Distressed Mason Jars

I do not consider myself a decorator so now that I’m attempting to make our new home comfortable, I’m stumped. Small details in a house really make a house feel welcome. I love having fresh flowers around the house but I’m not good about replacing them when I should so I decided to go the fake flower route. At the local farmers market, I saw a woman that was selling distressed mason jars and I told Ian that I could make those – so, I made them!

Here’s what you will need:

  • New Mason Jars or Clean Used Ones
  • Spraypaint
  • Sandpaper – I used 60grit
  • Shears
  • Fake Flowers

Mason Jar ProjI used mason jars I already had so I made sure to clean and dry them really well


Mason Jar HolderWe got creative & used Ian’s broken fishing poles to be able to spray the jars

Tips for spray painting: Be far back (at least 6 inches) and spray in short bursts while you move around to cover the jar completely. My first jar had some streak lines because I was too close and continually spraying like a maniac. Take it slow here. It took us 3 coats to reach the color I wanted.

Cutting fake flowers

In between coats, I cut my fake flowers. I cut individual pieces of the flowers using the shears. This was not an easy task, it could be just because I’m weak, but give yourself plenty of time to cut these up.

Once your jars are completely dried, it’s time to distress! I used 60 grit and didn’t have much of a plan here which worked out great because you don’t want them to look too perfect, remember – they are distressed.

mason jars 60 rit

mason jars distress

I focused on sanding the “Kerr” on the front and the top part on each one and then I randomly sanded the rest of the jar. I recommend sanding in small portions at a time to make it look better, stay away from sanding in large streaks.

mason jars distressedAfter the sanding/ “distressing”

mason jars completely doneI am no florist but I organized my flowers in the jar the way I liked & this is how they came out!

mason jars completedI love how they look on our island. It’s nice to have some more color in our kitchen & it’s going to be easy to change out the flowers for each season.

Real talk, this is probably the third project in my life I have started & completed & it feels great! It only took me about 5 hours total & I’m a new project-doer so those that are better with projects everyone can most likely get it done way quicker.

What do y’all think? Where are my project people at? I’m ready for another one, so shoot me some suggestions!

Ashley Snippe