How To Paint Mason Jars

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Hey Friends!!

How the heck are ya?! It feels like it’s been forever since we talked!  I’m gonna attempt to get back to a normal posting schedule this week…..BUT, I’m not making any promises! :)

If you’ve been following along on Facebook and/or linking up at our weekly linky party, you know that things have been a little CRAZY around here!  I am, however, back to working my normal shifts at work & we are slowly putting our house back together after a small remodeling project that took place last week in our kitchen/living room area. I am SO THRILLED with how it all turned out!  I hope to be sharing the before & after pictures with you soon! Stay tuned for that!!

Since I’ve been rather absent, I’d like to rewind a few weeks if we can?!  Do you remember the bridal shower that we had for my little sister at the beginning of March?  We decided to go with some cute & simple, painted mason jars for the table centerpieces. I had SO MANY questions regarding how we painted the jars, that I thought I would share a little tutorial with you today.  Sound okay?!

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We started out with just some plain jane, quart size mason jars.

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And gave them a coat of chalkboard paint using a foam paint brush.

how to paint mason jars 3.jpgThe chalkboard paint kinda serves as your primer, but it also helps to give the jars a chalky finish.  The recommended drying time on this particular chalkboard paint, was one hour.  This is probably a good general rule to follow, but you could always refer to your bottle/jar to see if recommendations differ.  Once the chalkboard paint is dry, then you are ready to paint!

We were going with a pink & mint color scheme for my sister’s bridal shower, so we chose our paint colors accordingly…

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As you can see, we chose a two different shades of pink for the jars.  The one in the middle was supposed to be a few shades darker than the one on the right, but when all was said & done, there really wasn’t much difference between the two.

Using your foam brush, you’ll want to brush on a thin coat of paint to the jars.

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Again, you’ll want to read your paint bottles & follow recommended drying times between coats. Continue painting until the jars are thorougly covered & the chalkboard paint is no longer visible.

The different brands & colors of paint will differ a little bit in terms of coverage.  For this particular project, the mint jars took two coats of paint whereas the pink jars took three.

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Once the jars are completely dry, you’ll want to grab some sandpaper & just lightly sand across the surface of the words on the jar.  This helps to bring a little more attention to the words on the jar, by giving them some dimension & creating some contrast.  It also just makes them super cute! :)

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It’s also a good idea to spray the jars with a clear coat matte sealer when you are finished with the sanding. This will give the jars a protective coat & prevent the paint from chipping!

For my sister’s shower, we were trying to stick to a budget, so we just filled the jars with some inexpensive, artificial flowers from the dollar store. They would, however, be really pretty with fresh flowers as well!

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These jars are SO EASY to paint & they make for some really cute & inexpensive table decor.

If you have a baby or bridal shower to throw in the near future, I would totally recommend these!  They would even make a perfect centerpiece for your upcoming Easter brunch and/or dinner!

Have you ever paint mason jars before?! 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial, I’ve wondered how this cute look is achieved. Great idea for my daughter’s confirmation. :)

  2. These are awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial!and I have all the “stuff” to do it! Beautiful! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks again!

    • Thanks Lori!! I forgot to add this in the post, but it would also be a good idea to spray the jars with a clear coat matte spray when you are finished to prevent the paint from chipping!! Gotta go back & add that!! Happy crafting! :)

  3. What a cute project, Tonya. Love it!

  4. These are SO fun! Loving the mint for my Easter setup.

  5. I had no idea you used chalkboard paint underneath to get that finish. I love these and I am pinning this for later :)

  6. I am going to try this, they are so cute. Tonya, is that a bag of potatoe chips I see in the back ground. Ha Ha, I always have a little snack handy when I am doing my projects also. You are to cute.

  7. Tx for great tutorial — I cannot wait to try this — thinking of adding glitter on bottom? Maybe just brush on glue with foam brush and dip in the glitter? I love mason jars!

  8. LOVE these!! Nicely done ;) Thanks for sharing … Pinned!

  9. This is so beautiful- I’ve done a few “experiment” jars for my wedding with just paint and they turned out too “textured” for my fiance so we got spray paint matched to our color scheme and are going to try that within the next few weeks hopefully- I’m excited to see how they turn out. Check out my blog in a few weeks for a tutorial- I hope mine turn out as gorgeous as yours. :)

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this! I had seen the painted jars and thought they were absolutely adorable but had no idea how to go about doing it myself. You’re a gem!

  11. I followed the recommended drying time after one coat of chalkboard paint… I went to apply my first coat of acrylic and it wiped/peeled the chalkboard paint right off… Any suggestions???

  12. The jars look lovely and great tips too. I just toured your home tour post and thought I would stop to say that your home is lovely. I really like all the white and neutrals with pops of blue (my favourite colours.) Your laundry room is adorable and must be a great space for an everyday chore. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi there, did you do anything to hide the chalkboard paint that is visible on the inside of the jar or leave as is?

  14. When painting the jars, do you want TOTAL coverage or some streaks in the paint that shows the undercoat?

    • I would go for total coverage. The only areas where you want the chalkboard paint to show through are the areas that you distress with the sandpaper.

  15. i used same paints as you did in mason jars. The second coat peels the first coat!! I waited 24 hrs. Between painting! Help !!

  16. I had a problem of paint coming off also when you added a coat over chalk paint. Used the same paints you did! Let chalk paint dry 24 hours! Help!!!

  17. How did you turn them from picture 5 to picture 6. Is it just the drying that helped and made them look smooth? The ones on picture 5 shows the brush mark. But in picture 6 they look very smooth and no brush mark. Thanks in advance.

  18. Did you do anything to the inside of the jars? Or just leave them black?

  19. Nicole Churchill says:

    I did this and followed recommended wait times and all of the chalkboard paint peels off when I brush the color on. Not sure how to fix this???

  20. Terri Lynne says:

    •:*¨¨*:• Beautiful ! Thank you •:*¨¨*:•

  21. Is it better to use the foam brush or is it ok to use a soft bristle brush

  22. I’m so trying this tomorrow as a weekend project!! I love your colors.

  23. I love them. They look great! I just bought some jars the other day and I am going to paint them using Chalk Paint. It my test to see how well it works. :) I just found your blog and am loving it!!!


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