It's time for another round of Crafty Hangouts, which are short Google Hangout videos showcasing how to craft with a particular product or crafty supply.
This month's theme is all about mason jars, and I want to give a shout out to the Ball Corporation for sponsoring this month's Crafty Hangouts and providing us with their awesome mason jars to craft with!
My favorite Ball mason jars are the blue ones from their Heritage collection, although I can't wait to get my hands on the new green jars!
We have the gorgeous blue ones in our transom window above our patio doors:
Here's my Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary:
The video is below, and has the complete tutorial. Use the close-up detail photos as reference while viewing the video if needed.
Ball Mason Jars
Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Delicate
Americana Decor Clear Wax
Dazzling Metallics in Renaissance Brown
Paintbrushes (medium and small)
Clean white rags
Recycled plastic jar lid
Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary DIY Video:
Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary Photos:
These photos are meant to complement the video. (Parts of the video are grainy and hard to see the details, so scroll through these photos to better see what I did.) And yes, a new web camera is on my list to buy!
I started with a pint-sized Ball mason jar:
I took this pic against the light so you could see the pretty design on the back of the jar.
Here's the mason jars painted with three coats of the chalky finish paint. Isn't the color pretty?
You could easily stop at this point, as the mason jars look so pretty and sunny!
I wanted to distress them further, so I decided to mix up some clear wax with a metallic glaze:
I just used a couple of toothpicks to gently combine them:
As my favorite waxing brush was too big for this mason jar, I used a stencil brush to apply the wax mixture.
This photo, below, shows the wax I just rubbed onto part of the jar. My next step will be to wipe off that wax using a clean white rag, more in some areas, wiping less off in others. This will help with the distressed look I'm going for.
I used the paper towels to remove a lot of the wax from the stenciling brush before I wiped it onto the jar. You want to start with a little wax and build up, versus glopping it on heavily. (Technical terms!)
Here's what the jars look like after the wax was applied and rubbed off:
Again, you could stop at this point, and have a lovely distressed mason jar.
But I went further... yes, I love distressing things!
I sanded off the raised painted areas carefully, so that the words would "pop" out as well as the other raised elements of the jar.
Here's the completed jar:
The sanding just provides another level of distress, making the jar look older. I also think it looks more loved!
The perfect vase for some just-picked Daffodils from our garden!
To make the candle luminary, I sanded much more of the paint completely off the jar, so that candlelight could shine through here and there:
I love the two different looks you can create just by the amount of sanding done on each jar!
And make sure you watch the video above, as I explain an easy tip for sanding the letters when you don't want to have any of the other paint come off!
Crafty Hangouts Mason Jar Week!
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