Painted mason jars are so versatile. You can use them as centerpieces for your table, utensil holders for a Knights’ themed party, holders for your makeup brushes/toilettes, holders for your pens/ pencils, and even containers for homemade candles. This tutorial will show you how to turn these mason jars into flower vases, being able to use real flowers in water and not washing the paint away.
3 Quart Size Mason Jars
Black Acrylic Paint
Gold Glitter Spray Paint
Clear Acrylic Spray (not in picture)
Paint Brush and Paint Tray
Kitchen Oven and Cookie Sheet
All supplies can be found at Walmart or local craft store.
Step One: Painting
Paint two coats of black acrylic paint on the outside of the mason jars.
Step Two: Baking
Once the mason jars are completely dry you are going to bake the jars in the oven. This will cure the paint and make them hand washable.
Place the jars on a cookie sheet upside down, inside of a cool oven. Pre-heat your oven to 350°. Once the oven has reached 350° set a timer for 30 mins. Once the timer goes off, turn your oven off and let the mason jars cool down inside the oven. The mason jars will be too hot to handle, and you don’t want to risk them cooling off too fast. This part can be kind of scary if you have never done this before, I know it was for me, but I have done this process for years now on painted glass. Tip: Turn the hood vent on to help with the smell.
Step Three: Adding Gold Glitter
This was the part I was most nervous about doing. I was worried I would go through all this work and mess it up at this point, but it was easier than I expected. I placed the mason jars outside on a piece of cardboard, where I was not worried about the glitter spray damaging anything if there was overspray. Do one mason jar at a time.
Shake your spray can vigorously for 2 minutes. Do a test spray on the cardboard first. If you focus on spraying the glitter on the top 2-3 inches of the mason jar, the glitter will leave a light coat down the mason jar automatically, giving it that ombre look. Keep your can level to the mason jar and about 12 inches away. You only need one coat of glitter. I found it easiest to walk slowly around the mason jar as you spray in a sweeping motion. Repeat this process for the next two mason jars. Give them about 20 minutes to dry before you move onto the next step.
Step 4: Seal it
After the gold glitter is dry, add one coat of clear acrylic spray to the outside of the mason jars. This will coat the glitter, so when you add your flowers with water, the glitter won’t wash away. Let your mason jars dry overnight before you decide to add your ribbon or flowers. I moved mine into the garage so dirt wouldn’t stick to it, or my dog/children wouldn’t knock them over.
Finished! Just add flowers.
I decided I preferred my mason jars just the way they are, and opted out of adding any ribbon. I added some fresh red roses in water. It is your personal preference if you would like to add some ribbon or VGK fabric. Check back next week for examples of different variations.
Rachelle O’Dell is our VGK Ladies craft expert. For questions, leave a comment below, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.