diy {fabric covered jars}


Hold your seats.

I’m sharing a DIY project! I know they have been few and far between over the last few months, but this week I felt crafty. Now, I will warn you. This is not rocket science or even all that creative. It is a tutorial that involves 3 things: old jars, old fabric, hot glue. I get comments all the time asking about my creative process. It always makes me laugh because there isn’t much to it. So, I share this tutorial for those of you that like to hear how others create and for those of you that never thought about gluing fabric to jars. The rest of you…this might way too simple for you!

I spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink. I made a hanging shelf for it a while back (click here for the tutorial on Design*Sponge). Well, it held vintage thermoses and jar snow globes all winter. After taking the winter stuff down it has sat empty and bare…and boring. This week I decided enough was enough and it needed a summer spruce up.

I gathered random jars I had on hand. I have way too many glass jars.  I also have a lot of scrap fabric. I wanted to use to vases from friends on the window sill, so I picked fabrics that had coordinating colors with the vases.

Always have lots of helpers on hand…I don’t need a big work table, but I sure would enjoy one!

My fabric was all squished and wrinkly, so I started by cutting strips (length of the jar diameter) and ironing them.

My first version I just wrapped the fabric and tied it in place. While I was making mine, my 6 year old was working on his own creation. I am not sure what it is, but he knew exactly what he wanted.

After picking all his materials and cutting them, he asked me to hot glue the fabric on. Once I saw his glued, I liked it a lot better than mine so I started over. I layered the strips and hot glued them on one side. Around the curves of the jars, I just pulled tight and glued.

And now I have a happy, summer windowsill. For those wondering, the vases and little bowls are from Anthropologie.

I also get questions about my “studio”…well, currently this is my studio….and while I am doing the glamorous job of studio photography I’ve got one asking me how to fill out his Nature Journal and another I have to remind not to move my flowers. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My DIY tab has not been updated in who knows how long. It is on my list. I guess the upside of not doing many projects these days is it means less work when it comes to updating those pages!

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  • tm - your window is so happy now. i just love that turquoise vase with the red flower!

  • MixedMolly - Love all the colors! It makes me happy to be inspired by my child’s creativity. And your studio rocks BTW!

  • ko - So so happy! I think I’ll make a few for my new craft room! Thanks for sharing!

  • Abigail C - First, I love the little boy on the counter in the background of one of the pictures. Second, your “studio” is inspiring. 😀

  • Lisa Johnson - I must make these jars!
    Ashley, I hadn’t visited yet this week.
    Monday’s post made me cry and pray
    Tuesday’s post made me smile and chuckle
    Wednesday’s post makes me want to make something!
    Perfectly sums up why I come here! Thank you for writing 🙂

  • Pamela - everything is better when you use a glue gun!

  • amber - Man! Everyday I get on here, I just know it’s going to be a post about your girl:/. The vases are really cute, so are your kids;), & we’re praying still!! Hang in there…God’s in the waiting.

  • Talia - these are SOOO cute! i am definitely wanting to try making some of my own this summer. thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Julie - Looks like a great afternoon project for my daughters & me after we do a nature walk for flowers. Can you let me know where you got the nature journal & what the title of the book/journal is. It looks like a great way to reinforce nature for my girls. Thanks.

  • Sarah - So adorable!! Does the hot glue not “bleed” through the fabric and show? That would be my concern.

  • Jen Daily - I tend to think of crafting as either “mine” or “theirs”. But you’ve showed me that we can work with the same materials to make similar or different things, all at the same time. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes shots!

  • MrS WrIgHt - I love love love that little window shelf you have going on there!

  • Erin - where did you get those colored bowls in the window?? 🙂
    erincyoung (at)

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Gorgeous! Might have to be inspired by (steal) that swing/shelf idea, too!

  • Kim - Very cute and inspiring! Love, Love the bowls, wondering if you would share where they are from. 🙂

  • Shannon Phillips - I LOOOOOVE these! Making them asap. I’m so happy to see you have been crafty.

  • Debbie C - Can I tell you, I LOVE your hanging shelf idea. It is one of my favorites of your many creative DIY projects! But I love it even more with all of those happy summery items hanging out together. So pretty!

  • Becky B. - The swing in the window is too cute!

  • AshleyAnn - Erin – they are from Anthropologie!

  • AshleyAnn - Sarah – it didn’t really bleed through, but I glued on the backside where you can’t see anyway…so I wasn’t too worried about that part.

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  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - I just did this, Ashley. It’s holding our toothbrushes and looks so cute. Thanks for the tip!

  • iHanna - Saw this on pinterest and came here to see more. Such beautiful photos, and lovely project and idea! I love it and I don’t know why I never thought of covering a jar in fabric… 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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