Hello, again! It’s Katie from View From The Fridge, and I’m so excited to be here today to share a fun, festive, and …. best of all … super SIMPLE project … Summer Mason Jar Vases!
With Memorial Day behind us, and the month of June upon us, it’s officially SUMMER in my book! I know, I know … it doesn’t technically start until the 21st of this month, but who pays attention to that date?!? It’s here, and I’m embracing it fully!!
I really wanted something summer-y to add to my decor, but I also needed something that was relatively quick and simple as we just added a third baby boy to our family last week (I like to show him off, too … so check out a couple pics and stats here).
Here’s what I came up with …
I’ve been dying to try out chalk paint (can you believe I’ve never actually made anything myself with it?!?), and when Michael’s started carrying it, I just couldn’t resist any longer! I picked up some Americana Chalk Paint in Turquoise (Treasure is the exact name), another jar of clear wax to apply over the paint, and three clear quart size mason jars (all from Michael’s) and got started!
I first painted the mason jars with two coats of the turquoise chalk paint and let dry completely:
Once dry, I ‘distressed’ the jars slightly to give them that ‘vintage’ feel (and to help the words and labels on the jars show through a bit more). Using sandpaper, I gently sanded all around the surface of the jars. I used a little more elbow grease in some areas to get more of the paint off.
After I was happy with the look, I wiped off the dust with a damp cloth and then applied two coats of the clear finishing wax.
To amp up these vases a bit, and add a little 4th of July / Summer flair to these jars, I decided they needed …. something more.
Fabric Flowers and ‘rope’ lined rims proved to be just the right somethings I was looking for!
Using some rope-looking trim I found at JoAnn in the ribbon aisle, I simply hot glued one end of the rope to the rim of the jars, wrapped the rope around several times (5-6) and then hot glued the other end in place. Super easy!
For the fabric flowers, I raided my scrap bin and found some scrap fabric I could cut strips out of to make these flowers. These were also super simple … and here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Supplies (for three flowers):
- Three strips of fabric approximately 40″ long by 3″ wide.
- Hot glue gun
- Three felt squares approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″
You’ll notice my fabric strips above are white. At first I thought that I wanted to do white flowers, and then changed my mind and decided to go with red and white fabric strips (however, I didn’t snap a pic of these).
And here’s the flower-making process:
- If using a patterned fabric, fold the strip in half so both ‘right sides’ are facing out (your flower with be brighter this way)
- Twist the strip as shown
- Place hot glue in the center of your felt strip and stick one end of twisted fabric to the center of the square.
- Wrap the twisted fabric strip around the center, gluing in place to the felt every so often.
- Wrap the fabric until the square is covered, then cut fabric strip and glue end in place.
- Trim felt corners so they’re not visible.
Once my fabric flowers were complete, I simply glued them onto the jars (a little off center so you could see the Mason Jar writing).
I added flowers, however not the exact kind I wanted. These flowers pictured are some faux spider mums I purchased earlier this spring for fun. I really wanted to add some beautiful, big, full white hydrangeas to these vases, but my three boys decided that going to pick some up at the store was just NOT going to happen that day! If you can … picture with me some beautiful white hydrangeas in these vases. Aren’t they even more lovely?!?
Thanks for having me here today to share the fun and easy Summer project! I’d love for you to stop over and say hello if you get the chance (and just maybe check out all the Baby Ben updates along with some great guest posts I have lined up this Summer!).
And … just because I can’t resist … I’ll leave you with a picture of our newest addition, Benjamin Matthew: