How to Decorate a Mason Jar

Six Methods:Internally painted Mason jar vaseExternally painted Mason jar vaseGlitter Mason jarDoily Mason jarBurlap Mason jarAnimal-topped Mason jar

Decorating Mason jars has become a popular craft. These jars have ample uses, including storage, display and decoration, and it's great to find a new use for them instead of simply tossing them out. In this article, you'll discover various different ways to change the Mason jar into a lovely decorative object that will look great in your home.



Method 1
Internally painted Mason jar vase

This method is best used for a single color throughout the jar; adding other colors can be difficult since you're painting inside the jar. It's a good idea to paint the inside because it won't be touched as much, so the paint won't wear off as fast.

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    Find a suitable Mason jar. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar before proceeding.
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    Select the paint. Spray paint is the easiest to use, as you don't have to struggle trying to get a paintbrush into every nook and cranny. Choose any color you like. Metallics look especially amazing with Mason jars but any color will work well, even black if that's the look you're wanting.
    • Cover your work surface with box cardboard and always work in a well-ventilated area to prevent harm from the fumes.
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    Cover the top outside area of the jar with masking tape. This will prevent stray paint from marking it.
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    Spray paint the inside of the jar. Spray carefully and keep it even. Move the jar around as you spray, to ensure full coverage.
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    Pick out some decorative things for the outside of the jar. Tiny shells, fake flowers, sand, and beads can be used to decorate the external part of the jar.
    • Consider deciding on a pattern before adding the decorations. It can be helpful to draw the design on paper, to remind you where the items go.
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    Glue on the small items. Use hot glue, as it will hold the items in place better. Maybe put more decorations near the base of the jar, and thin them out near the top.
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    Arrange some fake flowers inside the vase. Real ones will need water, which may end up damaging the paint. Or even put in a bunch of twigs, incense sticks or other items, depending on what you want to display.
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    Put the vase in a bright, open spot for all to see. Or give it to someone as a gift.

Method 2
Externally painted Mason jar vase

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    Find a suitable Mason jar. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar before proceeding.
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    Select the paint color you would like the jar to be. This might be one color or two, depending on whether or not you wish to make divisions on the jar (such as one color from the top to the middle, and another color from the middle to the base). Alternatively, you can paint the entire jar, then paint on additional designs in a pattern or random formation, such as spots or love hearts.
    • The paint must be suitable for glass surfaces. Spray paint is recommended, as it's easy to apply and goes on evenly. Spray paint is used for this tutorial.
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    Lay down a piece of box cardboard to cover the work surface. Be sure the place you're spraying the jars in is well ventilated, to prevent you from breathing in toxic fumes.
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    Turn the clean jar upside down on the cardboard. If doing more than one jar, add the other jar or jars at even intervals across the cardboard, for spraying at the same time.
    • If you're creating stripes, always mask off the areas that are not to be painted the color you're spraying each time. This includes the already painted areas; ensure each stripe is fully dry before making the next one.
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    Spray the jar or jars. Don't get too close or there is a risk of causing the paint to drip, leaving drip marks on the jar's surface. Spray evenly.
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    Leave to dry. Follow the spray paint instructions on expected drying times, checking regularly. Once you're sure it's dry, additional decorative elements can be painted on, if wished.
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    Add decorative elements if desired. Here, it's up to your imagination. For example, you might like to tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar, insert some artificial flowers on the ribbon and hang a little bell off it. Rummage around your craft basket for things that don't have other uses, and hang them off the jar as decoration.

Method 3
Glitter Mason jar

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    Find a suitable Mason jar. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar before proceeding.
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    Select the paint color and the glitter color so that they complement each other. For example, you might have a rose pink jar with gold glitter; or a silver jar with red glitter. Try to avoid the exact same paint color with the same glitter color, as the glitter will tend to be overwhelmed by the paint color; use variant shades of the same color if you want the same color theme, preferring the paint in the paler hue and the glitter in the brighter or darker hue. The exception to this is metallic paints with the same metallic glitter color––these tend to look terrific.
    • Choose high quality craft glitter for the best effects.
    • The paint must be suitable for glass surfaces. Spray paint is recommended, as it's easy to apply and goes on evenly.
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    Lay down a piece of box cardboard to cover the work surface. Be sure the place you're spraying the jars in is well ventilated, to prevent you from breathing in toxic fumes.
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    Turn the clean jar upside down on the cardboard. If doing more than one jar, add the other jar or jars at even intervals across the cardboard, for spraying at the same time.
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    Spray the jar or jars. Don't get too close or there is a risk of causing the paint to drip, leaving drip marks on the jar's surface. Spray evenly.
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    Leave to dry. Follow the spray paint instructions on expected drying times, checking regularly. Once you're sure it's dry, you can proceed.
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    Decide where you want the glitter line to be. This is the line from which the glitter will go down to the base of the jar (or from an area to the top of the jar). Around a quarter to halfway up from the base is recommended. Place a row of tape around where this line begins, to mark the spot.
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    Paint Mod Podge at the point of the line, around one row or circle of the jar. Sprinkle glitter right around this row or circle.
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    Repeat in rows or circles around the rest of the jar, in sections. You can't Mod Podge the entirety of the base (or top) section because the Mod Podge dries out too quickly to allow the glitter to stick. Just work through it methodically and you'll get there.
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    Let the glitter sit for an hour. This allows it to set properly.
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    Finish with a coating of Mod Podge to protect the glitter and keep it in place, especially when handling or if the jar is knocked. Let this dry for another hour.
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    Done. The glitter and paint jar is now ready for use. It can be used to hold flowers, pens and pencils, lollipops, trinkets, etc. In fact, whatever you like really.

Method 4
Doily Mason jar

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    Find a suitable Mason jar. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar before proceeding.
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    Find a suitable doily for the Mason jar. The best size is one that covers the jar fully and is neither too small, nor too large. If it is too small, perhaps join two doilies together.
    • If you have to cut the doilies, do so with great care. Use Mod Podge or clear nail polish to seal the cut edges of the doily to prevent fraying while working with it.
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    Spray Mod Podge over the Mason jar.
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    Quickly but carefully roll the doily over the Mod Podge. Take care to smooth out wrinkles or bumps as you go. Allow to dry in place.
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    Paint or spray Mod Podge over the doily. This will seal it and help keep it clean during use. Allow to dry.
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    Make the neck of the jar pretty. Tie a thin ribbon or a length of burlap around the neck of the jar. You might add something else too, such as a little bell, a small star, a bead or a love heart (made from metal, wood, plastic, glass, etc.) just as a finishing touch.
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    Use the jar. The jar can be used for storing items (such as pens and pencils) or you can even use it as a lamp. Drop a votive candle into the base of the jar, light with a long-stick match and see the beautiful patterns the doily makes with the glow of the candle behind it.

Method 5
Burlap Mason jar

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    Find a suitable Mason jar. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar before proceeding.
    • The jar can be either clear (untouched) or painted for this project; it's up to you.
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    Decide how you would like to attach the burlap to the jar. There are various options, including:
    • Wrapping burlap around the entire jar, either in one large piece or in rows
    • Placing a large piece of burlap all the way around the middle of the jar, then layering on lace and ribbon and a decorative item
    • Creating a design using burlap pieces.
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    Add glue to the area of the jar where you wish to stick the burlap. By way of example:
    • Cut a wide piece of burlap for the center of the jar. Glue in place, making sure the end pieces meet at the end of the jar. Match up neatly, and trim off any excess.
    • Attach a piece of lace around the center of the burlap piece. Again, make the ends meet neatly at the back of the jar and trim off any excess.
    • Place a piece of thin satin ribbon around the center of the lace piece. Again, make the ends meet neatly at the back of the jar and trim off any excess.
    • If wished, attach a small decoration in the center, such as small dried flowers, a bead, a bow, a key, a love heart, etc. using glue or string.
    If wrapping the entire jar in burlap, add the glue in sections and take care to smooth out any wrinkles as you go. If using rows of burlap, add glue for each row as you go.
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    Allow everything to dry in place. Once dry, the burlap wrapped Mason jar is ready to use.

Method 6
Animal-topped Mason jar

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    Find a suitable Mason jar with its lid. Clean and thoroughly dry the jar and lid before proceeding.
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    Select a plastic toy animal. Choose one that you'd like to have on display, or that is your favorite animal. Also select some spray paint, in the color of choice. Metallic paints look great, but any color is fine.
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    Set up a spraying area. Outside is easiest, plus it's well-ventilated. Or, set up some cardboard on a bench or the floor in the garage or somewhere else with good ventilation.
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    Spray paint the plastic animal. Allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.
    • Spray the entirety of the animal, which includes its underside, as all of the animal will seen when put on display.
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    Spray the lid of the Mason jar. Use the same color as for the plastic animal; this needs to look seamless.
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    Glue the sprayed animal to the lid. Allow to dry fully.
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    Attach the lid to the Mason jar. That's all there is to it; it's now ready for use. Of course, you could make several more, to complete your "safari", "jungle" or "zoo" display.
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    Display them all.

Tips

  • For the vase, you can paint the lid on the outside, if using the lid.
  • Another nice idea for externally painting a jar is to cut out a stencil and attach it to the outside of the jar and paint the rest of the jar.
    • You can fill the jar with candy but still be able to see the candy through the part not painted (you can do shapes such as a heart, circle, oval, etc.).

Warnings

  • Do not drink out of any Mason jar or put food in it if it has been painted or decorated on the inside. The paint or other decorative elements could be harmful.

Things You'll Need

Method 1:

  • Mason jar
  • Cardboard for protection
  • Spray paint in color of choice
  • Masking tape
  • Decorative items such as shells, etc.

Method 2:

  • Mason jar
  • Cardboard for protection
  • Spray paint in color(s) of choice
  • Decorative elements (optional)
  • Masking tape if making stripes or designs

Method 3:

  • Mason jar
  • Craft glitter, high quality
  • Spray paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard for protection

Method 4:

  • Mason jar
  • Doily (or doilies)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Additional decorative elements, such as ribbon, burlap pieces, small decorative objects
  • Votive candle and long-stick match (optional)

Method 5:

  • Mason jar
  • Burlap pieces
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Lace/ribbon
  • Dried flowers or other decorative elements

Method 6:

  • Mason jar with lid
  • Plastic animal
  • Spray paint
  • Cardboard for protection
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick (or other suitable glue)

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