Tinker glasses - make various decorations

Great decoration ideas can be implemented with old jam, sausage or chocolate cream jars. Individual lanterns or objects that glow in the dark can be made from the free glasses. Here is an overview of how you can make objects out of old glass for various purposes.


You can easily paint the outside of a glass with different colors. If the color is to cover particularly well, the glass is lightly sanded before painting. Often it is enough to decorate the glass with a Dremel or a similar grinder in stylish wave patterns or checks.

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The etching method works in a similar way. Here an etching medium is applied to the glass with a brush. Where the etching took place, the glass becomes rough and opaque. To decorate a glass with the napkin technique, all that is needed is a little transfer adhesive and the top decorative layer of a napkin. Again, you should work from the outside if the glass is used as a lantern.

Luminous glasses

The glass does not necessarily have to be illuminated with a lantern, it can also light up a little by itself. To do this, the outside is coated with a noctilucent paint. Here, too, you should paint a certain pattern. If the glass is completely covered with the color, it does not glow as strongly. Place the glass by the window during the day and enjoy the atmospheric light at night.

Luminous glasses the 2.

Thanks to the modern small LEDs, there are particularly fine fairy lights today. You can put these intertwined in a glass and decorate the edge with a matching wide ribbon. The rest of the cable can be hidden behind this decoration so that the chain of lights can be connected to the electricity.

Tips & Tricks Old mason jars are also great for lanterns. On the one hand, these are good at absorbing the heat and, on the other hand, they usually have a lid with which the tea light can be quickly and safely extinguished if necessary. These glasses are especially ideal for the variant with the chain of lights, as they already have a wide rim on which a loop can be made.