I love mason jars. How can you not love them is the real question? They’re awesome!! I use them to organize things, we use them as glasses and I LOVE using them as vases.
I also like painting them. Adding a little paint to a mason jar just makes it look so much better. But, painting glass mason jars can be a little tricky. Sometimes the second layer of paint will wipe the first layer off which can be very frustrating.
I had a cabinet full of mason jars and thought it would be fun to paint them and use them as succulent planters After painting them, I decided to share some helpful tips that I’ve discovered over the years.
Tip #1 – Use the right paint. I like to use chalk paint but you can use any paint that can be used on glass.
Tip #2 – Use a foam paint brush. I only use foam brushes when painting mason jars especially when painting the second and third layer.
Tip #3 – Paint your first layer like you would paint any surface. Cover the entire mason jar and let dry for at least 2 hours. Now, the second layer of paint is the important step. Use your foam paint brush and dab the paint on like you’re sponge painting. Continue to dab your paint on the jar until you’ve covered the entire surface. Don’t worry about the little air bubbles. They’ll go away when the paint dries.
Tip #4 – Paint 3-4 layers. I like to always paint at least 3 layers on my jars.
Tip #5 – Sand lightly. Remember, you can always sand more if you want to remove more paint. I like to sand over the words first, then I sand the top and bottom. I lightly sand where the jar curves.
Tip #6 – Always seal your mason jars with clear sealant. I like to use spray sealer because it’s just easier.
Tip #7 – Painting mason jars with gold leafing paint is AWESOME! Gold paint is great for glass and dries quickly which I love because I’m very impatient:)
For these mason jars, I also painted the band of the lid gold and I’m so glad I did.
I love the little touch of gold at the top and I really love the entire mason jar painted gold. I really just want to paint everything in my house gold.
Have you tried painting any mason jars lately?