Pinterest Challenge

I love a good design challenge…

…and I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs about this fab four too…

…so when Sherry tweeted about their Pinterest Challenge idea while we were on the road the other day, I was inspired to get my craft on as soon as I got home!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t completely figured out how to use Pinterest yet, but I saw these cool vases when I logged on there the other day and thought I’d take a stab at recreating something similar.

(Photo & Project: Brooke of Pure and Noble)

Brooke used hot glue on her vases (gotta try that sometime too!), but I decided to try foam stickers on my project. First, I picked up an old pickle jar from one of our local flea markets…

It’s a big’n. Almost a foot tall. Love it!

After that, I picked up some “thickers” (thick stickers) at Hobby Lobby…

And here’s a shot of the three amigos that helped me achieve a super glossy, white, milk glass kind of a look…

(got ‘em at True Value)

Step one involved taping off the metal handle…(my favorite part of the jar, by the way)

Step two involved sticking on my little foam stickers…

Steps three, four and five involved spraying two coats of each of the aerosol amigos above evenly onto the body of the jar…

The photo above shows what it looks like after two coats of primer, two coats of paint, and two coats of glossy sealer. It seems to be pretty doggone durable too. I banged it around like crazy yesterday and it didn’t scuff at all. Yessss!

The last step of my project involved pulling off the stickers and painters tape.

The stickers came off really easily, and as a matter of fact, I was able to reposition them several times while laying out my phrase.

I think I might make another one and leave the stickers on next time…I love the way that looked too! And speaking of other idea’rs, this project actually inspired a whole slew of crafty thoughts- so thanks to Brooke for posting it on Pinterest, and to Sherry, Katie, Emily and Lana for encouraging folks to get creative!

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  1. says

    So beautiful!! What a great idea and so easy! I’m pinning this to tackle myself in the future. Glad ya’ll made it home safely. =)

  2. Tina K says

    very cute and easy! I think this is something I could actually pull off. That’s a bunch of fumes though. ;)

    • Linda says

      THANK YOU! THANK YOU for the great petro. jelly tip!
      Yes, I know all caps are ‘yelling’ but that is a GREAT tip!

  3. Patti Peres says

    That is so cool. Will have to try it. Perfect timing too. Just bought a vase that I wanted to paint white. Wan’t sure what I needed to use.
    Thanks so much!


  4. Nicole says

    That looks great. Question: is the color waterproof? Are you able to wash the jars afterward and keep the paint?
    Thanks for a wonderful blog!

  5. Theresa says

    Omg!!! Do I ever love the jars!!!!! I’m going right out and buying the supplies so I can make several of them! So creative!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. says


    Love your creative ‘stamp’ on the inspiration found on pinterest.
    I’m going to be making a few of these. Off to see the other projects du jour. : )

    Your Friend,

  7. says

    I’m quite coo coo over them myself! The challenge has been great fun! I LOVE your jar and will just have to try it myself:) Pinterest isn’t so difficult, now blogging THAT is difficult for me!! I just haven’t got it all figured out, the widget this, the blah blah that, the delete the whole post by accident thing! I’ve GOT to work on my design but, sigh, I ‘ll figure it out one day. Maybe that will be my next personal challenge??

  8. Shelly says

    I love it! So sweet! By the way, where did you find the jar! I have lots of large pickle jars, but none with the handle. I love it.

      • Shelly says

        LOL..So sorry. I was so excited by your project, I read it too quickly. I saw that you had mentioned you found it at a flea market. I do love it.

  9. says

    Love it!!! I was wondering how the writing was black when you took the stickers off? I saw you used white primer and the jar was glass… so I think I missed a step? Thanks for sharing!!

    • Layla says

      They’re actually not black, it’s just the darkness of the inside of the vase that makes it look that way! :-D

      • Melanie says


  10. Angela says

    Such a cute project!! But, oh Layla, what have you done introducing me to Pinterest?!?! I love home design but my true passion is baking and I think I just gained 20lb looking at all the fantastic recipes on there…also probably used up a whole ink cartridge printing out my faves!! My husband & kids will thank you!! :)

      • Linda says

        Layla, glad to know that someone else does the sniff test also. I always think people are looking at me if I sniff a jar or a box but once got home with a ‘mousey’ smelling box. So let them look! lol

  11. Paulina J! says

    Faboulous!!! I’m off to pin this RIGHT NOW!!! I love how you took the inspiration pin and made it your won.

  12. says

    Maybe next time you could spray in the inside of the jar a fun color, position stickers on outside, spray white and then remove the stickers to reveal the fun pop of color :)
    Great ‘re-do’ Layla! xo

  13. says

    I love it! I couldn’t come up with a project to do in time for this challenge but this is something I would have tried. I definitely need to do this soon :)

  14. says

    Awesome idea! I love both versions!!

    When you tackle the version that you’ll leave the stickers on, be sure to use an extra adhesive to keep the letters in the position you want them. I highly recommend Glossy Accents (you can find it at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section). It has a slower drying time so you can reposition the letters, but not so slow that you’ll waste a bunch of time waiting for it to dry. Thickers are notorious for having less than stellar adhesive…which makes them great for this version of the project since they come off so easily, but not so great if you want them to “stick” around. Ha :)

    Have a great day!

  15. says

    Welcome to Pinterest, Layla! You did a fine & dandy job on the adorable jar/vase. What I wouldn’t give for just the plain, yet awesome, pickle jar LOL!

    I’ve pinned your project to my coastal craft ideas board for future reference.

    Hope you & Kev have a fabulous week.


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  17. Patricia Hardin says

    I appreciate how easy you make projects. I feel inspired, not overwhelmed after I see your posts :)

  18. says

    I LOVE this! And how fun would it be to make a bunch of these for Christmas gifts? Maybe for the neighborhood friends? You know, do address numbers or names, or even witty sayings, and then add some ribbon and some blooms and drop them off. Or do them for your dog-owning friends. You know, add the dog’s name and fill the jar with dog biscuits! Man, the options are endless . . .

  19. Cindy Smith says

    Super cute…I love the look and have seen them done in a matte finish, but not glossy. I would love to try this and now I’m not sure which finish to use…any thoughts on matte vs. glossy?



  20. Tracy says

    This is so beautiful and fun!!!! One quick question…. Where do you find all of your quotes? I love how they can be super inspirational without being too “heavy.”

  21. Allie says

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who hasn’t really figured out Pinterest yet. Plus, what to do with my flash drive full of saved images?

    In any case, love your pickle jar vase!

  22. WendyMI says

    Oh, how adorable! I love how it turned out.

    I just might have to make one of these for a bday gift for my aunt next week. Oooh, now to find the perfect quote. =)

  23. says

    So neat. . .still trying to figure out Pinterest too. . .need some time *alone*. . .maybe. . .one day. Thanks for posting your version of this great craft!

  24. Beth says

    Layla, on what site do you store/post your pictures? I need to unblock it, because none of the pictures are showing up for me when I read your blog.


  25. says

    Question, The final project features black lettering…did you paint them after removing the stickers? If so, what type of paint did you use?
    I’m inspired to make my own and want to make sure I do it right. Thanks to you and your “amigos” for sharing this project with us!

  26. says

    Very cool. When I first saw the completed pic I would not have thought it was made from a pickle jar and foam letters! This is something I’ll be trying :)

  27. Lindsey says

    The photo with the stickers on first caught my eye (Google image search: mason jar with quote)….. but I’m lovin’ it unmasked as well. Might just have to try this!

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