Oct 31, 2013

Tutorial: How To Paint A Mason Jar

I am a southern girl obsessed with mason jars.  I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to the topic to feed this love affair with the ever so versatile glass jar.  I have a collection that I gathered over the years for various reasons, including my canning ventures and the cases of jelly made by my grandmother.

Have you seen the different color mason jars in the stores lately?  Or have to seen them in pictures and wondered how to paint your own?  It is simple and easy to do and provides such a pop of color to your decor.  My purpose for painting the jars was to make vases.  This tutorial uses wide mouth quart size

Quart Mason Jars
2 fl oz of paint per jar

Prepare your work surface by lining up your jars and paint.  Depending on how many you are painting be sure to verify that you have enough space on the cardboard for all the jars and room for the paint to spread once the jars are removed. Pour the 2 ounces of paint inside the jar. Based on the viscosity or flow of the paint, slightly tilt and rotate the jar to coat the inside. Rotate until the entire jar is coated with paint. Place the jar upside down and wait 15 minutes.  Pick up the jar and rotate (keep jar upside down).  Excess paint will flow onto the cardboard.  Do this for about an hour in 15 minute increments to give the excess paint time to drain.  Allow jars to rest overnight and turn upright.  Let them rest upright until completely dry before use.

Project Tip: During this project I had one container of paint that was thicker than the others and I did not like the viscosity.  The paint was not coating the jar smoothly. I could tell this as I begin to pour it into the jar.  Adding water to the paint allowed me to achieve the desired flow and decrease drying time.