I seriously cannot believe it myself, but I have found yet another use for my mason jars. If you remember, I got a bunch of these sexy jars donated for the infamous "Wedding in Seven Days" back in September, and I used them to make the favors for my brother's wedding. BUT I had a bunch leftover and I just keep finding new ways to dress them up and put them all around the house, where they dutifully hold things and look beautiful. I also realize that there is most likely no way that any of you will be making these in time for actual Valentine's Day tomorrow, but I made these over the past few days sort of spur-of-the-moment. Not only are they pretty, whimsical jars for the day of all things love, they are also great for any day, really, especially if you choose colors that match your home decor as opposed to a specific holiday or occasion.
Just another reason I love you, mason jars, you are so versatile.
I absolutely love the colors I used this time. I did the painting with simple, inexpensive spray paint from my local craft store. In fact, the pink was chosen because the pink I wanted seemed to be sold out and this guy was a mere $1.99-and the white that I used was officially called "Crafting Enamel" in white, which seemed to be exactly like spray paint to the novice me. I completely and absolutely love these white jars. I want to fill my entire house now with white jars. They can be used all year, actually, and if you choose to paint the inside of a few jars, you can decorate and re-decorate with things like string and Washi tape according to the season, the holiday, your mood.
I love you, mason jars, I think it's amazing that I can put Washi tape on you and change it everyday if I want to and just like that, you become something I love again.
Really, I love mason jars because they are an easy way to make it look like you've got your shit together. I mean, what doesn't look cute in a mason jar?
I love you, mason jars, because you don't care what you have inside of you, you shine and look pretty regardless.
What you'll need:
Spray Paint of your choice ( one can goes far, I still have a ton left over and I painted 5 jars)
A few Mason Jars ( any glass jar will do, I have made colored jars a few times using other types of jars)
Whatever supplies you'd like to decorate your jars with, if any.
The supplies here are:
Baker's String (Target)
Washi Tape in Grey Stripes and Light Pink (AC Moore) but not pictured on a jar
Fabric Ribbon (AC Moore)
Fresh Flowers (these are simple carnations from my local food store)(of course you can use artificial, I was just craving fresh!color!spring!happy!)
I used two coats of paint, and let the jars air dry upside down for about an hour in between coats. I did get a bit of dripping, especially with the white, but I have never actually spray painted, well, anything before. I attempted to smooth the drips using a sponge brush, but it seemed a bit smudgy, so I opted to leave 'em be.
I love you mason jars, because you are all vintagey, and things like paint drips merely add to your charm.
I wanted to be able to put fresh flowers in some of these jars, because I am depressed and sick of cold, gray, stark winterness, so I painted some of my jars on the outside and others, I painted inside. There are pros and cons to both of these methods ( as I have learned in all of my mason jar escapades) so just do whichever method you feel would work best for the jar's use. If you are planning on putting water inside, you should paint the jars on the outside, but that runs a greater risk of chipping, etc. I try not to get too upset about little nicks in the paint, because mason jars are supposed to be all vintagey, but also because if I did I'd have driven myself insane by now. The jars I painted inside I placed a square of Styrofoam in and plan to put heart lollipop bouquets in for the kids tomorrow.(Yes, I know, I know: Rock Star.) The heart lollipops seen here I found (sold individually) right near the register at the craft store. I simply tied baker's string around the white jars, and used the thicker "Hugs and Kisses" fabric ribbon for the pink jars. A little water and some fresh, happy flowers-and that's it!
They look beautiful on my kitchen windowsill, especially in the morning with the sun coming in. They really do make me smile.
I love you, mason jars, for making me smile.
Happy Valentine's Day! XOXOXO
Happy Valentine's Day! XOXOXO
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