What you need to make an upcycled Dremeled glass jar:

Glass jar of your choice
Dremel rotary tool
Dremel grinding stone tip
Acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Small container & water
Work surface

Step 1

Use your acrylic paint and small paintbrush to mark out your design on the glass jar. We have used red acrylic paint and a flower design for the first stage. The design that you choose is entirely up to you, it can be a free hand design or a design copied from something you have seen.

glassjar paint

Step 2

Continue painting the design onto the glass jar, all the way around the jar. We found that a full design which covers the entire glass jar works better for a small glass jar like ours. Also, the greater the design surface, the further you take that old glass jar away from its original purpose and it can start living it's new life as an upcycled item!

glassjar paint blue

Step 3

With the recycled glass jar covered in your acrylic paint design, you need to allow this sufficient time to dry prior to starting your work with the Dremel rotary tool. You should not have to wait too long as acrylic paint dries quite quickly. You should also rinse and clean your paintbrush in the container with water as soon as you are done.

recycled glass jar painted

Step 4

Attach the grinding stone tip to your Dremel rotary tool and then plug it in. Holding the glass jar firmly with your one hand, use your other hand to grip the Dremel rotary tool firmly and begin to follow the design already marked out in acrylic paint, grinding to etch it away.

Work slowly and carefully, paying particular attention to the outer edges of your design so that you get a well defined picture with even grinding and etching.

glassjar etching with dremel

Step 5

Work your way around the glass jar, etching and grinding until you have etched away every aspect of the acrylic design using your Dremel rotary tool.

glass jar etch

Step 6

With the design now fully etched into the glass with your Dremel rotary tool, you can give the glass jar a quick wash before putting it to work! So simple and so effective, this little recycled glass jar has been given a complete breath of fresh air and a whole new life!

Well done on your Upcycling! If your jar has a metal lid, please see the following two steps.

dremel small jar

Step 7

As an added idea, if you are using a glass jar that has a painted metal lid, use your Dremel to either etch designs into the paint, or use it to remove the paint entirely, to give your recycled glass jar a completely different look, something much more rustic.

Once the paint has been removed, you can also use the Dremel to etch designs or zigzag patterns into the metal lid, adding texture creating an old World feel.

dremel jar lid dremel jar lid etched

Step 8

Here is the end result of a seperate Dremeled Glass Jar project we did, with the paint etched off the lid and a bit of texture etched into the metal lid.

dremel large jar

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