So, as I said in a previous post, a friend gave me a bunch of Mason jars, and I’ve been trying to find ways to use them!
I loved this post from Mason Jar Crafts Love, and decided to do my own thang.
First, I collected mason jars I liked, and lid rings that fit.
Then I collected my materials…
I briefly wiped off my Mason jars, and then started painting.
Sure, yeah, the first layer of paint went on fine, but I don’t know what other bloggers were talking about when they said they didn’t do any prep work except cleaning the surface.
Once I started applying second coats, the (totally dry) paint started easily wiping off, ruining my paint jobs. It was really frustrating.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until after I had painted a first coat on all of my jars.
So, I would suggest at least sanding the outside of the jar a little bit, just to give the paint something better to stick to.
I struggled with the second coats…
As you can see, it’s pretty patchy, especially on the big one. I was annoyed, but I wasn’t toooo worried, cause I already planned on distressing the jars.
A few days went by (cause hello, I’m a mom, and life happens) and I came back, did some careful paint touch ups in a few areas (cause it was still rubbing off), and then let it dry.
After the paint dried, I distressed the jars with some sand paper,
put the lid rings on,
and caaarefully transported them to the bathroom.
My paint kinda rubs off on other stuff. Ugh.
You can bake the painted jars in the oven for a more durable finish, but my swamp cooler is already struggling, and I ain’t even thinking about turning on my oven.
Next step: fill your jars with stuff.
Cotton balls look really cute in these, but I had to be real about the actual functionality of cotton balls in my life. I don’t use them.
So, tip: be real about what you will actually use in your bathroom.
Also, to do the soap container, you basically just punch a hole in the lid, and then stick the soap top through. You can hot glue it on for more durability.
Lastly, arrange yo jars…
I showed my husband when he came home…. And he didn’t love how much room it took up on our counter haha. So I ended up taking out a jar, and throwing our little dry erase marker (for writing on the mirror) in with the toothbrushes.