Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Easy, Painted Canning Jars

I love an easy craft project! I have been seeing these painted canning jars on Etsy and Pinterest lately and have been really wanting to make some.

 I just gathered a few supplies:  clean canning jars, paint (I used leftover paint I had from furniture projects--Behr Premium Plus Ultra), paint brushes and varnish (Delta Creative matte exterior/interior) and a nail file.

So, while this project is simple, it isn't necessarily quick because you need to give each coat a good amount of drying time. It also didn't help that the week I made them it was insanely humid and rainy!

Anyway, I painted the exterior of the canning jars with the paint colors I had chosen (at least two coats). When the paint had dried (seriously this could have been the weather, but I did this project over a series of days), I lightly distressed the jars using a nail file. I just focused the distressing on some key parts of the jars, like the rim and where the words are raised.

Lastly, I gave each jar a couple of coats of the varnish which gave them a really gorgeous finish. Since I used matte, they are not necessarily shiny, but it definitely finished off the jars nicely.

Love these! I have them for sale for my local customers and am excited to use them in my own summer d├ęcor. I'm thinking filled with flowers from the garden or just simply displayed as is.

Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Lifehttp://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2013/02/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no151.htmlthurCozyLittleHousebadge150xhttp://www.cozylittlehouse.com/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/ Boogieboard Cottage”Fall  http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/



  1. I really like how your painted jars turned out! The colors are perfect for summer. It's good to know that you used a nail file on these. Have a great day! ~ Jamie

  2. I think these are great colors and I like the piece behind them

    Cynthia b

  3. I love the colors you used. Scraping the paint from the raised areas was a great way to show off the imprint. Great job!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  4. Love these! I always thought these were painted on the inside and no way was I going there. These came out great! I bought some aqua spray paint...maybe it is time to play! Found you at Wow Us Wednesdays and following you via Bloglovin'. Please visit me at my blog sometime....

  5. I am going to try this also
    I see you used vintage jars which I like
    thanks for the instructions

  6. These turned out really nice, and I love the colors you chose. I've really loved decorating with mason jars lately, and this is a good way to bring it up a level. Thanks.

  7. I love these!! Coming over from The Scoop.

    I invite you to come link up to our new #LetsMingle Monday social link party! We also have giveaways each week!

    Beth @ The First Year Blog


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