Summer Pinterest Challenge with Some Very Creative Bloggers

Anyone that is on Pinterest knows that we pin and pin and pin and most of the time we don’t do any of the projects that we “wanted to do” when we pinned it…probably months ago.  So these lovely ladies have been putting together “Pinterest Challenges” for all of us.  Well I finally was able to join in on one of these challenges.
This was my inspiration.


I have a bunch of these mason jars at home.  I found some at a Thrift Store last summer and then I bought a few more from Michael’s because I wanted 6 of them.  So this project has been waiting around for almost a year now.  I’m glad I finally got it done.  Thanks to the Pinterest Challenge Girls!!!  πŸ˜‰

Materials you will need:
  • Mason Jars of your choice or any jars that you might want to use
  • Acrylic paint for glass
  • Water or paint thinner {if you buy the thinner, buy the same brand that you bought the paint in}
  • Paint brush or rag
  • Waxpaper

So first I had to find a paint color that I loved.  I went to Michael’s and bought FolkArt “Aqua” acrylic paint for glass & ceramics.
How to:
  • Put very small amount of the paint into a container so you can mix in the water or the thinner.  I used water and not thinner.  Not sure if that makes a difference or not.
  • Mix well and test on a test glass container first to make sure you like how the paint looks.  Find the look that you want.
  • Then when you find the right amount, take the containers you want to paint and in single strokes with your paint brush or rag apply your paint color in smooth even strokes.
  • Place upside down on wax paper
  • Let dry for 24 hours
  • Bake in oven at 325F for 40 minutes to set the paint
  • Let cool and decorate as you wish!!!
The right transparency of this color was the extremely hard part for me.  So my tip for this project is definitely have a test glass jar that you want to “test” out your color on.
On the left is my first attempt with the transparency of the color.  Yeah, it wasn’t good at all.  The jar on the right was my second attempt.  Dear lord, help me through this, because this project really tested my patience to say the least.  There might have been some screaming and yelling and maybe some cursing.  Then I took a deep breath and continued to add water to the paint.  Then I washed off the paint and started over again.  A little soap and water and the paint came right off.

Here is what they looked like when I was done with all 6 of them.  I really don’t think these came out that good and I don’t think baking them is going to help any at all, but we will see what happens after they are baked.

OK the baking is done now!!!

I GOOFED this project up big time.  So now I’m here to show you how I think I goofed up this project and what you should NOT do to get this project done.  I have to buy new paint and new mason jars.  I will take these old ones that are messed up and paint them a solid color instead.  Not what I wanted, but I don’t want to just throw these out and since I already baked them in the oven, I can’t get the paint off now.  BOO!!!  :(

So the pictures you see above, well that is what they still look like after they came out of the oven.  I know it’s sad, but I was stupid and I guess I just goofed.  Maybe I shouldn’t have used the water to thin out the paint, but I didn’t think it was wrong.  It is a water based paint, so I thought that would work.  Maybe I didn’t water it down enough, I really don’t know.  Anyone know where I went wrong?  I would love to know actually.  But seriously, I wanted to share my goof with you guys still.  I still tried to do something that I had pinned on Pinterest awhile ago and that I’m proud of.  Just not proud of the way they turned out.  Actually I’m really mad with the way they turned out, but what can you do.  We should all share our failed attempts so we can learn from them.

So here is what you will really need to get this project done:
  • Mason jars or any jars of your choice
  • Glass paint {I will use Vitrea 160 Lacquer Blue and the Vitrea 160 dilutant-thinner}.  Vitrea 160 is a transparent paint for glass. Don’t get Vitrea 150, that is NOT transparent.  That is where I went wrong I believe with the paint I bought, even though it is meant for glass.
  • Paint brush, rag or sponge to apply your paint.  I’m going to use lint free stain pads like Jenn from Clean & Scentsible did, since hers came out so nice.
So there you have it, my failed attempt at my “pinned” Pinterest project.

You can also check out other “Pinned” Mason Jar Ideas I have on my Pinterest board.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day!!!  :)


    • says

      Hi Angela, thanks for stopping by. Thank you for the words of encouragement. I will paint these bad attempted jars the same color, just solid and then I already bought my new paint for the translucent version that I will hope make soon. Hope you will stop back to see that attempt. πŸ˜‰

  1. says

    See…this is reality crafting!
    I find I have to be so resourceful in correcting all of my mistakes…painting, etc.
    I love the color you used. They will work beautifully with the glass paint I am sure!
    Thanks for sharing. I've been wanting to try this project too.

    • says

      Deb, thanks for stopping by! :) It really is one of those things in life that is a hit or miss. I'm not a painter my any means, but I will get this project right one way or another. πŸ˜‰ I love the Turquoise color I used too, so it is worth me painting these ugly's a solid color and making them pretty again. If you try this project, let me know how they turn out. πŸ˜‰

  2. says

    How frustrating! I think painting the insides with a solid color will look very nice too! Maybe you'll like it even better, huh? Good luck.

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by Amanda!!! :) Maybe painting the inside would work. I'll keep that in mind while I try to figure out the best way to make them look pretty again. haha. :) Have a great day.

  3. says

    Too bad… but you get an A for effort!

    Not sure if you'd like to try this but I've read you can use craft clue that dries clear and food coloring. You mix it up and pour it in the jar. Once you coat the inside completely you sit them upside down to dry. Bake them like you did and the white glue turns clear and looks just like tinted glass… (apparently. I haven't tried it yet but I'm really wanting to)

  4. says

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by. Thanks for the A for effort. I'm already in the process of repainting these jars and I actually like it, but they aren't finished yet because they will require a few coats to completely cover the jars with a solid paint job. I love the color Turquoise, so they will be fun to use around the whole house. Hope you will stop back to see how they turned out. Have a great day. :)

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