Rustic Mason Jar Decor – A DIY Project
As long as decor styles with the word rustic, farmhouse, vintage or even thrift store up-cycle are still trending on Pinterest, then I’m a happy, happy woman. So when I happened upon this mason jar crafts, I began to pin my little heart away. Take at look at these hanging mason jars!
I guess you could describe these as a sconce, or hanging vase. What ever you want to call them is perfectly fine as as long as you just get to makin’ ya some! Ya’ll I think by now you know I loath measuring (maybe that’s why I’m so into “rustic”, it doesn’t have to be perfect…). Anyway, I didn’t even bust out a ruler, or measuring tape for this craft. I used the old eyeball method! Actually, I used a pencil to measure from the edge of the board to the place I wanted to drill a hole for the first hook. Then I did the same for the other side. Last I eyeballed where the middle would be and drilled the 3rd hook in place. Bing-o!
You also know how much I need visuals in my life, right? Because directions and I don’t get along too well either. If I can quickly look at the steps of a project, I tend to throw caution to the wind, and just get to the creating part. So, for your viewing pleasure, viola! See below:
Here’s the steps to creating this beauty:
- Choose your wood (I chose a piece of 15X32 and cut it in half – $5.75).
- Sand down the edges of the wood to make them smooth (sand paper runs about $5 – but I already had some).
- Decide on your colors (I mixed a dark brown and white acrylic to make a new color – no cost, I already had these).
- Get to painting!
- Once your first coat is almost dry, put a thin layer of Vaseline on your wood. Hold it! Not all over, just in the places where you want the wood to look worn (the edges, and a few spaces in the middle).
- Now paint another coat with your acrylic paint. I added gold to my second layer so the colors were different but looked nice together.
- After the 2nd coat is almost dry, begin to wipe away the Vaseline covered areas. Your 2nd coat of paint will come away and allow the first coat to be seen. Be gentle.
- To give it definition, I went around the “worn” areas with white paint to define it a little more, let it finish drying. I was channeling my inner Bob Ross.
- Now spray your board with a glossy coat. I have a spray that I picked up from Michael craft store a while back for a couple dollars. It’s an all purpose glossy cover spray. It can be used on wood and other materials. Now five it some time to dry.
- Now, add the mounting to the back. I’m using the hooks and line from the picture hanging kit I bought (You can use any type of mounting you want – my kit cost $2.97)
- The next step is the eyeball method I mentioned above. You can use a measuring tape if it makes you more comfortable. Measure out where you want your hooks to go and get drilling. I used hooks that I picked up from Home Depot (only $4.97 each). There’s so many pretty ones, you may be in this isle longer than you expected. *Tip-don’t leave hungry kids in the car with your husband…not that I know anything about that.
- Now lastly, about these jars…I picked up all three WITH the hooks already attached at our local produce junction for $5!! What a deal! Now, I did a little research for you and found these on Amazon. You can get just the hooks or you can get the hooks and jar, how neat is that! And the prices are just right.
See how the visual is less intense than all those steps. Whew!
Anyway, I wanted to end by linking you over to my Pinterest Crafty Success board because I’ve pinned some other ideas that are just a bit different than what I’ve done here. With the other piece of wood I have, I may cut it in three and do three individual sconces.
I really love that you can buy flowers to match the season and it’ll be a piece you can keep out all year. In fact, I was even thinking of taking off the jars and hanging season decor…think, mini Christmas wreaths. Eh, right?! I can’t even tell you how much I love this project, and I hope you create your own. Tag me on social media if you do, I’d love to see what you came up with.