Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY "Vintage" Blue Mason Jars

I recently decorated my first wedding, and I used blue mason jars for the centerpieces. If you want to buy an actual antique blue mason jar you will be spending anywhere from 8 to 20 dollars a jar, OR you can make your own for a much better price. Also if you are wanting to put a candle in the jar for a center piece you can not use the antique kind because they have a high possibility of shattering. There for there are many reasons to check out this tutorial. 

Let's get started...

* jars  (obviously lol)
*foam paint brush or fan brush
* cheese cloth
* paper towel
*plastic container


1. Get jars of all shapes and sizes and wash them. My local thrift store has these for 25 cents a piece.

2. Buy Glass paint Vitrea 160 in turquoise and a container of their paint thinner (picture below). Total cost is around 8 dollars and I did about 20 jars with this before the thinner ran out. I ordered paint through amazon HERE and the thinner HERE.

Step 3. With a empty tupperware, I poured 1 spoonful of paint to 3 spoonfuls of thinner.  If you want darker then use less thinner. Below I have a example of a darker tint and a lighter tint of jar.

Step 4. With a foam brush paint around the jar. I first started going up and down but I found that going horizontal around the jar works best. You have to move fast because it will dry fast. There will be some streaks so try your best to smooth them out. I used some cheese cloth to help me around the mouth of the jar to smooth out streaks. However don't worry to much because once you bake them and put water in the jar you will not notice the streaks.

Step 5. Let dry for 24 hours. THIS IS A MUST. Then in a 375 degree oven you will bake them for 45 minutes. This will seal in the paint and allow you to wash the jars in the future.

Printable for the center pieces done by Mimi's Dollhouse
Blue wire from The Wood Connection

Below are a just a few more ideas you can do with mason jars

Another 50 mason jar ideas shared on 
MasonJar50+ 50+ Mason Jar Decor Ideas


  1. I have been wanting to make lots of colors for spring....well now i guess probably summer by the time i get around to it. XOXO

  2. Can you use these for candle holders after you paint them?

  3. Can you use these for candle holders after you paint them?

  4. Can you use these for candle holders after you paint them?

    1. yes you can. Most real vintage you can not and that is why you have to make some.

  5. I love this! Just what I've been looking for!

    I've been collecting supermarket glass jars - are these safe to bake in the oven?

  6. Hi there do you mean 375 degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit? Sorry if that's a dumb question, I'm from Australia so just want to clarify! Thanks!


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