Monday, April 23, 2012

Painted Mason Jar Flower Vases


If you're already dreaming of spring, and had enough of cold, snow and ice, you don't have to wait until Mother Nature decides it's time...instead bring a bit of spring indoors with these easy repurposed mason jar vases.



I have stopped using the traditional glass mason jar waterers for chicks.


No matter how often you change the water or how high you raise the waterer, it's always filled with shavings. I have also had them tip over, and had chicks get stuck behind them if I put them in the corner of the brooder.


I found that the cage cups that are sold for parrot cages work a lot better. 


So I am left with a bunch of glass mason jars.  I don't make jam or jelly and I don't can (well I do now, but I didn't when I originally wrote this post), so I needed to figure out another use for them so they didn't just sit in the garage and collect dust.


Then Voila ! I saw painted mason jars used as flower vases on Pinterest.  And that was what I decided to do with my jars.

(Mason jars can often be found very inexpensively at retail stores or even at garage or estate sales)

Here's how I made mine into pretty vases:

First wash out the jars well and let them dry outside in the sun.


Then decide what colors you want to spray them. I used Valspar Satin spray paint in the new pastel colors.


Spread out newspapers and spray one side of the jars. Let dry completely. 



Spray the bottom and other side of each jar...  


and place upside down on a piece of rubber shelf liner. The jars won't stick to the shelf liner like they do to newspaper.


When the paint is dry, spray each jar with a coat of clear polyurethane and set them to dry again.



When the jars are dry, fill with fresh or silk flowers and tie pretty ribbons around the necks.






So simple, but so pretty..... and the color combinations are endless !




51 comments:

  1. Great idea! I think that I will go over the embossed areas of glass with a "dry" brush in a darker contrasting color to bring out the designs. :-)

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  2. Very pretty idea, but I'd recycle the glass jars from pickles, jam, jelly, etc that I buy at the store...no way I'd use my mason jars. :) I'd use them for drinking glasses. Plus, I find too many uses for them in my kitchen...for storing homemade dips, dressings, flavored oils, leftovers, etc...even dry storage...homemade seasoning mixes, homemade "international-flavored" instant coffees, etc...nope, where I come from that painting them would be considered a desecration...my grandmother would disown me, if she were still alive! :)

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    1. I would never use mason/ball jars either! They are too expensive and in such demand they are easy to resell (especially the old ones!). I would also use old pickle, etc. jars. We always seem to be collecting those and drinking out of them since I wont throw glass away.

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  3. Love it! I will have to try this! Such a cool idea & want to try Esther's idea along with!

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  4. You could also use them to make dry mixes to give for gifts; to make home made cleaners; make your own vanilla, etc. :o)

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  5. I like this! Pastels are so pretty and this is better because its homemade.

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  6. Oooh, love your ideas ! I sometimes keep the pretty jelly jars because I can't bear to throw them out and they're piling up with my tupperware in a cabinet. I use those to store leftovers since I hate using plastic if I can help it. I'll have to paint some of them too.

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  7. Cute idea! I like Esther's idea on bringing out the design too.

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  8. That's pretty cool. I like them! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. What a cute idea! And oh how I wish I had thought about the CUP idea with my chicks! I'll have to remember that next time!

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    1. This was my first time trying the cage cups and they worked great ! So good in fact that I'm going to figure out how to mount some in my plastic storage tote brooder too.

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  10. These came out so cute! I love the pastels, so pretty!! Thank you so much for linking this up to our party.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  11. Oh those silly little chicks getting stuck behind your mason jars!

    Love your solution! They are so fun and colorful and cutely dressed up with ribbons and bows ...

    ... so happy you linked up to our Great Outdoors link party!

    :)

    Linda

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  12. Picture Perfect! LOVE this project and many thanks for stopping by the mission possible linky party! hugs...

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  13. Lisa, what a lovely idea....and the colors are so perfect for spring.

    Jen

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  14. They look faboo! What a great gift idea!

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  15. Love mason jars! Nice pics! Thanks for sharing at RIW.

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