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I don’t know about you, but I love mason jars. I know, it’s cliche–look at just about any home with rustic decor and you’re bound to see at least one mason jar sitting around with a burst of flowers coming out the top.
But there’s another way to decorate with mason jars–a way that’s more personal and more tailored to your home.
This image shows the first time I made mason jars wrapped in burlap. I chose the simple word home because it’s a wide enough market that just about anyone would be interested in buying it. But the sky’s the limit with what you could spell out on your jars. Words like faith, hope, and love come to mind or you could spell out your family’s last name.
How, you may ask? Keep reading to find out!
Pint-sized mason jars (1 per letter)
Flat white spray paint (or color of choice–preferably flat if you want a faded, rustic look)
Hot glue gun
- Spray the mason jar with spray paint. Some people say to spray side-to-side, others say up and down. I find it doesn’t make too big a difference. What DOES make a difference is how close you spray. Spray closer than the paint recommends and that’s how you get those ugly dribbles of paint.
- Give the paint plenty of time to dry–yes, most paints dry quickly, but it can take a full day for the paint to fully settle and lose any residual stickiness.
- While you’re waiting for your jar to dry, you can begin working on your burlap wraps. I wrap it around so it barely overlaps itself. For height, I did it by eye, setting it to end right around where the jar starts to curve at the top and bottom. I cut it to size and allow the frayed edges to stay visible.
- Lay out your burlap wrap on your workstation and set your stencil in the center of it. My letter stencil has each letter at about 2 inches high, but you could change that up if you want.
- Dab the paint onto the stencil as evenly as possible. If you see any clumping on the burlap, you’ve put too much paint on your brush. Don’t worry though! You can use a toothpick to poke some of that extra paint out of the homes before it dries.
- Repeat step 5 with each letter.
- For this next part, you’re going to need your mason jar. Wrap your first mason jar with one of your wraps, with the letter centered and the seam in the back. Use just a bit of hot glue to glue the seam to the back of the jar. That sets it enough that you don’t need any of the glue on the front of the jar.
- Now, for the top ribbon, you can decorate it however you want. If you want a colored ribbon, go for it! As for me, I like the cohesive look with all burlap/twine. There’s two options for this part, depending on where you bought your burlap.
- I bought my burlap from Michaels, and when I cut it down, I had the seamed edges saved up. I simply cut that to size, wrapped it around the top, and hot glued the seams in the back the same way I did with the letter wrap. Then, I used twine to tie a bow and I used a dab of hot glue to attach that to the wrap I just placed by the jar’s neck.
- If you don’t have that leftover seaming (or don’t like the look of it) just use regular twine. Wrap it around the top to its desired thickness, glue the back, and then attach the bow.
9. Repeat steps 7-8 for each jar, and you’re done!