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Make DIY lace mason jars in less than an hour! This project is perfect for fall decorating and goes with a variety of themes.

Skills Required: Intermediate Beginner. You’ll need to be able to spray paint or paint glass without runs. This typically requires a little bit of prior crafting experience. It’s still a relatively easy project even with the painting.

Hello Mod Podge Rocks readers! Justine from Sew Country Chick here again with a quick and fun way to spruce up some old mason jars for fall.

My husband has always been sort of funny about saving our glass jars. With the mason jar craze happening, it certainly is handy having my husband’s hoard collection hanging around to experiment with. Because you just never know when you might need an empty jar!

These lace mason jars are perfect for fall decorating, and would also be fun for an elegant vintage addition to your Halloween decor.

They also took less than an hour to make. The longest part of the project involved letting the spray paint dry. Which takes forever when you are staring at it, don’t you think?

Before we get into the lace mason jars, I wanted to give you a few tips based on questions I’ve gotten about this craft. These are some common topics that readers are wondering about, so hopefully these help you as you decorate your mason jars.

Preparing Glass Jars for Crafting

The first thing you need to do is make sure all of the adhesive labels are removed from your jars – you’ll do that with a sticker remover. Click here to get our article with all-natural ways to remove the adhesive.

After the adhesive is removed, make sure the jar is clean and dry. You can wash away fingerprints and other oils with a mild soap and warm water. Some people use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls as well.

How to Paint Mason Jars

In this project I used spray paint, but you can also use acrylic paint to coat your jars. Spray paint will be more expensive than a bottle of acrylic paint. If you choose acrylic paint, make sure to get the multisurface, enamel, or something that is rated for glass.

Spray Paint vs. Acrylic Paint

So which one would I use – spray paint or acrylic paint? Well, personally I’m going to use acrylic paint if I’m painting the insides of jars. Painting the insides of the jars is fine if you’re going to use faux florals for decor, because you won’t put any water in the jar.

Not only that, but I think painting behind glass looks much nicer. It’s harder to see imperfections and gives the paint a nice glassy sheen on top. Having said this . . . if I want to put water in my mason jars, I’ll be spray painting the outsides. It’s just quicker, and I’m lazy.

Using acrylic paint is more time consuming, and only worth it if I’m painting the inside of a jar. Plus let’s be honest, it’s hard to spray paint the inside of a jar and get all the cracks and crevices!

Which Mod Podge Should I Use?

You can use any type of Mod Podge, though I’d choose from Gloss, Matte, or Satin based on the type of finish you like. With glass I typically use Gloss Mod Podge, just because glass is shiny, and the formula is too. But, matte glass looks great as well. You can decide!

Are you ready to learn how to make this project? Let’s get started.

DIY Lace Mason Jars

To make this project I used:

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Black spray paint
  • Mason jars or recycled jars – 2
  • Lace trim from the hobby store -I have loads of lace trim I’ve accumulated from garage sales, but this lace was from Michaels

I spray painted my jars and let them dry. then I cut strips of lace to fit around the jars and glued them down with Mod Podge, using a paintbrush to apply the Mod Podge, and finished with a top coat to seal it. Simple!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! If you liked these lace mason jars, check out this spring craft idea below. We used a different type of lace and didn’t paint the jars. Get that tutorial by clicking the image:

FILED UNDER | Budget Crafts, Mod Podge CraftsTAGGED | Mod Podge Matte, Sew Country Chick

Who doesn’t love a good mason jar craft? It’s amazing how you can take a simple glass jar and turn it into a piece of art. If you’ve seen some of my other posts, you may already now that I’m kind of in love with decorating mason jars. Here are some of my favorite mason jar projects to check out: rainbow fruit mason jars, animal mason jars and my doodle mason jars. I think that my latest mason jar craft might be my new favorite because it combines my love of mason jars, rainbows and glitter all into one gorgeous glitter mason jars craft!

Glitter Mason Jars Supplies (affiliate links provided for convenience):

  • Mason Jars – I use these 16oz mason jars because there’s a logo only on one side which leaves the other sides blank and perfect for decorating. I also love that the lid is two pieces in case you want to leave it on and remove the middle. No cutting required!
  • White Primer – This is my favorite primer because it’s a flat primer and paint in one.
  • Glitter – I used extra fine glitter.
  • Glue – I used E6000 glue because I like the thickness and it doesn’t drip too much. Glitter also adheres really well to this glue.
  • Sealant (optional)

Glitter Mason Jars Directions:

Step 1: Place mason jars mouth down on top of a piece of cardboard and spray evenly with a the flat white primer. Step 2: Add glue for the first section of glitter.Step 3: With a scratch piece of paper underneath, pour glitter over the glue section. Pour off the excess glitter onto the paper and then fold the paper and pour the glitter back into the container. Keep your jar flat on the paper instead of standing it upright. If you stand it up before the glue is dry the glue and glitter will run down the jar.

TIP: Don’t worry if there are some loose specks of glitter on the jar. Once you are done with all the colors and the glue is dry, you can use a soft paintbrush and work your way around the jar to brush off any excess glitter. Step 4: Repeat step 3 with your next two colors. If you want to continue a rainbow around the entire jar, I suggest waiting until your first 3 colors are dry. I say 3 colors because that’s the amount that can fit on each side of the jar. If you keep adding more colors before the first are dry, the glue will start to run sideways as you turn the jar. If your jars are only going to be facing forward, I wouldn’t worry about putting glitter around the entire jar. Just pick different colors for each jar to create a rainbow.

Step 5 (optional): I skipped sealing my final glitter mason jars because I didn’t feel like they were shedding much glitter. However, if you want to add an extra layer of protection for the glitter you can an a thin layer sealant by mixing glossy Mod Podge with a little bit of water to thin it out. Add it directly on top of the glitter using a soft paint brush. Another option is to spray a thin layer of spray sealant like this glossy Rust-Oleum sealant.

It’s so hard to show you just how shiny and pretty these glitter mason jars are in person, but trust me on this…they look SO pretty and would be an awesome addition to a desk, art room or classroom. Not only can you use them to hold art supplies, but you could also use them to hold flowers or even as a container for your paint water when your crafting.

Don’t forget to check out these other mason jar crafts:

For more colorful inspiration, head over to my Instagram page or Facebook page And be sure to come share with me pictures of your finished mason jars. I love sharing projects that were inspired by my tutorials with my followers.

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Do you love mason jar crafts? I’m obsessed with the countless ways to decorate jars; here are some Mod Podge mason jars I think you’ll love.

Are you wanting to decoupage mason jars? Of course you are – they are all the rage right now! There are so many things I love about mason jars, and one of the biggest is that they are really easy to craft with. I’m talking about instant gratification. I’ve done a few Mod Podge mason jars and loved the results.

Mason Jar Crafts

A lot of people are intimidated by working with glass of any sort, but there’s no reason to be. It’s basically the same as working with other craft surfaces, you just have to be more careful since the likelihood of breaking is obviously increased.

Mason jar crafts are perfect for decor and gifts – those are my two favorite uses. Making decor with mason jars is pretty awesome, especially when you can dig jars out of the recycling bin (hello, free!).

I also love giving gifts in mason jars because the packaging is also the gift. Me likey giving and receiving mason jar gifts.

Preparing Mason Jars for Crafts

Before you get started, remove labels from the jars using one of our DIY sticker remover methods.

Mason jars tend to get greasy fingerprints on the outside from so much handling, so I always recommend washing them with a mild soap and water and letting dry. You can also use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean the glass if you need.

You can paint mason jars before decoupaging over the top. If you use any sort of paint, it should be either a spray paint (like a primer) or an acrylic paint.

Mod Podge is an acrylic product so it works with acrylic paint just fine. You can also use chalk paint or milk paint. You’ll see some painted mason jars in the projects below.

Mod Podge Mason Jars – Which Formula?

You can use just about any Mod Podge formula with mason jars. Glass is shiny by nature, so Gloss is the most commonly used on mason jars for most people. However, you can always use the Matte or Satin formulas if you are looking for a bit of a different finish.

Using Tea Lights

You can absolutely use tea lights with Mod Podge mason jars – real or battery powered. Just keep in mind that the Mod Podge should be on the outside of the jar if you are planning on using real tea lights.

The glass will act as a barrier and, while the jar might get a little hot, it’ll be fine and nothing will melt (PS – Mod Podge is non-flammable, but it can melt when exposed to direct flame or heat).

Special Techniques

Remember that both the tops and bottoms of mason jars are curved. If you are going to Mod Podge mason jars completely from top to bottom, you’re going to need to place darts in the paper or fabric (similar to a sewing pattern). To adds darts means to cut a triangle in the paper or fabric and then fold over. You can see in the image above.

Do you want to color mason jars with Mod Podge? Get our colored mason jars technique here on the blog. It’s a fun one.

Besides the above, there’s not much else you need to do besides experiment and have fun! Putting Mod Podge on a jar is simple, and there are a lot of options. In fact, here are 18 unique ways to decoupage mason jars. Which one inspires you the most?

Decoupage Mason Jars

1. Epsom Salt

Ginger used epsom salt and stenciling to give a festive holiday feel to her mason jar luminaries. What I love about this project is that it’s great for beginners; no previous crafting experience needed!

2. Fall Gift Jars

I used fabric squares to decoupage these jars, then add some fun embellishments with Mod Melts.

3. Sheet Music

Use strips of sheet music or book pages to decorate the outside of a mason jar – perfect to make a pretty vase for a party centerpiece or wedding.

4. Fall Leaf Luminaries

Use real leaves and Mod Podge to decorate lanterns – which cast a pretty glow when lit up.

5. Patchwork Paper

Ashley attached the scraps of paper using a sewing machine, then decoupaged directly to the jar. This paper piecing method is so unique and I love it for Mod Podge mason jars.

6. Mason Jar Succulents

Use chalk paint and Mod Podge to create these gorgeous DIY mason jar succulent pots for spring. Perfect for a kitchen windowsill or a seasonal mantel!

7. Glowing Maps

What places are special to you? Add maps to the inside of a mason jar for a unique look (plus only use a battery powered tealight for this project).

8. Painted and Glittered

This project is so versatile – paint the jars any way you like, then add glitter to the base with Mod Podge. The bolder, the better!

9. Etched Lace

Use etching medium, Mod Podge, and lace to make this pretty display of decoupaged mason jars.

10. Beach Glass

Use glass paint to create these mason jar lanterns with a faux beach glass theme. These look gorgeous with tea lights inside!

11. DIY Mason Jar Night Light

This DIY mason jar night light can be made on a budget – and your kids can help. The glitter is so sparkly and fun for night time!

12. Fabric Scraps

If you have boring jars and some leftover fabric, you can decoupage jars just like Amanda did.

13. Pink Vintage

Linda dyed her jars with Mod Podge and food coloring, and also aged the lids with a few ingredients.

14. American Flag DIY Lanterns

These American flag DIY lanterns are perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day! This project is super simple and inexpensive. Make these mason jar lanterns in just a few minutes.

15. Photo Mason Jar

Add a photo to the outside of a colorful mason jar for an alternative to a frame – then add stencils or Mod Melts to the top for embellishments.

16. Denim Look

Use Rit Dye with Mod Podge to give a denim look to mason jars.

17. Tissue Paper Luminaries

Make this pretty jar with tissue paper and the pattern of your choice. I absolutely love the shapes that were chosen for these decoupage mason jars.

18. Solar Light

Combine Mod Podge and food coloring to dye the jars – then add solar lights on top. What a perfect garden decoration, or for a walkway leading up to a house.

19. Mason Jar Christmas Gift

This DIY Mason jar makes the perfect gift for coworkers, friends and family – and anyone can do it, even if you don’t have previous crafting experience.

20. Chinese New Year

Turn regular mason jars into a fun Chinese New Year craft with tissue paper, paint, and Mod Podge. These are perfect for a themed party!

Want to see our tips for crafting with mason jars in video format? Here they are:

Have you tried any of these decoupage mason jars? I’d love to hear in the projects – especially if you’ve done something new that I’ve never seen!

FILED UNDER | Budget Crafts, Dollar Store Crafts, Mod Podge CraftsTAGGED | DIY gift ideas, handmade gift ideas

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I got the inspiration to make these mason jar aquariums from Delia Creates. She made these adorable baby jar aquarium snow globes as a party favor.

At a recent playdate activity with my daughter’s preschool friends. We decided to make real-looking aquariumsby adding plants, rocks, and sea figurines to a mason jar of blue water.

Everyone enjoyed this super fun and easy craft, and it was great to send kids home from a playdate with a treasure they created themselves.

This mason jar aquarium is a fun pretend play toy to make for kids! They will love taking care of their fish without the fuss!

Mason Jar Aquariums – Materials:

1. Mason jars

2. Blue food coloring

3. Filtered water (tap water tends to give a cloudier look, but is totally fine to use)

4. Aquarium plastic figurines or toy fish

5. Aquarium rocks and plastic plants (you can buy these at any fish or pet stores)

6. Blue and white glitter (optional)

7. Glycerin (optional – this makes the glitter move more slowly when you shake the jar)

How to make a Mason Jar Aquarium – Instructions: 

Because we made these mini aquariums in mason jars, we didn’t bother sealing the lids (though you could do that with sealing or hot glue). We kept the jars upright to make sure they wouldn’t leak.

The finished aquariums look very pretty and realistic, and the kids were thrilled at the way the glitter and rocks could be swirled around inside the jars.

They look just as cute inside the home too 🙂

Have you ever made a snow globe before? Please share your tips!

Prep Time10 minutes

Total Time10 minutes


Step 1. Add rocks, plants to your mason jar.

Step 2. Fill with water and add some plastic sea creatures.

Step 3. Add some blue food coloring until you are satisfied with the color.

Step 4. Add glitter if using.

Step 5. Add a few drops of glycerin more if you want the water to flow mores slowly and look more viscous.

Step 6. Screw lid shut (at this point you can also glue the lid with some hot glue if you'd like).

Gently swirl to see your sea creatures swim!

Check out more Under The Sea Crafts: 

Under the Sea Aquarium Craft 

Watercolor Seahorse Art

Swimming Mermaid Craft 

Origami Sea Life Craft 


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I'm with BrownRedHawk in that 2 part epoxy would be good for this job in a general sense.

It bonds really well to all sorts of materials however there are a number of prerequisites that would hinder good adhesion. You want maximum surface area contact. So the items will need to be cleaned of debris and loose components (like smaller rock fragments or shell shards).

Rocks are going to be contoured and shells have a variety of shapes. Not only that but 2 part epoxy (and many other glues known for strength) need time to cure or set in order to get a sustaining bond. Pressure is required and clamps or weight perform that duty.

So make sure everything is clean and you have a way to put pressure on the glue joint so that it does not move while it is setting. I cannot offer specific advice beyond that since rocks and shells, like I said before, are full of variety.

If you wanted something to go on I would build up walls of books, or other items of similar height, beside the object you're gluing so you would not have to try and balance weight on top.

I always found hot glue, like the ones found in less specialized craft stores, to be temporary when crafting so I usually reserve it to kids crafts. That is my opinion however and I am sure there are varying degrees of quality when it comes to hot glues.

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