If, like me, you are a fan of Pinterest and craft then no doubt you will have seen painted mason jars everywhere! I have frosted some lovely jars that I had, I wanted a beach glass effect, and I love this candle holder that I bought from West Elm. It has an aged frosted effect almost like a lime wash. This was my inspiration.

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Here are my three coastal cloud jars.

coastal blue mason jar making for living

How to paint jars

To get the effect I used a watered down mix of mod podge and paint, for the turquoise jar in the middle I used a glass frosted effect paint. The glue gives the translucent frosted effect, but it needs to be really watery or you get streaks. They have a slight ombre touch to them which if you look closer is actually a cloud pattern effect.

blue mason jar making for living

I started by adding a small amount of paint to the watered down mod podge, painting the jar and leaving it to dry. The mix needs to be really watery, so it is advisable to put the jar on a wipeable surface to dry.

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Then, I added more paint to the mod podge and water mix, starting from the bottom, I painted a circular cloud effect edge halfway up the jar, and painted to the bottom of the jar and left to dry.

painting mason jars making for living

I repeated this process, adding more paint each time and doing the clouds progressively lower on the jar each time. It takes a while between the layers for the jars to dry.

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turquoise mason jar making for living

This jar has a speckled effect from the glass paint. For this jar I didn’t add the paint to a mod podge and water mix, I just used the glass paint (see below). I then added the cloud layers with just more paint.

I sprayed the jars that were painted with the paint, mod podge and water mix with a clear sealer to protect them from water drops. I also sprayed the lids of the jars with an antique gold spray paint.

 

coastal mason jars making for living

The paints I used are pictured below. The frosted gloss enamel glass paint needs to be baked in the oven after application. The other two were added to a mod podge and water mix.

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Coastal cloud painted mason jars

7 thoughts on “Coastal cloud painted mason jars

  • 5th July 2015 at 8:03 am
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    Hi Abi, where did you get the glass paint from? I have tried a similar technique on a glass decanter but found the effect wasn’t as frosted as I would like as the glue dries so clear. The frosted glass paint might be just the thing I need. Sara x

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    • 5th July 2015 at 8:43 am
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      Hi Sara, the frosted glass paint I got from Amazon or eBay. It does come out speckled though. I prefer the mod podge, water and paint effect myself. Although I would also like to try the martha Stewart frosted glass paint, also available on Amazon, I wonder if that effect would be good. Anyway would love to hear how it turns out for you.

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  • 23rd July 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    Hi Abi, just saw this post featured on Hometalk & knew I wanted to try it on some of my stash of jars! But I’m unclear on whether you painted the inside or the outside of the jars? Never tried anything like this so I want to make sure I do it right!

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    • 23rd July 2016 at 11:47 pm
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      Hi, Julie,
      Thanks for coming by via hometalk! I painted the outside of the jars so I could use them as vases with water inside.

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    • 26th July 2016 at 8:46 am
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      Great question Nanette, the mix was about 50/50 mod podge to water and to start with a few brush fulls of paint, adding a few more each time so that it was a bit of a tone darker.

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