Is there anything better than combining two loves to make something even lovelier? I think not! I played around with canning jars and spray paint and couldn’t be happier with the results – distress painted canning jars! Use them as vases, craft storage or candle holders. Wanna make some? I had most of the supplies I needed at home so this was super cheap and easy. If you don’t have a stash on hand, consider doing these with a friend to cut costs. Here’s what you need:
- Canning jars
- Black spray paint
- Craft paint
- Foam or bristle brush
- Sand paper, sanding sponge or even an emery board
- Clear sealer spray paint (optional but recommended)
1. Clean and dry your canning jars, then take them outside and give them an even light layer of black spray paint. Let dry completely.
2. Now, use your craft paint and brush to paint on top of the black paint. Don’t panic if your first coat is streaky and barely there. Let this dry then do a second and maybe third coat as needed. I did one coat up and down, the next coat around to get more even coverage.
3. When this is good and dry, very gently rub it with your sand paper on edges and raised design areas. This smooths off the colored paint revealing the black underneath. Kinda like magic, but easier!
4. If you choose to, and I hope you do, take them back outside and spray with a clear sealing spray paint. This will keep the paint in place and make them a bit more durable and cleanable.
A few notes on this little craft:
- Did you notice that the color of my larger jar changed in the last photo? Bonus points if you did. Here’s why – I used Martha Stewart paint on it and it didn’t work! Sorry Martha, you know I love you. The satin finish really stuck to the spray paint and when I tried to sand it, the whole works peeled off right down to the glass! Lesson learned. I just washed it all off my jar and started over with a matte craft paint. The colors turned out a bit more similar than I’d hoped but I’m quite sure I’ll be doing more of these and can mix them up then.
- Please don’t spend a fortune on jars! Most thrift shops have them for 10-25 cents a pop!
- WalMart is my go-to for spray paint. They have a great selection of colors for the best price.
- The hardest part for OCD me was the sanding. Random and uneven just don’t come naturally for me but you really can’t mess these up! If in doubt, go light and easy at first. You can always go back and sand more.
- I prefer this decorating method over painting the inside of jars because you can still add water and use these for flowers. Do this carefully though and keep the water on the inside, not on the painted outside. The sealer helps but these are not waterproof by any means! Wipe them clean rather than soaking.
So there you have it. My latest mason jar obsession. A pink ombré set of three is in my near future. How about you? Are you up for a little distressing?