Baseball Mason Jars

Hello crafty friends! Hope this post finds you safe and healthy! I was recently asked to make some baseball themed mason jars as gifts for the senior baseball Moms, since my brother-in-law is the coach. I jumped at the chance, because who doesn’t love mason jar crafts! I used short, fat mason jars that are going to have succulents planted in them. I thought I’d share the process since painting mason jars is a popular project these days and can be customized for pretty much any type of theme you want!

I started out with these short mason jars which can be bought just about anywhere. I got these at Wally world. If they are brand new jars, you are ready to start painting. If they are old jars or have been used before, it is a good idea to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or oils. This helps the paint to adhere better.

The key to painting mason jars is getting the right kind of paint. Chalk paint works great and can be found any any craft store or place that sells paint. I used Kilz White Chalk paint also found at Wally world, which is AWESOME, but a bit pricey.

I ended up painting a total of 3 coats to make it an opaque white. Each coat should dry completely before you start the next coat. Give it at least a few hours between each coat.

When painting, it’s easiest to paint the rim first, and then go around and do the sides.

Next I used a paint pen to draw on the red baseball stitches. I have tried many types of paint pens and like this brand the best. I get better results with this than the Sharpie or ArtDeco brands, but that’s just my preference. Use what you like to work with!

First draw a circle like this:

And then do the tick marks all facing one direction like this.

Then do the same on the other side of the line, like a mirrored image of the stitch.

I did one side of all the jars first and let them dry, before proceeding to the other side!

When you do the stitches on the other sides, draw them pointing in the opposite direction. This is how a real baseball stitches are.

Once fully dry, spray them with a clear sealer. I used Aleene’s Matte Finish sealer. Spray lightly at first to make sure the red lines to do run. If it’s your first time making these, I always recommend having one “test” jar that you do each step on first, to make sure things are coming out the way you want them to. I did two full coats of sealer.

I added some twine around the top and tied in a bow. Raffia or ribbon would look great too. Maybe ribbon in the color of your favorite team. Customize them however you’d like!

I think they came out super cute and will make great gifts! What kinds of projects are you guys working on these days? Happy Spring! 🙂

Chalk Painted Mason Jars

My latest crating venture has been painting mason jars. I’ve seen them all over Etsy and Pinterest and they are SO darn cute. I especially love the “ombre” jar sets. There are so many possibilities with different colors, sizes, stencils, themes, etc. After much trial and error, I’ve figured out that the type of paint you use is key! Here’s how I tackled this project.

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First, I gathered up some jars. I did a very small batch because I wanted to get the process down before I go nuts painting every jar in sight. LOL. 😀 I had a few quilted jars and also picked up these sets of mini jars at the Dollar Tree. I love the tiny size of them and think they’ll make cute “trinket jars.”

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For the newer packaged jars, I just started painting. For the previously used jars, I wiped them down with rubbing alcohol to ensure any dirt or oils were removed. A clean jar allows the paint to adhere to the glass better.

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The most important tip for this project: do NOT use regular acrylic paint. Even though many tutorials say it will work, I had a really hard time with getting the regular acrylic to stick to the glass. The first coat would go on streaky and the second coat would peel off the first coat, even after ample drying times. The best paint to use is chalk paint. I got the Craft Smart brand that is a chalky type of acrylic, which seemed to work well. I think the straight up chalk paint will work even better!

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I did the first coat with a soft paint brush and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Some might stop at one coat and be fine with that look, but for me it was a bit too transparent. I found the second coat has to go on quickly. The more brush strokes, the more likely you are to peel off some of the first coat. Overall they came out pretty good.

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I let them dry for another 24 hours. I then used some coarse sand paper to rough them up a little and create a worn, distressed look.

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Once sanded and wiped off with a towel (to get off the paint dust) I sprayed them with a clear sealer. Any clear poly will do. I used a satin spray and really liked the results.

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Tied on a little twine bow and boom! Do you like them with or without the lids?

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I love the quilted jars. The raised diamond pattern is pretty cute. I can envision one of these on my counter filled with a little bouquet of flowers. 🙂

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I experimented with using scraps of homespun fabric to accent the jars. I think I like the twine better.

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I think I shall make another big batch with more colors now that I have the process down. For now I’ll put these in my booth at the co-op and see if they move. I’m thinking I’ll price ’em at $2.50 for the small jars and $6.50-ish for the large jars. If you have any tips or tricks for this project, please leave a comment and share!!!

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While the mason jars were drying, I tinkered with another quick project. I found this wooden puzzle while I was perusing the thrift store, and you probably already know what I did with it!

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MAGNETS! I am obsessed with making magnets because they are easy and great sellers.

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I am always on the look out for cool wood puzzle pieces for just this reason. I love this theme!

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Happy crafting! 😀