Well hellllloooo lovelies, something good today, if there’s one thing I love and one thing I am asked a lot it is how to get blue vintage mason jars on a budget, and today, the lovely Catherine is here with a DIY Mason Jar tutorial showing us just that – how to make blue vintage mason jars without taking out a mortgage and using jam / mason jars that you already have…sound good? oh yeah baby, grab a coffee, pull on your making things pants and come into craft land, this is a goodie.
As you can see blue vintage mason jars have been around here a fair bit and so when Catherine showed me this tutorial on how to make your own version (not that I have a tonne of mason jars stashed around this place, of course not!), I thought this will be interesting, so I’ll hand you over to Catherine with this excellent diy blue mason jar tutorial.
Hi Beach Cottage friends, Catherine here today, how are you?
Did you know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the modern Ball Mason jar? We grew up using Ball jars for home canning and storing all kinds of things; in my mind they’re a real icon of North American domestic practicality. They’re good looking too, and from my experience starting up The Spring Shop (my shop’s over here if you want a look) I know I’m not the only one who thinks so!
The very first Mason jars were produced in Colorado from the 1880s in either an amber coloured glass or a luminous turquoise but the design we know and love has been going strong since 1913. If you stumble upon a blue Mason jar these days it’s either very old or comes from the limited edition Heritage Collection being produced just this year to celebrate the Ball company’s milestone. Either way, for the true Mason aficionado, blue jars young and old have become rare, coveted prizes.
I’ve been experimenting with ways to get the iconic look DIY-style and on a tight budget, and after a fair bit of trial and error have come up with a fool-proof way to get an even tint that, once oven baked, is permanent and dishwasher safe. I’ve done a collection of these jars in a few different sizes that look great as flower vases, drinking glasses and lanterns when fitted with a wire handle for hanging, some sand, and a tea light.
For this project you’ll need:
- Mason jars
- a plastic cup
- a skewer (or some kind of stirring stick)
- one pot of Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint in turquoise
- one pot of Pebeo Vitrea 160 dilutant.
I picked up my Pebeo paints from the local Spotlight craft store but you can also find these products online here.
DIY Mason Jar Tutorial
How to Make Blue Vintage Mason Jars
1. In the plastic cup mix a pea sized daub of turquoise paint with about a teaspoon of the dilutant using your stirring stick.
2. Pour the runny paint mixture into one of the jars and hold it horizontally, turning the jar around and around until all the sides and bottom are coated. Pour the excess paint back into the plastic cup.
3. Place the jar upside down on a rack with wax paper underneath to collect the drips. If you don’t have a rack that you’re willing to get paint all over, you can just place the jars upside down on wax paper but you’ll have to wipe excess paint from the mouth of the jar before baking.
4. Repeat for as many jars as you want to tint. Leave the jars to dry for 24 hours.
5. Place the jars on a lined baking dish in the middle of your oven before heating the oven to 160C (320F). Bake for 40 minutes then turn off the oven leaving the jars inside to cool slowly.
Tip: You might come across other tutorials instructing you to paint the outside of your Mason jars. I tried this method on a few jars first (with and without dilutant) but the result was always too streaky for my liking. After some experimentation I’m confident that the swirling technique is your best bet!
I hope you like the look of it…guess who will be swirling very soon?
You can find ways I use Mason Jars in my life here, here, here and here. xo
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