DIY Glitter Jars

After I got engaged I spent some time on wedding websites such as Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Ann Designs, and Love and Lavender looking for inspiration. I always found myself drawn to glittery and gold table scapes, but I always stopped myself.

This tablescape is gorgeous! Photo from

This tablescape is gorgeous! Image via   Photography by Castle in the Air

I had read somewhere that planning anything using gold or glitter should be left to the professionals. Do it wrong and what ever you make will end up looking horribly tacky or like a second grade craft project.

I decided to give up on my gold and glitter theme, but alas, the heart wants what the heart wants. I decided to compromise: the centerpieces for my Japanese wedding would be full of flowers (you can’t go wrong with flowers) with just a few hints of glitter and gold. Here are some pictures of my inspiration.

Beautiful hand painted gold jars Photo from

Beautiful hand painted gold jars
Image via Photography by MadebyJuvenia


Metallics and babies breath

Metallics and babies breath- gorgeous! Image via by June Bug Company/ Event by Rent My Dust


Glitter!! Image via Photgraphy by Laurel Stavros

Step one in achieving my floral, glitter, and gold vision was a few glitter vases. I found a great tutorial at

These vases are gorgeous!

These vases are gorgeous! Image via the Photography by Alice G. Patterson

The tutorial on the original site is very easy to understand and I highly recommended you take a look. I will go over the way I did it as I changed a few things.


Mod Podge

Foam Brush


Drop Cloth

Glitter- I used Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors Glitter Set, 24-Pack

I chose these four out of the 24 pack of glitter

I chose these four out of the 24 pack of glitter

1. Lay out a drop cloth and few sheets of paper. The drop cloth is for the glitter that will get EVERYWHERE. The sheets of paper are for you to collect the excess glitter you shake out of the jar. You can use the paper to funnel the glitter back into the original container.

2. Coat the jar with Mod Podge using a foam brush. The original tutorial made it seem like the writer used long, broad strokes. I initially did it this way but my first jar came out a bit streaky as it was easy to see where the brush strokes started and ended. I suggest dabbing the jar all the way around with Mod Podge instead. Make sure it is even or else you will get areas that are not fully covered in glitter.


3. Put glitter into the jar (I used about about 1/4 of the bottle). Rotate the jar to cover it with glitter.


Cover the jar completely and let dry (getting the edges of the jar was quite difficult so I shook glitter on to the edges directly). I let my jars dry for a day. The next day I checked back and there were some places that weren’t completely covered with glitter so I gave them all a second coat and let them dry for another day.

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They definitely need a second coat.

After a second coat of mod podge and glitter

After a second coat
of Mod Podge and glitter. I did not bother coating the bottom of the jars completely.

The next day I put one last coat of Mod Podge to seal the jars.

The copper glitter came out wonderfully!

The copper glitter came out wonderfully!

One day later, the mod podge had dried and they were complete!


I am very happy with the way these came out. They were very easy to make and they will add that extra sparkle to the table, but it won”t be too overboard.

Are you afraid of working with glitter or do you love it?


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