DIY Tribal Print Glass Canister

Ever since I curated a collection of Sharpie projects for Looksi, I've been itching to play with a tribal print.  The exact inspiration was this cellphone case made by the talented Denise at Unexpected Expectations

My project started with this beautiful, oval-shaped jar procured after I put out a call on a neighborhood website asking for people's empties. This was the first one I received and I immediately fell in love with its shape.  

When I made my original request, I thought I was going to be stenciling letters on the jars with my Sharpie Paint Pens.  I quickly realized, however, that despite its inherent appeal, the oval shape was going to make lettering tricky.  That's when I remembered the tribal print.   It was a great choice because I knew that, unlike the lettering, a tribal print doesn't need to be "perfect."  In fact, I wanted it to be a little wonky so it would look more... oh, I don't know... tribal, I guess.

But I didn't want it to be a hot mess either so I made a rough guide with these rubber bands in order to draw my horizontal lines around the perimeter of the glass.  

You can see that the rubber bands are not perfectly placed and that was by design.

Then it was just a matter of deciding on my pattern and getting to work.  (And yes, I did use the Sharpie Paint Pens.  Get yours HERE.)

There's not much more to say beyond that.  This is the finished product which I have filled with sushi rice.  (Yes, sushi rice is its own special rice.  And when a wife--hypothetically--uses her husband's specially-purchased sushi rice for say, some rice & beans, she might get in trouble.  I'm happy to report that that will no longer be a problem now that the sushi rice has its own, special container.)



  1. The sushi rice gets some special treatment :). What a beautifully decorated jar. I love that you asked for people's empties. I can't wait to see what else you get and what you create when you do get more.

  2. Very cool! I love all of your jar projects, Elena! You have a knack for making organization so pretty!


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