Tips For Painting Mason Jars

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Do you have a few mason jars sitting around your house? Maybe they are being used as a vase for some flowers right now or possibly drinking glasses (that’s what we do in our house). I am going to show you how to paint mason jars and when we’re done you’ll feel confident on how to transform a plain mason jar into a colorful piece of decor with just some simple craft paint!

Today’s guide on how to paint mason jars is part of a monthly challenge to DIY a craft using just the supplies we already have on hand. I’ve had just a fun time trying to get creative with my supplies and this month was no different.

how to paint mason jar


  • Mason jar
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Foam brush
  • Cotton pad or cotton ball
  • 220 grit sandpaper
how to paint mason jar

Step 1. Clean your mason jar with rubbing alcohol

I just use a cotton pad to spread rubbing alcohol all over the mason jar. You only need to clean the outside of the mason jar with the rubbing alcohol. This will remove any oils or other grim and help the paint to adhere.

how to paint mason jar
how to paint mason jar

Step 2. Paint mason jar

Yep, it’s really that simple. I usually do three coats of acrylic craft paint using a foam brush. You may need more or less paint depending on your paint color and preferences. Be sure to let the paint fully dry in between coats.

how to paint mason jar

I’ve always used acrylic craft paint to paint mason jars. I know others that have used chalk paint too, but craft paint is much more affordable so I’ll stick with it because it works great.

how to paint mason jar
how to paint mason jar

Step 3. Distress mason jar

I use a fine 220 grit sandpaper and focus the raised areas of text and design on the mason jar. I love the look of the distressed painted mason jar!

Step 4. Enjoy! 

You can use the painted mason jars for so many uses around your house!

Suggested materials:

  • Mason jar
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Rubbing alcohol
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Chelsea @ Making Manzanita

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 11 questions
  • Ann34193483
    on Oct 8, 2018

    Must I put n sealer on thie jars

    • Barbara Henning
      on Mar 16, 2019

      I always seal my with a spray matte finish sealer. Krylon makes one that I use often. Hope this helps.

  • Ronda Morgan
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Do you need to cure it in the oven?

  • Kma38790520
    on Jan 19, 2019

    I would look like to try this but want to know how to ensure tg ge p as int does not come off and how to wash the painted jar.

    Thank you!

    • Very easy project. Everybody has all of these items laying around the house.

      Nice Job.

      The Hollowtree Wood Craft Company

      Stanley and Gaylynn Silveria

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  • M. A. Hewitt
    on Feb 4, 2019

    I love trying new things. This is easy, and fun.

  • Kate
    on Apr 15, 2019

    I have clear glass covering a dining light I will definately paint. Thank you.

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