Hey guys, I am taking a step away from travel to do something fun. If you don’t know me, you should know I love to craft. When I am not traveling I am working on creating something fun for my house. I really enjoy making anything that involves home decor and floral arrangements. It is such a great way to spice up your home without spending a ton of money.
I have been asked several times how I make these floral word jars, so I thought maybe it was time to finally share the secret. These jars are so fun to make, take limited time, and don’t require a ton of skill. The best part is you can change them up to be any color or say anything you want. I originally started making these jars for baby showers and nurseries. Once my baby fever calmed down, and I realized I could turn them into home decor, they started selling like hotcakes. So if you need a fresh update, and don’t want to spend a ton of money, here it is.
Let’s start with what you will need
- 32oz mason jars. You can also use 16oz if you need a smaller arrangement. I prefer to use the Ball jars because they have a little more character to them. The Korr ones are definitely more on the plain side. They don’t have the fruit engraving or the measurements on them.
- Synthetic floral. I usually pick one main flower that I want to showcase, then fill the jars with greenery and smaller flowers. Get creative though, this is where you can really let loose!
- Wire cutters to cut the stems down
- Burlap strips. Or, if you are like me, you have about 20 yards of burlap on hand in case of emergency. I mean, when is it not handy? If So, you will need to cut it down into strips. More on this later.
- Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat to cut the burlap
- Chalk paint. I really like Folk Art Home Decor
- Chalk brush and a stencil brush
- Rubbing alcohol
- Sandpaper. I use either a 220 or 180
Put your jars together
So let’s talk now on how to build these jars.
- First things first, you will want to clean the jars. I just use some rubbing alcohol and wipe away any dirt, that might have built up through transportation.
- Next, I paint the jars. I apply two coats of paint and wait 24 hours between coats for the jars to fully dry. Pro tip: use quality paint and paintbrushes. I found using a chalk paint brush works so much better. If you don’t use a good brush and paint, when you apply your second coat it will cause the first coat to peel up. Trust me, it becomes a big mess that you don’t want to deal with. Save yourself the headache and take my advice on this one.
- While the jars are drying I cut the burlap strips. I have a big block of fabric so I cut the strips down to about 3″ wide and 13″ long. This will provide some overlap when you wrap the pieces around the jar.
- I then line the stencil up so the letter is in the middle of the strip. I tape it down so if I go past the stencil I won’t get paint on the burlap. Then, using a stencil brush, I dab some paint into the letter. You can use a regular brush to paint the stencil. However, I have found that a stencil brush works better with the burlap.
- After the jars have two coats of paint I sand them down to give them a more rustic feel. It’s okay to sand them all the way down to the glass in some spots to make them feel more vintage. Just make sure they have a few good scrapes here and there. Sanding them also helps to get rid of any of those pesky brush strokes.
- Now the burlap is ready to go on. I place the letter on the front of the jar and wrap it around to the back. Hot glue the bottom layer to the jar and the upper layer over that.
- The final touch for the jars is to wrap some twine around the rim. I wrap it around twice and tie a bow in the front. Now you have some beautiful vintage mason jars that are ready to be filled.
- This is the fun part! Time to fill the jars with some flowers. If you bought stems, you are going to want some wire cutters to trim the flowers away from each other. I like to add one or two big flowers to be the focus. I then fill in with greeny and smaller complimentary flowers. This is your time to shine, though, and do what you like. Let your creative flag fly.
That’s it! Hopefully, at this stage, you have a set of completed floral word jars. Pretty easy right? I would love to see your guys’ completed projects! Comment a picture below. As always, if you have any questions or simply want to reach out, please don’t hesitate. I love hearing from you! Enjoy your works of art!!