Decorating Jars Five Ways with @plaidcrafts #walmartplaid

If you have been around here any time at all, you already know I love mason jars.  Adding some color to those jars makes them even better sometimes.  So I started playing around with some supplies sent to my by Plaid and came up with not one by FIVE ways to add color to mason jars!  I am going to give y’all a tutorial to do all five yourself!
 
decorating mason jars five ways
 
First of all , this box from Plaid arrived at my house packed with goodies.  I had tons of ideas when looking through the box.  I have already posted some projects here that have used some of the supplies.  After all, who could make just ONE thing with a box this great??
decorating mason jars five ways

 

I was encouraged by Plaid to shop my local Walmart for surfaces to work with.  Y’all know that Walmart carries my favorite Ball mason jars right?  Look for a display similar to the one below at a Walmart near you…
 
decorating mason jars five ways
 
 
Now let’s get crafty!  First up is my ombre blue jar.  This one screams “beach” themed to me.  Perfect for decor in any room in your home.  Ready to make your own?

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

You will need a jar for painting and ombre paints.  The Folk Art Paints by Plaid come in soooo many colors and the variety available at Walmart is amazing.  I picked up some colors and used some I had at home.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

You will need a “drying rack” for a couple of jars I am going to show you.  I used popsicle sticks and a paper plate.  I am fancy like that.  I illustrate this to show you that you don’t need anything fancy to make these….

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Pour a blob of your darkest color in the bottom of your jar and start working it around. 

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I literally turned, tapped, pounded, etc until I got this….

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Yes just let your paint flow on the inside of the jar.  Then add in your second color on the side of the jar above the first.  Again tap, shake, pound, etc.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Adding in my third color and letting the paint flow around the jar…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I then turned it up and let it dry.  Gorgeous ombre….

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Why paint on the INSIDE of the jar??  See that gorgeous Ball lettering?  You don’t want to cover that up.  So keep your paint on the inside…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I made the ombre version first and then got to dreaming about a brighter version.  So I made this sunset version…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I used two different reds, an orange, and a yellow for this version.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I used the same type of technique but this time I did not worry about the paints mixing together.  I let them run, mix, and create fabulous patterns….

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

What a great colorful storage solution…don’t you think?

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Again the paint is on the inside, so that gorgeous Ball lettering stands out…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

For my next version, I grabbed the Mod Podge and some fabric…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Have y’all seen these pre-cut fabrics at your local Walmart.  I love the color, variety, and convenience.  I picked up some of those to experiment with on my mason jars.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

For this first one, I cut the fabric into approximately 3 inch squares.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I then applied Mod Podge to the FRONT of my fabric square.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I put the squares INSIDE of my jar and pushed them into place using a wooden skewer. 

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Two squares tall brought me up to the rim of the jar. 

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I found the rim area easier if I cut my square in half.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

There will be some “bunching” on the rim area where the jar comes up to the neck…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I left my pieces long.  Then after the jar had dried for about 24 hours, I just used a craft knife to remove the excess fabric.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I love how bright and colorful this jar is but it is so very easy!  Layering in the fabric squares with Mod Podge  is super simple.  But what a look when you are done!

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

My next thought was why not combine the two techniques.  So using   Mod Podge , fabric, and paint, I came up with this beauty…
 
decorating mason jars five ways

 

I cut the fabric into circles around the existing fabric design.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I then used  Mod Podge to adhere them to the inside of the mason jar.  Again applying Mod Podge to the front of the fabric and using a wooden skewer to work them into the tough spots.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Then let all of that dry for about 24 hours.  Take a paint brush and apply white paint all on the inside of your jar.  The fabric pieces were not completely sealed so the pour method of painting I used before will not work.  This method is quick and easy as well though.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Allow your paint to dry then enjoy your colorful jar!

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I am displaying this using flowers.  I would seal the entire inside if I was going to add water.  These are for display purposes only in my case.  :)

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

For my fifth and final jar, I wanted a patriotic themed jar for my summer decor.  I came up with a fireworks mason jar…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

You are going to need red, white, and blue Folk Art Paints by Plaid.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Do you recognize my next tool?  Purchase or dig up a baby nose cleaner and get to work.  NOTE:  This can no longer be used for babies after this project.  Suck up some paint in your bulb syringe…

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Then SQUEEZE hard on the inside of your jar….

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Hello fireworks!!  Continue until your jar is just how you like it! 

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

Stay tuned…that fireworks jar will be a part of my summer mantle which I will be showing you later this week!

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

There you have it…FIVE different ways to make yourself a colorful mason jar.  Use them in your home decor, for storage, or just to make you smile.

 

decorating mason jars five ways

 

I want to know…which jar is your favorite?  They are all so simple, you can make your own five in an afternoon.  Head to Walmart for your supplies from Plaid and your Ball jars…then get to crafting!

 

decorating mason jars five ways
 
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I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.  
 
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~Thanks for stopping by!~
~Angie~
 
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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE the blue too! I tried to do a jar tonight–and I couldn’t get it drip… :( I’ll try again. Thank you for showing us what to do with your goodies!

  2. says

    I love them all! Do you have any suggestions for what to use to seal the jars if you wanted to put water in them? I’ve ruined a few that apparently had a “leak.”

  3. says

    Great jar ideas…. Greater popsicle stick idea! I had tried this b4 and (duh!) was trying to prop, balance, lean, let puddle then get new clean plate, re-puddle…. I love the simply genius tricks of the world!:)

  4. says

    thank you so much!! i’m giving my boyfriend a birthday gift of 50 little notes of reasons i love him, and i was stuck on how to decorate the containing jar. i made a blue ombre one like yours and it’s perfect! i’m so excited, great idea.

  5. says

    thank you sooo much! for my boyfriend’s birthday i am giving him 50 little notes of reasons i love him for a gift, but i was stuck on how to decorate the containing jar. i found your site and did the blue ombre one – and it’s perfect! i am very thankful for your idea. :)

  6. says

    Love Love how your mason jars turned out. I love anything with mason jars and actually have a mason jar makeover tutorial on my blog this week as well. Mine is about tinting them. Found you via the link party and am now a new follower!

  7. says

    These are awesome. I have painted jars before but never dawned on me to paint the insides of the jars. I love them all but my favorites are the blue ombre and the circle material. Thanks for sharing.

  8. says

    Love the jars; great colors. And the snot-sucker as a paint-sprayer is genious! I have some glass ball ornaments that I would like to do splatter paint in and that will do the trick just right!

    Thanks!!

  9. says

    Can the painted ones be used to put candles in ? does the light come through or is the paint too thick ? i was thinking of doing the splatter design …. I have a party coming up and wanna put decorated jars out and around the back porch

  10. says

    Great ideas, BUT….. I’ve dried using Folk art acrylics on mason jars, no matter what I do it scratches off so easy. Doesn’t matter if I use inside or out. And forget putting a second coat on, as soon as u try to brush or touch the first layer loosens and gets clumpy in the new paint.

    • says

      Hmmm…I have had these for years with no issues. Something I would try is cleaning your glass well with rubbing alcohol before starting. It sounds like oils for your fingers or something that is preventing the paint from sticking.

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