Custom Mason Jars

May 9, 2014

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painted jars 5You’ve seen these all over the place, and the reason being is that they’re just plain pretty! I am sorta over the Mason jar, I’ve moved on…well I never really got on board except

for the fact that they are very affordable for storage and there really are a lot of ways to pretty them up. I wanted to give my little bathroom closet some extra oomph, but of course I didn’t want to go replace the jars when they were perfectly good! I pulled out my slew of craft paints and chose a couple of colors to coordinate with the faux wallpaper that I put up. An update on the fauxpaper: remember I used washi tape to hang it up? Well after it had been there for a couple of days I noticed it was starting to pull and come down slowly. I was not about to be defeated so I pulled out some of those thumbtacks that look like upholstery tacks and used them in key places to hold the paper.

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I only had silver tacks and the paper has gold in it so I used my hand dandy Krylon Paint Pen to make them gold. If you ever need thumbtacks like these get them at the Dollar Tree they’re $1 instead of almost $4 at any other store! If you need any additional temporary wall treatment ideas Megan over at Walker Fireside Chats has some excellent ideas. And for some great permanent wall treatments, Corinna over at For my Love Of  has some mad skill for wall beautifying!

painted jars 2I used acrylic craft paints which aren’t exactly for glass, but it will stick if you follow a few tips:

  • Use thin coats of paint
  • Allow coats to completely dry between coats or it will start coming off and look messy
  • If your jar is large enough you can put your hand inside and turn it as you paint without touching the paint
  • Set your wet jar on parchment paper so the paint doesn’t dry and stick to the resting surface ruining the paint job and the resting surface

When painted with paint not meant for glass you don’t want to use them in situations where they will be exposed to a lot of abuse, they will hold up just don’t put them through the ringer so to speak! Another option is to use the Martha Stewart glass paint and they should hold up even better, I didn’t have any so I just used what I had on hand. Once the paint had set I distressed the jars with a nail file…it was the middle of the night and I wasn’t going out to the shed to get my sanding block! You can take as little or as much of the paint off as you want.

painted jars 4painted jarsI love that a Mason jar is affordable and so easy to customize even though I am not their biggest fan. Custom Mason jars would be an awesome way to give your mother’s day gift some extra kapow: you could use this for flowers, treats…(just make sure there is no paint in the jar), bath bombs etc. etc. I had some bath bombs that I made for my mom but I waited too long to take them out of the plastic molds and it wasn’t happening…I will be doing a bath bomb post soon and I am super excited about it because I adore bath bombs!

painted 7Anyways honey pies that’s it for today! Do you all have any fun plans for the weekend? Let me know I’d love to hear what you have going!

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  • Reply Lynnie May 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love pink and love mason jars so this is a hit with me. I am going to paint some too and maybe add some waterslide decals.
    Hugs, Lynnie

    • Reply Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Oh yeah pink all the way Lynnie! Oh that sounds lovely! Thank you dear!

  • Reply Simple Nature Decor May 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love the colors… pastel colors are my favorite
    Great for storage..

    thanks for the share.

    • Reply Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:21 am

      Oh I am loving the pastels! Thank you Maria!

  • Reply Maria May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    These are beautiful, I love the pink! So pretty!

  • Reply Julie May 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    So pretty, and I’m glad to hear the update on the wallpaper issues.
    It’s also nice to see mason jars painted on the outside too so they could be used for cut flowers.
    Finally, it’s good to know I’m not the only person who crafts in the middle of the night and grabs whatever is to hand!

    • Reply Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Hehehe yes that is a chronic “problem” around here! Thank you Julie!

  • Reply Thistle May 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I never get tired of seeing these….especially with that beautiful fabric! You are such a rock star!

    Happy weekend to you!

    • Reply Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:33 am

      Aww thank you Karianne! And you know how much I like “rockstar”! :D Happy Monday!

  • Reply Gloria // Simply Gloria May 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love, love the pink! Heather, I really do love your style. I’m going to have to do this with some jars for my (never-going-to-end-construction) craft room. I love mason jars a lot. We grew up with them. But, I went red neck style and use them for the boys to drink out of. Mainly because they break all the glasses loading the dishwasher, unless they are the trusted sturdy mason jars. Have a blessed weekend! :)

    • Reply Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Awww thank you Gloria! I can totally see that, when my boy starts loading the dishwasher I may do that too! Thank you for the idea! Oh yeah it always never ending! Hehehe :D

  • Reply Rachelle Smith May 12, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I love these jars. I love mason jars and have wanted to paint some for quite awhile. Thanks for the tips! Visiting from the Life on Lakeshore Drive Talent Party!


    • Reply Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Thank you Rachelle! I hope you post the jars you paint! :D

  • Reply ang May 12, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this type of project for a long time – love this! Pinned it to my Mason Jar board :)

    • Reply Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

      I loved how easy they were to make…easy crafts are soooo nice! Thank you Ang!

  • Reply Jess May 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I LOVE these jars and have wanted to do something like them for a while now! So pretty!

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    • Reply Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:09 am

      You definitely should! Thank you Jess!

  • Reply Marti May 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love mason jars, for me they symbolize canning fruits and other goodies but definitely much more beautiful painted the way you did. Love them!!!

    • Reply Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:12 am

      Ooh yes I remember the smell of my dad making mint and jalapeno jelly when I was little! Thank you Marti!

  • Reply Kim May 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I love the paint colors you used! Your jars are rustic and beautiful! Blessings,

    • Reply Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Thank you Kim! Same to you!

  • Reply Trish May 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

    These are really pretty. I love how the words pop on the jars.

  • Reply Trish May 13, 2014 at 1:31 am

    These are very pretty. I love how the words pops.

    • Reply Heather May 19, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Awww thank you Trish!

  • Reply Erlene May 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Love how you improvise. Especially the nail file…my kind of girl :-) Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    • Reply Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Hehe, I know that’s right! Thank you Erlene!

  • Reply Selene Galindo May 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Very nice! I’m loving the distressing on them!

  • Reply Katie @ Upcycled Treasures May 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I <3 mason jars and these painted ones are so adorable! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods May 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Alright girl! These adorable Mason jars are just about enough to make me want to jump on the Mason Jar Bandwagon! Loving them with that floral!

    Makin’ me happy! Pinning!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at our Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us again on Saturday to show off your latest projects!

    ~ Ashley

    • Reply Heather May 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Oh I know! Thank you Ashley! I will be there!

  • Reply Sami May 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I love this tutorial! You’re right, Mason jars are so affordable and fun to decorate with. Love it! I’m def. going to try this!

  • Reply Ginnie May 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    This looks super pretty! I need to organize my brushes and makeup – total disaster area right now;) I love this idea!

    • Reply Heather May 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Hehe! Makeup is tough to keep up with! :D Thank you Ginnie!

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  • Reply Joni May 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Super cute! I found you on Put A Bird On It. Thanks for sharing :)


  • Reply Liz Lewis May 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This is my FAVORITE mason jar look I’ve seen. I’m totally coping your way! Found you through Put a Bird on It Linkup : ) xoxo

    • Reply Heather May 19, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Thank you so much Liz!

  • Reply Emily May 19, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Love the colors! Thanks for sharing at Your Designs This Time!

  • Reply Allie May 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Love those mason jars! And they look awesome in your bathroom! I’ve featured them for tomorrow for Worthwhile Wednesdays

    • Reply Heather May 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

      YAY! I am so excited! Thank you Allie!

  • Reply Kat Ryan May 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I am with you, I never really got on the mason jar bandwagon. So not a fan when they started popping up wedding in low of Champagne flutes. But they looks so cute for your makeup brushes. Love the colors you chose to paint them with. Cute Cute Cute

    • Reply Heather May 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I agree! :D Thank you Kat! :D

  • Reply Erika Buckley May 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Another pretty project! So lovely! Love the girly pink hues ~ Erika @

  • Reply Leslie May 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I love the colors you made them. I love them! Mason jars are the best, for everything. I’m stopping by from the blog hop. Happy Thursday!

  • Reply heidi May 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I really like the pink one. It’s such a pretty shade of pink.

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