It seems to me 95% of the DIY/craft stuff on Pinterest qualifies as noncycling (turning a piece of garbage into a different piece of garbage) but even I had to admit these Moroccan Candle Holders were pretty cute!
I found these little glass containers at the dollar store (four for two bucks!) and assembled the required materials listed in the linked post (Gloss Enamel Paint & Puffy/3D Enamel paint). Basically all you do is dump the paint in there, turn the container so the paint coats the inside and then turn upside-down to let it coat a bit more and start drying.
The result is they look like crap! They looked really cute in the tutorial so I guess I didn’t do a very good job of ‘layering’ color. I also found after a while that a lot of the paint just slid off entirely and left me with some streaks of color and clear glass. Not really what I wanted. And don’t even try painting it with a brush – it’s Brushstroke City.
I’m a honeybadger when it comes to crafting so I was just going to throw everything away when I randomly came across a tutorial for coloring a mason jar with mod podge & food coloring. The gloss enamel was not dry – because it takes FOUR DAYS to dry (per the bottle) – so I just washed out three of the jars. I kept the green one because it actually turned out OK. Unfortunately I can’t find the tutorial I originally used, but this one is pretty much the same (except I didn’t mix the mod podge with water).
It starts out all creamy gross but dries clear, I promise!
It worked! I still used the golden 3D enamel paint to draw on some childish designs. I liked this method better because I had mod podge and food coloring laying around, and the gloss enamel smells gross while mod podge smells like every collage I ever made in high school (ie AWESOME). Although I will admit that the gloss enamel one (far right) does have a nice, opaque color – maybe it’s just a practice thing. Only a poor carpenter blames his tools blah blah blah.