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Do It Yourself Distressed Mason Jars

If you’re looking for the perfect fall décor for your house or thinking ahead to Christmas and like to make small gifts for your close friends, I’ve got the perfect do it yourself project for you!




You will be amazed at how great an old mason jar can look just by simply painting and distressing it. Let’s get started!


Materials Needed

  • Mason Jars
You have a few different options. You can buy them at a craft store if you want to get fancy, ask for them at stores that sell canning supplies or get them at a thrift store!
  • Chalk Paint (any color you choose)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • 80 Grit Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • Flat Baking Sheet


Steps for Making Mason Jars


1. Prep

If you’re starting with a new mason jar then you can move on to step two, but if you’re using an old jar that has been used for other purposes, then you’ll want to thoroughly clean it.


Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and wash it with hot, soapy water. Let it dry completely.

 2. Paint

Start with two coats of your chalk paint. Let paint dry completely between coats.


The great thing about chalk paint is it's easy to work with. It’s much more durable than other paint and it’s easy to distress. 

3. Distress

Before using the sandpaper, I would cut it into small rectangles so you can fold it over, giving you two sides to work with.


Where you choose to distress is completely up to you. I typically start with the top rim, threads and any raised edges. Then I move on to the graphics where I tend to be more careful.


4. Bake

Now it’s time to bake it! Place the mason jar on a baking sheet in a cold oven. Then, set the temperature for 325 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.


Turn off the oven, crack the door open and let the jar cool down completely before removing it!




With the finished jar, you can fill it with water to hold flowers or put a LED candle inside it to decorate your home, or even use it as a gift!

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