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Monday, April 14, 2014

Craft It: Nautical Mason Jars Tutorial


I just shared this fun craft tutorial on ediTORIal, re-posting here in case you missed my Spring mason jars! This is a paint and wait kind of project, but super easy and well worth your time.

Materials:
- Mason Jars
- White Paint (I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish in everlasting)
- Accent Colors (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Couscous, Pea Shoot, and Surf, and Taupe chalkboard paint from Craft Smart)
- Foam Brush
- Painters Tape
- Plaid Clear Acrylic Matte Sealer
- Decorative accents (optional): buttons, sea shells, etc...
- Super Glue
- Sandpaper


Step 1: 
Paint mason jar white using a foam brush. Let dry upside down. Once the jar is completely dry, apply a second coat. Repeat again with a third coat when ready.


Step 2:
Apply painters tape to jar where you would like to keep your white stripe visible. I used my nail to seal the tape tightly to the jar. Next, apply a coat of your accent color on the jar. Wait until completely dry and repeat for a second coat.


Step 3:
Peel off tape. Use sandpaper to lightly distress the raised letters on the jar and anywhere else you may like. This gives the jar a worn, vintage feel.


Step 4: 
In a well ventilated area, spray sealer all over the outside of the jar. This will protect the paint from getting scratched or damaged.


Step 5 (Optional): 
Attach embellishments to your jar with superglue.

A shout out to The Crafted Sparrow and other blogs with great mason jar tutorials. I researched and tested many different methods before creating what worked best for my personal craft style. So thank you all for the guidance and inspiration!

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