Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Decorations

It is so hard to believe that the holiday season is fast approaching. I am always looking for new ideas for decorations for my home, and great gifts for neighbors. 

I have been looking on Etsy and Pinterest for ideas. I have been experimenting with some mason jars for decorations for my own kitchen, so I decided to make some for the holidays as a center piece.

Mason jars are all the rage for shabby chic home décor. It is also a great artsy way to store small items but give it that creative flair to a simple jar. 
First I cleaned the jars, then wiped them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease.
2. I used a craft paint and applied it from top to bottom.

3. I added a second coat after the first coat dried. Then I let the jar cure for 24 hours. I actually  added a little white to the paint to mute the green, and a little touch of brown.

Now that they are all dry I got fine sand paper and began running it across the letters and design. This gives the jars a shabby chic or cottage look. I also sand papered the top of the jar where the lid goes.

You can also use an emery board. 

Here is the finished product. As you can see, I scraped off some areas of the paint to give it that aged look. I will probably make these as gifts to my neighbors or teachers. You can add some cookies or other sweet treat to the jars, or add some silk flowers like I did. 


sammysgrammy said...

They make a festive centerpiece for your table. Nice job.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have been wanting to try doing this with the mason jars. You make it look so easy!!

Anonymous said...

I may have to do that to some jars I have lying around! They look great, good job. :)

Linda said...

I love Mason jar decorating! Those turned out really cool!

Hannah said...

We have so many jars, I'll have to give this a go sometime, thanks for sharing. :) Really festive colours!

Sheryl Hastings said...

If these don't add a bright and festive touch to any corner, nothing will. I love them! Thanks or sharing this great tutorial. I would definitely group them.