It's no secret that Mason jars are my thing. They are so versatile in the kitchen and for crafts! Since summer is almost over, I realized that my sweet spring mason jar colors need to have a cozy fall update. To replace the soft pastels I want to share a new DIY that uses the spray paint technique that I detailed in my post(so go check it out!) and add in some stenciling and maybe even burlap flowers!
That's the first thing I'm excited about today but I have some more lovely fall crafts to share with you. Just keep reading to see all the excellent projects that I get to share with you!
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Fall Mason Jar Decor
There are so many cute ideas of decor out on Pinterest, so many that I've created my own Mason jar board! So I had a hard time narrowing what I wanted to do down. I went with easy. That is always the best way to get projects done!
Warm cozy colors like orange, brown, red and yellow make me think of the beauty nature gives us in the fall. You could make your jars any of those colors for your own home's decor in the fall.
How to make a fall stenciled jar with a cutting machine
I used Mason jars but of course, you can use any jar that you have available. I think old spaghetti sauce jars work great! Actually, all of the materials from this project were ones that I had on hand. Love it when that happens!
- Smooth-sided quart Mason Jars or a jar about that size (like spaghetti sauce jars)
- Spray paint or chalk paint--I like to use matte or satin finish
- Newspaper or cardboard to protect your surface
- Foam Brush or Spouncer or sponge makeup wedge
- Waterbased clear matte Polycrylic
- Silk or Dried Flowers
- Oramask 813 Stencil Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Oracal 651 vinyl
- Natural Jute Twine
- Glue gun
1. Spray paint your mason jars using the method detailed in the DIY Bless You Mason Jar Tissue Holders post. If you follow the steps careful on the method it will keep your paint from running and chipping! Any color works!
Here you can see the difference 3 light coats of spray paint over a layer of Polycrylic covers. Light layers are key in not having any runs!
2. Within your cutting machine's software(I have a Silhouette Cameo but a Cricut would work as well) find a pumpkin or other fall graphic to import. Size your graphic to fit the size jar you are using. For a quart jar, I made mine 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
Creating a Stencil
There are several ways to do this. My favorite method uses Oramask stenciling vinyl but I've read in many places that you can use contact paper or cardstock. I will detail my process with the Oramask.
4. I cut without a mat using the normal vinyl settings for my machine. Then I weed out the center of my graphic and place the outline on my jar.
5. Pressing firm to make sure the stencil material is stuck down then "paint" a layer of Mod Podge over the edges of the stencil. This seals it down and prevents bleeding of the paint under the stencil
6. Use acrylic craft paint to paint your graphic. I did 3 layers to get the color I wanted. You may need more or less.
7. Remove stencil material slowly and carefully. Mine was tacky but not completely dry when I removed my stencil. Let dry completely
8. While it is drying you can create the words "Hello Fall" using any font you like for this project. Then cut the words on the vinyl using your machine. Weed out the unneeded parts and apply transfer tape or contact paper.
9. When the paint is dry you are ready to apply the words to your jar.
10. Now you have two options. Use a jar lid(easy) or wrap the top part of your vase with twine gluing it down as you go(still pretty easy). The strings from hot glue rub off easily if you get any on the mason jar
11. Select your flowers and arrange them how you like in the jar!
Making a Burlap Flower or two
12. This step is totally optional(I did NOT do this step myself) but I think it could really add to the finished look! I have never made burlap flowers so I found this great video to help.
Finished mantle decor for Fall 2018 using a stenciled Mason jar
The first photo is my spring jars on a shelf. Beautiful for spring but not so cozy for fall.
Sadly my new little pumpkin jar blends too well with my off-white walls so I moved the jar to my mantle and took down my spring plants. I love how my scarecrow and pumpkins look with the painted fall Mason jar! They are just the right amount of color to go with the jar!
I had a hard time deciding which side I like it on better! What do you think?
Bring on the Crafts
On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces to bring you the #BringontheCrafts blog hop.
Each blogger creates a fun craft or DIY project to share that goes with a monthly theme.
August’s theme is Fall. Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it’s Fall themed.
If you’d like to participate next month, you can request to join our Bring on the Crafts Facebook group. Next month’s theme is Halloween!
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