DIY Colored Mason Jars

Looking for a fun and easy way to spruce up your home for summer? These DIY Colored Mason Jars are super simple and can easily be made in one afternoon!

What You Will Need:

Mason Jars (various sizes)
Spray Paint (in gradient shades)
Gloves (to protect those pretty fingers)

To begin, make sure that all of your mason jars are clean and dry. If you are using new mason jars, there’s no need to wash them prior to painting. Place the jars upside down (open end down so you can spray the bottom and the sides at the same time) on an old surface that you don’t mind getting spray paint on. (I would not use newspaper to protect your surface, the paint tends to stick to the paper.) In a well ventilated area apply your first coat of spray paint. Spray paint in even strokes, careful to not get too much paint on the jar to prevent runs. After the first coat is dry, apply second coat. Repeat these steps until the entire surface has been evenly covered.

For this project, I used mason jars in various sizes and painted clusters of the jars with each color. The possibilities are endless!

These mason jars were part of my lounge design at Salvage. The girls of ICE hosted a DIY Mason Jar Competition at the event, so I thought it would be fun to bring a colorful twist on the everyday mason jar into the Salvage Lounge. They’re bright, simple and full of hand-crafted charm.

Posted 5/3/12, Topic: Blog, DIY

  • Heather
    May 25, 2012 at 9:16 am |

    Beautiful! What a great idea! I especially love the colors that you choose! 🙂

    • BlueEyedYonder
      May 25, 2012 at 9:42 am |

      Thanks so much Heather! I’m thinking of making another set using all neutral tones. I think that would be pretty too.

  • Emily
    June 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm |

    I LOVE this! I bought a couple of Mason jars at a garage sale for 25 cents and was thinking on what I should do with them, this is perfect! What brand of spray paint did you use?

  • Jill
    July 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

    What will you put in them? Is the paint flamable? Can you use for food? Or do they have to be non-food storage, vases, etc.?

    • BlueEyedYonder
      July 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm |

      Jill – I used these jars for decoration purposes at Salvage (a vintage event hosted by Indie Craft Experience). I put a few green sprigs of an oak tree in some of the jars. The paint is on the outside, so it may be ok for food, however I don’t plan to store food in these jars. I’ll use them as decor/vases/etc.

  • Nic Jayne
    July 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm |

    What is that awesome chevron background in the second photo?? Tell me it’s a fabric or rug!

    • BlueEyedYonder
      July 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm |

      It IS a fabric! I bought it in Atlanta at Forsyth Fabrics. Unfortunately they quickly sold out of it. I wish I remembered the exact name of it, it was “Desert” something. Such an awesome fabric!

  • Cleanspirit
    July 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |

    I recently painted a glass vase and the first coat was okay, but 2nd coat bubbled a bit. I was googling to find out why and found your post. Just wondering if you encountered the same thing? I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor gloss.

    • BlueEyedYonder
      July 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |

      Hmm, it sounds like your first coat didn’t have enough drying time. If there is moisture still in the first layer of paint it will try to push its way through the second coat via bubbles. Hopefully this helps! Good luck!

  • Donna
    September 28, 2012 at 11:54 am |

    Can the mason jars u spray paint be used with a candle in them?

    • BlueEyedYonder
      September 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

      Hi Donna! I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to put a candle in the painted jars. The paint is on the outside, so I don’t think the flame would damage the paint. Hope this helps!

  • joe
    May 4, 2015 at 6:16 am |

    how did you make the paper plate backdrop, it looks amazing!!

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