So here's how I made mine.
Step 1 - Find a suitable jar
I wanted a container that was a little bit bigger than the largest mason jar I had lying around, so I went to Ikea and chose a 74 oz "Burken" glass jar ($4.99). Hopefully it's big enough to hold all the many, many little bits of memories I will be gathering from all my adventures this year! :)
I picked a nice font from my collection and typed out 2013 in a few different sizes in Photoshop. I printed the file out onto a sheet of cardstock, held it up to the jar to decide on a good stencil size, and carefully cut the numbers out using an X-Acto knife on a self-healing mat. (Don't forget to set aside the center of the "0"!)
I ripped a few strips of painter's tape and stuck them to the self-healing mat, overlapping each strip a little bit to make a small "sheet". I used the stencil I'd just made and traced the numbers onto the painter's tape "sheet" using a fine tip Sharpie pen, then cut the numbers out of the tape again with an X-Acto knife.
Step 3 - Prep your jar for painting and apply your stencil
I chose Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Glitter Acrylic Paint, which recommends that you clean your glass surface with rubbing alcohol prior to painting.
you can print directly onto sticker paper. The only thing I would want to test first is how easily and cleanly would the sticker paper peel away from the glass? Alternately, I could just tape a printout to the inside of the jar and "trace" the numbers in paint, but freehand lines wouldn't end up as sharp as a good stencil would.
Step 4 - Paint!
This is the fun part. The paint color I chose is called "Antique Silver", which is a nice, warm, goldy-silver. It's really pretty. I'm so glad I found this paint because I had initially planned on using etching cream (to give the glue and glitter something to cling to) and regular old Elmer's glue and glitter, but due to the issues I had with the painter's tape's lack of stickiness, I'm really glad I didn't go with the etching cream. If the etching cream had seeped under the stencil like the glitter glue did, that business would've been etched for good. At least you can scrape away glitter glue!
I let the first coat dry for a half an hour or so, applied a second coat, then let the whole shebang dry for a few more hours while I ran out to do some errands.
Step 5 - Clean up and touch up
Clean up, indeed. I used the my trusty X-Acto knife and scraped away all the glitter that had seeped underneath the boundaries of my stencil.
It was quite a bit.
I pretty much gave up on the stencil at this point. Eyeballing my printed sheet as a guide and using a very tiny paintbrush, I touched up the numbers by painting freehand over the glitter I'd already applied. Don't be afraid to lay the glitter paint on thick - it dries down pretty flat.
I let the paint dry overnight, then cleared a space on a shelf for it.
I'm ready to fill my jar with little tokens from all the fun things that will be happening this year! I'm really looking forward to stuffing it to the top, and then pulling everything out just before January 1, 2014 and looking back all the fun I had in 2013 :)