Monday, January 5, 2015

DIY Rustic Mason Jars


For those of you that don't already know, let me start by saying that mason jars are awwwwwesome! They are super cheap, and a few quick minutes on Pinterest will show you endless possibilities of the things you can do with them.

You can find them at craft stores, Walmart or even for $1 at DollarTree!

For this project, I knew that I wanted raised letters so I purchased some Kerrs from Michaels.

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I also picked up some Martha Stewart chalkboard paint from Michaels. I got a bottle of green and a bottle of brown and did a little bit of color mixing at home to achieve the shades that I wanted.  More on that in a minute.

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I made these before I started blogging so I don't have pictures of the process, but it's so easy that you don't need any!

Step 1.
Use a foam brush to apply your first coat of chalkboard paint to the jar. I put my hand inside to hold it upright then carefully set it down to dry for about 30 minutes before applying a second coat.

Step 2.
After the second coat has dried, take some sand paper and scuff up a few spots.

Step 3.
Rub a piece of chalk over the jar as much or as little as you want.

It's that easy! :)

For the green one, I lightened it up by mixing the chalkboard paint with a little bit of plain white wall paint.


I did the same thing with the brown chalkboard paint to lighten up the brown.


I used some espresso paint that I had left over from painting the cabinets and mixed it with the brown chalkboard paint to get a darker brown.


The chalk still goes on just fine as long as the majority of the mix is chalkboard paint. I loved that I was able to get the exact shades that I was looking for by doing this.

I applied extra chalk to the lettering on the jars because I really wanted them to pop.




I'm totally in love with the soft rustic feel that these have!


I filled each one with a hydrangea blossom and perched them on some little shelves that I found at Ross for $6 and spray painted white.  


This wall used to just have the large painting and the sconces but it felt like it something was missing every time I looked at it. These added a nice sense of depth and I couldn't be happier with how they look!

Oh mason jars, you have my heart. :)


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7 comments:

  1. These look great, and I LOVE the neutrals with just a little pop of color!

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  2. Thank you Aimee, I love how these colors look together too! And thanks AnnMarie :)

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  3. I love the colors you chose, they look awesome!

    Tania

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  4. Cute! I love the colors you chose. These are so whimsical, I just love 'em.

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  5. Love the colors you chose to do these mason jars! Adorable! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  6. Love the effect the chalk gives to the lettering on your jars! Thanks for linking up to our Creative Spark party last week! We'd love to have you join us again this week :)

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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