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DIY Painted Mason Jar Centerpiece

You may use mason jars for storing and sipping, but we've taken the magic of mason jars and used them to create beautiful DIY painted mason jar centerpieces for any occasion.

Rainbow-themed parties are very trendy right now and a lot of fun to plan, and these Mason jar centerpieces—which are incredibly easy to make—will add a splash of color to your gathering.

All you have to do is simply swirl different colors of acrylic paint inside of each separate jar, and you’ll transform ordinary old containers into fun, multicolored vases, just like you see here.

A word of warning: The paint will chip away if you add water, so stick to faux flowers for this project, or consider an alternative arrangement. For instance, if you fill your jars with floral foam (and cover the foam with colored tissue paper), you can stick cake pops inside to form an interesting edible bouquet. You could also use strawberries on lollipop sticks, for a healthier version!

  • 6 pint-sized Mason jars
  • 6 2-oz acrylic paints (in rainbow colors)
  • Sponge brush
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic trash bag
  • Faux rainbow flowers (you’ll need about 7 flower stems per jar)
  • Wire cutters

Step 1: Pour 1/2 2oz bottle of acrylic paint into a mason jar and swirl around until the jar is completely covered in paint. You may have to use a sponge brush to fully cover the inside of the jar.

Step 2: Place the jar upside down on top of a stack of newspaper. You may also want to place a plastic trash bag underneath the newspaper to protect your work area from paint.

Step 3: Move the jar every 10 minutes to a new spot on the newspaper for the next 30-60 minutes, until all the excess paint has dripped out of it. Flip the jar right side up and dry overnight.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 with all 6 acrylic paint colors.

Step 5: Add 7 faux rainbow flower stems to each jar. You may have to use wire cutters to trim the stems to a standard size in order to fit inside the jar.

As you can see, the possibilities with mason jars are endless! But don't take our word for it, see for yourself with ideas like mason jar cocktails, 13 non-edible gift ideas in mason jars, mason jar luminaries, and edible mason jar party favor

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