504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Mason Jar Valentine Vases (14 Days of Crafting Love)
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mason Jar Valentine Vases (14 Days of Crafting Love)

You may not believe your eyes...I have another Valentines Project!
I am tickled pink with how this turned out!
And there is quite a story behind it!

   Way back last  year I started this project...
I loved it beyond belief.
Then I made a big mistake...
It was cold and wet outside, really cold and really wet.
I was not being careful - I was being impatient.
I thought it just need one more coat and it will be perfect...
well that perfect crackled and crinkled and ruined my sweet vase.
I may have shed a tear...or screamed.
And there was not time to start over...so I scrapped the idea.
But I had to try again...I will not be defeated
(but it may take a year...or two).

Since then I have seen similar projects all over the place,
using hot glue, regular glue, yarn, etc.
But this is my version!

The tutorial will show a different vase...because it is the tutorial form last year (and I cannot find the new photos I took of this years tutorial).

  • DecoArt 3D Gloss Enamels. Select a color based on the final color you are going to paint the vase. I used a light color (white and yellow) because I decided to paint my vases white and pink, so a lighter color was in order.
  • Spray Paint. I used Krylon Fusion in  Fairytale Pink
  • Mason jars or other glass jars. I used some jars from Legacy and some others I had around from other projects.
  • Rubbing alcohol (for cleaning glass)
  • Newspaper/drop cloth to protect your surface. 

  • Wash the glass containers. I also wiped them with rubbing alcohol to make sure I got all the residue off.
  • Create a design on the jar or vase. NOTE: I did this project twice, once last year and once this year (hence the different colors of gloss enamels).
  • Depending on your design and how much you trust your freehand abilities, you can either draw the design on the glass with the Gloss Enamels, or as I did for one of my designs, I drew a heart on a colored paper and inserted it inside the vase. The heart showed up really well and gave me a starting point. From there I could easily "trace" it onto the glass.

  • Finish your designs and then let them dry. For the dots I just dotted the jar with the 3D Gloss Enamels; for the small hearts, I free-handed them, as did I for the other two jars. (this is yellow paint because these are the new jars)
  • Once dry, you can bake the jars in the oven at 275F for 30 minutes to cure the paint and make it more durable/dish washer safe. Make sure your jars will withstand the oven. For this project I let mine dry for 48 hours.
  • Cover work area with protective covering to prepare for spray painting.
  • Using quick fluid movements, apply spray paint to jars/vases. It is better to use more coats with a lighter coverage than fewer coats with heavy coverage of paint.  
  • It took about 3-4 coats to get the coverage I wanted here.

Let dry...and you are DONE!

For the mason jars, I tied some ribbon around the neck just to hide the grooves,
but that is totally optional.
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participating in the 14 Days of Crafting Love.

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: at one time I may have received one or more of these products for review...
but I continue to use them because they are awesome!
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  1. Holly I love this idea! I'm pinning it and I will be giving this one a try!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Such a creative idea, Holly! I love it. I hope your eyes are feeling better. Megan

  3. This is a great idea Holly...haven't seen it before...Mariaelena...come on over for a visit!

  4. These are really pretty. What a great way to jazz up a plain jar or vase. I'm partial to polka-dots, so I really like that one.

  5. These are fun...gotta share with my nieces. They will love this!

  6. You know I love anything with a mason jar and these are lovely!

  7. That is a fabulous shade of pink, Fairytale Pink, and this is a cute project.

  8. Sweet craft! I keep forget about this "puffy" type paint - gotta get some.

  9. Oh my gosh! I love this! Such a sweet idea :)

  10. These are so sweet! What a great idea, you clever girlie! Love them! Hugs, Leena

  11. So fun! Love the idea, Holly! (:

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  13. All kinds of cuteness :) Pinned and Stumbled! xo

  14. Love these vases Holly! So cute and that pink is so sweet!

  15. This is such a great idea! Love it!! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Take care,


  16. I LOVE this Holly! How cute and crafty are you!?! Pinned

  17. These are awesome Holly! Love them!


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