How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers

by Marla on September 26, 2012 · 33 comments

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How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

It is time to hit the ground running with everything Halloween! My kids have been desperately hunting for fall leaves as our temperatures soar here in Southern California. I have been non-stop whipping up fall themed recipes and all kinds of Halloween/Fall related crafts.

I adore all kinds of painted mason jars. They are an easy craft. A simple way to add color and style to your holiday table and home decor.

Let’s get all crafty & spooky!

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

What you will need for this craft project:

  • Mason Jars (clear glass, any size and shape is great) make sure they are clean and dry. 32 and 16 ounces are the perfect size. You could do tiny flower bouquet jars too ~ individual sized centerpieces.
  • Acrylic/Water Based Paints I get mine at Home Depot & Lowe’s. Purchase 7 ounce sample sizes, they are inexpensive (about $3.00 each) and you can get any colors you want custom mixed. Behr, Martha Stewart and Glidden are a few brands I use. The 7 ounce containers are great for painting your prop boards too!
  • Plastic Cups These cups are filled 1/2 way with water for your flowers. Choose cups according to the size of your jars. My 9 ounce plastic Solo cups sat perfectly in my 32 ounce mason jars. You cannot pour water directly into these painted jars, it will peel the paint.
  • Flowers Choose flower colors that go well with your decor and party theme.
  • Plastic Spider Rings and any other little holiday trinkets you can find. Have fun!
  • Cotton Spider Webbing To make things a little spooky you need some faux spider webs.
  • Pretty Ribbon Tie colorful, patterned ribbon around the neck of the jars to hide the plastic cup and rim.

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |
Step 1: Set up a covered & protective waterproof work surface. A wooden board with plastic over it is perfect.

These jars get a little messy so set up a work space that you can leave undisturbed overnight. Use an impermeable tarp or plastic on top of your work board and definitely on top of any table.

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Step 2: Fill your jar with 1/4 to 1/2 inch paint. 

For smaller 16 ounce or less volume jars you will need a little less paint. For the 32 ounce or larger you will need at least 1/2 inch.

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Step 3: Twirl & Swirl

Gently turn your jar upside down and let paint glide all around the container. Swirl and twirl the paint inside of the jar until it is completely and evenly coated.

Why the inside you ask? This paint peels off the container with the slightest scratch of a fingernail. With the paint on the inside this is much less likely to happen.

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Step 4: Turn jars upside down so paint runs out.

Let the paint flow from the jars. Have them sit for ten minutes and then move to another location on your work board. Do this drain and move two more times for ten minutes each. This moving around will last for 1/2 hour. More paint will come out then you think. That is good and OK. Let it happen.

You will get a pretty polka dot pattern like this…

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

Step 5: Let the jars dry overnight undisturbed right side up.

Simple. Do this.

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

Step 6: Carefully place a plastic cup inside each jar so it stays nested in the neck of the jar.

Using cups makes it easy to fill and change the water. Do not add the water directly inside the jar. The paint will quickly peel away. 9 ounce Solo cups fit perfect in my 32 ounce jars. Play around with jar and cup sizes. The cups act as little protective liners and water for your flowers. A vase inside a vase.

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

Step 7: Tie pretty ribbons around the necks of the mason jars.

This helps hide the rim with the cup poking out and any sloppy paint.

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

Step 8: Add flowers and decorate with webbing and spiders.

Yay! You did it. Have fun filling and decorating with your flowers, stickers & creepy crawlies!

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

Pretty and spooky can go together nicely right?

When you combine fresh flowers and creepy, crawly spiders and spider webs you end up with both!

How to: Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers |

What kinds of Halloween crafts and recipes are first on your list this year? If you have any fun links for me be sure to leave them in your comment.

I am always looking for more eye to add to my Boo! Halloween Pinterest board.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TidyMom September 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

oh what a BEAUTIFUL idea Marla!! I LOVE this!


2 Maria September 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

Love these Marla! Come craft with me:)


3 Marla September 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

That would be fun Maria!


4 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

this is so cute marla! and i love that it could be done for really any holiday – PINNED :)


5 Marla September 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Heather, these jars are so fun for any kind of holiday or event!


6 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

What a great idea–and so cute! I need to dig up my fall decorations . . . it’s about that time!


7 Bev @ Bev Cooks September 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

This is bod. oss.


8 Steph @ Three Loud Kids! September 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

Love how this turned out!!


9 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

Ive seen this type of stuff on Pinterest – bravo to you for actually DOING it! They look gorgeous and fun for Halloween!


10 Marla September 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Averie, I have bookmarked all of those fun crafts. It is tough to decide which ones to try, but this was a no brainer. Happy you like ’em.


11 Deliciously Organic September 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

I have dozens of mason jars in the pantry, so I’ll give this a try. Such a cute idea!


12 Marla September 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

Carrie, hopefully you and the girls can get crafty with these jars – a fun project to do with the kids!


13 Cathy @ Noble Pig September 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

Just shared on facebook, so darling!!


14 Marla September 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

Thanks so much Cathy – very appreciated. I hope your readers enjoy them :)


15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

These are gorgeous centerpieces, such a pretty idea for fall!


16 susan September 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

such a brilliant and fun idea, Marla!


17 Barbara | Creative Culinary September 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love that you kept them simple…sometimes holiday crafts mean over the top kitschy stuff I can’t stand; this is creative and beautiful in the simplicity.


18 Kristen September 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Such a fun and simple idea!


19 Kristina Vanni September 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I love the idea of painting the insides of the jars. So pretty!


20 Nancy@acommunaltable September 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Fabulous idea and perfect when you need a LOT of matching vases for a party!!!


21 Kiran @ September 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

What a beautiful DIY idea, Marla. I need to go get more ball jars!! This is so much fun!!


22 master chef September 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm

WOW, looks amazing :) Love your blog


23 Valentina September 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

brilliant! love it!


24 Carlas Confections September 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Just pinned bc I cant get over how cute they are! Love this Marla!!! :)


25 Marla September 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Carla! So glad you like them :)


26 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I love the idea of painting on the inside of the jar! Thanks for the inspiration. I can totally adopt for my wedding.


27 Teresa September 28, 2012 at 5:26 am

I love these jars. My youngest doesn’t like a scary Halloween (neither do I) so these will be a terrific project to do together and enjoy. Thanks for sharing!


28 Marla September 28, 2012 at 6:22 am

Have fun with these jars Teresa ~ we are also not fond of scary Halloween stuff. Pretty is always better in my book 😉


29 Gina September 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

So pretty- I love the red one!!!!!!!!!


30 TidyMom September 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks for linking up to my party Marla! I featured your post in my wrap up
Have a great rest of the weekend!


31 Esi September 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Such fun and simple decorations!


32 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles October 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

LOVE these! Vibrant, easy, & fun!


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