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DIY Painted Mason Jars

MasonJarsHeaderI was privy to a conversation the other day about how stressful hosting your family for Christmas can be.  And it really can be.

But when Pinterest was born, planning a big Christmas meal became SO much easier!

I’ve been experimenting with different table decorations for our large Christmas meal this year.  We’ll have a total of three dinners, but only one will be big, with 20-30 people.  So I like to start planning early.

I’ve always loved the look of the painted mason jars on Pinterest, so I thought I’d try my hand at it.  I went with Christmas colours of course, but you could use this painting technique to with bright cheerful colours for Easter, or earthy tones for the fall.

Here’s how to make a few for yourself:

DIY Painted Mason Jars


  • repurposed Mason jars (or any other brand) of various sizes – free
  • at least two colours of craft paint (I used dark red and gold) – $1.25 each
  • pine branches or something else to display in the jars – free
  • two paintbrushes20151117_075316


  • Paint each jar with two coats of the colour that will be your base colour, letting dry between coats.20151117_075456
  • Pick up a little of your second colour in a completely dry brush.  Wipe the excess off on the side of your paint dish, and then dab the brush on a paper towel or rag several times.  The idea is to have as little on your brush as possible.
  • Then, dry brush the jars.  With broad, linear strokes, brush the paint over the base coat, focusing on the bumbs and indents to emphasize the words and logo.
  • Let dry, and then fill with pine branches.20151117_135000

These jars look great, especially on top of our faux wood stove.  And they’re an inexpensive way to brighten up your home for the Holiday season!

What’s your favourite way to decorate for the Holidays?


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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Robin Masshole mommy

    I love how they came out. They are so festive and cute. What a fun project for Christmas time 🙂

  2. Anita Fonte

    A pop of color makes any setting beautiful. Love the concept of the mason jars and its not expensive and easy to do. I would also re-use this for another occasion as red goes with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and July 4th too.

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc

    They came out so lovely! I am all for decorations that do not cost a lot. Thanks for the idea. I’m going to look for mason jars and start a project like this.
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  4. Jeanette

    What an easy project that looks really classy! Great christmas gift or even decoration.
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  5. Ourfamilyworld

    I love how they turned out. So simple, but pretty. They would make perfect Christmas decorations.
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  6. Savannah Miller

    Very cute! I may do something like this at my house for Christmas time :). We always trim a few branches from the tree so now i will have someplace to put them

  7. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Those look great. I live in the south, the land of Mason Jars. I’ve got plenty of supplies!
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  8. Erin

    Arent these just the cutest?? I need a bunch of these for my Christmas mantle!
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  9. Katharina

    They are so prett! This is a greet idea. You could easily spend a lot of money that looks exactly the same. So much better to just make them yourself Thank you for sharing x Kat I http://www.beautifullytravelled.com

  10. Mistee Dawn

    These are so beautiful! I love them! I might have to make some of these!
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  11. Jenn

    So simple, yet so festive! I love it!!
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  12. Nancy (@spiffykerms)

    I love that you painted the outside (so they look more matte that way). I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas. I actually might start this weekend. Love your mason-jar idea too. Totally might steal that hehe

  13. R U S S

    So it’s craft paint that does the trick – thanks for the tip! We have a couple of mason jars at home that need some sprucin’ up.
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  14. rika

    wow.. beautiful result. I love Mason Jars but never do anything to make it beautiful and fun
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  15. Life as a Convert

    Well that is a cute way to dress up some Mason jars for the holidays.
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  16. Emma Spellman

    I love Mason jars and this looks so easy that even I can do it!
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  17. Wood Arts Universe

    You are giving me an idea what to do with the empty bottles at home. Thank you for sharing your DIY. 🙂

  18. Ann BAcciaglia

    I love doing DIY Crafts, especially during the holidays. A fun way to add a personalized touch to your decorating and have some fun while doing so.
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  19. Chubskulit Rose

    What a great idea. I have some empty mason jars here that we can use for this project.
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  20. Lynndee

    I love mason jars and I have a lot of them here at home. I love what you did. They’re pretty!

  21. Crystal Lopez

    Such a simple and cute craft. I love mason jars for a lot of things and these are perfect table accents for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  22. Up Run for Life Fitness and Health

    These are very pretty. I wish I has some mason jars. They would be a super easy centerpiece project to make for Christmas.
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  23. lisa @bitesforbabies

    I love mason jars, in general…and I love these! Great job!
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  24. Susan Quackenbush

    This looks like such an easy and fun craft, perfect for the grandchildren! I have quite a few extra jars so I’ll have to get some paints and give it a try! 🙂
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  25. Yona Williams

    The red mason jars and the pine branches really go well together. The most that I make for the holidays is a new door wreath. I choose a new color scheme every year. This year, it’s going to be a peacock color theme.
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  26. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    I have never painted a Mason Jar before, great idea to give them some ‘seasonal flair’. Orange for October, Red for Xmas and Valentines – the possibilities are endless! 🙂

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