Step by Step Tutorial for painting and distressing your own Mason Jar
Mason Jars are big these days. There are so many uses for mason jars and they are so trendy and cute. I love to use them as a simple vase to decorate. I created this tutorial because the first time I painted a mason jar I had a lot of peeling and rubbing happening on my project. I just got in a rush and it took me at least 3 times as long to make it look good because I wasn’t patient. Keep reading for a distressed mason jar tutorial.
Here’s what you’ll need to make these cute Mason Jars
Sponge Paint Brush
Paper Plate or something to put the paint on
I just hold the jar upside down on my fingers to paint the layers of paint. That way you can go around the bottom of the jar without it sitting on a table. The first layer is important because you just want to do a thin layer and just go over it once. If you try to double the layers the paint will start peeling and it will be hard to cover.
You will want to let it dry for about 10 minutes and apply the second layer of paint. Once again, you do not want to go over any places twice or it will peel off what you first did. Be patient with it, I promise it will turn out amazing!
The third layer you just need to go over the places that aren’t covered already. You don’t have to do the whole jar. Just sponge the paint on the places where you can see through the glass. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect because you are going to distress it later.
I let mine dry for quite awhile after the third layer. I would let it sit a couple hours or overnight.
I use a nail file to distress the jar. It is easier to control than sandpaper and you can do fine spots like the letters on the jar and corners. I like to do the letters, the rim of the jar and around the corners. You can add as much or as little as you like
There you have it! There are a billion ways to display your jar. I put some blossoms in mine and I like to decorate with them in the spring. You can use them to store paint brushes or pens. You can put some candy in it and give it to a friend or just simply place it on a bookshelf as decor.
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