DIY Shabby Chic Mason Jars

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I have so many ideas on planning our nursery that I could go totally broke! So I opted to DIY some projects! I have always been smitten with mason jars, and I especially love the look of painted ones, but  I knew I could recreate the look for less!

shabby chic mason jars

How gorgeous are these vintage mason jars!? Granted, $17.25 isn’t a horrible price, but I was determined to make them for less!

I headed down to AC Moore and bought two mason jars for $1.00 a piece. (FYI, they offer a 10% military discount if you have an ID). I also grabbed some aqua acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Total cost? $4.50. My husband already had sandpaper, so I didn’t need that. Perfect!

When I got home I tried two different methods. To replicate the shabby chic look I painted the outside of the jar. I used a few coats, but let each one dry in between. Once dried, I used fine grit sandpaper to define the look. I think it turned out great!

The other style that I tried was pouring paint inside the mason jar. I then swished it around to make sure it was coating everything and flipped it upside down on a piece of cardboard. So easy!

Which one do you guys like best?

DIY mason jars

I feel like it was a project well worth the savings!

Would you DIY mason jars, or would you rather just purchase them already done?


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2 thoughts on “DIY Shabby Chic Mason Jars

  1. They both look great so I’d go with the easier one. If you are really struggling with which one I would say the 1st goes better with a softer traditional style while the 2nd goes better with a more modern contemporary style. The nice thing about the 1st is you can use them to store products (q-tips, cotton balls, etc) without worrying about any paint contamination. Whichever you choose it will look great.

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