Thursday, August 8, 2013

dorm room diy : painted mason jars

with move in day approaching in well about two weeks, i have been on pintrest looking for some amazing diy's to display in my room! these jars are perfect for your makeup brushes, your pencils, markers, supplies and even perfect for a (fake) flower holder! i will be putting up a bunch of different ideas in the next up coming week feel free to put in a request or ask any questions!
1. a clear mason jar (could be an aladdin jar, a kerr jar or a ball jar)
2. acrylic paints (mine are martha stewart, but any paints work)
3. mod podge (optional)
4. glitter (optional)

chose your paint colors. then get out your jar and take off the top, you will have to unscrew the top and then remove the lid with your hands because it will stick to the edges of the jar. 
after removing the lid, pour a good amount of the paint into the jar. i like this method better than painting it because to me it is less messier and it is honestly easier. what i did after putting a full coat on the bottom, i turned the jar upside-down.
after putting it upside-down, i noticed that some of the sides were not getting enough paint, so i put some more in and swirled it around to see if it would help, it did. but it did clump so i just set it upside down to dry and it is still drying lol.
next, grab your mod podge and get ready to repeat what you did from jar number one.
after pouring in the mod lodge i painted it around with a paint brush to make it go a little faster and to make the coating of the glue more even.
after i let it settle for a minute i took out my glitter and went crazy with it lol! lets just say i poured too much in. but what i did was i poured in (a lot) some and then put the lid back on and shook it around. there were some areas that needed more glitter so i put some more in and now it is still drying on my counter.
 this is what the inside looks like, and that is what it is starting to look like on the outside! 
for my last color, instead of doing the lime green, i used a satin dark blue! i loved this color and thought it would come out nice. it came out okay, but it looks more of a steel blue then a true deep dark blue. but i did end up liking the outcome of all of them!
my colors for the jars were inspired by my throw pillows for my bed in my dorm room this year!

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