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Messed Up Painted Mason Jars

painted mason jarSince they were retired from use as centerpieces on my wedding day several years ago, I’ve been saving roughly 80 skadillion mason jars. For what? I don’t know, but they keep refusing to go out of style as far as decor is concerned, so I keep thinking I’ll use them for something. For now, they’re not doing anything special aside from taking up storage space and beautifully displaying the delicate layer of dust they’ve collected in my basement.

But think of how much more artistic my dust could look if the jars weren’t so boring and clear! There are tutorials all over Pinterest for painting mason jars to look pretty and decorative, like the one pictured above by Katie, darling!

Basically it just involves putting paint it a jar and swishing it around - it seems so simple, even I could do it! Luckily, reader Lucinda sent in some pictures to remind me why I shouldn’t waste my time.

painted jar failLookin’ good! I know the term “artistic” is subjective, but even if you look past the runny streaks, it’s hard to call the newspaper-clotted rim anything other than a craft fail.

painted mason jar nailed itFor more laughs (and a seemingly endless supply of mason jars), join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

9 Responses to Messed Up Painted Mason Jars

  1. Stephanie says:

    I’ve actually done this pin before on several vases and jars and they’ve always turned out well. It’s just important to use pre-mixed colours so that you don’t get streaks and be generous with the paint so that you get an even coat.

  2. Sarah says:

    You’ll end up with way too much paint in the jar after swirling, so you have to turn it upside down to get the excess paint out. When you turn it upside down, don’t do it on a surface where the paint and the surface will adhere, like on newspaper. Since I’m using very easily washable acrylic paints, I even did it directly on the counter and just washed up the paint afterwards.

    If all else fails, just paint the outside of the mason jar.

  3. Nope, there is no way that painting the outside will give anything like this effect.

    I say it’s time for Freecycle.org

  4. Katie says:

    Hey girl!

    Can I just tell you – this post cracked me up? I’m the author of “It’s Katie, Darling!” and I was totally skeptical about this project, too. I swear to you… it was super easy! The fail pictures above look like the paint was too thin/runny… as long as you use a thick enough mixture and turn it over to drain the excess, it totally works!

    Either way though, your post was hilarious. Hope you have better success next time ;)

    <3 Katie Darling

  5. robyn says:

    So glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post, @Katie! I actually am planning to pain some of my mason jars, but I’ll definitely tape the rim like you suggested before turning it upside down! ;)

  6. Lucinda Buckley says:

    I am the unfortunate that attempted said paint jar and in defence of the original idea, I’m sure it’s a lot easier than I made it look.
    I didn’t read the original instructions whilst actually doing it and seemed to have added my own step of fill half full with water!
    Not the first time I’ve done it………..

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  9. Loved this post. I did one like this, but the paint was food coloring mixed with elmer’s glue. The first time I did it, I made no where near enough paint, and it looked sad and streaky. But when I mixed enough to swirl and coat, there was too much paint. Turned upside down and baked (ugh) for a little bit, then turned up to dry out the inside. The colors were great and transparent, but streaks everywhere from their slow, hot journey out of the jar. They hold my bits of leftover ribbon now, instead of being centerpieces. I am glad I was not alone in my disappointment.

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