pictures in a jar

by Mary Jane

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If you’re like me – you have thousands of photos on your computer, another 1000 or more on your phone and if you’re lucky a few of them are framed… I am on a mission to bring more of my photos to life, so that I don’t have to be on my computer or phone to enjoy them.

I discovered this idea on Pinterest. The blog that it linked backed to is a sweet design blog, Funky Bear Decor. The post didn’t really delve that much into the details – but I’ll tell you what I did and how it is working out thus far.

Here are all of the supplies that I used. The post on Funky Bear called for olive oil – I thought I’d try the cheaper option of canola oil (from Costco). The only difference I can see is that canola oil is lighter.

A few things that I learned:

1). Picking the right photos!

Pick a photo that is even in lighting and doesn’t have a lot of shadows or contrast on the face. Also, make sure the main part of your photo is towards the very center of the photo. There is quite a bit distortion towards the top and side of the jar.

These are the photos I picked and I don’t think I would necessarily pick them again. The one of Paxton and Mark is hard to read through the oil and jar because their faces are too close to the sides and there are some shadows on the face.

The wedding photo of Mark and I didn’t work that well because we are too close to the sides of the jar and we are both very distorted when looking at the jar straight on.

2). Make templates!

I cut out pieces of paper so I would know what size of photo to get. It’s crazy because the size of the photo is actually much smaller than you would think. Print the custom size photo onto a 4×6, 5×7 or whatever it fits on and cut it down to fit into the jar.

3). The oil.

Canola oil seems to be working fine, but I think I might prefer the darker color of olive oil.

4). The jars.

If you can find jars that have at least one clear side, with no writing or design, these are the best! Also, I found that the wide-mouth jars created the least amount of distortion to the photo.

Overall – I think it’s a really unique and fun way to display photos. Of course the photos don’t look perfect, but that’s the whole point! I love looking at them in my kitchen window. It was easy, inexpensive and I love the vintage type feel that it creates! You should give it a try and send me your photos! I want to see!

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Also, if you don’t have any photos that you want to put in a jar – I can help you with that too! Sign up for my FREE video tutorials to learn how to photograph your kids – CLICK HERE!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Carmen Gergely November 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

How do you anchor the photo in the jar. Mine want to float around.

teri milligan March 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

do you fill the jar with the oil? (did i miss that step?”)

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