A Jar full of Happyness

Painted Mason Jar Pencil Holders…

So, I LOVE Mason Jars. I had several just laying around and I was trying to figure out what to do with them. I was using several to hold some pens, pencils and such on my desk, but they looked so plain that I didn’t like them! Then one day I was spending a wonderful afternoon browsing through my local Michael’s store and found the Martha Stewart Paint aisle…. It is going to be the death of me!! I think I bought out the aisle! So with some paint and with some mod podge (and a few extra items) I added a little beauty to come plain old mason jars!

Items Used:

Mason Jars

Tray (Joanne Fabrics)

Mod Podge

Martha Stewart Paints

Paper plates

Paint Sticks

Raffia

Step 1:

Clean the mason jars with warm  water and soap.

Step 2:

Once the jars are completely dry pour some mod podge into the jar and then add as much paint as you need to get the desired color. Mix the paint and mod podge thoroughly and then begin to swirl the mixture around the jar until the entire surface is coated. Once you have coated the entire jar, place the jar upside down on a paper plate so that the excess paint will drip out. Wait about 20 minutes and place the jar on a new paper plate. Most of the excess paint should have pooled on the 1st plate, but keep the jar upside down on the new plate for at least 2 hours. After about 2 hours flip the jars right-side up and then let them dry for 48-72 hours. I waited 72 hours, but that was because it was a weekend and I wasn’t home to mess with them!!

Step 3:

Once the jars are completely dry decorate as preferred. I used natural colored Raffia and tied all three jars together with bows on each end. I also put some cotton stuffing in bottom of the jars, so that when I put my scissors and things in the jars, they don’t scrape the paint off the bottom!

Enjoy!!

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