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DIY Chalkboard Mason jars

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Mother’s day may have come and gone, but celebrating friends and the women around us can happen any day!

  I truly appreciate the women around me, and credit them to exemplifying attributes of the woman I am working on becoming.  Our social network helps us grow, build self esteem, and learn as we navigate marriage, kids, jobs, and the ever mounting stresses of life.

I have a super thoughtful friend that set up a mommy friend gift exchange.  It’s just for fun, a little gathering to remind us we are all in it together and celebrate it with little fun goodies.  

I decided to make a little something for these sweet ladies.  I am mildly obsessed with chalkboard paint, and I don’t think I’m alone!  Don’t get me started on mason jars, oh how I lovey love them.  So when I saw CHALKBOARD MASON JARS at a farmer’s market a couple weeks ago I thought I would give it a go!


What you’ll need:

Mason jar

paint brush

acrylic paint

unsanded powder tile grout

sandpaper (or nail file, wire brush)

spray enamel or polyurethane



Step 1:

Make your chalkboard paint.  It’s about a 1:8 ratio of unsanded tile grout to paint.  You can add it into latex paint as well, but for glass I opted for acrylic.  As you can see this is an exact science….  I just add paint and sprinkle it with my tile grout until it’s the consistency I want.



Step 2:
Paint the jar in long up and down strokes, top to bottom.  Go around the jar twice to give it a good coat.


Step 3:

Once it’s had some time to dry (over night would be good, I waited about 2 hours) take your sandpaper and fold it up so it’s thin enough to make small roughed up marks.  I lightly sanded the words and around the round edges.  If you’re short on sandpaper, a nail file, steel wool, even a wire brush will do.


Step 4:

Spray it with your enamel or Polyurethane.  Enamel is thinner, less shiny, and a bit less durable than polyurethane, but for small projects I like using it.  This step is actually pretty important.  If you don’t seal it the paint will start to peel off once it gets wet.  If you’re using your jar as a flower vase, you’ll want to be sure it’s sealed.  If it’s a pencil holder it might hold up pretty well since it has the unsanded grout in it.


Step 5:

Add a little something to it!  I added baby’s breath for a simple flower arrangement, and chalked “sweet nothings” on it.


Step 6:

Deliver to people you love (or keep them in a fun arrangement for yourself).