…don’t you just love them?
I had a few people ask me about the Ball jars they saw in my Fall Home Tour last week, so I decided I would give a quick tutorial on how you can make them for your home too.
When it came to decorating for Fall this year, I was all about making it easy, and cheap.
I also wanted colors that were more muted and not your typical Fall colors like bright orange, yellow and dark brown. So, I knew that would mean I would have to make a lot of my own decorations.
When it came to thinking up a centerpiece for my kitchen table, I was kind of stumped. I knew I wanted some Fall colored hydrangeas, but I had no clue what I would use to hold them. Then, I remembered seeing painted Ball Jars on Pinterest and decided to give it a try!
Here’s what I did:
Ball Jars (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby and used the 40% off coupon!)
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Sand Paper (100 grit)
Step Two: Take the lid off of the jar.
Next, choose which paint colors you like. I chose to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Arles, Barcelona Orange, and Coco.
In order to keep paint from getting all over my hands, I practically stuff as much of my hand into the jar as possible. (Be careful… I almost got stuck a few times!) This way, I can hold the jar without my hands being in the way!
I used three coats of paint on each jar.
Step Three: Once the jars have had time to dry, sand where you want the letters or design on the jar to show through. I used 100 grit sandpaper for this. I originally started out with a 220 grit, but that seemed to take longer and the 100 grit worked fast and did the trick!
Step Four: Apply a clear wax over the jar. At this point, if you had any small scuff marks from your sanding, they will disappear as you apply the wax.
Step Five: Decorate your Ball jars by adding jute string or burlap ribbon.
Step Six: Start decorating! I used the jars to hold candles….
..and I added flowers to some as well. I even got creative with a few and decorated the jar with some jute ribbon I had stashed away.
But, my favorite Ball jars were the ones I set out on my kitchen table to hold my Fall colored hydrangeas.
Well, there you have it! I’m pretty sure anyone can tackle this project!
Have you jumped on the Ball jar bandwagon? If so, what is your favorite way to use Ball jars?
PS- After you are done decorating with all your Ball jars, you will have lots of lids left over. Here is what I did with mine… Ball Jar Lid Fall Mini Wreath.