Vintage Inspired Painted Mason Jars

I have a fabulous project to share with you today!  These sweet vintage inspired Painted Mason Jars.  I saw some of them being sold on Etsy and had to give them a try.  They are super easy and a fabulous handmade piece that you could easily gift to your mom on Mother’s Day.

Painted Mason Jars with Wild FlowersThere aren’t any step by step pictures, as it really is a very simple project.  You’ll need the following supplies:  Mason Jars, Acrylic Paint, Paint Brush(es), Nail Files, Sealer and a bouquet of flowers (of course).

Supplies to make painted mason jarsStep One:

Grab your supplies and be sure that your jars are clean and ready for painting.

Step Two:

Paint two coats of paint on the outside of your jar.  Allow appropriate time to dry.

Step Three:

Sand the raised letters and spots around the jar for an aged/vintage look with nail file.

Step Four:

Seal.  Paint one or two coats of sealer on your jar.

Step Five:

Arrange flowers for display or gifting.

Additional details:  The colors I used were Citron, Turquoise and Vanilla by craft smart (purchased at Michael’s).  I used pint sized jars (however, any shape and size would work).  The sealer allows you to be able to wipe the jars with a damp wet cloth for cleaning purposes; however, you cannot submerge or soak these in water.

Sweet Vintage Painted Mason JarsVintage Inspired Painted Mason Jars with Vintage Inspired Painted Mason Jars with livelaughrowe.comThe picture below I used a vintage action for fun.  I’m madly in {love} with these jars!  I may even add a few to my shop, for those who don’t want to hassle with the DIY part.  If your mom likes flowers, why not make a fun mason jar vase to pair with them?  I’m willing to bet you’ll make a few for yourself too.

Vintage Inspired Painted Mason JarsSoooo, happy crafting!  What are you waiting for?  Let’s get making some painted mason jars!

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  1. says

    Ooooh I just love these. They will be perfect on my kitchen window sill. Just one quick (perhaps silly question) but is it ok to have water inside the jars for the flowers or should I use silk flowers??

  2. says

    I love to collect empty glass jars and reuse them anyway I can.. I just love these and the distressed vintage look they give off! I can’t wait to make my own set!

  3. Adrienne says

    Omg love these! How do you get the paint so even. What kind of brush did you use. Ive tried using Acrylic paint on jars before and it had big lines. Any suggestions? thanks

    • says

      Hi Adrienne! It doesn’t go on perfectly, but a couple of coats allows for much more even coverage. I used medium sized crafting brushes. Hope that helps. Cheers!

  4. Cindy says

    I’m curious to know how the distressing you did made it look black underneath. Did you apply a coat of black under the citrus yellow?

  5. says

    This is a great project. I have a mason jar sitting next to my kitchen window that would be perfect for this. Now I just need to get to crafting it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  6. says

    These are great!! I thought you must have painted inside black, but it was much simpler than that!! Thank you for a great vintage idea!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I know the shadows create an illusion of black. These jars are some of my all time favorites. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

  7. Kristin says

    I love these! I am making them for the center pieces for my wedding reception and putting big burlap flowers in them. I’ve made one for a trial one and I love it! So excited! Thanks for the easy directions!

    • says

      Hi Kristin! Yay, I’m so excited that you love them and will be using them at your upcoming wedding. Thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers.

  8. Aubrey Gillespie says

    I’m working on these right now and have let the first coat dry for about 45 minutes and when I put the second coat on it’s pulling off the first coat of paint!!! Is there a way to prevent this? My jar was squeaky clean and dry when I started! Am I doing something wrong?

    • says

      Hi Aubrey! The paint is pulling off? Are you using a bristle brush? Try a sponge brush. That is odd. There may be some spots that the paint removes, but that should be minimal. I’m sorry you’re having this problem. Let me know.

      • Aubrey Gillespie says

        I was using a bristle brush, just tried using a sponge and it’s doing the same thing! Maybe I have crappy paint (I was using Apple Barrel brand from Wal-Mart)? Or could it that I’m using Ball jars instead of Kerr? I might try chalk paint and see if that adheres. I really need these in my life!!! :)

        • Sheri says

          I finished this project a few days ago and I had this same problem.
          I started w/a sponge brush then went to a bristled one. What I found I was doing was wiping too much with the brush and there also wasn’t enough paint on the jar. Dump a good sized puddle onto the jar & spread it out quickly and don’t keep going over the same area w/the brush because that’s when I found the paint would start to pull off in spots.

          I hope you were successful w/your jars! If not, try again. They are worth it! Too cute!
          One thing I’ll try to improve on is I used a spray on clear coat. I noticed when they were dry that I had thin spots that I know weren’t there after the 2coats of paint.
          Looks like the clear coat caused the paint to streak a bit. Not bad though. Just something I’ll watch next time. I may have had the spray can too close to the jars.

  9. Anonymous says

    so cute! And they would make perfect gifts! :)They look amazing! You’re so creative!!!!


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