It's no secret I have a love for mason jars! Pretty them up with a little chalk paint and you have a beautiful vase for flowers!
I got lots of questions on how I painted the mason jars in my "Bloom" Teacher Appreciation post, so I wanted to share with you all how I did it. To get started you will need a clean mason jar. Give it a good wash with soap and water and dry it completely. Then pick out your chalk paint. For this project I used DecorArt's Chalky Finish paint in the color Refreshing. It's a really pretty spa blue!
My biggest tip and piece of advice is to invest in a paint set designed for chalk painting! I learned the hard way with a cheap $1 brush and it really messed up my last project! From the craft store, I picked up this set which had two brushes - one for painting and the other for the wax. It was totally worth it in the end and I used a coupon so it only ended up being around $8 for both brushes! Trust me....buy it!!!
Paint one coat over the entire mason jar and then turn it over and paint the bottom. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes. Chalk paint dries FAST but let it dry completely before putting on your second coat!
Then add your second coat! You can even do a third if you like but two coats should be enough. Let them dry completely overnight before we get to the next part...
Now for the fun part! After they dry overnight, take a small piece of sandpaper and roughen up around all the raised parts of the mason jar. I also roughen up around the lid and down a bit on the sides. You can honestly do as much or as little as you want.
Then using a clean, dry paper towel or cloth wipe them down getting all the excess dust off of them. Now it's time to add a coat of clear wax! This will add an extra layer of protection. Note: I would not immerse these in water or run through the dishwasher. I use mine as a flower vase and they hold up well but I gently rise and wash the inside of the glass only.
And that's it! You have totally transformed a clear mason jar into something pretty sweet!