Welcome to Wednesday and our newest MidWeek Muse video. Today’s tutorial will show you two ways to add color to Mason canning jars to create pretty storage containers or decorative items to display in your home or studio. These jars are incredibly popular now – you see them everywhere – in a rainbow of colors. I’ve admired them for a long time and decided that I wanted to make some.
The jars are useful and handy to have around. You can add a pincushion top (I’ll show you how easy it is!) and use one in your studio to keep pins and needles handy. You can store treasures like buttons, beads, or bits of this and that in them. Or simply create an array of them in colors you like and use them as decorative accents in your home. I’m going to hang a shelf in my kitchen to display a bunch of the ones I made.
The best thing of all? They make wonderful gifts and are super simple to create. Each begins as a clear glass jar. I’ll show you two methods for adding color; one to the inside of the jars and the other to the outside. One method will create an opaque finish while the other will give transparent color. If you love bright colors there are options in both the Martha Stewart Multi Surface paint and Alcohol Inks to get just those colors. Prefer more subtle shades? There are options for those softer colors in both lines too!
Once your jars have color the next step is to add embellishments. I used ribbons, Venise Lace, Velvet Leaves, buttons, and paper blooms on mine. What can you use? Any of them or anything else that you like!