IKEA Decor Hack: Convert Glass Jars Into Supercute Scandi-Inspired Containers

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Scandinavian decor is well known for its minimalistic and functional style. The patterns are often simple, linear, and perfectly imperfect. For this DIY, we converted plain glass IKEA jars into stylish containers by adding three different Scandi-inspired designs. Use them as storage, or even planters, in your kitchen, bathroom, or office.

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Things You'll Need

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TO BEGIN

Place all jars upside down and spray with white paint in several thin coats. Allow to dry.

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Chevron Pattern (Using Paint and Washi Tape)

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Step 1

Place vertical strips of washi tape across the jar.

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Step 2

Tape diagonal pieces of washi toward the center of the vertical line. Repeat on the other side.

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Step 3

Here is a different version of the same pattern.

Arrow pattern with washi tape
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Step 4

Spray-paint with black paint in light layers. Allow to dry.

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Step 5

Slowly remove the washi tape to reveal the white surface.

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Step 6

Continue to remove all tape and use a black permanent marker to color in any areas that may need a touch up.

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Swiss Cross (Using Washi Tape)

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Step 1

Use two pieces of washi tape to form a cross

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Step 2

Continue to place crosses all around jar.

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Tip: Use a permanent marker or glass paint for a permanent solution.

Chevron Pattern (Hand-Drawn With Marker)

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Step 1

Draw three vertical lines from the top to the bottom of the jar.

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Step 2

Draw several diagonal lines toward the middle vertical line.

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Step 3

Continue this process all around the jar.

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Step 4

Then, color in some thicker lines for more interest using a black marker.

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Imperfect Grid (Hand-Drawn)

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Step 1

Using the marker, draw vertical lines all around the jar.

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Step 2

Form a grid by drawing evenly spaced horizontal lines all around the jar.

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The beauty of these patterns is that they don't have to be perfect, in fact, it is the hand-drawn imperfection that makes them even more beautiful.

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Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.

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