February 1, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Blue Mason Jars

First off Happy 1st of February! <3 Today's topic: The infamous blue mason jars... every girls wedding dream (or at least mine). Too bad they cost around $15 PER jar, and regular clear ones cost, oh about $1.50 per jar. Don't ask me why they cost so much, I don't have an answer for you. All I know was, I wasn't about to shell out $60 for 4 of them, so I searched the internet and found a few tutorials on DIY-ing them myself. My inspiration started as this:

and I ended up with this:

*personal photo

Notice the difference? Besides the lace and bow? Yes... it's darker in color than the first one and no I didn't do that on purpose. I skimmed over one crucial part of the directions, which was "transparent blue" paint and not "blue" paint. Oh well, I like how it turned out, much more the colors we are using. However, I did have to add on the lace to cover some of the streaky-ness, but I think it turned out pretty well for my first try. Let me explain what I did.

Materials I used:
~ Glass paint (any brand, transparent preferably, unless you like the darker colors)
~ Paint Thinner (I couldn't find any at a crafting store, so I had to stop by the hardware store)
~ Fan brush
~ Mason Jars (any kind, Ball ones are preferred, but to test I used empty spaghetti jars)
~ Paper plates or plastic tupperware to sit the jars on
~ Small bowl to mix paint in

*Note: make sure you place down newspaper or trash bags on the table, it can get quite messy, and make sure you wear something you don't mind getting paint on, I made the mistake of wearing a perfectly white tank top and needless to say now it has blue polka dots (and not the good kind)! :-)

 Step 1. Mix about a pinky nail size of the glass paint (any color you wish) with about a splash of paint thinner in a small bowl and mix with brush.
Step 2: Start at the top of the mason jar (where the lid screws on) and paint that first and make your way down. When you are about half way down, flip it upside down and place it on plate or bowl and finish the bottom half. (this helps with turning and moving the jar without touching it)
Step 3: Make sure all clear glass is covered with paint and move jar aside.
Step 4: Repeat on all your mason jars, steps 1-3.
Step 5: Let dry for about an hour (some may take 24 hours, check the paint you buy). Then place in oven at 350 degrees for about 30 mins to set.

*Note: No matter if your color is dark like mine or light like my inspiration, there will be streaks! These types of jars are good for flowers and water and not just candles, since you will be able to see minor streaks, nothing is perfect! :-)

Because mine turned out a bit darker and very streaky, I decided to buy some lace and warp it around and for decoration add a bow. All in all I am very happy with how they turned out. You will just have to wait for the wedding to see what I use these jars for!

*All photos personal, unless otherwise noted.

Has anyone else every attempted these? Any tips for future ones?

Dani xoxo