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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  • 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

    • Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:19 am

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

  • 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.

    • Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:21 am

      Oh I am loving the pastels! Thank you Maria!

  • Maria May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

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

    • Heather May 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

      Thank you Maria!

  • 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!

    • Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:32 am

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

  • 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!

    • Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:33 am

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

  • 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! :)

    • 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

  • 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!


    • Heather May 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

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

  • 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 :)

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:13 am

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

  • 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!

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:09 am

      You definitely should! Thank you Jess!

  • 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!!!

    • 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!

  • Kim May 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Thank you Kim! Same to you!

  • Trish May 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

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

    • Heather May 21, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Trish!

  • Trish May 13, 2014 at 1:31 am

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

    • Heather May 19, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Awww thank you Trish!

  • 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.

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:02 am

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

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

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

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 5:01 am

      Thank you Selene!

  • 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!

    • Heather May 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Oh thank you Katie!

  • 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

    • Heather May 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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

  • 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!

    • Heather May 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you Sami! :D

  • 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!

    • Heather May 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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

  • Beth May 15, 2014 at 4:31 am


    • Heather May 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you Beth!

  • Joni May 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

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


    • Heather May 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you Joni!

  • 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

    • Heather May 19, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Thank you so much Liz!

  • Emily May 19, 2014 at 6:55 am

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

    • Heather May 21, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Thank you dear!

  • 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

    • Heather May 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

      YAY! I am so excited! Thank you Allie!

  • 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

    • Heather May 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I agree! :D Thank you Kat! :D

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

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

    • Heather May 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Erika!

  • 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!

    • Heather May 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you dear!

  • heidi May 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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

    • Heather May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Oh thank you Heidi!

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