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Gold Stripe Mason Jar DIY

Happy Monday friends! I'm a bit late on getting this post up but that's because I was snapping pictures this morning. It was overcast and rainy yesterday and I just couldn't get the right shots. But I'm finally getting it posted and I'm so excited about it too. Not only is it a DIY post but it also involves gold (!!) and mason jars. How can you go wrong with these babies? 

By far one of my post popular posts has been my Silhouette Mason Jar tutorial. Lately I've been thinking about that post and what makes it so popular and how I can try and recreate that again. Clearly everyone loves a good mason jar project because the jars are inexpensive but also vintage looking. What I want to try and do is a monthly feature that involves mason jars. They are so versatile and I really want to explore (and share with you) cool, new ways to dress them up and make them special. So here is my project for January. I think the gold is cheerful and reminiscent of warm weather, don't you? If you're struggling through the winter months and dreaming of warm days ahead, I think these jars will at least spice up your decor a bit.

This project is easy and you can make up the jars quickly. All you need is mason jars (any sizes), painters tape, and metallic spray paint...oh and some paper to cover your work area while spraying. I wrapped the jars in the painters tape, varying the widths of the stripes. Remember the tape covers the part that will remain unpainted. Don't hold the paint can too close to the jar while spraying. You want to lightly mist the jars. When you spray the paint too close to the jar there is more chance for globing and for paint to seep under the tape and run. Once sprayed, I carefully removed the tape right away. The paint dries pretty instantly although you should technically let the jars sit for awhile before handling. And that's that!

I stored some pencils in one jar and potted a little succulent in the other. Fills these with any kind of goodies and make it the perfect hostess gift. Or line up a bunch on a shelf to hold pencils and craft supplies. I wouldn't risk drinking out of them since spray paint is toxic unless you were super careful not to let any paint get into the mouth of the jar. These could work as a simple table setting at home or for a party or wedding even.

Have you tried painting mason jars? What are some of your tricks? Getting that clean edge is always hard. The OCD person in me always wants these things to be perfect but honestly, you don't really notice the slight imperfections once they're in use. The stripes on these jars are a bit wonky and not really that straight but I think it adds to the character of the jars. And once they're filled up with stuff you don't notice either. In DIYing and crafting, you have to let those things go sometimes. Perfection is overrated anyway.  

So here's to a great week everyone! I hope you all enjoyed my gold stripe DIY today and it gave you some lovely inspiration for the week ahead. 

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Reader Comments (3)

Love. Stripes. Gold. Mason jars. You can't go wrong!

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraleah and nick

Love this! I have a few jars that would look great all dressd up in stripes :) Looking forward to a monthly project!

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Very organized and artistic! -Sarah-

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