DIY Embellished Jars Mantel Display
My living room mantel has been bare since I cleared away the Easter decorations six weeks ago. Then, this project came together. I’d been wanting to do something with DIY embellished jars, and creating a summer mantel display was just the right motivation.
Actually, the idea of up-cycling a few old jars and vases was only half of the scheme. The other half of the project involved using a batch of seashells that I collected during our vacation last week at Edisto Island, SC. I love to walk on the beach, and I can’t resist picking up shells with interesting colors and shapes.
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- Assorted jars and vases from my stash.
- Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Flat White Primer spray paint
- Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Gloss Clear Sealer (spray)
- Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Chiffon Cream
- Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Matte Robin’s Egg
- Rustoleum Universal spray paint in Matte Citron
- Rustoleum spray paint grip
- HomeRight spray paint shelter
- HomeRight spray paint turntable
- Burlap Wired Ribbon in Natural. (similar)
- Burlap Wired Ribbon in Turquoise
- Cotton lace remnant from my stash
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
I never throw away those vases that come from the florist. Over the years, I’ve kept the ones that I’ve received with Mother’s Day or birthday flowers. The result is that I have too many of them stashed away in a cabinet.
For this project, I grabbed two short, rounded vases and one taller vase that originally came from the florist.
Additionally, I had two small, squarish, red vases that came from the Dollar Store. I used them in a Christmas vignette a couple of years ago, and, yes, they’d been stashed in the cabinet ever since.
Finally, I grabbed three empty jars from the top shelf of the pantry: two short pesto jars, and one Mason jar in which we had received homemade relish from a friend.
Seashells from the Beach
I enjoyed our walks on the beach last week at Edisto Island. As I result of my inability to leave shells lying on the sand, I brought home a small bucket of seashells.
Filling the bucket with clear water until the shells were submerged, I gently washed them to remove the sand.
Next, I spread out the shells to dry.
The Project: Step-by-Step
This project unfolded over two days. On the first day, I painted the glass containers and prepared the shells.
I let the paint dry for 24 hours before proceeding so the it would be thoroughly dry.
On the second day, I embellished the jars and vases and decorated the living room mantel with my ‘new’ decor accessories.
Spray Painting the Jars and Vases
The HomeRight spray paint shelter and turntable are helpful tools for this project. You can tell from the photos that the shelter has been used many times; several colors of paint, including black, are evident on the floor and walls of the shelter.
My first step in painting the glass containers was to spray a coat of flat, white primer. First, I sprayed the items upside down. After letting the paint dry for about 20-30 minutes, I sprayed them with primer again, right-side up.
The HomeRight turntable makes it possible to easily spray the items from any direction to get good coverage.
Sealing the Seashells
By now, the seashells were clean and dry. I sprayed them with Rustoleum clear gloss sealer.
After allowing about 20 minutes drying time, I turned them over and sprayed the other side with sealer, too.
More Spray Painting
Meanwhile, I turned the jars and vases right-side up and sprayed a second coat of primer. I allowed 20-30 minutes drying time between coats.
After the primer was dry, I sprayed my 3 colors: citron, robin’s egg, and chiffon.
Again, I spray painted the pieces upside down first, and then sprayed a second coat with the pieces right-side up.
Embellishing the Painted Jars and Vases
Finally, I had a set of jars and vases in pretty, matte colors: robin’s egg blue, citron yellow, and chiffon (cream).
My next step was the fun part! I played around with the shells and bits of ribbon and twine from my stash until I came up with designs for my glass containers.
I hot-glued the embellishments onto the jars and vases.
Here are the results!
The Mantel Display
I filled the glass containers with water and inserted clippings from the shrubbery in my front yard.
After arranging the containers on the mantel, I placed the remaining seashells among the jars and vases.
And, that’s it! Simple and pretty!
What do you think?
How’s everything going at your house as we close out springtime and head into summer? Have you been decorating for the season? Do you display seashells in your summer decor, too?
Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!
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