath, designating each column as a day of the week, and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a fashionable dry/erase monthly calendar! You can also do this with a to-do list, or chore chart designating each square for a day of the week or member of the family.
Go natural – Add an element of green to your living space by planting a terrarium in your extra jars. Plant flowers, moss or any greenery of your choosing.
Light up – Homemade lighting can create the perfect ambiance to any backyard event. Combine tea light candles with mason jars to light up a path way, or use string to tie them from the tree tops.