How to Paint and Distress Mason Jars
My daughter is coming up on her 7th birthday. I’m currently sitting on our back porch, watching as she runs around the backyard hunting creepers (Anyone else have children in the “Minecraft phase” right now?) I am so proud of the young lady she is and I’m excited to celebrate another year of her life, with a Garden party!
Here’s the thing – I know I don’t typically share crafty stuff. But, here’s where this post comes into play . . .
Since I have adapted to a minimalist lifestyle, everything has become less overwhelming and that includes birthday parties!
I was that mom that would throw a birthday party and stress the entire day. I had crafts and activities planned out for every minute of the party. Guests would tell me “the kids are having fun. It’s okay. Don’t stress about it.” Still, I would. Because my busy mind had me feeling like it was a necessity to be the best host EVER!
Anyways, story time over. The point of all that is to say that I’m currently planning Serenity’s party and I feel super relaxed about it. I decided to plan a low-key garden party, with the focus being on my daughter and her friends spending genuine bonding time, without the fuss of party favors and food galore!
We are keeping party decor simple and DIY-esque (so fun!) Think lots of flowers, finger foods, and fun! Basically I want to create things for the party that we love and I know we’ll use again and again.
I just finished up these distressed mason jars and I wanted to share the steps with you so that you can create something simple and chic as well. Be sure you’re following the blog because I’ll be sharing how I’ll ACTUALLY be using the mason jars on the day of the party in a later post!
First things first,
I recommend starting with new mason jars. This removes the need for a thorough cleaning and you can start your project ASAP.
Apply your first coat, wait until it is completely dry, and paint the second coat. If the first coat is not completely dry you run the risk of rubbing it off when painting the second coat. By the way, I used a high quality paintbrush, one I would paint my walls with, but any brush will do.
Personally speaking, my favorite paint for mason jars is chalk paint. It’s durable, quick drying, has fantastic coverage, and adheres nicely to the glass. It’s also the easiest paint to distress and that’s what we’re going for here.
You’re going to want to find course sandpaper. Just trust me with this. I have tried a number of them and have wasted a lot of time (and gained a lot of blisters,) before I discovered the best sandpaper. I alternated between sandpaper sheets and blocks. It’s entirely up to your preference what you use.
I start with the rim. Because . . why not?
Then I continue along the side of the rim.
P.s. – how thoroughly you distress is up to you. I tend to alternate between taking all the paint off, and leaving areas covered.
Moving down the jar, I continue by distressing the sides with the measure markers.
We’re a Marine Corps family with great pride for our country, so I always make sure the “Made in USA” detail shows through entirely.
Moving on. Time to distress the fruit detailing on the back.
This is the part I’m the least fussy about. I make a mess of it and don’t pay much attention to detail.
Finally we move on to the front of the glass where “MASON” is beautifully displayed.
I take my time here because this is the area I want to look the best.
Once all of the text and raised designs are finished, I randomly distress the front of the jar.
FYI, this is where I played with different threads of sandpaper. I found that course sandpaper gives it more of a “worn” look as opposed to the complete removal of paint as shown in the photo below (consider this my “OOPS!” photo.)
Any seal will do and craft stores carry a variety, but I prefer one with a clear coat, matte finish.
And that’s it!
The sealant helps make the paint a bit more durable, but I wouldn’t recommend submerging the jars in water or putting them through a cycle in the dishwasher. The paint will come off. Carefully wipe them down and be mindful when adding water.
Have fun with mason jars. This project is a quick, affordable way to add some fun indoors and out, but there are so many things you can do with them!
x’s and o’s.
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