Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Distressed Mason Jars

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Goddess of Baking has been exclusively a baking blog for almost four years. In these four years, we've come a long way! I'd like to introduce my first crafting post.

With a new house and my wedding coming up, I am trying to stay away from the sweets (I need to fit in my dress) and focus on decorating my new house. I made these distressed Mason Jars yesterday and was completely thrilled with how they came out! Since I was so proud of myself, I wanted to share them with all of you so you can be as thrilled as I am.  They are very easy to make and only require a few affordable items.


Materials:
Mason Jars - Ball or Kerr ($1 each)
Acrylic Paint - NOT shiny or glossy or satin ($.50 each)
Paint Brushes
Sandpaper - course or fine, course is just a little quicker ($3 for a variety pack)
Acrylic Sealer/Finisher - I like the matte look so I bought the Americana kind from Michaels ($6)
Flowers - real or fake is up to you - mine are fake ($6 on sale for a bunch)

Directions:

  1. Clean your jars and dry them well.
  2. Paint your jars.  I would recommend two coats.  Let them dry overnight.
  3. Take a piece of sandpaper and start to distress the jar.  When finished, clean off all the dust.
  4. Spray 2 light coats of the sealer/finisher over the mason jars but be sure to let it dry in between the coats.  If you buy the quick drying its only about 5-10 minutes in between coats!
  5. Once dry, add flowers or use for whatever you would like.  I think they would look good as a pen holder in an office, or you could use them in the bathroom too.  I made these for Easter/Spring decoration.
  6. Enjoy!

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