Mason jars may be one of my favorite things. They seem to be one of those multi-functional items that just keeps giving. Between being useful kitchen items, home organizational items and gorgeous, fun décor pieces, they can literally fit into every facet of your life somehow.
With spring quickly approaching, I’ve been dreaming of pretty, sprawling fields of flowers and summer vegetables to fill up my mason jars with. As I was dreaming, I decided I wanted to make some beautiful DIY mason jar vases that would carry me through this next season.
Taking my cues from the soft pastels that spring is known for, I gathered up my supplies to make some of the prettiest DIY mason jar vases that you ever did see.
Then I filled them with gorgeous florals from local, small flower shops in various shades of white, pink, salmon and purple. I wanted the DIY mason jar vases to feel like the fields that I’ve been imagining in my head – dreamy, light, soft and full of springtime promise. I didn’t want them to feel overly structured or designed, but instead a little more free flowing – like something you could pick from the garden yourself.
Tips for the process
To get started, I decided to use Behr paint with a mix of FLOOD. I wanted to use regular paint verses chalk paint or the paints that you might normally use on glass from the craft store because there is a wider variety of colors available. Sure, I could have used the craft store paint and worked with the pink and white colors until I found what I loved, but that paint store has a bunch of beautiful colors right at my fingertips.
The FLOOD mixture helps to level it out and eliminates the brush marks on the glass of the DIY mason jar vases. I honestly think it worked perfectly on the glass. It stuck right away and gave me no problems. I used two coats to make sure there weren’t any translucent spots, but it covered so well that I could have gotten away with one coat too.
The colors I used are for the Vintage Farmhouse DIY Mason Jar Vases are:
- Swiss Coffee
- Minstrel Rose
Adding the vintage look
To embellish the jars, I used ribbon in various shades of pink, lace ribbon in various shades of white and a couple different colors of twine that I found lying around my house. I also used these sweet hearts on some of the jars that I found on Amazon here.
My supply list
As for my other supplies, they’re a mixture of craft store finds, hardware store items and Amazon items. However, you can find most of them on Amazon to save time. Here’s a list:
- Brown craft paper
- Wooden Hearts
- FLOOD for paint
- Paint brush with short handle
- 32 oz. Mason Jars
- 16 oz. Mason Jars
- 4 oz. Mini Mason Jars
I bought all my ribbon from Hobby Lobby, but if you want to order some along with the other supplies, here are some pretty ribbon options:
DIY Mason Jar Vase Steps:
- Wash and dry your mason jars really well. If you’ve used them for food before then make sure all of the food has come off so you don’t get mold inside the vases.
- Take a cotton swab or paper towel and rubbing alcohol and wipe down the outside of the jars. This will help the surface to be as clean as possible and to help the paint stick.
- Next, mix your paint and FLOOD together. Use 1/3 of the amount of FLOOD as the paint that you used. Mix thoroughly.
- Begin painting your jars using long, vertical strokes on the glass. Be careful not to glob the paint on, just enough to cover. Use horizontal strokes to paint the top of the jar where the lid screws on.
- Side note: I love the paint brushes with the small handles. They make for an easier grip whenever you’re doing a project like this where you have to be moving the object that’s being painted.
- Let dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add a second coat of paint to the jars to make sure there are no translucent areas.
- Give the second coat an hour to dry and then spray the jars with a sealer. These jars WILL NOT be dishwasher safe, but the sealer should keep your paint from chipping under normal use.
- Give them about an hour or two to dry once the sealer is complete and then add your embellishments.
When it comes to adding the ribbon and embellishments to the farmhouse DIY mason jar vases I had a few rules.
- Use lighter ribbon with darker jars.
- Use darker ribbon with lighter jars.
- If I was going to use light ribbon on a lighter jar (for instance my cream lace on the white jar) I would pair it with another ribbon or detail like one of the hearts.
That’s about it! What do you think of the results?
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