Basil Bottle: Painting on Jars

Several years ago, when I still owned my craft store in Richmond, IL, I used to paint on jars and bottles. A LOT. Glass jars make a fabulous canvas. The surface is smooth, and as long as you follow a few simple guidelines, the paint won’t peel. You’ll have a fabulous accent for your home, or a wonderful painted package for gifts. I used to display these with a little votive jar with a candle in it.

This particular project was recycled into a vase from a bottle of barbecue sauce. I’m going to give you the pattern, so you can paint this on a bottle, jar, piece of wood, whatever your heart desires. I found the pattern on one of my craft shelves in my basement. I have a big stack of different ones I’ll share here. These were patterns that were left over when I closed my store and I have forgotten that I even had them! This pattern seems very fitting, considering how into cooking I am now. ;)

Simply Basil Vase
designed and copyrighted by Amanda Formaro

Supply List

Liner, shader & small scruffy brush
Micron black craft pen
Acrylic matte spray
Crackle medium

Paint Colors
(all colors are Delta Ceramcoat)

Forest Green
Antique White
Leaf Green
Georgia Clay


1. Base coat surface with 1 coat of Forest Green.

2. Following directions on the crackle medium bottle, apply one good coat of crackle. Allow to dry until tacky (20-45 minutes).

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3. Paint over the crackle with Antique White. Paint will begin to crackle within a matter of minutes. let this dry completely, overnight is best.

4. Trace outline of pattern (the rectangle) and paint inside with White. You may need two coats if the crackle shows through too much. Allow to dry completely.

5. trace pattern of plant and outer decoration onto painted rectangle.

6. Paint “Basil” with Georgia Clay and outer edge decoration with Forest Green.

7. Paint entire plant using Leaf Green, shade leaves and stems with Forest Green. Using a dry scruffy brush, dip bristles in Forest Green and dab off excess onto a paper towel or rag. Pounce onto areas where blooms are. Clean out brush and repeat the loading process with White paint and lightly highlight leaf edges. use a toothpick or a stylus to dot on White onto the blossoms.

8. Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte) according to directions on can.

TIP: If you are painting on jars, you can prepare your surface by washing the jar, completely removing all labels and glue, then giving the jar a rinse in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Allow the first coat of base coat to dry COMPLETELY before attempting a second coat!

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  1. Sonia says

    Amanda, you simply rock, but I guess I've told you that enough times..I love the innovative idea and the simplicity behind making that bottle..your crafts are always to die for!

  2. Dawn says

    Now that is a cool idea! I love the blank canvas aspect of it – and I didn't realize that Ceramcoat existed! Oh, the bottles in my house need to be very afraid now! Thankyou!

  3. JulieChats says

    Love the basil bottle! It doesn't even look like you painted it yourself, it looks like a sticker, you are one TALENTED lady!

    Just stopping by from Today's Creative! Stop by my blog when you get a chance, I'm always looking for a few more crafty followers!

  4. Andy Porter says

    I'm so glad you linked up today! That's so cute! Who would have guessed it was a bbq sauce bottle?

  5. [email protected] says

    sooo cute! great job.

  6. Amanda says

    So many nice compliments, thank you all so much! I miss painting, haven't done any in a while. So busy with other things :-/

  7. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    You are talented! I wish I could paint. That turned out so great!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

    BTW–how do you get your responses to comments show up in purple? Very cool feature.

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