EASTER MASON JARS

Here is a pretty cute project that I got the idea for off of Pinterest.
A painted, two toned Mason jar in pastel colors for Easter.
The above is a robins egg blueish color and here is a different pic of it and another one up close:
I mixed up a sage green color on the other to match my bathroom.
 
This is really an easy project, so let’s get started.
I started out with these plain, wide mouth Mason jars.
You will need:
-Mason Jar of any size you want
-Alcohol (to clean the outside of jar)
-Sponge brush
-2 paint colors for each jar (inside and out)
-Decorations of your choice for jar 
-Light grit sand paper
Okay, so first off we need to clean the outside of the jar with a bit of alcohol.  This removes all dust, lint and crap so it will have a good finish.
I just wiped it down with a paper towel and a dash of alcohol.
Okay, next you need to pick a color you want for the inside.
Remember to pick a color that will contrast with your outside color.
This allows the color to pop through once you sand off a bit of the top colors.
I choose an off white, antique color.
Go ahead and paint the inside.  It doesn’t have to be great, just good enough to get a coat on.
Here it is with just the inside painted off white. I really like this how it is. So later on, I may make some and leave them like this.
Then we are on to the outside already.
Just paint on, in long strokes, a pretty good layer of paint.
This is coat #1.
We need to do another coat right after this dries.
Here’s the blue first coat:
and here’s the sage green first coat:
Okay, now here they are after the second coat was applied and dried.

We are ready to sand!
Grab your lightweight sandpaper and start off easy.  
I like to start with the lettering.
I love to see them stand out.
And then to the edges to make it look like it has some wear on it.
Above is the blueish one.
And here is my sage green one:
I about rubbed it a bit too much. So go easy on it, you can always take off more but it’d be hard to fill it back in at this point.
Here they are again after some sanding:
I love the blueish one so much better than the green.
Okay, now, if you think there will be a chance of scratches and such, now you can apply a
flat/matte finish coat. One coat is enough.
Be sure to get the matte finish though, because you don’t want them to turn out shiny.
With this project, I think the flat colored pastels make this a plus!
Now time to start decorating.
No need to run out and buy something I may use (unless you really love it!) Remember to always look around your home for things first.  I love to re-purpose about anything!
 
And first and foremost, I got out my plain, plastic spoons. Yes, these are plastic. I have tons of wooden ones, but to give away or sell, I prefer to use plastic.  And of course, to keep the wooden ones!
I just painted these plastic spoons with one one coat of blue, left over from the jar.  And then streaked on a touch of the offwhite that I used in the inside.
 Above, I used some cut pieces of grapevine garland that I had strung on my primitive tree.
I just cut it, and scrunched it in a circle and tacked it in place with hot glue, high temp.
And next, I added a plastic egg that I also painted in almost the same color. I just flicked on a few splashes of white and darker blue to make it look like a bird egg kinda.
And if you look close in the styrofoam plate, I have some cut off pieces of pip berry. I had cut these from one of those long strands you always see in the primitive stores. I have those all around the house in my cabinets.  I am using the white for the blue jar and yellow for the green jar.
 And I also tied a bit of bakers twine around the top to attach a gift tag with.
Okay, now lets take a look at some of the green one. I don’t want to leave it out just because I don’t like it as much.
 Again, I painted the plastic spoons with the same green and then streaked on some off white.
 Added a plastic egg I painted and speckled, some grapevine garland for a nest and some cut pieces of pip berry.
Tack them all with hot glue!
 And for this one as a tag, I found a cute fake seed pack sign.  It was one out of a pack of note pads I had from the Dollar Mart.
This one says, “Bloom where you are planted.”  I love it.
 I tied it on with some yellow and white bakers twine.
Here they are side by side.
BLUE vs. GREEN
Which color do you like best?
I hope ya’ll give this Mason jar craft a try.  It was really easy and will make a cute Easter or spring gift!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa
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DIY BLUE MASON JARS in AQUA and Various Colors

If you share the love old Mason jars with me, you will love this project.
Well, here is an easy way you can make your very own in any color from the plain ones.  And it will be dishwasher safe and so on because it is fired on the outside using your kitchen oven! 
You need to purchase a few basic supplies:
-Pebeo Vitrea 160 gel stain color in Turquoise
-Pebeo thinner
-a paintbrush (I use a fan brush)
-aluminum foil
-cookie sheet
-little bowl for mixing
-some clear jars unless you have some already
(I chose the squatty, widemouth jars that I found on eBay and now am 
selling some myself, on eBay, since I buy them by the tons.) 
They are just so cute!
Get ready for this shock. A package of 10 colors (45ml bottles) of this glass stain costs around $60.00 if you can find it online.  But if you want one color only they run about $15.00 each, including the thinner. Which you will need.
But don’t freak out! It takes so very little droplets of the stain that it will basically last you forever when you mix it with the thinner.  
Now on to making the beautiful, Aqua blue ones that are at the top of this page:
Hint: 
Do not shake the bottles. 
This will cause air bubbles and your paint gloss will be all bubbly on your jars!
The bottles say to stir well, so I just roll them around kinda easy to get it mixed up good.
  1. First, just dip then end of your brush handle into the stain and get about one droplet of the color out. Believe me, it don’t sound like much but it will go a long way.
  2.  Then just pour you out a little bit of the thinner.   
Below is the pic of all I needed to do two jars. 
Seriously, it is very runny. 
And don’t worry, you can always add more thinner to it if it’s not enough, or if the color is too dark.  I got the right shade of aqua after doing about 2 jars of failing because I thought I needed a lot of the gel color, which you do not.
4. Then just paint it on the jars. 
I do this by holding my hand inside it, and it’s upside-down. I started on the bottom and worked my paint down and over the sides and finished with the rims.
5. Sit it down on a cookie sheet, covered with aluminum foil to dry for 24 hours.
 You don’t want to have used so much color that it is puddling around the rims while it’s upside down to dry.
If so, it will harden and be hard to pull off. So try to work it with as little paint that you can to avoid this.
6.  After drying, place them in the oven, on the cookie sheets, and 
bake at 325* for only 40 minutes.
HINT:  
Place them in the oven when it’s cool and don’t take them out until it is cool again.  It’s suppose to help with the setting stage or something I read once.
7. And that is that! 
After they’ve completely dried they are ready to be used. And the paint bottles say after firing in the oven they are even dishwasher safe.
I am still just using mine as display jars though. I do not plan to put any food or such in them. Because I didn’t see anything written on the box about that.
Better safe than sorry, even if it is only applied to the outside.
I’ve also seen where people are using these at weddings to hold those floating candles!
BEAUTIFUL IDEA!
And ps. 
There will be a few runs and drips that show up, but after you do a few, you will kind of figure out how to keep these a minimum. 
But oh well, it adds character to these hand colored jars right?
More photos of some finished ones, if you’d like to see:
Notice how they have a slight variation of blue tint? In a few at the bottom, I used a touch more paint thinner on those.
I just love this Aqua blue color! And I got it from mixing the Thinner with the Turquoise gel stain.

And here is some various other colors I tried from 
the 10 color box of gel stain:

I ended up mass producing these because they turned out to be pretty awesome sellers in my Booth #555 and in my eBay shop. But oddly none have sold yet in my Etsy shop.  But oh well, it’s still pretty fun to keep trying new colors and such. 
And I do not mind keeping what doesn’t sell. lol.

in Red but kind of looks more Redish Pink in light
in Teal Blue
in Soft Pink
in Amber Yellow
in a Gloss Black
in my favorite, Aqua
I am soon going to order some widemouth, reproduction, zinc looking lids to add on to these also. 
Wouldn’t that a awesome?
Which color is your favorite?
Leave me a comment if you give these a try.
I’d love to see how yours turn out!

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