Seems like everyone’s doing the mason jar things nowadays. If you’re like us, you’re scrounging for them on Craigslist, trying to see just how cheap you can get them for. We’ve gotten 171 for $.50 each… and we need two more cases.
We’re using them for our guests’ drinking glasses — but wanted to do a special little something for our bridal party, to set them apart a bit.
Enter this picture from Emmaline Bride:
So, I figured I’d share my trials and tribulations — along with my version of this project — with you guys as a quick little DIY tutorial!
First, here’s what you’ll need:
- Wide mouthed Mason Jars (easiest for your guests to drink out of)
- Scotch Blue painter’s tape
- A Pencil
- An X-Acto Knife
- Chalkboard paint (not pictured… it was in the garage and I was too lazy to venture downstairs for the picture)
- Latex gloves (something I didn’t use, please learn from my mistakes)
So, first, what you’re gona do is tape up your mason jar. You’re going to want to put the tape on the blank side of the jar (where there isn’t any raised text). You may not need two strips of tape – it depends on the shape you want to put on the jar.
Next, go ahead and draw (or trace — you can print something from the internet — if you’d like) with your pencil, the shape that you want on your mason jar. Draw it straight onto the tape, then grab your X-Acto knife.
Cut along your traced or drawn lines… don’t worry, it won’t mess up the glass. Once you’ve cut along the lines, peel the inside of the shape off the jar.
These are our glasses for the wedding… they’re quart-sized (everyone else gets pints… haha).
Once you have your mason jars taped, traced, cut out and peeled — take ‘em outside, where you’re going to meet up with your friend, Chalkboard Paint. I used Krylon Chalkboard Spray paint… I wouldn’t use it again. It did it’s job but it was MESSY for such a small project. I definitely recommend using regular paint and a sponge brush.
If you DO decide to use spray paint, pull out some gloves and follow these rules:
- Tilt the jar away from you
- Spray the paint over the bend of the jar (so that extra spray doesn’t muck up the un-taped parts of the jar)
- Keep a paper towel or wipe of some sort handy to clean drips that may come off the paint and onto the naked jar
Whether you use paint or spray paint, go ahead and paint them all… then set them out to dry. 2ish hours will do (I did two coats), but make sure you wait at least 24 to touch them with chalk.
Once they’re all dry, go ahead and peel off the rest of the tape…
Now. When it comes time to write your guests’ names on these babies (which I haven’t gotten to yet)… here are a couple pointers:
- You need to wait for the paint to dry for 24 hours before writing on it… or it won’t look right
- If you want it to really look like a chalkboard, wait 24 hours then rub the chalk board area with the side of a piece of chalk and erase with a paper towel
- For cleaner lines, use a chalk pen… not actual chalk (it won’t rub off like chalk will)
Happy crafting, lovelies!! xo
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