DIY: Decoden Sweet Jar Tutorial

So i've finally go around to doing this tutorial and I think it's honestly one of my favorite so far! If you've never heard of decoden before, it originated in Japan and is short for decoration denwa, "denwa" meaning phone. 

Decoden can basically be applied to anything (old jars, tins, boxes) but I decided to decorate the top of a glass jar that i'm going to fill with mini eggs for easter. 

It's so easy to make these things look good and you only need a couple of pretty inexpensive things! You can even use the silicon from this project to fill the macarons from THIS diy post! 

You'll need: 

A jar (I picked this one up in Ikea for about £1.50 but you can use an old jam jar!
Multi purpose silicon in a squeezy tube. I got mine HERE but I have since seen it in Tesco!
A selection of cabochons, I got mine from Snap Crafty
A piping nozzle

1) Cut the end off of your tube of silicon and then tape on your icing tip. If you don't have an icing tip, it really doesn't matter too much. You're making a fake whipped cream so you really can just squeeze it all over the top of your jar.

2) Start by piping around the edge of your jar until you have gone all the way around.

3) Fill in the middle with more 'icing' and pipe on some random swirls.

4) Start placing your cabochons into the 'icing'. If you want some to sit higher than others, pipe on some extra silicon on the spot for extra height before placing your cabochon.

5) Once you are happy with the look of your topped jar, leave to dry! I've made mine this morning and will leave it all day and night to dry. 

6) Fill with whatever you fancy and keep for yourself or give as a cute gift! 

I'm off to do some real icing on my sugar cookies now! I'll post my baking haul and icing later! Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Lisa X


  1. This is gorgeous! Well done :) xx

  2. I am SO going to do this! I always thought this was much more complicated, but in fact, not! Thanks!! :D :D

  3. Wow the jar turned out super good! I recently made a decoden case for my phone. It's on my blog!

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  4. Thanks girlies!! :-) X

    @Aberdeen Nope! SO easy!! The hardest part is squeezing the stuff out the tube! :-)

  5. I am so glad I found your blog! I just started making charms & I used your Fimo macaroon tutorial, I love them! My clay gets so dusty though, no matter how much I try to clean my hands, it just seems to be a dust magnet somehow :(

  6. I'd always wondered how this kind of thing was done, so thanks for sharing! It's a great idea for a biscuit jar, or to give as a gift filled with sweets! x

  7. This is really lovely! I've recommended it to the Love All Blogs showcase for craft blogs! You make some awesome stuff

  8. love this! :) did your silicon icing get dirty/dusty after a while by any chance? i need a good one that will stay white and not get dusty :( also, do the cabochons stick well enough into the silicon without using extra glue? i dont want mine to fall out after a few months x

    1. My jars been sitting on the desk ever since I first made it and it doesn't seem to have changed colour. I think it'll always be prone to some dust if it's not in a cupboard, I just blow on mine to get it off rather than use a duster and polish. Also I never used any glue and mine are still firmly held in place :-) x

  9. This is really messy looking. Work on your piping skills more. The icing looks rushed.

    1. Thanks for letting me know ;-)

    2. It looks great!
      To Anonymous: If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all!
      To thegluegungirl: Thank you for a fun and easy deco idea!:-)

  10. Waooww perfecttt...
    Thank you <3