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Thrift Store Ginger Jar Makeover

Are you ready for trash to treasure diy ?Who doesn’t love ginger jars ? As European I grew up looking at them and admiring all intricate designs and shapes of those jars. On my recent trip to thrift store I spotted a ginger jar so it was no brainer I had to get one! My goal was to decoupage some napkins on it to bring that intricate design.Are you ready for some fun Ginger jar makeover? I am super excited about this project! Are you ready for another thrift store home decor idea. Let’s learn together how to decoupage napkin on the round surface

Do you know Ginger Jar history?

According to Google “The ginger jar originated in the days of the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE-207 BCE) as a storage receptacle for spices like salt and ginger. When ginger became a chief export to the Western world, the vessels in which it was stored and transported became known as “ginger jars.”

Ginger jars are very appreciated by porcelain collectors who cherish them for their beautiful and intricate designs. But ginger jars weren’t always this popular, especially in Europe, and they weren’t always called ginger jars. . That’s also when they started being used as decorative objects.

Check some beautiful pictures for you to vision all below! You can read more about it HERE

As I mentioned earlier I am super excited about this project! Here is the jar found at the local thrift store that we will work on. There is nothing wrong with it ..just doesn’t fit my decor. Are you ready to have some fun?


Supplies needed to complete this project

  • ginger jar
  • chalk paint
  • Mod-Podge
  • Gold leaf liquid
  • Triple Thick Varnish

Let the Trash to Treasure Begin! Thrift store home decor idea

Just because my jar had colorful design I decided to add a coat of chalk paint to neutralize a bit so my decoupaged napkin would look good. If you like to check my tips on napkin decoupage check HERE . All info you need to know to have successful application depending on surface

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

Depending on application of my napkin i either choose full paint coverage or just partial like in this case. I am going to be decoupaging whole napkin on my ginger jar makeover project


How to decoupage napkin on round surface

Usually when I start my decoupaging on the round surface I like to start from highest ..fullest point and this time is my middle of ginger jar. To make this process successful that means almost wrinkle free application of Mod- Podge in section is crucial. NOTE … make sure to separate ply’s before you start


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

Just before you start application process make sure to leave off enough napkin on the both ends of your surface as it shows on the bottom pictures



if you read my blog post HERE about my tips and tricks in decoupaging process you know I love to use crumbled up saran wrap to press on my napkin to make sure there are no wrinkles

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

My ginger jar was thankfully perfect size for the napkin I chose to use. No additional cuts or additional pieces in the most visible part were needed.

Ok now it is time to work on the smaller portion in my ginger jar makeover. In this part i like to cut my napkin in some areas and remove some of it simply by making angle cuts. Check picture below. It is super important for that kind of project when full napkin is used to use the one that have forgiving print.


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage napkin wrinkle free on a round surface

Perfect thrift store home decor idea


Again as it was done on the fuller portion of my jar working in section is crucial. That means applying small amounts of mod-podge for napkin decoupage.


I like to wrap my project with leftover napkins to have it all finished. As you can see I have almost NO WRINKLES ON MY PROJECT. SUPER HAPPY!!! My trash to treasure diy is looking sooo awesome!


If you still have some questions on how to decoupage napkin on round surfaces dont hesitate to ask


How to decoupage napkin on the lid in my trash to treasure ginger jar diy

That is a tricky portion but it is soo fun to see how all comes together.


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

What I like to do is to cut much bigger piece of napkin to make sure whole surface is covered

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

Cutting small opening in the middle is my favorite way . My goal was to accent that top knob with some color


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

As you can see small cut was just perfect. Cut around to make sure edges are even and it is time to bring Mod Podge to our thrift store makeover again.


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

As it was before .. work in sections to make sure all is with no wrinkles. Thank goodness cutting my napkin wasn’t necessary.


Smooth your wrinkles with saran wrap and you are all set


I couldnt be more happy with this project !!! Wrinkles even in the lover sections are not visible.


Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

I usually let all dry completely before final coat of Mod-Podge or varnish application. As I mentioned earlier I like to accent my jar with some solid color so as I am waiting for all to dry I decided to start now painting

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

From that point on it is up to you what you like to do with that ginger jar. How you like to accent some features. I chose of course gold … Not any gold …liquid gold leaf is my choice. I attached LINK HERE from Amazon for you



I chose to accent rim and top in my ginger jar makeover. You could go even further but for now I am going to look at it before final decision is made



Trash to treasure diy is looking super awesome

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

I am super pleased with the way my jar is looking now!

Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage wrinkle free on round surface

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Trash to treasure home decor diy. Learn how to turn average thrift store ginger jar makeover to a exquisite beauty. How to decoupage napkin wrinkle free on a round surface. Thrift store home decor idea

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Love to transform jars. Here is another idea for yogurt jar makeovers

Did I mention I love to play around with napkins.. Check this project HERE

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