Miycreations Project article and photographs
by  Madeleine M Langlois

MIY Valentine Project: LUV Jars
“Chalk up your messages of love!” with “Frosted jars for warm

Looking for a fun way to express words of love to your special Valentine?
Easy to make writable decorative glass jars are painted with acrylic paint and
top-coated with a clear frost medium finish. Words of affections can be
inscribed over the finish, all around the jars with chalk. After Valentine’s Day,
the words can be simply wiped off with a cloth without affecting the finish and
new words can then be inscribed. Writable jars are practical to use all year
round, they are idea to label knickknacks jars for the laundry room, kitchen,
office or workshop. This is an easy and fun project to do with children.

Hands-on time: under 2 hours
Total time: Plus paint and matt medium drying time
Skill: easy and kid friendly, recommended for children 5 and up.
Project cost: Under $10.00

Materials & tools:
•  Glass jars with lids in assorted sizes (available at dollar stores or use  
recycle jars that you already have, mason jars can even be used)
•  Newspapers
•  Painter’s tape in assorted widths
•  Scissors
•  Red acrylic paint
•  Paint tray
•  Porous sponge
•  Gallery Plaid, clear frost medium by Plaid (available at Wal-Mart)
•  Foil paper or use a disposable foil tray
•  Chalk

(Materials for this project are available at arts, crafts and mentioned stores.)

Clean the glass jars thoroughly and wipe dry. Cover your work surface with
newspaper and prepare your materials and glass items to be painted. To
create stripes on the jars, mask off areas using painter’s tape. Make straight
horizontal lines of different sizes using painter’s tape of various widths.
Children may need a little help with this part, or simply let them apply the tape
as they wish.

Place some acrylic red paint in a paint tray, dip the sponge, dab it to remove
excess paint and apply the paint all around the jars. Paint brushes will tend to
leave brush strokes, and beside kids love to sponge paint. Once completed,
place the jars upside-down onto newspaper to let them dry, approximately one
hour. Remove the painter’s tape. Clean the paint tray and sponges with water
to prepare for the next step.

Once the paint is completely dry you are ready to apply the clear frost
medium. Once dry, the frost medium will act as a finish to seal and protect the
acrylic paint. You will be able to inscribe chalk writing onto the jars and be
able to wipe it off with a cloth and it won’t affect the paint’s finish.

Line a paint tray with foil paper or use a disposable foil tray, pour some clear
frost medium into the tray.  Apply the clear frost finish all over the jar using a
sponge in the same manner as per the acrylic paint application. Once
finished, again turn the jars upside to let them dry. The clear frost medium
goes on clear, but as it dries you will see the jars frost up. Very cool! Let the
frost finish dry and cure for at least 12 hours before inscribing chalk words
onto the jars.

Inscribe your love messages using chalk, white or pink, directly onto the jars,
in the front, or all around the jars. Fill the jars up with Valentine candies;
chocolate or special token from the heart for your special someone. Children
love this part! Inscribable jars make great gifts to give to grand-parents and

Variations: The same concept as above can be applied to glass vases,
recycled jars or glass votive holders. Votive candle holders are terrific to use
for special event or party, write your dinner guests names onto the votives
with chalk. You can also simply use red or pink chalkboard paints instead of
the acrylic paint. Pebeo just launched a new line of coloured chalkboard

Instead of masking the jars with tape stripes, kids can use a variety of
assorted self adhesive stickers such as hearts, circles, dots, stars and so on
to create cool patterns around the glass jars.

Get creative, You can even use it to insert a special gift.

Tip: Should you chose to keepsake the inscribe love messages, apply a
varnish top coat over the chalk inscribed jars.

Notes: The above finish is for decorative use only. Not recommended
to use on food consumption items such as plates, or drinking glasses.
Miy  Valentine...Original Craft Idea
....Valentine LUV Jars....
C r e a t i o n s  & I n s p i r a t i o n s
"f o r   t h e   p u r e   j o y   o f   m a k i n g   t h i n g s"
Watch the video clip
~ click on image
See how easy it is to make these
frosted LUV jars. Hayden (my son) is
showing how to sponge on the red
chalk paint. He likes to create with
the beat of cool music. This is a fun
and easy and fun project to do with
More Miy Valentine
Shabby Chic Valentine
Vases. From Re-cycled to
“Show your colors of love"
Once dry, the frost medium will
act as a finish to seal and
protect the acrylic paint. You
will be able to inscribe chalk
writing onto the jars and be
able to wipe it off with a cloth
and it won’t affect the paint’s
finish. You can be free to
express  you messages all year
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