Simple Mason Jar Craft For Any Occasion

November 20, 2018



Decorated Mason Jars DIY

Every now and then I get the purging bug. I go through my craft closet or a kitchen cabinet, see items I haven't used or have been meaning to use...for years...and donate them. Well, last week when I was looking for some supplies to make my placemat apron, I found a few old jars and thought, well, it's now or never.

And you guessed it. I finally chose now.

They were an impulse buy from long ago, a dollar each, so cute, I had to have them...but I never really knew what to do with them, so they sat empty in the living room, collecting dust.

And I hate dust.

So I gave them to my sister for a bit, thinking she could use them, but after awhile, she ran into the same issue and gave them back. I was all ready to pack them up and send them off to the thrift store when I stumbled upon a beautiful post by friend Jemma and was suddenly very inspired.

I knew exactly what I was going to do with my jars.

Ceramic Mason Jar
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As a matter of fact, I knew exactly what I was going to do with my mini milk bottles, too. They had been sitting in my craft closet since my great niece's christening. How long is that, you ask? Let's just say, she'll be going to kindergarten in the fall.

Five years, people. Way too long, but I couldn't toss them. They were too darling and just waiting for the perfect craft to come along.

Mini Milk Bottle Favors

And I thought I had it. Until.

I feel like I always have a crafting and DIY until...is it just me?

Ok. So I the plan was to design my own wreath printable and decoupage it onto the ceramic mason jars and the mini milk bottles. I would then use them both to decorate my Thanksgiving table. No too difficult, right?

Well, the aforementioned until is your cue that it was harder than it looked.

Then design process was a breeze. I went to PicMonkey, dropped and dragged a few flowers into a circle shape, picked colors and then I added a banner and the words "Give Thanks". Easy peasy.

For the final step, I sized it perfectly ~ or so I thought ~ and printed it out. And it was huge. Way too large for my jars.

Give Thanks Wreath

No problem, back to the drawing board to shrink and print and presto. Oh no. Too small. I sat back down at the computer attempting to get it just right, but it wasn't happening.

The project was turning into Alice In Wonderland and Goldilocks and The Three Bears all in one and I was losing patience.

Tiny Wreath Print

So I walked away and went to run errands with my daughter. While we were out and about discussing my design dilemma, she said, mom, Why don't you just get those circle stickers and be done with it?

Ok, first of all, because I'm cheap, and secondly, because I hadn't thought of it...but honesty it was genius. We found a pack and I headed back home to give it a try. Mine were white, but they do also come in clear if you'd rather.

Now, before I go through the directions, I want you to keep an open mind about the design. I made a wreath for fall, but this technique, idea, craft, can be used for absolutely any holiday or occasion. The possibilities are virtually endless...Christmas, birthdays, spring, showers, weddings, graduations, gender reveals, anniversaries...you get the picture.

Avery Round Labels

I have to say, I was a little intimidated when I started. It seemed complicated and I wasn't sure I would be able to line everything up right, but the directions were very clear. I was directed to the website where I downloaded my PicMonkey design and centered it in their template.

DIY Wreath Sticker

I followed the instructions to print a test page and then I held my breath and printed my design on the stickers and it worked! Perfectly! They were centered and bright.

I did leave them in the tray for about five minutes, because I didn't want to smudge them. The directions didn't mention that, but I figured better safe than sorry.

How To Make Your Own Stickers

I wiped my mason jars down with a damp cloth and then dried them to make sure there wasn't any dust on the surface. Then I centered my sticker, pushed down and stuck it on.

And I was done!! No decoupage gel, no brushes to wash, no cutting, no dry time, no ripped paper or bleeding ink. It was ridiculous how simple it was to do and totally worth every penny.

Decorating With Stickers

The mason jars look outstanding now, if I do say so myself. The add a real kick to my holiday table and I love them.

Of course, I matched my roses...they were a couple of bucks at the grocery store and that burst of orange just screams fall.

Decorating With Custon DIY Stickers

Feeling successful, I grabbed my milk bottles. They had been soaking in warm water so I could slide the old labels off. When clean and dry, I centered my stickers and smoothed them on...and again the results were outstanding.

Mini Milk Bottle

I decided to fill the milk bottles with candy corn. I figured it would be a fun addition to the table, a sweet treat for anyone who wanted a little nibble and game pieces for anyone who wanted to partake in the corn on the cob challenge.

Give Thanks Round Printable DIY

Plus it was orange.

I had it on hand.

And it looked great with my stickers.

Doesn't get any better than that!

Gobble, Gobble!

Decorating With Custom DIY Stickers

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30 comments:

  1. What a cute idea Kim. That was such a smart suggestion from your daughter. They will look so pretty on your table for Thanksgiving.
    Hope you have a a nice Thanksgiving. ;)

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Sometimes the kids have the best ideas! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!!

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  2. Good and wonderful idea. Tanks for sharing. Happy week. Greetings.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Happy week to you, as well!

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  3. Very cute! I must have a hundred jars like that waiting to be cuter. I would have to invest in a better printer though :-(

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    1. I was worried about my printer, too…it’s an older ink jet, but it did a great job. Surprisingly. 🙃

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  4. Very cute Kim. Sometimes when we walk away from something like this it comes to us and we are not as frustrated. Glad you figured it out. These are so cute. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Kris

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    1. You're totally right, Kris! A little perspective is a great thing!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend. ❤️

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  5. So cute! I have a million and one jars I can do this to.

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    1. Thanks Kristi!! So do I...I see a Christmas sticker project in my future!! Hahaha!!

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  6. Looking festive . . .
    And congrat’s . . . listening to your daughter . . .
    Happy Thanksgiving Kim . . .
    Be tender with yourself . . .

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    1. Thank you, Lynne!! She’s a smarty…and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. xoxox

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  7. Super cute! I couldn't keep any extra stuff five years or I'd have stuff coming out the doors and windows. You must have good storage for these things. Like a garage or something.
    Brenda

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    1. My stuff is relegated to a craft armoire...so I can only keep little things. And I have less and less patience for that kind of clutter, lately hence the purging!! I usually give away most of my crafts after one season, too. That helps!

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  8. Those turned out great. I use the same stickers for the tops of my jelly jars on the canning lids. I thought too that they were a little intimidating at first. I hadn't really thought about using them to decorate, I was mostly labeling. I will have to give more thought to creative uses. I think that there is a kraft paper version as well. The colors you chose are perfect with your other oranges, the flowers and the candy. Very nice. Your sis is going to want those jars back. :)

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    1. These stickers are my new obsession now, Lorri! I’m trying to figure out what I can make for Christmas since I have so many on hand. I haven’t seen the kraft paper version. They sound dangerous, but very fun! And you’re right…she is going to want them back!!

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  9. I love them, Kim. See, there is always a good reason why we hoard (o, I mean) keep all this stuff..Happy Turkey Day..xxoJudy

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    1. Oh boy, Judy, I did some major cleaning over the Thanksgiving weekend. People thought we were moving, there was that much junk piled at the end of the driveway and getting carted off to Goodwill...and can you believe we're not done. Where does it all come from?? And Christmas will just bring more of it into the house. Santa...he's not helping me!! xoxo

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  10. Before I read the post, I saw the fb post, and read "milk glass" and small jars. Immediately came to mind a can of green milk glass spray paint awaiting a use. Then there are the 12 tall thin jars with no lids stashed in a box I saw recently. Why do I have them? Because... they were free and cute. No plan, just rescue them was all I thought.
    Until...
    No plan.
    Until!!
    And so, no I will paint them milk glass green, even if I don't make a decal to decorate them.
    See? Not all inspiration is taken verbatim! Because great minds improvise! And you are such a wealth of great inspiration!
    Have a great Thanksgiving. Hope you have decent weather.

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    1. Nancy, I love it...my mind works the same way. It doesn't have to be exact to inspire. That's why I share. I hope you enjoy your green glass and I hope you share them somewhere. I would love to see green milk glass! It sounds super cool!! And we are having cold weather, but I hear you are getting snow? Yikes, if so stay safe!

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  11. Cute idea, Kim! I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving.

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  12. Fun idea!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
    Carla

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  13. How creative! It's way too technical for my skills but you did a great job! I am SOOO bad about buying crafting and scrapbooking supplies only to leave them in the drawers and never take the time to use them. HOWEVER, I recently went through every single bit of my stuff and purged!!! It felt really good. I still have way too much and I definitely need to start using it up. I've promised myself I won't buy any more unless it's something I specifically need...hope I can stick to it. But crafting/scrapbooking supplies just seem to call my name (especially when I'm in Hobby Lobby!)

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    1. Cheri, you are singing my song! I just did the same thing. I have so much stuff and I promise myself I will use it all and then...well, you know. This was fun project to make and it did use up some of my jars. Of course, now I have to store them until next fall...ugh! Good luck with your scrapbooking supplies...that paper can be very tempting (says the girl with stacks of it!).

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  14. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Kim.

    I swear I have a few of those empty glass jugs and mason jars hiding in a cupboard somewhere too. I have to haul them out and try do something with them soon. Love the idea of using stickers to print something on. Much easier than mod podging and they'll probably be easier to take off too so yu can use them for another project

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    1. You're right Michelle, they do come off pretty easily which was part of the draw. I can use them over and over and over again!! And thank you for the sweet holiday wishes!!

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  15. I love it, Kim, especially your wreath idea that is super creative and can be used for so many things. I've recently made two batches of jam and one batch of little chocolate hearts and that pretty much took care of all my extra jars :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Well, your crafts sound much more delicious than mine. I’d trade candy corn for jam and chocolate hearts any day of the week!! xxoo

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