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Chalky Pastel Jam Jars + Decorate With Flowers Book Giveaway!



We’re Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, two friends and colleagues who live in opposite sides of the world who came together thanks to the internet, frequent flyer miles and Skype to forge a friendship and to work on projects that we love, like Decorate With Flowers. Below is one of our DIY projects from our book. It’s a quick, easy way to bring color to castoff jars and make your flowers appear as works of art.







How to Make Chalky Pastel Jam Jars


You will need:

  • Recycled jam jars
  • Latex paint in a variety of colors
  • Smaller bottles to fit inside



  • Hardware stores often sell small sample-size containers of latex paint. This is an inexpensive way to get a wide variety of colors for this project as you do not need much paint for each jar. Pour a small amount of paint into a clean glass jar.
  • Coat the inside of the jar by tilting it to move the paint around as you cover the inside. Add more paint as needed.
  • When the inside is fully coated carefully pour out any excess paint and wipe the rim and outside of the jar clean. Let dry. This may take a day or two.
  • You cannot get the inside of your painted jars wet as the paint will peel off, so place smaller bottles inside to hold the water for your flowers.


Flowers used in this project:

  • Garden rose
  • Lavender
  • Dahlia


Win our book!

To enter to win one of 5 copies of Decorate With Flowers, tell us below: “What is your favorite kind of flower?”. For another opportunity to win, connect with Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter and re-tweet the tweet marked with the hashtag #BHGFlowers. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners. See the official contest rules here.

Photos and project from Decorate With Flowers.

54 Responses to “ Chalky Pastel Jam Jars + Decorate With Flowers Book Giveaway! ”

  1. tulips are my favorite kind of flower


  3. I have 2 favorite flowers, lilies and daisies

  4. Lilacs are my favorite flower.

  5. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite.

  6. Tulips are my favorite by far, any time of year!

  7. I love hydrangeas, peonies and dahlias!!!!! There is no way for me to just choose one of those.

  8. Anything that blooms! It depends on the season. In early spring I love my African Orchids and Sparaxas. All during the summer I love my Gerbera Daisies. During the Fall I love the fiery red blooms on my Pineapple Sage. :)

  9. My favorite kind of flower is sweetpeas, though I love all flowers.

  10. This is hard… gotta say this year it’s Iris. Mine are gorgeous this year. Probably entered too late, but I just received this today and just now read it.

  11. My favorite is probably lilacs, they just smell like spring should smell!

  12. Awesome!

  13. It’s hard to pick just one… so I won’t! I can probably narrow it down to tulips, peonies, and ranunculus. :-)

  14. Gladiola, purple cone flower and hydranga are just a few of my favorite. I can not pick just one. I grow them all.

  15. It’s tough trying to decide on just one favorite flower! I think that the delicate and gorgeous cornflower wins first

  16. I love tulips!

  17. My favorite flower is ranunculus!

  18. Roses…..I grow florabunda roses in yellow and coral.

  19. Love flowers and love decorating with them, !thought –what a great gift

  20. Peonies are my favorite flower.

  21. Orchids :)

  22. Glads are my all time favs

  23. I love all kinds of flowers. Hydrangeas, Peonies and roses are some if my favorites.

  24. I love roses.

  25. Hyacinths, smell divine. Just love them!

  26. Gerberas

  27. I love peonies because that’s what my dad planted for my mom many years ago. They are STILL blooming after I have transplanted them to my house. Love them : )

  28. I just love Gerber daisies

  29. I love roses and delphiniums.

  30. My favorite flowers are peonies

  31. I’m a fan of pretty much any flower, but yellow roses are my fav!

  32. My favorite flower is a rose.

  33. It’s hard to choose just one… but I would have to say that lilacs are my very favorite!

  34. I love roses and so many more, the list could go own forever.

  35. Roses are my absolute favorite!

  36. bring me carnations. love the spicy scent and they last forever, just like love!

  37. I love pansies!

  38. Peonies are my favorite!

  39. My current favorite is foxglove.

  40. I adore roses!! Mostly in pastel or in two colors!
    I do have a thing for Calla Lilies also tho:)
    It’s very difficult to choose …
    Love the pretty painted jar idea!

  41. Orchids are my favorite flowers.

  42. Roses are my favorite.

  43. Peonies and Renunculas – Can’t go wrong. Also Tea Roses :)

  44. I like so many but poppies are a particular favorite.

  45. I love peonies. I even love the ants that usually come in with them!

  46. lilacs, definitely lilacs

  47. Love all flowers but gotta say ROSES Roses roses my all time favorite…..

  48. Pink Roses & Tuberose

  49. Roses come in at the top, but there are so many beautiful flowers it would be hard to choose a second in line!

  50. bleeding heart

  51. Love any flower that is very fragrant but Sweet pea is my favorite!

  52. I Love Forget-Me-Not’s!

  53. I like gerberas

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