May 19, 2015

diy | a pinterest fail - painted mason jars

no hard could it be to paint mason jars. 

not hard at all, that's how hard...but somehow i still managed to mess it up with left my farmer plenty of ammunition for days of snarky comments...until i threw the jars away.

i painted the jars to hold flowers for the mother's day brunch i hosted. in the end, they kind of turned out...they got the job done. 

i digress...

if you want to paint some mason jars to create some super cute vases for a party, or maybe just your home, i'm all about this. super cute.

however, if i want to paint some mason time i'll plan on it being a two day project that still doesn't turn out. 

mason jar(s)
foam brush
black chalkboard paint
paint color of choice

1 | you'll start out by painting your mason jar black. suuuuper duper simple. i just put my hand inside the jar and gave it a single coat. 
this is where i made my first mistake. do not apply any additional paint until your jar is completely dry. 
2 | as stated, after your jars are completely dry, in a thin layer, apply the color of your choice paint. this coat will not and should not cover the black paint. you'll have to apply a few more layers. 
3 | wrap the mouth of the jar in your desired ribbon for a little extra personalization and load your vases with flowers. 

done and done!

4 | optional final step - you can lightly sand your jars in different spots and on the letters to give it a custom, distressed look. 

*the main reason mine didn't turn out is because i didn't wait for the jars to be completely dry between coats and the paint i picked was less peachy and more neon-y. it looks so terrible. so i ended up mixing some white and red paint i had on hand to make a light pink. i added that as a final coat and my jars ended up having a peachy/pink hue going on. 

then they ended up in the trash. 


  1. I think they turned out really cute! I like the raffia tied around the top too!

  2. I don't think they look bad! You saved it! Good job!

  3. Actually, I kinda liked them. Not garbage worthy.

  4. I love that you were honest with this post and those tulips are so pretty!

  5. haha, they didn't look that bad! That being said, I don't think I'd try this, just because of what you described, I don't have the patience, I just want it done, hehe.

  6. This was a fail? I guess mine was a disaster...( For real these rock.

  7. I tried painting some with silver spray paint to use for valentines day.....I'm not patient enough to sit and watch paint dry evidently!

  8. awww. I was full on DIY last week and made some pretty successful yarn monogram letters - and this week Im attempting yarn balls for our patio nights. Im really hoping those don't fail.

  9. Nice save. LOL Really though - I expected way worse. I also have the attention span of a gnat... so I'm always like "oh it's totally dry.... wait... fail."

  10. They have to be the prettiest pinterest fails I've ever seen. I love they way they turned out.

  11. I love the color they turned out! Very vintage looking :)

  12. oh goodness! i've never had good luck painting glass. but at least they did the job!

  13. I think they turned out really cute! Bummer that you weren't happy with them though :(

  14. I think they turned out well. They look really cute. :)


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