Blue Mason Jar Tutorial

I have antique blue mason jar envy. I LOVE THEM! Check out these pretty little things:

The thing I don’t love about them is the price, it can get obscene. Especially if you want a bunch of them. I figured that I could make my own with some glass paint. So I went to my local thrift store, asked for some help and made my own.

You’ll need:
Mason jar
Sponge or brush (I prefer the sponge, less streaks)
Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint -turquoise
Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint thinner

Step 1:
You’ll want to thin out the turquoise paint to get the same appearance as real blue glass. I used one toothpick dipped in turquoise per tablespoon of paint thinner. It looked like this:

Step 2: Dip your brush or sponge into the paint mixture and quickly apply the paint evenly around the entire surface, but not the inside.
I put my hand into the jar and worked around. It was tricky trying to get it off my hand without smearing the paint. I’m totally open to suggestions for this step.

Step 3: Let it dry upside down. Wait an hour if you want to do another coat or else you’ll get ugly drag marks that won’t come off.

I made four of these babies with the empty jars that just sit on my shelf. You can’t even tell they are “knock offs”. Love it!

Check out my little helper trying to sweep up the courtyard while I was taking pictures this morning. What a cutie pie.

I heart all the amazing things you can do with Photoshop. Check out my vintage versions of the mason jars. *LOVE*


  1. 1
    Vickie @ Ranger 911 says:

    What a great idea! I spent one summer buying up every available blue jar for our youngest daughter's wedding. We gathered 3 different sizes for each table and filled them with sunflowers. I paid anything from $5 for a crateful to $7 apiece for those jars.

    I really want to paint some big glass jugs with the blue and add the jute twine knotted cover, and painting some inexpensive clear jugs is the perfect solution. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Anonymous says:

    I put one coat on with a foam brush. It seems to have streaking. Will a second coat help or any ideas to avoid this?

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I used a kitchen sponge and applied 2 very thin coats. You'll have to let the first coat dry for at least an hour. Maybe your could try using a sponge instead of the foam brush? Good luck!

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    Anonymous says:

    ok I will try that . Thanks for the quick response! One more question (sorry) do you use their paint thinner or water or what? Thanks
    Sue in FL

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I'd recommend using the same brand's paint thinner. That's what I used and it turned out really well.

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    Anonymous says:

    ok. Thanks again.

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    Anonymous says:

    I have runs around where the writing/design is. Any suggestions? Trying to touch them up leaves significant streak, however I haven't baked them yet.

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Hmmm…. maybe you're using too much paint? I used about and 1/8 cup for 4 mason jars without runs.

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    Anonymous says:

    Could be. I was trying to get it done in a few brush strokes as possible to avoid the streaking, but maybe I had the brush too wet in the process. I have plenty of time to master the technique, so we'll see how #1 goes. Thanks for the quick response!

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    I bought everything to make this but I cannot seem (after half a dozen attempts) to get the paint on evenly without streaks. I have tried the paintbrush and the paintbrush sponges. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I used an actual kitchen sponge, this one to be exact
    I did two very, very light coats and used very little of the paint mixture. The first coat was a little streaked, but the second coat evened it out. I hope using this sponge helps. Good luck!

  12. 12

    Thanks!! How much paint does it take to cover one jar?

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I would say less than a tablespoon for sure

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