This was such a fun and easy project. I haven’t used paint as my craft of choice in a while, so it was so refreshing to bust out some paint brushes and get to work. I love mason jars (we use ones with handles as drinking glasses), so it was only natural that I combined a mason jar craft with one of my favorite holidays – the 4th of July.
Skill level: This mason jar project would be good for anyone!
Time commitment estimate: It took about an hour total. You have to wait for each layer of paint to dry, but actual working time isn’t much at all.
If you want to make this 4th of July mason jar project yourself, these are the supplies you’ll need:
1. Mason Jars – I used the 16oz. size and plan to make this project using the larger size as well. I got mine from Joann’s, but you could buy a set from Amazon (like these), or I bet you could even find some at your closest Goodwill.
– Chalk-specific paint is best for this project so the mason jars have that rustic look when you’re done. I used FolkArt Home Decor Chalk in Nautical
and White Adirondack
3. Paint brushes – I got an inexpensive 4-pk of 1″ wide foam brushes from Joann’s.
– This completes the rustic look, and it’s always good to have twine
on hand for gift wrapping and such.
Step 1: Paint all 3 mason jars white. I ended up doing a second coat because I wanted to hide some of the brush strokes. I had mine dry on a shot glass so the bottom didn’t get stuck to anything (see image below).
Step 2: Cut out a star that will fit on your painter’s tape. (I used .94″ tape, so my stars were just a little under 1″. ) If you don’t want to take the time to make your own star, download the template I made for free, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter at the same time.
Step 3: I ended up using 10 stars total, so I traced the star pattern onto a strip of painter’s tape 10 times.
Step 4: I used an xacto knife to cut the stars out. Scissors would work too!
Step 5: Once your white paint is completely dry, make stripes on two of the jars with painters tape. Add your stars to one of the jars.
Step 6: Paint the star jar blue and the stripe jars red.
Step 7: Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and do any touch up work with the white paint.
Step 8: Using the sand paper, rub off as much or as little of the paint as you want.
Step 9: Add twine. I just wrapped it around 3 times and tucked the ends in.
Step 10: Add tea lights and you’re good to go! if you have a 4th of July picnic or party coming up, you could also use these as vases to put flowers in, or to hold silverware, napkins, etc.