Saturday, May 11, 2013

How to Make Milk Glass Mason Jars

I love mason jars. Especially the vintage kind. The old styles are just so much cuter than the modern kind you buy at the store today. Don't you think? Knowing that I wanted to use some in my spring decorating this year, I've been patiently assembling a small army from various thrift stores around town. Different shapes, sizes, and ages, I adore some of the treasures I found! Total cost: around $3

I knew I wanted to paint my jars a pretty robin's egg blue, and thought I'd share the process with you today. It's easy as a wink. I started by washing the jars thoroughly. Then picked up a few bottles of acrylic craft paint at Michaels. They were on sale for .33 each.

I thought the turquoise was a bit too bright, so I added a little gray and white to soften the tone.

Then I added in a touch of water, and mixed it all up:

 Now it's time to pour some paint into the jar!

And slowly swirl it all around so that it coats the whole interior:

After it's smoothly covered,  invert the jar into a styrofoam bowl, and let the excess paint drip out for a few minutes (maybe 5-10?):

Then carefully lift them out, wipe the rim, and let them continue to dry upright. Here's one more look at the finished project. I'm so pleased with how they came out!

You can, of course, spray paint (or brush paint) the outside of mason jars too, but I love the soft, creamy, smooth, finish that you get when you paint the interior. Reminds me a little of milk glass or jadeite. And it still leaves that shiny glass finish in tact! - Inspiration courtesy of Jennifer Blair, who is my mason jar and natural cotton boll muse. :-) You can see some of hers HERE and HERE.


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