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

Scandinavian-inspired jars
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Scandinavian-inspired jars

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.

Scandinavian-inspired jars
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Scandinavian-inspired jars

Things You'll Need

  • Permanent marker

  • Black and white glass paint (for touch ups)

  • Brush

Materials needed
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Materials needed

TO BEGIN

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

Spray painting jars
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Spray painting jars

Chevron Pattern (Using Paint and Washi Tape)

Black jar with white stripes
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Black jar with white stripes

Step 1

Place vertical strips of washi tape across the jar.

Tape on jar
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Tape on jar

Step 2

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

Diagonal pieces of washi tape
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Diagonal pieces of washi tape

Step 3

Here is a different version of the same pattern.

Arrow pattern with washi tape
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Arrow pattern with washi tape

Step 4

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

Spray painting jar with black paint
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Spray painting jar with black paint

Step 5

Slowly remove the washi tape to reveal the white surface.

Removing washi tape.
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Removing washi tape.

Step 6

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

Black and white pattern.
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Black and white pattern.

Swiss Cross (Using Washi Tape)

cross pattern
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Cross pattern

Step 1

Use two pieces of washi tape to form a cross

Cross with washi tape
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Cross with washi tape

Step 2

Continue to place crosses all around jar.

Crosses on jar
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Crosses on jar

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

Chevron Pattern (Hand-Drawn With Marker)

Arrow pattern on jar
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Arrow pattern on jar

Step 1

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

Vertical lines on jar
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Vertical lines on jar

Step 2

Draw several diagonal lines toward the middle vertical line.

Arrow pattern
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Arrow pattern

Step 3

Continue this process all around the jar.

Completed arrow pattern on jar
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Completed arrow pattern on jar

Step 4

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

Thicker lines on arrow pattern
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Thicker lines on arrow pattern

Imperfect Grid (Hand-Drawn)

Grid lines on jar
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Grid lines on jar

Step 1

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

Vertical lines on jar
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Vertical lines on jar

Step 2

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

Horizontal lines
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Horizontal lines
Drawn grid on jar
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Drawn grid on jar

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.

Completed Scandinavian inspired jars
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Completed Scandinavian inspired jars

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

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.