How to Paint Mason Jars

How to paint mason jars

Do you have a lot of mason jars laying around that you hate to get rid of cuz ya just don’t know when they will come in handy? I say lets paint them!

There are a lot of different things you can do with mason jars but I love painting them and using them for centerpieces or to place on a pallet board to hold some nice flowers. You can even use painted mason jars to hold utensils at a picnic or event.

It is so easy to do you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before!

How to paint mason jars

This is a super simple painting craft that all ages can enjoy. Lets just gather up some materials to get started.

  • mason jars
  • rubbing alcohol
  • cotton balls or paper towels
  • chalk paint
  • paint brush
  • paper plate
  • sand paper or wet cloth

How to paint a mason jar

First you need to clean your mason jars. You can use any jars you would like for this, they don’t have to be mason jars. An old pickle jar would work or maybe you have baby food jars, those would make cute centerpieces to hold some votive candles.

You want to make sure the insides are clean from any food or anything else that was stored in your jars. Wash with hot soapy water. Dry completely.

Next you want to clean the outside of the jars with rubbing alcohol. Dip the cotton ball into the rubbing alcohol, you don’t need to soak it. And wipe the whole outside of the jar with the rubbing alcohol. I set mine on a paper plate to do this. This step ensures all the oils from fingerprints or labels are all cleaned from the mason jar. It doesn’t take very long to dry. The side you started with is probably dry before you finish the whole jar.

Now we choose our paint. While this can be done with acrylic or even spray paint, I prefer chalk paint. I love the look it gives my mason jars and it is so easy to distress. The problem with acrylic paint is you will see your brush marks and it tends to peel off when you go to distress it. The chalk paint however goes on so smoothly and distresses super easy with a bit of sandpaper or even just a damp cloth if you don’t want the dust from sanding.

My favorite chalk type paint is Wise Owl. They have so many great colors and the coverage is amazing! (I’ll talk more about Wise Owl in another post, keep watch!) But for now this is where I buy all my paint from. I also sell my creations there, so it’s quite convenient.

You want to use either a foam brush or a soft bristle brush to paint the mason jars. The harder the bristles the more likely you will have brush strokes in your paint. But if you’re using the Wise Owl brand paint, its self leveling so the chances of getting brush marks is slim. Yet another reason to love Wise Owl!

Once you have the first coat of paint on, let it dry completely. Depending on the color you chose, you may only need one coat. Lighter colors always need more coats of paint. But two coats should work beautifully.

Next is distressing if you want that vintage look.  Make sure the paint is completely dry before you distress. You will need a piece of sand paper or a wet cloth if you don’t want the dust from sanding. There really isn’t a lot of dust but if you prefer no dust, I suggest wet distressing.

Lightly sand (or use a wet cloth) over the areas you want to distress. Usually the raised surfaces on the mason jar, such as the words or pattern. Sand as much or as little as you would like. If you take too much off, just paint over it again. It’s impossible to mess it up. Chalk paint is so forgiving. I can’t say the same for acrylic or spray paint.

If you are using chalk paint of any kind, you will need to seal it. You can use a few different things to seal the paint. Furniture wax, spray sealant or my personal favorite is again from Wise Owl and it’s their matte varnish. It gives you the perfect durable matte finish. Satin finish is also available if you want a bit of shine. If you’re painting your mason jars white, I recommend the Wise Owl Matte Varnish because it’s non yellowing. Meaning after time your white paint will still be white and not tarnished yellow.

One coat of varnish or sealer is all you need. And your mason jars are done! How fun and easy was that?! You can wrap some burlap around them for a nice centerpiece or make bless you jars like I did. They were a big hit at a craft event I participated in. bless you mason jar
fall mason jars

Checkout the  video tutorial below. And if you’re interested in the Wise Owl paint be sure to click here to make a purchase. (not an affiliate link, I just like to support my fellow painters and friends)



What will you do with your mason jar creations? Comment below! And don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date on all things crafty!

If you don’t have any jars laying around you can purchase some here.

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