Decorated Mason jars are a great way to add a little fun and color to your home. There are so many amazing ways to use mason jars that go beyond preserving food in your kitchen! From using the jars for storage to decorating with your own mason jar crafts to add some farmhouse charm to your home, there are tons of fun ways to use mason jars. But decorating with plain jars isn’t much fun! Instead, why not add some chalk paint and turn your jars in to pretty mason jar planters with this simple tutorial?
Supplies for Painted Mason Jar Planters
One thing I love about this easy project is that you only need a handful of supplies to put it together. The most important thing you’ll need is some jars. And while I love the look of distressed mason jars, you don’t have to use mason jars for these planters. Any kind of jars will look amazing! In addition to mason jars, you’ll also need:
- Chalk paint
- Paint brush
- Succulents or flowers
So, gather up your supplies and let’s get started making these adorable painted jars!
How to Paint Mason Jars
While it may seem like painting mason jars isn’t very complicated, there is an art behind getting a nice coat of paint on a mason jar. Since the jars are made of smooth glass, not all paint will work. But chalk paint is such an all-around great crafting paint, which makes it perfect for painting mason jars. The matte finish and rough texture of chalk paint ensure it will stick to your jar and provide you with an even coat each time you paint.
So, once you have the perfect paint for your jars, the next steps are so easy! All you have to do is paint. To paint these mason jars, I used a regular foam craft paint brush to paint the chalk paint onto the jar. The first coat will probably look a little rough. But once you add another one or two coats, you’re going to love how your mason jar planters are starting to look.
Distressing Your Painted Mason Jar Planters
To add a little bit of farmhouse charm to these planters, you’ll need to distress them. While this step is totally optional, I love the rustic look it gives the mason jar planters. And once you see how easy it is to distress your jars, you’re not going to want to skip this simple step!
Distressing your mason jar planters is as easy as rubbing a little bit of fine grit sand paper over the places you want to distress. Don’t worry about messing anything up! Since you’re going for a rustic look, there’s no need to worry about removing paint from your jar.
There really isn’t a science to distressing your mason jar planters. But if you’re looking for ideas on where to sand, consider distressing:
- The top of the jar, where the lid would screw on
- Around the letters on the jar label
- Along the rounded area along the top of the jar
- Across decorative areas around the jar
When distressing your jar, you can use a piece of sand paper or a fine grit sanding block. To remove the paint from the jar, just rub the sand paper over the area you want to distress. To get more detailed areas, use the corner of your sanding block or fold the sand paper to create a corner, then rub it on the smaller spots.
How to Use a Mason Jar Planter
Once you have your jar distressed and ready to go, it’s time to start planting! There are three ways you can use your mason jar planters:
- Hold faux flowers or succulents
- Display cut flowers in water
- Plant real flowers or succulents
I chose to add some faux succulents to the jar so I wouldn’t have to worry about taking care of the plants. To do this, simply fill the jar with a filler, like Spanish moss, then add your faux succulents or flowers. Or you could use the painted mason jars to hold cut flowers by filling the jars with water and placing your flowers inside.
If you plant to use the mason jars as planters for real flowers, it’s a good idea to keep the jars out of the elements. Since these mason jar planters don’t have drainage, your flowers could get flooded if too much rainwater spills into the soil. Instead, place them in an area where you can control the amount of water that gets poured over your plants.
No matter how you decide to decorate the inside of your jars, they’re sure to make a beautiful statement anywhere in your home!