I know for lots of you the school year has already started. Where I live, the school year doesn't start until after labor day. I'm in the midst of rearranging our school area, re-organizing, purging, and getting things ready for the start of our new school year. While in the midst of all of this I came up with a cute mason jar craft to make a pencil holder for our newly re-organized school area. They are so darling! I'm looking forward to seeing them daily and using them often. I won't leave you high and dry, I've got a tutorial so you can make your own cute painted mason jars.
I found this fantastic tutorial on How to Paint Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts Love. It is easy to do. Start by cleaning your jars with rubbing alcohol. Then wash them in soapy water. Make sure they are completely dry before you begin painting.
Use acrylic paint from the craft store in any color you like. Paint the first coat and wait at least 15 minutes or until it is totally dry and not tacky to the touch. Paint a second coat when your first coat is totally dry. Let the 2nd coat dry overnight.
After drying overnight, it is time to distress you jars (if you like this look). Use 150 (or you can use 120, 100, or even a nail file) grit sandpaper and rough up the areas you want distressed.
Your jars need to be sealed. I don’t like to use spray paint or spray sealant because they are very hard on the environment. You know what you can use instead? Mod Podge! Love it! I use Mod Podge Satin. You can use any Mod Podge or sealer you like.
For the Mod Podge you apply it just like the paint. Apply the first coat and wait at least 15 minutes until the Mod Podge is totally dry. Then apply the second coat and wait until it is completely dry.
Now you get to embellish your jars. I added this cute burlap flower I found at Michael’s to one jar.
I added a simple sparkly pink ribbon to the other jar.
The jars sit in my newly organized school area. They match the bulletin board that I added a little fun to this summer as well. Simple Decorative Cork Board
I’m so happy with how this mason jar craft turned out. I know it will add some fun and some color to our school area and I will enjoy looking at them in the school year to come.
What is your favorite use for a mason jar? There are so many fun uses!