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DIY: Sparkle Mason Jars

Sarah Miller

It’s the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some sparkle to your life! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year, but we’re betting that six more weeks of winter won’t be bad when you’ve made these beauties! These quick and easy DIYs are a fun way to brighten up any room, or to give as a Valentine’s gift to your girlfriends.

You will need:

Clean Mason jar, any size (I used quart)
At least 8oz glitter (any color or combination of colors)
Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Paint brush
Container for pouring glitter (if mixing colors)
Painters tape
Wax Paper

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Step 1: Set up your workspace. Make sure you’re somewhere that you don’t mind getting a little glitter everywhere. You can also set up lots of newspaper to cover the floor or table. Put everything you’ll need within easy reach and lay out a piece of 18” wax paper on your surface. If you’re outside, try to stay out of the wind or set things on the corners to ensure it doesn’t blow away. If you’re mixing colors, now is the time to get the combination you want in a small bowl or container. For this project, I used about ½ clear glitter, ¼ gold glitter, and ¼ silver glitter. Stir the glitter to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Turn on your music and get ready to get started!

 

Step 2: Tape the jar. Depending on how much glitter you want on your jar, you can wrap the painters tape in a few different areas. On this one, I wanted most of the jar covered in glitter except for the very top. Use marking on the jar to help you keep the tape straight, but don’t worry if it isn’t perfect! Try changing it up with only decorating the bottom third, bottom half, or top half of the jar. Put together, the variation could make a pretty display.

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Step 3: Modge Podge. Using the foam brush, paint a fairly thick layer of Modge Podge on the jar. It should look mostly white but shouldn’t be running or dripping. Try not to drop any on the wax paper.

 

Step 4: Glitter time! Holding the inside of the jar in your nondominant hand at an angle, take your container of glitter and gently shake it out. Start from the top (where your hand is) and move to the bottom. When you feel like you’ve mostly covered one side, gently shake the jar until the unstuck glitter falls onto the wax paper. Repeat until the whole jar is covered. Set aside and let dry overnight. To clean up (and reuse!) the glitter, slowly pick up the wax paper until it’s folded down the middle, then tilt it to empty the glitter back into the container. Tap or flick the paper gently to  make sure all the glitter gets back in the jar.

 

Step 5: Check it out. Once it’s dry and all the Modge Podge is clear, check out you jar and see how you like the amount of glitter. I prefer to have more light in my jars that I use for candles, so I only do one coat. If you’re using them for vases or to hold pens or brushes, you might like a more opaque jar. If you feel like there’s not enough glitter happening, go ahead and repeat Steps 3 & 4 until it’s just how you like it.

 

Step 6: Final Coat! When dry, carefully remove the painters tape. There will be a lot of glitter that comes off every time you move the jar, but don’t worry, that’s okay! Once you have the tape off, take your regular paint brush and coat the glittered area iin another layer of Modge Podge. It’s okay to run over into the clear areas of the jar - it won’t show once it’s dry. Again, the whole jar should be mostly white but not running or dripping. Let dry again overnight. Once it’s dry, you’re done!