Painting mason jars is easy, fast, and the results are beautiful! Learn several techniques and get over 75 ideas for making them fabulous.
Have you ever painted a mason jar? If not, you’re missing out. I liken painting glass jars to making Christmas ornaments . . . easy . . . quick . . . fulfills the creative bug. You can make beautiful home decor, you can make gifts. You can mess up, wash it off, and start over again.
Not that it’s ever happened to me 😮
But seriously, you’re going to love these painted jars. You’re going to get excited about making them. And then you’re going to want to make more. Trust me on this!
Painting Glass Jars
Before I share the list of ideas with you, I want to go over the frequently asked questions I get about this topic. If you’re just interested in the projects, simply scroll past this section (though I hope you do find some useful information).
PS – most of these ideas are painting mason jars on the outside. If you want to paint them on the inside, this is a great post.
Do you need to prime mason jars before painting?
You don’t NEED to. BUT what the primer does is help any paint stick better and make it look less streaky. You’ll also have to use less coats of paint to coat the jar. So I recommend white primer.
Note: before I add glitter to a jar, I always use a corresponding solid paint color. That solid background allows the glitter to really pop off the surface.
How do you get paint to stick to mason jars?
You have two options. Option one: clean the outside with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. Option two: wash with mild soap and warm/hot water and let dry. In either scenario, you want to remove oils from fingerprints, etc. so that the surface will allow paint to adhere.
What kind of paint do you use on mason jars?
I nearly always stick to acrylic paint. Under that umbrella, I use chalk paint, acrylic paint (multisurface or glass), glitter paint, and chalkboard paint. I also use acrylic spray paint as well. If you use spray
How do you cure painted mason jars?
These methods ONLY apply to glass paint or multisurface paint. For the rest of the paint types I mention above, let them air dry according to bottle instructions.
Bake Method for Curing Painted Glass Projects
Allow painted item to dry for 24 hours to be sure all layers of paint have dried.
Place project in a cool oven, as the glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage; do not place glass in a hot oven.
Set oven temperature to 350ºF.
Once temperature has reached 350ºF, allow the project to bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let glass cool down completely before removing from the oven.
Cured surface can be washed 72 hours after baking. While painted surfaces can be safely cleaned in dishwasher, washing by hand in warm soapy water is the best way to extend the life of your project. Not safe for use in microwave.
Air-Dry Method for Curing Painted Glass Projects
Paint is cured to the surface after 21 days; however, air-dried projects are NOT suitable for use in the top rack of your dishwasher.
How do you waterproof painted mason jars?
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe and Mod Podge Ultra are pretty close to waterproof, although not technically fully waterproof. If you use glass paint and follow the curing instructions above this paragraph, you can hand wash the items.
Otherwise you can use a clear enamel spray or something like Minwax waterproof sealer. I always handwash. That’s just how I roll.
Can you drink out of painted mason jars?
You absolutely can. The recommendation from the “experts” is to not paint the rim of the jar or anywhere that your lips will touch. Keep the action below the rim – or if it’s flat, 3/4″ – 1″ below the top. Also keep the paint on the outside (I think that’s a given but just in case you’re curious).
Are you ready to get the jar painting ideas? Check out the list below!
Painted Mason Jars
Learn how to paint glass jars with one of these awesome ideas! Great projects for home decor, gifts, storage, and more.
I'm not sure that life is complete without a little glitter and a little bit of leopard print. These are perfect for a bathroom or makeup table . . . but I can imagine them in a safari themed nursery as well.
What if I said that to make these, all you have to do is spray paint jars white and then apply some vinyl letters? You'd be in, right? Well, that's all you have to do to make these awesome utensil holders.
These Harry Potter mason jars are the easiest craft for any age kiddo. Perfect for school supplies, and a very cute teacher appreciation gift, I’d say that this Harry Potter craft idea for back to school is a win.
As far as I'm concerned, the denim look is always in style. You can make these as light or dark as you like (depending on your denim preference). There's also a large room for error since distressing is the name of the game!
Paint a pencil mason jar and fill it to give to the teacher. Your child’s teacher will love you if you show up with pre-sharpened pencils, trust me! You could also fill the jar with flowers, gum, candy, or even a Starbucks gift card.
With the right brushes and technique, you’ll find yourself painting sunflowers on any surface. Add in some fun fall foliage for the perfect accent to your autumn decor. Paint several and use them as a centerpiece on your table.