I had fun this past weekend putting together a DIY project for one of my monthly challenge groups. This challenge was for my "Dose of DIY" group and the challenge was to use glass bottles, vases or Mason jars to create something awesome with our DIY skills. I chose to use Mason jars for my project and I had a real blast putting it all together. I loved the project so much that I really couldn't wait to share it with you!
First off, let me just say that I. Love. Mason. Jars. I've collected vintage Mason jars for a few years now and have amassed a respectable collection.
Here are a few of my favorites. However, for this project I chose to use everyday Mason jars, not my vintage ones. I love them pretty much "as is."
In preparation for this challenge I created a Mason Jar Pinterest Board. While doing so, I came across quite a few ideas, although most of them I'd seen before. Until I came across a Mason jar decor idea from Amanda at Dwelling in Happiness and I knew I'd found my project for this challenge! Her DIY Spring Vases absolutely won me over and I just had to try the technique out for myself. It's pretty simple as well as inexpensive so I think you're going to like it!
*1. 1/4 yd. fabric per jar
*2. Mod Podge
*3. Paint Brush
*4. Mason Jar(s)
I chose three bright, complimentary florals in honor of spring.
Here's one of the basic jars I used. All three were 6 1/2 inches tall. Two jars had a 2 inch mouth opening and the largest one had a 2 1/2 inch mouth opening. For all three Mason jars I ended up using a piece of fabric that was 12" long and 10" high. 1/4 yard of fabric is more than enough to cover one jar.
Then all you do is cut the fabric into strips, about 1/2" to 1" wide, until you've cut it all. Then the real fun begins. Pour some Mod Podge into a bowl, grab your paint brush and get busy. You simply "paint" the front side of the strips with Mod Podge and adhere them onto the inside of the jar, one by one until you've covered the entire thing with your pretty fabric.
Remember: the paint brush is your friend. You can use it to help smooth out bubbles and/or wrinkles as well as for the precise placement of the strips. I have to tell you that I loved this project so much I had a real hard time stopping! In addition to the three jars I originally planned to use, I went ahead and used a fourth, smaller Mason jar for holding things like pens, etc. I swear I really couldn't help myself!
Using fake flowers in these vases will not be a problem. But since I absolutely love fresh flowers I had to come up with a way to to put the flowers and water in the jar without causing the fabric to come off. My solution? Use another cup that fits inside the jar and use that as the real "vase."
Here are the inserts I used. But make sure you have the inserts figured out before you start decorating your jars. It's easy to underestimate the size of the jar mouth without actually placing your insert inside the jar. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience here.
My only regret is that I did not make my fabric strips tall enough so they did not cover the inside of the jar at the very top. After the Mod Podge dried (in a few hours) you could still see it all over the tops of the jars. Here they are after I cleaned them up and got rid of the excess Mod Podge. I had to use Goo Gone to wipe the jar tops down to get rid of it. Lesson learned for next time.
I hope you enjoyed learning about how you can make a staple vintage decor item into something a bit more modern. And be sure to click on the thumbnails below to check out some more DIY inspiration goodness!
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