How To Paint Mason Jars: 31 Gorgeous Ideas You Need To Try

how to paint mason jars

If you’re here, you might be wondering how to paint mason jars so they don’t look so plain.

There are absolutely gorgeous mason jar ideas out there that can inspire you to make your next great mason jar craft project.

Mason jars are pretty useful for a ton of things, like meal prepping, canning (their original use), baby shower centerpieces, wedding decorations, organizing your office, keeping your toiletries in one place, or even a nice rustic vase for your favorite flowers.

With just a few materials, like glitter or chalk paint or even ribbon, you can come up with some pretty cute mason jar craft ideas!

We’ve rounded up 31 gorgeous painted mason jar crafts that you can use for your next party or to simply decorate your space.

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To paint some mason jars you’re gonna need a few tools to get you started on the right foot. While these might not be all the materials you may need, they’re the basics that you can build off as you go.

Some common mason jar painting questions

If you’ve never painted your own mason jars, you might have some initial questions. Especially ones about which paints are best to use. Here is a breakdown of the most common questions when it comes to painting mason jars.

What kind of paint will stick to glass?

Really, any basic paint will stick to glass. But if you want a paint job that will go on well and that will last you a very long time, in terms of spray paint, the best type to use is krylon spray paint. But acrylic or chalk paint can work as well.

How do you distress painted mason jars?

To distress your painted mason jars:

  1. Paint your mason jars with your desired color with a painting sponge
  2. Let dry completely
  3. Take some sand paper and lightly sand paper your jar until you get the desired ‘distressed’ effect
  4. Voila! You’ve got a beautifully distressed jar like the ones you see on Pinterest

How do you paint glass jars with acrylic paint?

To paint mason jars with acrylic paint, make sure they’re wiped down with rubbing alcohol, and then for best results use a painting sponge so your color goes on smooth. If you don’t mind the paint finish being a little messy, then you can use a regular paint brush with your acrylic paint. 

Let’s dig in! Here is a list of starter supplies perfect for mason jar crafts that will be useful if you try any of these DIY projects:

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Pastel chalk paint

Folk Art Chalk Paint is awesome for mason jar painting because of the pretty effects you can create with this particular type of matte paint. It’s also great for repainting furniture, so you can always be sure that, if you’re crafty, you’ll definitely be using it for more than one thing.

Gold spray paint

Krylon Gold Spray Paint will be useful for your gilded and distressed mason jar creations and a must if you want to create some elegant jars (especially for the holidays). You can pick up a quick can for a couple of bucks.

Set of mason jars

 And of course you can’t forget your good old set of mason jars to make sure you’ve got something to paint in the first place. Grab a whole set of 16 oz mason jars and just have fun with it.

How to paint mason jars: 31 gorgeous ideas

pink mason jars with chalk paint

Via Teal Notes

One of the easiest ways to create some kickass painted mason jars is to use some chalk paint and sandpaper for a distressed look. Head to the post to get full step-by-step directions on how to get the ‘distressed’ look.

Via It All Started With Paint

Chalk paint is a great way to decorate a plain mason jar, especially if you color coordinate them with the theme that you’re going for. I love this combination of monochromatic colors from It All Started With Paint.

Via Creek Line House

Here’s a cool way to paint your mason jars: Paint their insides for a different and smoother effect. There are tons of possibilities with what you can do once you get to painting.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Your Home Based Mom

Gold on mason jars just seems to work so well for some reason. Add some stripes to that and you’ve pretty much got yourself a winning combo. I love that you can peep through and see your flower stems through the unpainted areas. Total mason jar genius.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via The Crafted Sparrow

Going off the stripe theme, here’s another way to beautify your jars, create a white paint base for them, and then use a nice bright color to stripe them. You can make your stripes as thick or as thin as you want. I often find I like the look of thick stripes the best.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Suburble

As I’m sure you can tell, teal is a pretty predominant color on this lifestyle site, and for good reason. It is simply a universally flattering color and when paired with some distressing techniques and a gold undertone, you can come up with these mason jar beauties. Make sure you check out Suburble for the complete set of directions!

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via The Crazy Craft Lady

Watercolors don’t just have to be on paper. You can watercolor your favorite set of mason jars too! You can combine more than one color on each jar or even freely splatter your favorite colors on them once you paint it white. It makes for a great mason jar craft that you can share with your kids.

Related: How To Paint Mason Jars With Chalk Paint

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Kastyles

These semi distressed pink mason jars are awesome and make for a great valentine’s day gift. You can always add extra little details to personalize it and make it your own like small heart patterns for example.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Rain on A Tin Roof

These striped glitter jars are the absolute prettiest and can be fitting for a ton of different occasions, like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, or even birthday parties. They can definitely make cute party favors if you fill them with your favorite candies.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Home Sweet Eats

Try adding some glitter to the rim of your jars. You can take it a step further and add that glitter to the items IN your mason jar to color coordinate it.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

via Kastyles

These mason jars are at the top of my favorite mason jar painted looks. The rose gold ombre color is absolutely stunning. You can definitely pair it with some white peonies and you’ve got yourself a winning combo.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Emmaline Bride

now THESE…these painted mason jars are some that I’d like to keep forever. Especially if they’re wedding favors! They are downright absolutely stunning and look super fun to make.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Mason Jar Crafts Blog

Get creative and pair gold with glitter. It’s definitely a more in-your-face mason jar design but if it’s your style then definitely give it a go.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Fun 365

Aren’t these fruit jars just gorgeous? I LOVE the vivid color scheme that all complements each other and I love the fruit detail on top of the jars. Learn how to make this cute mason jar craft at Fun 365.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Drop Cloth Design Co

If you want to create some futuristic looking mason jars look no further than these painted beauties. I’m pretty sure they were designed with metallic spray paint and you can make them in a matter of minutes.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Dwelling Happiness

Now, these mason jars aren’t exactly painted. They’re made with ribbon on the inside. It’s pretty neat, figuratively and literally, if you don’t want to get messy with paints.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Mom Dot

These cute jars add a twist to a one color mason jar and adds these almost Pollock like metallic splatters to a blue base. You can marbolize the jars to your liking with a few of your favorite colors. Head on over to the full instructions by the artist at Mom Dot.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Cute Simple Things

Your classic black and white stripes can make it on your mason jars too for a stunning look. I feel like this mason jar would go great with a black on black decor color scheme or even with beach inspired home decor.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Blog.Ooly

Kawaii mason jars are super cute and don’t require too much artistic ability to end up with some downright adorable jars. I love this idea for keeping your office supplies. Especially if you love color and don’t take your decor too seriously.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Yesterday On Tuesday

Here’s an easter egg inspired mason jar craft idea you’ll love making. Wrapping the twill on the lip of the jar just brings it all together and makes for a beautiful mason jar creation.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Color Made Happy

If you mix kawaii mason jars with some fruity mason jars you’ll get this fusion: a totally adorable and creative set to organize whatever you can fit in them.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Tory Jane

Forget about the mason jar itself, how about the lids? Add some decor to your lids without touching the actual jar for a nice touch of personality! In this case, they stuck and painted their favorite animal figurine to each lid. Awesome!

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Happiness Is Homemade

Use some bunny cutouts to paint the space AROUND it for some awesome peep through mason jars that you can fill with candy. For easter, make sure you stick to a more pastel color scheme for some beautiful creations that go with the season.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Two Purple Couches

If you love baseball these are the mason jars for you. I can totally see these jars becoming a piggy bank once you open a small slot in the lid. A great gift idea for someone that loves sports.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Pro Flowers

This stunning candy cane mason jar idea is THE perfect centerpiece for your holiday celebrations.It’s so pretty its kind of hard to stop staring at it…I could so print out the picture and frame it its so darn pretty. Head on over to Pro Flowers to learn how to make this mason jar craft idea.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Something Turquoise

Here’s another beautiful example of distressed chalk mason jars. The different hues of blue is what makes this mason jar set come together. An absolutely gorgeous idea by Something Turquoise.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Gros Grain Fab

Have you ever thought of decorating your jars with some henna art? Your results can be as stunning as this jar. The contrast in the brownish red and the blue jar makes for an interesting mason jar creation.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Midnight Owl Candle Co

Let’s not forget about our classic polka dots! Use all kinds of color polka dots on your mason jars to give them a cute twist. This paint idea can be particularly cute for a baby shower.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Fun Family Crafts

Try creating a watermelon themed mason jar for the summer! It can be a great summer activity for kids and there’s no telling what you can use it for.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via The Golden Sycamore

This mason jar paint idea makes it right up there with one of my favorites. I love the chalk paint look for the bottom half of the tall jars, and the succulents look just perfect inside each jar. I super great mason jar idea for sure.

How to paint mason jars, mason jar crafts

Via Country Living

Mason jars can be made to look extra upscale too. You only need some gold paint and a few extra materials to get the gilded look. Then just compliment it with your favorite flowers…like violets or peonies.

Mason jars are easy to create

Now that you’ve seen plenty of glorious mason jar craft ideas, its time to get crafty (and possibly a little messy). You can get mason jars in bulk for pretty cheap off Amazon or even if you go looking through your local second hand store. The paints are pretty easy to come by as well and shouldn’t cost you too much.

Happy crafting! 🙂

12 thoughts on “How To Paint Mason Jars: 31 Gorgeous Ideas You Need To Try”

  1. Hi Dee,
    One of the best ways to finish chalk painted items is by adding a poly top coat in the end. It lasts longer than a wax top coat, and you can look it up to find a brand that works for you. Yeah, gesso will get thicker the more layers you add, so it’s definitely going to be prone to more scratching off. You can try adding a poly coat on gesso finishes but I’m not sure what results you’ll get with that as I’ve only ever used gesso to prepare canvases. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi. What paint do you recommend for lids? I am new to Mason jar decoupage and painting and have opted to use gesso instead of chalk paint, mainly because they are very similar. However I am using a thick gesso and have needed to use 3 coats and I do find I can still pick gesso off if I scratch it. Would the same happen if using chalk paint?

    I don’t think gesso will work well on a metal lid so wondered if a primer should be used before painting as I don’t want paint the scratch off. What paint and primer would you recommend for lids?

  3. I painted a mason jar with metallic antique copper acrylic paint . Let first coat dry,and then do another.I tied rust colored raffia around the top and put orange artificial flowers in it! It’s beautiful!

  4. Eileen, I wrote a bit about this on the post. If you don’t like the look of the brushes, you can use a sponge brush, those give your paint a smoother finish. Hope this helps! 🙂

  5. I want to paint my jars to make tea coffee and sugar jars, I have chalk paint I don’t want to distress them though, I practiced on a emty clean jam jar, but I don’t like the look of the brush strokes, can you suggest other ways to do this please.
    Regards Eileen Eley

  6. Hi Kim, Are you letting the first coat dry completely? (have you let it sit overnight?) If it’s chalk paint you’re using as the base and you’re trying to paint with acrylic over it, I don’t have much experience doing that but I imagine if the acrylic paint is water based, it can easily mess up your chalk base (chalk paint is really easy to scrub off with a bit of water and a sponge). Using a glass primer before painting it might help your flowers stick better. Hope this gives you some ideas 🙂

  7. I’m trying to paint flowers on the outside of my jar using acrylic and I wanted to use a second coats but the first coat keeps messing up. What am I doing wrong?

  8. I do admire the world of arts and craft, it keeps me distracted from the everyday hassle, when i create crafts it makes me feel i have accomplished much in a million years lol. but the way it makes me feel is great. so i want to start making beautiful designs but with coffee bottles we drink coffee and they accumulate on us at home so i want to start making them actually look stylish.

  9. I love Mason jars & crafting with them. Right now I’m working on one I decoupaged and am embellishing, they’re so fun. I can’t wait to get more & try many of these ideas, thank you!

  10. My head is spinning!! And in a good way,of course! I’m super excited to go start multiple different items you listed ? From Rustic to Elegant, this is definitely one of my personal favs! Thanks for sharing!! Can’t wait to see how they turn out and what my family thinks

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