DIY colored mason jars

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Another suuuuper easy project that barely needs any explanation, but has a high cuteness factor. We love mason jars, hands down. But like anything, when you see them constantly, you start to wonder when something new will come along. We don’t have anything new per se, but we do have an update that takes the mason jar, or whatever glass container you want to use, to a new level of cuteness.

And the magic tool? SPRAY PAINT!!! It’s become one of our very very favorite craft supplies as of late. (Pls ignore environmental and health impact of aerosol).

Supplies:

Mason jars or other glass containers
Spray paint
Masking tap (if you want to get serious about keeping the edges of the jars clean)

Again, this really doesn’t need detailed instructions. You just set your jars outside on some newspaper and spray the inside of each jar until it’s well coated.

The only thing we want to make sure to point out is that some colors aren’t completely opaque. Which means when you fill them with water and flowers (and florist foam if you’re using it) the color will be darker than you planned, since you’ll be able to see the stems and water through the paint.

BUT, we have a solution that we only figured out once we were in the middle of arranging our flowers. If you choose a semi-transparent color (like the hot pink we’re showing), add a second coat of opaque white spray paint to the inside after the color coat is dry. We tested it after the fact and it works perfectly. Yay for solutions!

And one final tip… when you’re arranging your flowers, be careful not to scrape the inside of the jars with the stems. The paint will come off!

Happy spraying, crafters.

Top two photos by Scott Clark.

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Sarah @ Dream in Domestic on Sep 30, 2010

Awesome! I already had thought of this, but seeing it in pictures makes it so much more clear now. I'm having my friends and family save all of their glass containers they use for things like pasta sauce, pickles, etc. and I plan on spray painting them gold (just like in the photo posted that looks AMAZING). I will mix them with the blue mason jars I've been collecting and put them in vintage wooden fruit crates. It will be gorgeous! I can't wait! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!

Gina at Temporary Nest on Sep 30, 2010

I am slightly obsessed with mason jars. And I think I know what my next project is going to be! http://temporary-nest.blogspot.com/2010/07/perry-mason.html

anh on Sep 30, 2010

so fabulous!

Morgan Trinker on Sep 30, 2010

What a cute idea! And so easy. Double win. :)

hena tayeb on Sep 30, 2010

oh i have so many or these jars.. but i store food in them.. like spices etc.. wonder if it would be safe to store food in spray painted jars?

Lisa on Sep 30, 2010

I just saw a cute magazine article (can't remember which magazine) about Mod-Podging mason jars with tissue paper. Pick the right color tissue and they could be very pretty. A quick search brought up this tutorial. Halloween inspired, but you get the picture. http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/crafty-in-kitchen-mason-jar-lanterns.html

forget.me.knot.weddings on Sep 30, 2010

Super Cute Idea! Love it ladies!!

Rachel - theWeddingVine on Sep 30, 2010

Great tip! At least then you dont have to worry about finding vases that match!

holly hatam on Sep 30, 2010

I have so many ball mason jars left over from my own wedding...this is such a great idea to transform them! Thank you!

a thousand mason jars on Sep 30, 2010

grrrreat idea! i love the hot pink options!!

Sankofa Events on Sep 30, 2010

I love this method! I've seen it done where you had to bake it in the oven....I honestly dont have time for that!

BEA on Sep 30, 2010

I am overly obsessed with mason jars and weddings - I really love the ombre looking ones!

jonahliza on Sep 30, 2010

oh, do i love painted mason jars.

weddings on Sep 30, 2010

The gold one looks stunning~ it's hard finding good gold paint that actually have a glow to it. There's also aerosol can's that environmental so not all of them are bad. And a tiny bit of spray painting won't hurt your health that much if you have a mask on!

Signe on Oct 1, 2010

Best idea ever - love these!

Heather on Oct 1, 2010

Awesome! I have a trunk full of mason jars already, now I just need my spray paint! Thank you for the great post.

Camille @ STYLE NOTES on Oct 1, 2010

This is one of those ideas that is making me wonder - why didn't I think of this before?? But I'm so glad that YOU did, and thanks for sharing! So cute.

Kirby on Oct 1, 2010

I'm loving this idea! Thanks for the wonderful post! I owe you xx kirby

Heidi on Oct 1, 2010

Wonderful idea! We used mason jars lining the rows at the church for Jessica's wedding (Sept.18), just put in tea lights and light them for the ceremony. I'll save this idea for the next event I help plan! ~Heidi

Wedding Invitations on Oct 2, 2010

This has given me great inspiration for our wedding invitations I want them to look as gorgeous as the items in your photography.

Janneke on Oct 2, 2010

Great idea, and so simple!

Melissa on Oct 2, 2010

Love Mason jars and this idea rocks. What a wonderful and simple idea to dress up your favorite jars.

Hilary on Oct 3, 2010

So COOL! I teach art and am looking for ways to make the classroom magical for the students...on a budget. I may try this for our pencil jars. But how about if I spray the outside? ...

alexia! on Oct 3, 2010

I adore this idea. I want to try it with peach or salmon spray paint. Great idea!

Olivia Leigh on Oct 4, 2010

Love these!

Truly Smitten on Oct 4, 2010

such a fabulous idea!!! I love all the colored jars!

callmesusana on Oct 11, 2010

I tied this and it worked wonderfully. It was a little difficult to get the angle beneath the neck of the jar, but no big deal :)

peaches on Oct 13, 2010

once again, the simplest ideas are always the best! will file this one away for someday down the road. Well done!

Meredith on Oct 15, 2010

In my excitement didn't read the directions all that well and I actually sprayed the outside of the jars. They turned out great! Same issues you need to be worried about thought, i.e. if you scrap the sides of the jars the paint will scrap off. I bought both satin and gloss paint (a girl needs options right?) and they look awesome!

Laurice on Nov 1, 2010

What a great idea and project! my quesion is: how are you spraying it, exactly? Do you go all the way inside the jar? I just tested it on a vase and had some spray paint dripping - is there a way to prevent that? Thanks!

Leah on Dec 11, 2010

Another way to paint the jars is to use acrylic paint and roll it around the inside. You can also use multiple colors to get a sweet marbled effect (or layered, or or or -- the possibilities are endless given patience). My youth group did this back in the day with a whole bunch of thrift store vases, and it was a lot of fun. I totally forgot until just now :-)

Antique Jars on Jan 26, 2011

This is a really interesting way to paint the jars, and it makes good vases, but wouldn't you rather paint them in a way that they will stay transparent? So that they look like those old mason jars?

jacin on Feb 5, 2011

love this, hope you don't mind i wil re-post it (and link back over here of course) for one of my Mason Jar Sunday posts!

Shelly C on Feb 27, 2011

This are awesome! I so love love mason jars too! So glad I found you!

hannah bush on Apr 7, 2011

I thought I dreamt this up while lying in bed the other day, then decided to google it and found your blog. Amazing, creative and addicting! Thank you for the tips!

Emily on Oct 14, 2011

Be careful about putting flowers directly into the spray painted jars; the toxic nature of the paint will actually kill fresh flowers more quickly than normal.

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Brittany on Nov 21, 2011

These are soooo cute! Does anyone have a picture of these with candles in them or as lights? What would they look like at night as party/wedding decor?

Christina Leigh on Nov 30, 2011

What a great DIY post! I love that you chose colors that are bright and fun! I have incorporated your post into my inspiration board today and hope you love it! http://wp.me/p1nzfT-13Q xo Christina Leigh

Angela on Mar 26, 2012

What a great idea! We also love Mason Jars at giftsinajar.net and these types of jars would make a great addition to our product line!

Kate on Jun 12, 2012

I tried this yesterday with little luck :(. The paint got all splotchy with one coat - will try another today. I dried them upside down... could that be the reason? Is there a specific paint you used to make it stick to glass? Help!

Evelyn Hawthorne on Feb 9, 2013

Great ideas, I really enjoy doing project with them.

cece on May 22, 2013

Im making red neckk wine glasses and was thinking of painting the lids but would this be safe?

Julie on Jul 8, 2013

I was wondering why you paint them on the inside and not on the outside? Also, I wanted to paint martini glasses and put candy inside of them. Is there a certain type of spray paint I should use for this?

Shaniul on Nov 22, 2014

Wonderful idea I will use this method

Kelly on May 9, 2015

That's Great, In my excitement didn’t read the directions all that well and I actually sprayed the outside of the jars Thanks for the wonderful post! I owe you

John Walker on Sep 21, 2015

Awesome! haha this is new ideal for me . will use this method to make some gift to my wife . Thanks so much

Ashley on Oct 3, 2015

What a great idea! We also love Mason Jars at giftsinajar.net and these types of jars would make a great addition to our product line!

vivarais jene on Oct 26, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project! The jars are looking awesome.

Peter on Oct 31, 2015

The gold one looks stunning~ it’s hard finding good gold paint that actually have a glow to it. There’s also aerosol can’s that environmental so not all of them are bad. And a tiny bit of spray painting won’t hurt your health that much if you have a mask on!

Maria H. Taylor on Dec 16, 2015

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm doing some research on painting. And I find a lot of useful information here.

richard leverette on Mar 11, 2016

Thanks for share this very useful post. Painting a house is no easy endeavor, but the job can be made easier if you use the proper house painting tools. Selecting what color to paint is the easiest step in the house painting process.

William on Mar 16, 2016

This are awesome! I so love love mason jars too! Does anyone have a picture of these with candles in them or as lights? What would they look like at night as party/wedding decor?

David on Mar 22, 2016

What a great idea! This is a really interesting way to paint the jars, and it makes good vases, but wouldn’t you rather paint them in a way that they will stay transparent?

JoanJessica B. Murphy on Apr 12, 2016

Really interesting! But I I don't have much experience about spray paint, could you provide me with advice?

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