I recently decorated my first wedding, and I used blue mason jars for the centerpieces. If you want to buy an actual antique blue mason jar you will be spending anywhere from 8 to 20 dollars a jar, OR you can make your own for a much better price. Also if you are wanting to put a candle in the jar for a center piece you can not use the antique kind because they have a high possibility of shattering. There for there are many reasons to check out this tutorial.
Let's get started...
* jars (obviously lol)
*foam paint brush or fan brush
* cheese cloth
* paper towel
1. Get jars of all shapes and sizes and wash them. My local thrift store has these for 25 cents a piece.
2. Buy Glass paint Vitrea 160 in turquoise and a container of their paint thinner (picture below). Total cost is around 8 dollars and I did about 20 jars with this before the thinner ran out. I ordered paint through amazon HERE and the thinner HERE.
Step 3. With a empty tupperware, I poured 1 spoonful of paint to 3 spoonfuls of thinner. If you want darker then use less thinner. Below I have a example of a darker tint and a lighter tint of jar.
Step 4. With a foam brush paint around the jar. I first started going up and down but I found that going horizontal around the jar works best. You have to move fast because it will dry fast. There will be some streaks so try your best to smooth them out. I used some cheese cloth to help me around the mouth of the jar to smooth out streaks. However don't worry to much because once you bake them and put water in the jar you will not notice the streaks.
Step 5. Let dry for 24 hours. THIS IS A MUST. Then in a 375 degree oven you will bake them for 45 minutes. This will seal in the paint and allow you to wash the jars in the future.
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