it’s an anthropologie inspired cinch


What does it say about me that when I walk into a store like Anthropologie …


(and, yes, I have a brick and mortar Anthropologie within walking distance of my home)


… that instead of focusing on the fabulous merchandise, I’m drawn to this display …



And the silly that is me I pick up one of the jars to look for the price tag.  And then … and only then … do I realize this is not for sale.  It’s a prop.  Part of the display.


* and now picture me clunking my forehead with my open palm *


And when I leave I cannot stop thinking about that Anthropologie display. Those paint drip mason jars stay with me.  They haunt me.  So I Google “Anthropologie paint drip mason jars” when I get home … you know, to find all those re-creation tutorials out in blog land …


… and I find two.  This one and this one that I proceeded to pin on this Pinterest board …



* and picture me clunking my forehead with my open palm again *


Only two?  I expected to find hundreds upon hundreds of blog posts about this.  Because I’m never ever ahead of the curve.  On top of the trends.  I’m typically trailing behind.  Far, far behind …


(and it never ever occurs to me that perhaps there are so few blog posts or tutorials because this project is just not trendy or cool or ahead of the curve …)


So I forge ahead (thinking I’m way too cool) and enlist the help of my daughter for this super cinchy project.  We grab some Prego jars that I’ve been saving …


… because, like pallets, the ever so popular mason jars elude me; I do not know where I would find these seemingly cheap and plentiful jars …


… and we grab the paint we used to make our birch tree painting.  And we add a bit of water to the paint so that it will pour easily …


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… and then we pour the paint into the bottom of the jars and turn the jar upside down so the paint runs and drips; and we twist it and turn it again and again …


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… and then we layer more colors by pouring it in slowly and carefully along the top lip of the jar …


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… and we repeat our pours around the lip of the jar until my daughter gives it her super sneaky smile of approval.


And then we put them on our fabulous screen porch and click away …








And when all was said and done, my favorite jar is my daughter’s blue and white design on the left …




And the very best part of this super cinchy project?  Unlike Anthropologie — who probably paid a steep sum of money to some high priced stylist to make all those pretty paint drip jars — this project cost me zero dollars.



That’s right …

… Nothing …
…  Nada.

Now I’m not the only one who put together a cinchy project this weekend.  That’s right.  Me and some of my blog friends had ourselves a “virtual” crafting party.  So be sure to check out their super simple cinchy projects (just click on the pics to be transported to easy peasy fabulous-ness) …



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  1. these are awesome in all of their Jackson Pollack style!!!! this is a project that i will be doing TODAY! i love it and how great are my paint brushes going to look in hosting it’s a cinch with you!!! sending hugs!

  2. I like yours way better! The striped look is way cool!

  3. cute cute cute!!! I love this. I had just seen these somewhere else…easy peasy!

  4. I love the colors you chose!!! Very bright and vibrant. Cute idea…

  5. Way cute! How fun!
    …must be a Mason jar kinda day! :)

  6. That is such a cute idea.

  7. I can’t wait to try this one! So easy, yet cool! They kind of remind me of the old wax dripped wine bottles. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love them! Such a cute and easy idea!

  9. Pretty. Nice smearage!

    We’ve been scaling down and trying to be a bit of materialistic rustic. So, plain ball jar with tea lights for me. :)

  10. Okay, that’s spell-check!

    I was trying to type “Minimalistic Rustic.”
    Not Materialistic…lol.

    Sorta the opposite, d’oh!

  11. I love easy projects! I just made outdoor candle holders with those same Prego jars!

  12. I actually prefer yours to the anthro ones, which probably would’ve cost $50 each if they were for sale. (And I am WITH you on the elusive nature of pallets and mason jars. Is there some top-secret source we’re unaware of?)

  13. So cute, bright and cheerful! I love them!

  14. Fabulous! And the price…even better! xo

  15. Linda…these jars are great!…Even this DIY challenged person could tackle that project….I am definitely going to make these for an upcoming dinner party….I think they would not only look great on the table, but would make great giveaway/takeaway gifts for my guests….I so love them!!!….

  16. I love yours, the color is much prettier! The price is right too!

  17. *gasp* and now I’m clunking my head into my palm because my daughter told me about these but she didn’t get a picture! So you just saved me a trip (and $$$ too since I don’t have to go to Anthro to look at them!) I’ve got to get busy making them now!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Walmart sells mason jars, i buy mine there or a goodwill.

  19. NEAT! I like yours better than theirs!

  20. Fabulous – and even better since you got to do it with your even more fabulous daughter!

  21. Is it cinchy party time again? If it is at least I’m ready.


  22. Totally. in. love.

    Such a fabulous result, and a great simple project!!

    BRAVO! Did you feel my standing ovation?

    You rock! I’m pinning this!!


  23. So cute! They make a great display! I have a baby shower coming up and that might be my centerpiece…her colors are gray and magenta (???) and I’ve been yanking on my hair to try and think what to do for this funky, contemporary gal……Anthropologie is perfect! Thanks!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  24. I’ve seen some one colour jars in blogland, but not drip jars, love them, just brilliant !

  25. That looks so cool Linda! I love it!

  26. LOVE these! We think we have a new addition to the weekend project list now!

    mk & Gwynnie

  27. Linda, Those look fabulous!! What a fun project to do with your kids…I so want to make these now. I love your daughter’s smile, so cute! :-)

  28. These look like so much fun to make! I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights:

    Thanks so much!

  29. Anthropologie within walking distance? How many times a week do you visit? How often do they change their displays? What happens to all that goodness? Any idea where they take things that don’t sell? I lOVE Anthro, but of course the closest one is 2 1/2 hours away.

    I love your jars, and the fact that you used old Prego ones instead of old Mason jars. It would be a shame to permanently paint those IMO. If we ever have a chance to meet, I will bring you some jars. My mom and mother-in-law probably have hundreds of them!

  30. These are really cool looking. What a great idea.

  31. Great post. Much inspiration.

  32. LOVE! They came out absolutely amazing. I’m hosting my weekly link party right now and I’d love for you to join in at

  33. I was so inspired by this post that I made my own last night! What a fun project! Thank you!

  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The colors you chose are amazing.

  35. Wow! Love this, please share it! Link it up with me on my Wow Us Wednesday, ok? Over at

  36. I can’t believe that something this simple to make yourself is sold for big bucks! Good for you for making them instead of shelling out, Linda! Is there anything mason jars can’t do? :)

  37. Very cute! Tons of personality. I love it when something is that simple!

  38. Lovely creative idea! Looks great. Do come link it up with us at our linky party at . We would love to share this with readers!

  39. love, love, love. and i have to say, i like yours a lot more. the colors work really well (plus, i just love blue). you aren’t the only one that mason jars elude … i can never find them anywhere except walmart – and something about buying them brand new just ruins the fun for me.

  40. Oh I love these!! So easy and how cute! I might have to see if I can do this! ;)

  41. LOVE the look & color combo! Just pinned it!

    xo Lynda

  42. My daughter would LOVE to make these so I’m gonna PIN it!

  43. Great project for the kids. Love the colors. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  44. Such an artsy fun idea! I want to make some. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy to follow, Deb@LakeGirlPaints.
    Also, thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog!

  45. SERIOUSLY love these! What a great way to add a custom color scheme to an area. I am seeing so many possibilities! You are a trend setter girl! ;)


  46. Anything Anthro inspired is so fun to see. You did a fantastic job. Going to have to try this with my son–he’d love doing it. I hope you will link this up to my Patriotic Project Parade!

  47. Anonymous says:

    “Me and some of my blog friends”
    Someday when you have the inclination, please write a blog on why people say “me” when they mean “I”. I apologize for interupting your blog on the painted jars, but you write so well, I just had to ask!
    Also, while you are at it, maybe you could explain why it has become ok to use “like” for “as” and end every declarative sentence by raising the voice to indicate a question. I know language changes with time, but this seems generational, and I want to make sure it isn’t just me!
    Loved the painted jars and want to try that soon. Thanks for your really innovative thoughts, and keep writing!

  48. Anonymous says:

    My grandchildren are going to be visiting next month and I think this is an exceptional project for us to do together!! I too have Prego jars, as well as others, and I can’t wait to try this!! And you can find Mason jars at grocery stores this time of year. It’s canning season.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Cool idea. I have a couple mason jars, but I thought I’d use some other jars (spaghetti sauce, maraschino cherry, relish, etc) just for different sizes and shapes.

  50. SUES GOODIES says:

    Pretty Neat,I must say. I think I’m going to have to put this on my TO DO list after I save some Prego jars, or some sort of jar. I must say I like your jars better than a mason jar. Mason jars just don’t have the same pazazz. GOOD JOB!

  51. Oh I love the stuff Anthro uses to decorate. I usually stare awkwardly at their fantastic paper creations trying to figure out how they made them! Thanks for sharing this!

  52. Anthropologie has so many great ideas in their displays. Love that you were able to run home and recreate it and get the smile of approval. Nice work.

  53. Those are so pretty, I love them! I’d be thrilled if you want to share these over at my current link party so everyone can see how gorgeous and simple they are!

  54. Love these jars! This will be a great craft for me and my girls! Luckily, the closest Anthropology is 45 minutes away from me or I would be in there entirely too often! I love that store!

  55. Just paint me green…with envy…Anthro within walking distance! LOVE your jars♥

  56. This is a fantastic project! I love how unique the jars are!
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  57. LOVE these! They turned out gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at HiH! You were featured this weekend! :) Have a wonderful week!

  58. My husband is wondering why I’m saving all our sauce, salsa, and jelly jars. He has no idea the fabulousness that can be created like what you did here. Like you, I already have everything I need, and I’ll have another wonderful reppurposed project to complete.


  59. Now these i remember!!!! Stacking the deck for that bird cage are we?
    LOL Thank You, Linda!

  60. Great copycat. I love shopping at Anthropologie because they have such a flair for display! :D

    Linking from Debbiedoo’s,
    Ricki Jill

  61. I missed these the first time around! So glad you shared them Linda. I LOVE em..I love anthro too, but way out of my thrifty budget! Thanks so much for sharing with the copy cat party. Enjoy!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! I was a display intern at Anthropologie, but I began working there after they’d already made these jars. I admired them all summer and I decided to finally give it a whirl! Yours are great! And for future reference, I found my jars at Michael’s!

  63. Those turned out really cool.
    I always look at displays, too. Always looking at the table the goods are sitting on. I scored a bunch of display stuff when a mom and pop shop closed here a few years ago. Everyone was buying the stuff on sale for the closing, while I went straight to the owner with sticky notes to tag pieces of display awesomeness.


  64. Those are great. I love the colors you picked.

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