Painted Mason Jar

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Painted mason jars are just fun!  The best part is going to Michaels to pick out the paint color.  But really, they are great for decor in your home, and they make a great, personal and/or personalized gift!  Here are some things I’ve done with painted mason jars…

Bedroom Decor

A Mother’s Day Gift

Engagement Gift

A Family Reunion Craft

Here’s how to make them!

What you need:

  • mason jar
  • paint
  • small paint brush
  • 120-grit sand paper

What you do:

  1. Start by painting the top part of the mason jar making sure the strokes are going the same way, vertically.
  2. Paint the rim horizontally, paint the top of the rim, and paint about an inch down into the mason jar, vertically.
  3. Turn the mason jar upside down and paint the bottom half (which is now the one on top) with nice, even vertical strokes.
  4. Turn the mason jar back and let that sit and dry for about 10 minutes and then repeat.
  5. Let sit overnight, or 1 day, same difference I guess.
  6. Cut a couple of squares out of the sandpaper, and fold the sandpaper in half.  This is what you will use to distress your mason jar (you can keep creasing the same sand paper square in different areas to get more out of one square.  Make a new crease every couple of distressing strokes).
  7. Distress the bottom part of the mason jar all the way around by lightly brushing the bottom of the mason jar, so the paint doesn’t look so even on the end.
  8. Do the same around the rim of the mason jar.
  9. Using the whole crease of the folded sandpaper, lightly brush distressed vertical lines all around the mason jar.
  10. Now on to the words, Ball and MASON on the jar.  Use the tip of your folded sandpaper as your “pen”.  Make light strokes across the lettering, and the paint will come off.  Every couple of letters or so, fold a different part of the sandpaper, so the tip is staying fresh.
  11. You are done!  Isn’t it rustically beautiful?

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