Nothing can add exquisite color to your home decor for less money and little effort quite like a painted mason jar can. You will find this gorgeous glassware all over my house! However, to celebrate spring and the coming of summer this year, I wanted to create bold and colorful wall art with my masons. Plus, I’ve also always wanted to master the vintage look that I’ve seen circulating on Pinterest. Without further ado, I’d like to share my tutorial for distressed mason jar wall vases using FolkArt Home Decor™Chalk. Who doesn’t love transforming everyday items into one of a kind treasures?
For this project, you will need a piece of wood, mason jars, pipe clamps, screws, long nails, an electric drill and screwdriver, a paint brush, FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk Ultra Matte Acrylic Paint, and flowers.
Wooden Board – The size of my board was 8″ x 16″.
Mason Jars – I used (3) 32 0z., wide mouth, quart mason jars by Ball.
Pipe Clamps – You can purchase these in the plumbing section of any hardware store. I bought (3) deflect-o brand worm drive metal clamps in the 3.5 – 4 inch size.
Paint – My paint of choice is FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk by Plaid. It’s ultra matte acrylic paint and it dries quickly into a beautiful chalk finish. It’s currently available in 16 vibrant, rich colors and clear and antique wax.
The colors I used are 34150 (White Adirondack), 34154 (Salmon Coral), 34158 (Grotto), and 34155 (Vintage Mustard). This product can be purchased at select Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores or online.
Start by painting the rim of the mason. Paint in the direction that the lid screws on. Then move on to the rest of the mason jar. You can put your hand inside of the jar to hold it in order to avoid getting paint on your hands. You should finish with the bottom of the jar and let it dry for a couple of hours upside down.
Adding a second coat is optimal. My guess is that if you do use FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk by Plaid for painting your jars, you will be mesmerized by the depth of color, the ease of application, and the rapid drying power of this paint. It’s fantastic stuff! I had previously painted my wooden plaque with FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk in Adirondack (White) to give it a weathered look. You can find out how to accomplish this look on their blog.
Now it’s time to configure the placement of the pipe clamps. My handy husband was so sweet to assist me with this part of the project. It helps to go ahead and screw the clamps to the jars and place them on the board for a test run. Mark in pencil where you’d like to attach the clamps. Then, unscrew the clamps completely and place the first clamp on the board.
Step number one in mounting the clamp is to drill a hole in the center of it. You need to decide where the center is for you based on the aesthetic that you are going for. Personally, I like the bulky screw knob of the clamp on the far right of the jar so I centered my hole accordingly. The second step is to use an electric screwdriver to screw the clamp into place. Thirdly, tighten the clamp around the mason jar until it is thoroughly tightened. Utilize the use of a basic small wrench to accomplish this if necessary. A wire cutter can be used to clip off any excess clamp metal that sticks out after tightening. Repeat these steps with the remaining two clamps.