Mason jars have got to be one of the cheapest, yet chicest, decorations you can add around your home. You can buy bulk containers at Wal-Mart and other big name stores for mere dollars. And if you are like me, you probably already have a lot of empty glass jars floating around your house.
I’ve been wanting to add some painted mason jars to our kitchen for a very long time. But as usual, it took me a while to find the time to actually craft them. Thankfully, painted mason jars are one of the fastest projects around. It took me a little over an hour to paint them, and they ended up adding a ton of color and personality to our kitchen.
We have these great floating shelves near our kitchen sink. However, they aren’t really functional for storing kitchen utensils without looking junky. I thought adding some painted jars would be the perfect addition to this unique space.
And, guess what? I found a super cheap and easy way to make these jars just the way you want them. At first, I started using my regular acrylic paint I use for all of my normal projects. The trouble was, I ended up having to use A LOT of paint for each jar. Also, the shades seemed just a little off. I hated wasting all my “good” paint only to have jars that weren’t really what I wanted.
That’s when my husband had the brilliant idea of using color samples to paint the jars. You see, we wanted the different colored jars to match the curtains we have in our kitchen. So, we took the curtains to our local Lowe’s and tried to find colors to match. Not only did we have many more colors from which to choose, we were able to purchase 7 oz. samples for only $1.75 each.
This ended up being so much cheaper and efficient than using my other paints. Plus, we were able to match each shade exactly. Once we had our selected shades, we started painting.
What You Will Need:
- Paint (I’m telling you, paint samples are the way to go).
- Baby Wipes (This is really important for paint mishaps).
- Chicken Wire and Wood (This is for the drying process).
There a couple of ways to do this. I found the easiest method was pouring the paint inside the jar. I added about 2 oz. of paint to the large jars, and about 1 oz. of paint to the smaller ones. After you have poured in your paint, swirl it around from side to side until the paint makes its way to the top of the jar. It takes just a little bit of time, but you end up with a nice, even shade.
To dry, I took the jars outside. My husband placed a sheet of chicken wire over some spare pieces of wood we had. This allowed the jars to dry and still get a little bit of air seeping in from the bottom. The excess paint was able to drip out the opening without clumping up and making an even bigger mess.
It is important to let your jars dry for a very long time. If you can, let them air out for a full day or so. It takes a while for that paint inside to fully dry. When they are finished you will be left with a thick, even coat of color.
The colors match our kitchen colors perfectly. I’m so happy that we decided to use paint samples. Not only did we get total color accuracy, but I didn’t end up wasting all of my other crafting paint. We still had plenty of paint left over from the samples. These will be great to use on other kitchen crafts in the future.
I think the final product makes our kitchen look a lot more pulled together. This seems like an impossible feat when you have bottles and formula and teething toys thrown all about your kitchen. Sometimes the smallest of details can make all the difference.
Let’s talk! Do you have any good mason jar craft ideas? I know I want to make some more in the future!