Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DIY Rustic Mason Jars


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I am always looking for little rustic touches to put throughout my house, and this little mason jar project just fit in perfectly. It was quick, easy and inexpensive, the three things I love about any craft project ( and I bet secretly you do too). Not, to mention it was probably the most fun I've had doing a project in a long time. My husband and daughter both sat down to help me paint, while my other three sons looked on with intrigue and confusion. They couldn't figure out why we were so into painting mason jars and what the heck were going to do with them? Well, they were about to find out!!


Here's what you need
1.  Mason jar (or any glass jar)
2. Matte acrylic craft paint
3. Foam paint brush
4. Very fine sandpaper or sanding block
5. Matte top coat (optional, but highly recommended)
 Instructions
1.  Clean your jar to remove any dirt or oils (I recommend using rubbing alcohol)
2.  Apply your first coat of paint to the mason jar *** Tip *** when applying your first coat let it dry completely before applying the second coat. Try to go in long straight strokes, avoiding going over wet paint, this will cause the paint to come off. 
3. Apply 2 and 3 coats (You may need 3-4 coats. Apply until you get your desired look).
4. Lightly sand the raised edges and where ever else you would like it to look distressed.
5. Apply your protective top coat. Without this the paint will easily scrape off, since it was painted onto glass. 
As you can see we had quite the assembly line going on here :)

We painted two different sets of mason jars.  A larger set that we decided to use as our fall decor, and the smaller set are now making their grand debut in my bathroom, and I love them!!!!

On these smaller mason jars, I decided to try something new. I painted the inside a different color so when I distressed them the different color would show through.
I am just thrilled with these mason jars and I can't wait to decorate my mantle in fall colors!! I wonder what I can make with them next. 

The possibilities are endless...
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55 comments:

  1. I just used miniwax wax paste. There is a picture of it in this post http://www.rustedtreasure.com/2013/09/family-sign.html

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  2. did you paint them inside as well ?

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    1. On the large ones I did not. One the small ones I pained the inside a contrasting color just so I could get a different look.

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  3. Can you tell me the exact colors you used on the small jars? These are the exact colors I want for my bathroom. Thank you

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  4. For the 4 smaller jars I used
    Color: Blue - 21483 China Blue
    Color: Green - 21346 Pale Green
    Color: Grey - 20580 Pewter Grey
    White was a different brand - Folk Art 515 Vintage White

    Have fun Painting :)

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    1. what were the brands of the paints you used on the smaller jars

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  5. could you use Mod Podge as your top coat?

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    1. I've never used Mod Podge as the top coat, but I dont see why not :)

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    2. Mod Podge works great for a top coat!

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    3. Did mod podge make it shiny?

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  6. What brand of Matte top coat did you use?

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  7. Hi, I was wondering if you could put food (like coffee) in these, since they're painted on the outside instead of the inside?
    They're super cute, btw! :)

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    1. I dont see why not as long as you dont paint the inside.

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  8. Would left over latex paint work? Didn't know if it has a higher plastic content

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    1. I dont see why not. As long as you seal the last coat it should adhere.

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  9. OH! How Lovely! Love this DIY, Im going to do this with my Jars. Thanks so much for adoring my Party with your beautiful Post. Lots of Hugs Maria the host

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  10. Love this idea. I just love mason jars and this is a great idea to make them unique and more useful around the house. So creative! Kids would just love sharing in creating this project!

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    1. I would love to see what your kids create with them :)

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  11. LOVE these! Can you please tell me the exact colors you used for the larger mason jars?

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    1. I want to know the colors too. Love the mustard yellow and orange!

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  12. What about washing the jars after painting? This isn't an issue with paint coming off?

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  13. Also, where did you get the flowers you put in them? Thanks!

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  14. Now that it has been awhile since you have painted them how are they holding up? Is the paint still not peeling or scratching off? I had been thinking of doing this and selling them but I didn't want to sell them if the paint comes off. I love mason jars and wanted to share all the things you can do with them. This was always one of my favorites.

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  15. Where did you get the little jars?

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    1. You can get the jars at Walmart or target.

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  16. How many jars can you paint with bottle of paint?

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  17. what are the exact colors that you used for the larger jars?

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  18. I am so excited to do this. I had ask my daughter that I was thinking to paint some mason jars for table center pieces and she sent me your web site. Just so excited about getting started . Thank you so much for all the information .

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  19. Thank you for the wonderful idea. I love your colors. I am excited about doing this and I have painted jars, but not with the contrasting color inside. Thanks for sharing.....

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  20. My undercoat keeps coming off when i put a new paint coat on even though its completely dry! What am I doing wrong?

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  21. You know I was having that same problem. After experimenting around a little bit with different ideas, I've come to find that putting on a clear coat on after EVERY single layer is quite effective. Of course you have to let the clear coat dry, but once you go ahead and add that next layer, you should have some really great sleek lines. Good luck! I hope this tactic works just a great for you as it did for me :)

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    1. Kayla, when you say clear coat after every layer, do you mean the matt top coat that we should put on at the end? or is the clear coat a different product?
      Thank you

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  22. Did you apply a black base coat? It looks like maybe a dark or chalkboard black base that is showing thru where you sanded. Thanks

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  23. I cant seem to find those little wider jars. Where did you find em? I looked at wal-mart and target.

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    1. try Fleet Farm or somewhere like that. I know in the fall when its canning time they have a bunch of different sizes.

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    2. The best selection of Mason jars that I have seen is Hobby Lobby. They have lots of different sizes. Also, I get a lot of mine at Goodwill.

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  24. where can you buy the top coat?

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  25. where can you buy the small jars?

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  26. I tried to paint a second coat but the paint started peeling even after the first coat had been dried several hours. What's going on? :(

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  27. I tried painting glass and had problems with the first coat peeling off when it got wet from the second coat. I went to spray paint. Works great. Then I sprayed with a top coat. Saves ALOT of time.

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  28. I wasn't having any luck with using regular acrylic paint so I decided to add a small amount of plaster of paris to make a small amount of chalk paint....it covered with no problems...I didn't have sand paper so I used a small piece of foil....tks

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  29. Well done Jennifer, you have done a beautiful piece of craft. Thank you for sharing :-D

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  30. Can you use food coloring in the acrylic paint?

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  31. Hi, I am using the same paint as you are.I painted my jar with a top coat .Waited 24 hours and went to do the 2nd coat but as I was sponging the paint on it was dragging the first coat off.So I stopped let it dry another 24 hours and then put it in a cold oven at 200 degrees then turned oven off and let the vase sit in the oven until cool. Tried to put on a second coat and still the sponge dragged the paint from the top coat off. Now this did not happen with my multi surface paint by martha stewart. But the cheap paint at walmart just wont seem to stick.

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  32. In reading the comments, it seems that people are having a problem with paint peeling on the second coat with brush painting. Have you ever tried spray painting the jars?

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  33. I have found that if you paint the clean jar first with the sealant the paint goes in very easily. I used the Ultra-Matte Variah from Americana Decor by DecoArt. Let the first coat of paint dry overnight and the second coat there is no peeling at all. Very happy with the outcome. Bi used Waverly chalk paint by plaid. I liked the colors best.

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  34. are you cleaning it with alcohol before painting ?

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  35. Yes I wash them good with dawn dish detergent and then wipe down with eyeglass cleaner wipes. It truly works wonders to prime it first with the sealant. No pealing paint at all.

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