DIY Chalk Painted Mason Jars

It is really easy to paint and distress mason jars to make them look old. I was recently at my local Dollar Tree store and they had these super cute mason jars that have candle holders. I read a blog about how to use chalk paint to paint mason jars and decided to try it out. FIY – you can buy these jars from the Dollar Tree in bulk online (minimum of 36).

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The first thing I did was remove the candle holder and hanger from the jar. Then I decided to test out a small chalk paint set I bought at Walmart. The brand is Waverly Inspirations. They sell a 10 piece for $12.44 (10 different colors). I used ivory paint color.

It took two coats of paint to cover up the jars. After the paint dried I used sandpaper that I also bought at the Dollar Tree. They sell a 36 pack of sandpaper sheets.

I sanded the words and the lines a little bit to make the jars distressed and give them an antiqued coastal / farmhouse look.

After this I sprayed the jars with a matte clear enamel spray.

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After the jars dried I decided to use them for different things. I added the hardware back one two of them and will use it as a candle holder. I threw in some tea light candles. You could also buy citronella tea lights candles and place them outside.

Another one I decided to turn into a planter. I added some potting soil to the jar and planted some succulent Hens and Chicks. FIY – these succulents are really easy to grow. I have a ton of them in my garden. Every winter they get hit with salt and sand from the town’s plow and come back twice as big every spring.

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After planting the succulents in the jar I tied a piece of decorative hemp string around the front to give it a more rustic look.

These projects were easy to do and were inexpensive. These little jars will look great in my house or I may even decide to give them as gifts.

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