How to Paint Mason Jars

    by Heather Inks

    About the Author

    Heather Inks is a social entrepreneur who educates on improving communities and the world. She is an educator, writer, photographer, artist and model who has taught K6-12th grade and public educators. Inks is a life coach specializing in personal, career, educational, dating, health and fitness, and gifted children issues. She has been educated at fine universities including graduate work at Stetson University.


    Mason jars can be painted with a variety of paints, each suitable for creating different finishes. Acrylic paint, glass paint, puffy paint, spray paint and even children's stained glass paint can all be used. You can also combine paints to include more detail, for example, using spray paint for a solid background, acrylic paint to add a design and puffy paint for dimension. The most durable paint will be one that you heat in an oven or kiln to cure.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paints
    • Paint thinner
    • Paintbrushes
    • Sponges
    • Rags
    • Newspaper

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    Clean the mason jars with hot soapy water and let them dry thoroughly. The mason jars need to be free of any residue, which can interfere with paint application and adhesion.

    Paint the jars using the paintbrushes or sponges. Glass paint pens or flexible stamps can be used for application of paints, too. Mix a bit of thinner with the glass paints to create a lighter shade and a more transparent stained glass look.

    Let the paint dry and bake the jars in your oven following the manufacturer's directions. Let the painted mason jars cool completely before handling.

    Embellish the mason jars to accent your design with other craft supplies, such as glitter, sequins or puffy paint, if you wish.

    Spray or brush a coat of craft sealer over the surface of the mason jar. Use a sealer that is suitable for the type of paint or other embellishments you used.

    • Plan your design on paper before testing out your design elements and practice.
    • Always follow the glass paint directions for painting, ventilation and baking, curing, the paints.
    • Don't handle the mason jars immediately after removing them from the oven to prevent burns and damage to your painting.
    • Check to make sure older mason jars are not antique or collectible before painting them. See Resources for more information.