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When I mention grubby jars what comes to your mind? Hopefully not dirty,
You can use any kind of jar or bottle for this project. For today’s project I’m using plastic bottles. I’ve used glass in the past and it works the same so don’t be afraid to experiment. The most important thing to do is to make sure that your jar or bottle is clean. I removed my outside labels but you probably wouldn’t have to since it will be covered though I do recommend it. Then once your label is removed (you can use Goo-Gone or WD40) make sure the outside is free of grease or left behind residue by giving it a quick wash with some dish soap. Allow to dry completely.
Here are the craft supplies you will need to create your grubby jar:
- Clean jar or bottle (see the previous paragraph)
- Mod Podge
- Jar of instant coffee granules
- Wax paper or other non-stick mat to protect your work surface (I use glossy cardboard found in the cake decor aisle at my local craft store)
For this project I’m using bottles so I will be referring to that in the directions. You can use bottles or jars. Take your brush and start giving your jar or bottle a thin coat of Mod Podge. Allow the bottle to dry completely. It shouldn’t take too long.
Pour some coffee granules out onto an area on your work surface and sprinkle some cinnamon on top and gently mix together. Starting at the bottom of your bottle, use your paintbrush to apply another thin layer of Mod Podge. Work on an area a couple inches high around the entire bottle at a time.
Set your brush down and grab a handful of coffee and sprinkle over the fresh Mod Podge. Try to cover the Mod Podge completely with the coffee. Using your brush again, apply more Mod Podge to the bottle working your way up the outside. Sprinkle more coffee/cinnamon over the Mod Podge and keep repeating the process until you get to the top of the bottle.
This is how your bottle should look. Allow everything to dry. You may notice some of the coffee grounds turning dark and shiny. That is okay. If you’re using the cap or lid to the bottle or jar apply a coat of Mod Podge to it and coat it in the coffee granules.
Next you’re going to coat your bottle with another layer of Mod Podge. This part is pretty messy. As a matter of fact I recommend pouring some Mod Podge into a small dish or on your wax paper because your brush will have coffee grounds on it and will turn brown. Carefully dab on a thin layer of Mod Podge, right over the coffee. Don’t go too thick or the coating will slide down the bottle. Thin is what you want. You can always add more if needed.
Once you have all of the coffee grounds covered set the bottle aside and let air dry for a couple hours or overnight. Be sure to coat your lid or cap, too.
The next morning your bottle should look something like this…
I added cute name tags I found at Target and some fabric scraps because I’m using mine as a Halloween decoration. You can tie fabric, raffia or jute around the top, too for a cute primitive look. This is a super easy craft that only takes a day or two to complete and is simple enough anyone can do it. If you’re looking for another craft for fall or anytime really check out this fun, easy project.