American Flag Painted Mason Jars

I painted Mason jars in red, white, and blue this morning and I discovered a trick while I was painting.

Red, white and blue painted mason jar

I was inspired by many Mason Jar projects including my very own Mason Jar Chandelier

I began by painting my mason jars with one coat of white chalky paint and then here is where the trick came in.

I painted the center of the jar with 2 coats and when it dried I cut a piece of card stock long enough to wrap around the jar and about 1 1/2" wide. 

Card stock strip across center of white painted mason jar

Using a pencil I traced a line above and below the card stock. 

I originally tried painters tape but I wasn't having much luck, the paint was coming off the jar under the paint. 

white painted mason jar

I painted the top stripe red and the bottom stripe blue using blue craft paint.

Three red white and blue striped mason jars

When the paint dried I distressed the jars using 220 grit sand paper.

Three stacked striped mason jars

These jars are beautiful and ready for the summer!

Fill them with flowers, silverware, napkins or whatever you want to look festive for the summer! 

Striped mason jar pin

If you haven't tried painting Mason jars yet, you should!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .