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Monday, September 26, 2011

vintage mason jars diy

years and years ago when i first got married, i was going to school, and on my lunch break i'd watch the old martha stewart living tv show.  i never loved antiques or collectibles at the time, but she did introduce me to all the beautiful old mason jars.....in every shade of blue and green.  i loved them at first sight!  over the years, the odd time i went out hunting for old finds, i'd always look for these lovely vessels....but was always disappointed when i couldn't find them.  it's almost as if, people know they're pretty, so they hold on to them!!

anywho, a few years back i saw a great diy in a martha stewart magazine and then in the last year i've seen similar tutorials pop up over blogland! (another tutorial - click here)

so, after collecting a couple of jars - i was ready to create my own today!!

like every good diy - a great tutorial is just a start - you quickly learn, you have to adjust and tweak...
however to get something similar to this, follow my instructions!



collect some jars as you use them up....i used spaghetti, ketchup and jam/jelly jars....

you'll also need some white glue, some foam brushes, some food coloring and a little water


recipes are slightly different for the different colors.  basically equal parts glue and water, then a couple of drops of green and a drop of blue.  mix well.  experiment with different combinations of blue and green drops of food coloring to come up with the color you desire.  the lighter the color the more forgiving the application



some tutorials would have you swish it around the inside....making beautiful jars, but you wouldn't be able to put water in them, b/c it would ruin the finish.  so, i painted the outside.


it'll look quite streaky at first.  apply a second coat.  then allow it to dry.  have a little faith.  you'll be convinced, it'll look horrible and runny, but then the glue dries and creates a frosted look....


see..... the streaks disappear!  worst case scenario, you hate what you did....just wash it off and start again!




i had some roses in the house, so i stuck them in here and i love the romatic, pretty feel they create in the jars!


LOVE!





so easy.  you'll probably have all the supplies in your house already!
try it!  so lovely!

spaghetti jars never looked so good!



32 comments:

  1. Love the color they turned out! I've seen lots of DIY's on these, and none have achieved such a pretty color. Just gorgeous! And as always, your instructions are explained and displayed so well :)

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  2. Yours turned out great Natalie. And the gorgeous pictures you take sure don't hurt. = ) Hope you're feeling better and no one else is sick. The cold almost got our house, but we managed to keep it at bay and it never took hold. Although our oldest already had strept throat. She had to miss two days of school.

    Anyway, great diy! Have a great week. Is it next week you're on Nate?!?!?

    ~ Catie

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  3. So soft and pretty! Thank you for sharing. xo

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  4. I LOVE the look of these--so pretty!

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  5. Thank you for sharing, love the blue!

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  6. thankyou for this post i love mason jars too, these look gorgeous xxx

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  7. So so pretty!! They look beautiful against the wallpaper! I absolutely adore them. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party!
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  8. I love these and I've got a stockpile of jars in my cupboard...

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  9. Your pictures are SO pretty. I love this idea!

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog right now! Come by when you get a chance. :)

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  10. Ummm, wow! Who knew! I love vintage Mason jars and have started a small collection in my craft room. Trouble is that they are pricey! I'm definitely going to try this! I'm also going to feature it on my blog Friday. I hope you'll stop by.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  11. Thanks for posting this tutorial..they are so beautiful and the tutorial so well explained. So glad you mentioned they would look horrible till they dry, I would have assumed I messed them up. lol Can't wait to give this a try!
    joeeinkdesignstudio.blogspot.com

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  12. The blue jars look fantastic! I love blue! They are so soft and subtle...

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  13. Oh my how gorgeous!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-6.html

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  14. love!

    i recently acquired antique mason jars from my grandma and i'm obsessed!

    what a good idea for creating the real thing.

    i'm your newest follower. love your blog! like LOVE!

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  15. Thanks for the tutorial - the jars look so gorgeous with the roses in them on the windowsill...swoon. ;o)

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  16. Snazzy! They look great with the roses, too!

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  17. Wow you are really talented! sooooooooo pretty!!

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  18. love love love this. so pretty. great job!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    letbirdzfly.blogspot.com

    thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. I have pinned so many pictures like this on Pinterest and have even featured one this week on my Pinterest Linky party post. I never realsied they were so easy to make. Thanks for the excellent pictures and instructions!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  20. Ohhhhh my gosh. These are just so PRETTY. So so pretty! :)

    I'm featuring your tutorial on my Favorite Finds Friday post. :)

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  21. lovely... simple yet elegant.

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  22. those look SO pretty! i think i saw this on pinterest the other day. i am loving yours!!!

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  23. totally love this!!! i've been looking for vintage jars all over town. welp...my search is over now girl; i'll be making my own!

    http://dofoolishthingsbut.blogspot.com/

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  24. They look so pretty and fresh up on your mantel. Great work!

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  25. These are so fab! Love the contrast of the turquoise and the pink!

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  26. So simple yet so pretty! I love that! Thanks for sharing... I'm off to mix me some glue!

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  27. Stunning! I love the color selection! I would love to list some of these for sale in my store, www.latter-daycrafters.com Take a look and let me know what you think!:) Sincerely, Trina

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  28. So glad you found my tutorial helpful. It is such an easy project.

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  29. Hey there, I found your blog through the Robins Vintage Beach House blog and came for a visit. I love your project on these jars. They turned out great and so did your pictures. I hope I can find time to give this a try. I'm looking forward to following your blog. Have a great night.

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  30. magpielisa@hotmail.comJuly 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I didn't read all the comments, but having seen these tutorials on pinterest before, aren't you supposed to bake them in the oven to set the color? That is how some were done, painting the inside and place in the oven on low temp.

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  31. https://www.facebook.com/CuriousCandleCompany
    www.curiouscandlecompany.com
    Reuse your candle jars!

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