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DIY - Painting Instructions for Wooden Jelly Jar Wall Hanging

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Painting Instructions for the JELLY JAR WALL HANGING


If you don’t want to paint your own, then you can purchase one of these at JAMsCraftCloset.Com – Click Here  COTTAGE CHIC COLLECTION

(Go Here to Purchase the Painting Kit) 

Otherwise, saddle up…I am going to take you on a painting ride…


Graphite Paper, Staple Gun, Sandpaper, Gesso (Sealer), Tack Cloth, Mod Podge Varnish either Gloss or Matte, and a Ball Point Pen or Stylus

PAINT:  Light and Dark Aqua, Light and Dark Lilac, Light and Dark Blue, Yellow, White, Ivory, Black and Burnt Sienna,

SHARPIES:  Pink, Green, and Fine Point Black

TIME DURATION:  Several Days


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  1. Once you have received your painting packet, the first thing you are going to do is SAND your wood cutouts.


You can sand your wood cutout with an electric palm sander or with just some sandpaper that you probably have lying around.  I LOVE my Makita palm sander with the attached dust bag.  It just makes the sanding job easier and quicker.

  1. Once the wood cutouts are sanded smooth. Use a TACK CLOTH to get all of the dust off of your wood pieces.

  1. Now it is time to seal our wood cutouts. When I am going to paint something, I like to seal my wood with GESSO.  It is a think white sealer that you just brush on and let dry completely.

  1. Once your GESSO is completely dry SAND then use the TACK CLOTH again to get all of the white dust particles off. YOUR wood cutouts should feel smooth to the touch.  If not, sand some more, then TACK again.


  1. Now, we need to get ready to PAINT our base coats.


Place your GRAPHITE PAPER on top of your wood cutout and with a STYLUS or ballpoint pen, trace your jelly jar lid ruffle and the rectangle word box.  That is all you need to trace at this time.  It should look like the picture above.

Your basecoats should look like this…Don’t forget to paint the back the same color as the front…All Lilac, all blue, and all aqua or whatever colors you chose.  You just want the back to look nice.

  1. Now, it is time to shade our wood cutout. You will use the darker color for this.  Use a larger flat brush.  Dip the brush in water and rake off excess.  Dip ONE side of the brush in the darker color.  Run the brush back and forth on wax paper to spread out the paint on the brush.  Using long strokes go underneath the ruffle with the paint filled edge of your brush.  Do the same thing around the box.   Clean your brush.  We will do the same stroke inside the box and on the jar top using BURNT SIENNA paint.

I hope yours looks similar to this.

  1. Let’s work on the fabric tops. I used a pink and green SHARPIE for this.  You will have more control with the SHARPIE, then you would with the paint brush.  Using the SHARPIE draw in your flowers (pink), stems and leaves (green).  I then used a toothpick and yellow paint to add my center dots to the flowers.

  1. Let the above step dry for about an hour or more. We need to make sure the flower yellow center dots are completely dry. We can’t finish our project until it is dry because we are going to be using our graphite paper again to trace our bow and words onto our wood cutouts.

  1. Using a black SHARPIE pen trace over your words. With the Burnt Sienna paint, paint in your bow.  Using BLACK paint and a toothpick place your dots as in the picture.

  1. We are getting down to the final steps…adding all the detail lines using a FINE POINT SHARPIE BLACK PEN…

  1. Let your wood cutouts dry overnight. We will be putting a couple coats of water-based varnish on them.  We need to make sure the ink has time to dry or when we put on the varnish the ink will smear.  Be patient and let it dry for at least 12 hours before adding the varnish.

I use Mod Podge Acrylic Varnish.  You can buy it in Gloss or Matte depending if you want your wooden jars to be shiny or not.

  1. Once you have varnished (2 coats at least) your wooden jars, put them in order, staple the jute to the back, and tie the bow at the bottom.

They are now ready to hang or give as a gift!!!


YOU did it!!!

G-O  YOU!!!



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