Mason jars have come a long way from the canning days, and although still used for putting up jams, preserves and veggies, they have other wonderful uses. Since the glass is quite strong they can withstand heat and abuse, so they are the perfect vessel for crafts.
If you make and sell crafts, finding mason jars in garage sales, your basement, relatives houses, estate sales, rummage sales or reuse it centers can help with your bottom line, but you can also purchase them online in bulk instead of single purchases at craft stores.
Hopefully this video below will help you get started. Martha Stewart has a line of "multi-surface" paints that work well with this project, and you can find them online too. Check below the video.
Vases, Storage, Lamps and More!
These versatile jars can be used for so much around your home, which means if you make them look awesome chances are you can sell them at your next craft show. Make sure you always have extra bubble wrap or paper to wrap the purchases to avoid breakage. I know at my last craft show there were customers who were leery of purchasing breakables while checking out the show, but if you offer quality packaging for your customers with a easy to carry bag, a sale is more likely.
I have found online at Amazon to be a great place to get supplies. The above set includes the colors the artist in the video uses, so if you want to follow her lead you have the colors or you can create your own combination.
You can then go on to create other things with these jars, such as a mason jar bathroom organizer, or a lamp or even use as packaging for a Gift Jar or Spa Jar, there are so many ways to get creative with these jars, and there will always be a customer who loves the idea of this shabby chic look but doesn't want to actually do it.
If you find them in the reuse center or thrift stores make sure you run them through your dishwasher and that the threaded top is still in one piece. It all depends on the craft you are using them for as some crafts such as the lamps will require a lid to be able to be screwed on the top. If you are just using them for vases it doesn't matter if the top ridges are a bit worn out from years of use, it will actually add to it.
Add a Sealer
Although in the video she doesn't say you need a sealer at the end she does suggest it. I personally would take the time for this extra step especially if you will be carting this around, you want it to be good and stuck to the glass. But use a satin spray so as not to add any shine. Some people also use wax, but then you need to buff it after, I find the spray works well.
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