It’s that time of year….Back to School time. It is also still summer where I live. For me, that means it is time to re-organize, spruce up, and get ready for the next school year. This year, I decided I wanted some cute touches in our school area. I made this mason jar craft to make cute pencil holders. Want to make your own? They are easy to make and I’ll show you how.
- Mason Jar (s)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Acrylic craft paint
- Sandpaper (I used 150 grit)
- Sealant (I used Mod Podge Satin)
- Optional – Embellishments such as ribbon and flower
I found this fantastic tutorial on How to Paint Mason Jars from Mason Jar Love. It is easy to do. Start by cleaning your jars with rubbing alcohol. Then wash them in soapy water. Make sure they are completely dry before you begin painting.
Use acrylic paint from the craft store in any color you like. Paint the first coat and wait at least 15 minutes or until it is totally dry and not tacky to the touch. Paint a second coat when your first coat is totally dry. Let the 2nd coat dry overnight.
After drying overnight, it is time to distress you jars (if you like this look). Use 150 (or you can use 120, 100, or even a nail file) grit sandpaper and rough up the areas you want distressed.
Your jars need to be sealed. I don’t like to use spray paint or spray sealant because they are very hard on the environment. You know what you can use instead? Mod Podge! Love it! I use Mod Podge Satin. You can use any Mod Podge or sealer you like.
For the Mod Podge you apply it just like the paint. Apply the first coat and wait at least 15 minutes until the Mod Podge is totally dry. Then apply the second coat and wait until it is completely dry.
Now you get to embellish your jars. I added this cute burlap flower I found at Michael’s to one jar.
I added a simple sparkly pink ribbon to the other jar.
The jars sit in my newly organized school area. They match the bulletin board that I added a little fun to this summer as well. I will have the full details on that makeover on my blog on August 21st.
I’m so happy with how this mason jar craft turned out. I know it will add some fun and some color to our school area and I will enjoy looking at them in the school year to come.
What is your favorite use for a mason jar? There are so many fun uses!
KC is a stay at home mom of two cuties who are 11 and 6. She loves running, reading, scrapbooking, Starbucks, hiking, cooking, picnics, being crafty, and having fun with her family. She blogs at The Real Thing with the Coake Family about crafts, organizing, family fun, American Girl ideas, cooking, and all manner of fun things, while keeping it real, not magazine glossy.