I know you have seen how you can take a mason jar & do many things with it. But what about a simple jar? Say a spaghetti jar with a little style. So this is how to give a jar a sophisticated look for fall.
The inspiration really came from a friend, I was at her house and she had a cute yes a Mason jar vignette. It was 4 jars and each one had a letter on it spelling out the word fall. Fortunately, I have been saving jars. Except I didn’t find one until I was all done. You know what? It worked out better, in the end, using 3 jars.
The first thing to do is to clean the jars thoroughly making sure to remove the label and sticky glue. Let the jars dry.
I decided to experiment and layer the paint. It wasn’t worth the effort. When I do it again I will only use one color and do several coats of paint.
So I ended up doing 2 coats of the medium brown paint and 2 coats of cream paint. Now the paint was mixed with plaster of Paris but I quickly decided to use Poppies’ Furniture Paint Powder instead for the 4th coat.
After the paint dried the jars got a light sanding to bring out the details on the jar. My sanding sponge is old so I wrap a piece of sandpaper over it. So many of the jars our sauces and jams and jellies come in have such nice details so check them out before you put it in the recycling bin.
Then I selected one of my favorite letter stencils. I decided to trace the letter on the jar instead of stenciling. My worry is the paint would seep under the stencil since it would not lay flat. Put the “f” on one jar, an “a” on the second jar and two “l’s” on the 3rd one. Notice how the “l’s” appear to be falling? I am so glad I couldn’t find the 4th jar until I was done.
For a sophisticated look use copper craft paint to fill in the letters. The copper paint can really up the wow factor of a piece. Last year I used it in the Fall sign. You can paint the part to connect the parts of the letter. I decided to paint it just as the letter is shown on the stencil. Let the paint dry and then wax the jars.
And now to disguise the top of the jar take the rope. Start at the bottom of the mouth of the jar and hot glue the rope to the jar. Wrap and glue until you reach the top. Dab a bit of glue to the rope on the cut end so it lays on the top and doesn’t unravel.
Can you believe how sophisticated these lowly spaghetti jars look now? And you can change the look depending on the style of jar. Look how I upcycled this plain straight sided jar. Or these salad dressing jars.
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3 Jars with interesting detail Paint
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