Home decorating is one of my favorite hobbies. But as a mostly stay-at-home mom, our budget for new decorations is pretty conservative. Thankfully, I have recently discovered a relatively easy and cheap way to spruce up our home.
Do you like mason jars? Do you like to make crafts and DIY home decorations? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then keep reading.
I may have developed an unhealthy obsession with mason jars, but in doing so I have also discovered that there are TONS of simple and inexpensive home decorations that you can easily make using these magical little glass jars. Mind you, I am no Martha Stewart. But with the help and inspiration of Pinterest, I have created some pretty neat things!
Here’s what you need to get started:
The basic materials that you will need are: mason jars, twine and a hot glue gun. It is more cost effective to purchase a case of mason jars, but if you only want to use a few, you can find them at Michael’s or Walmart for less than $3 each. I usually purchase my twine on Amazon because you can get more for your money.
If you want to paint your jars, you will obviously need the paints (I prefer chalk paint and buy the small sizes at Michael’s or Walmart) and foam paint brushes. But also, I highly recommend that you purchase both a chalk paint primer and a moisture-resistant setting spray. The primer will ensure that your paint goes on smoothly and doesn’t flake off after the first round. The setting spray will prevent the paint from coming off after you did all of that hard work. The cans are less than $5 each and will last a long time.
Here are four examples of mason jar home decorations that you can easily make at home:
This first decoration requires no paint or glue, so you can easily and quickly complete it. I bought the wooden crate at Michael’s for about $10, along with the greens. All you have to do is cut the greens to fit into the jars, put them in the jars, wrap the twine around the neck of the jars until it completely covers the area and tie a ribbon on the front when finished. Place the jars in the crate and boom, you’re done. You can use flowers if you don’t like greens, or a different colored twine if you don’t like the “rustic” look.
The jar on the left side is perfect for anyone that wants a coastal/beachy feel in their home. Although I live near the beach, I prefer to buy shells in bulk because sanitizing them at home takes too much time. I have ordered them on Amazon and the amount that you receive can easily fill several of these jars.
The first step of creating the shell jar is to paint the lid of the mason jar (one coat is usually sufficient for the lid). Don’t forget to use the primer and setting spray! Once the lid has dried, you can fill the mason jar with shells, fasten the lid, and then wrap twine around the side of the lid (secure the end of the twine with a dab of hot glue and tuck it in). It’s that easy!
The jar on the right side is one that I made for Valentine’s Day, but you could easily change the color of the chalk paint for a different holiday like the 4th of July or Thanksgiving. Once you have chosen your paint color, you can go ahead and start painting after you use your primer. When painting mason jars, I usually use two coats of paint (letting the paint dry completely in between). I use foam brushes because they show fewer streaks.
Once the jar is dry, you can tie some twine around the neck with a bow if you’d like. And the last step is to add your flowers. I prefer Michael’s for flower stems and they usually have some on sale (if not, just grab a 40% off coupon from their website).
This last decoration is one that I recently made for our guest bathroom. The first step is to paint each jar (same steps as above) and then once they are dry, wrap twine around the neck of the jars and secure the end with a dab of hot glue and tuck it in. Then decide what you would like to glue on the front of the jars. I wouldn’t suggest anything too heavy.
Also, you want to make sure that there is enough of a flat surface on the back of the object so you can secure it to the jar. These shells were perfect because they were lightweight and similar in size. Once the shells were dry, I laid the jars down until the glue was completely dry and then found this random appetizer plate to put them on (ha!).
You don’t have to spend tons of money to make your home look beautiful.
Today, you can walk into a store and easily find home decorations similar to the ones above, but why pay extra when you can do it yourself? They also make great gifts that will mean so much more to your friends and family when they know that you made them. Now that my secret is out, I hope that you’ll spread the mason jar love too…just remember to leave a few jars on the store shelf for me!