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Monday, February 22, 2016

Rainbow Painted Mason Jars- February Craft with Me

It's time for February's "Craft with Me" project. 

I have a fun craft for you today that is great for St. Patrick's Day but you can change up any of the colors and use them all the time. 

Rainbow Painted Mason Jars- perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.

Disclaimer: I know the yellow and orange jars are out of order. I kept saying ROYGBIV in my head while doing this project but for some reason I put them this way the entire time! OOPS!! 

By the time I realized it was wrong, I was editing the pictures and the flowers were dead/dying. 

ANYWAYS, here is how you make them.

-Acrylic Paint (Rainbow colors or whatever color you want.)
-Mason Jars, any size
-Spray Paint Primer or Chalk Paint
-File Sander

 Begin by priming your jars. Trust me, you want to prime them! I tried without and the layers just don't stay on well. 

You can either use spray paint primer or chalk paint. I tried both and both worked great. 
If you are doing light colors, stick with white primer. If you are using dark colors, I recommend using a gray primer so you won't have to do so many layers. 

I found the best way to paint the jars was to stick my hand inside and paint around the jar. 
If your hand doesn't fit inside, flip the jar upside down and paint from the bottom up. Once you get near the top, flip it back over to finish painting including the top rim.

Here are the jars after the first coat with a white base.

As you can see, the white shines through quite a bit.

Jars after the second coat.
Be sure to let the first coat dry a few hours before recoating.

And the final, third coat.

Now let dry overnight before messing with them again.

 After letting the jars dry overnight, you can now distress them. 
If you don't want to distress them, then you are done, but if you do then you need one of these file sanders.

File over the words or even on the jar itself where you would like to take the paint off.

I sanded the word "Ball," the ridges on the rim, and then "made in usa" at the bottom.

Sand as much or as little as you like. 

Paint mason jars to decorate with during holidays or to match your decor. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
And they are done! 

Fill them with the same color roses or other flowers and you have a beautiful display.

Paint mason jars to decorate with for holidays or match your decor. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
And even though I put them in the wrong order, they sure are fun and colorful for St. Patrick's Day.

Paint mason jars to match your decor or decorate with during holidays. Find out more at A Glimpse Inside.
Not wanting to do the rainbow jars? 
I made these to match the decor in our living and dining room using chalk paint so paint your jars any way you want! 

Now it is time to share the jars that you create! 
Link up your projects below. 

Don't have a blog? No worries! Just load your picture on FB or Instagram and you can still share the link for all to see! :) 



  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE this! So cute, I must pin it! Have a great day :) xo

  2. Love the rainbow mason jars and the use of a nail file to age it. Visiting from The Handmade Hangout party.


  3. These are so pretty! I love how you coordinated the colors of the flowers with the color of the vase.

    I included it in a post I did with my favorite rainbow crafts, DIY projects and recipes! I'd love for you to take a peek and share if you think you're audience would be interested in it.

    Best Wishes,



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