Another easy, fun way to dress up your DIY Blue Mason Jars (or any old Mason jars):
How gorgeous are these? And so perfect for weddings, parties, or just everyday decor.
Step-by-step tutorial after the jump.
Oh my goodness, do I ever love this DIY project. It’s so easy, and the results are so gorgeous.
You take this…
And, with minimal effort, end up with this.
What you need:
Vitrea 160 Glass Paint in Turquoise
Paint thinner (this is optional; add some paint thinner if you’d like a sheerer blue than what’s pictured)
Something to apply paint: I used part of a Magic Eraser because that’s what I had laying around, but you could use anything from a lint-free cloth (ideal) to a paintbrush (may leave streaks) to a rag. I would use a combo of a lint-free cloth for the body of the jars, and then a small paintbrush for the lip.
What you do:
1. Make sure your Mason jars are clean and dry.
2. If using paint thinner, combine Vitrea 160 and thinner in a small container until you achieve the desired shade (it will look much darker in the container than it will once applied).
3. Apply the paint to the body of the jar from the top down, and then swipe around the lip of the jar and across the bottom (a paintbrush may come in handy for the areas that you have trouble getting to with your rag; you can see some bare spots on the tops of my jars where my Magic Eraser didn’t quite reach).
4. Set the jars upside-down on wax paper and let dry for 24 hours.
5. Bake in a 325F oven for 40 minutes.
If you’re using these for vases or storage containers (for makeup brushes, knickknacks and such), try adding a little bit of twine for a rustic look.
More ways to use your jars as decor:
- Fill them with Christmas lights for a sparkly centerpiece
- Add a ribbon to the top (try bright green, white, or red)
- Fill them with flowers
- Add a little sand (or some tiny seashells) and a votive candle
Related: Mason Jar Wedding Decor Ideas
I mean…obviously I love this. And obviously it’s now on my list of Projects to Undertake When We Move Into A House (not that you need to live in a house to do this – this makes a perfect Apartment Garden).
The best part: when I kill one of the plants – which I will, as I am quite the expert plant-slayer – I can just replace the one I’ve destroyed without mucking about in the garden and potentially creating more victims.
There are two things that I especially love about this tabletop: the air plants in glass votives, and the twine-wrapped vase. But the thing that I love most of all? This look couldn’t be easier – or more inexpensive – to DIY.
First, the air plants. You can buy them online, and they require minimal care (just mist them about once a month). For a similar look to this one, just set them on the table in votives, antique cream-and-sugars…whatever you have handy, really. I also like the idea of tucking branches and coral around them to add more texture.
For the twine-wrapped vase, all you need is twine and some glue. You can just wrap the center section if your vase is a pretty one (or if you’re short on time), but I like the idea of covering them top-to-bottom – so rustic and pretty. To do this, just start at the base and use glue to affix the twine, working your way slowly up until the whole thing is covered.
For a variation on the look try wrapping just the mouth of a Mason Jar (or any clear glass jar you have handy), and then filling it 1/3 of the way up with cranberries, nuts or coarse sea salt (snow! sorta…). Place a white votive inside, and voila! Adorable centerpiece, perfect for a New Year’s Eve dinner.
(At other times of the year, try switching up the filler in the jar for season-appropriate things like sand, small seashells, or rocks.)
I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite ways to use Mason jars is to whip up recipes-in-a-jar to give as gifts, and reader Adeline just sent me a link to a gorgeous recipe for Brownies-In-A-Jar. (The article also suggests jarring pickles to give as a gift…and I have the perfect pickle recipe for you right here!)
1 quart sized jar
2⁄3 tsp salt
1 1⁄8 cup flour, divided
1⁄3 cup cocoa powder
2⁄3 cup brown sugar
2⁄3 cup white sugar
1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup white chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup walnuts or pecans