One day I’m going have myself a little collection of blue & white dishes & ginger jars & other Chinoiserie inspired pieces, but today I do not. Today, I have mason jars & lots of them & also paint. Plenty of paint & paintbrushes abound in my craft room.
I was imagining a beautiful, patriotic table studded with gorgeous, ginger jars down the middle, overflowing with blue hydrangeas. Alas, my collection has not even began yet. So in came those fore-mentioned mason jars & paints!
To diy your own little ginger jar/mason jar collection, gather up a bunch of mason jars, or other glass jars in varying sizes & styles. Paint them all stark white first. Chalk paint is the best for painting jars, in my opinion. It goes on the best, dries the quickest & requires the least amount of coats. You can use acrylic, craft paint too; it will take longer & require way more coats. You can even try spray paint or chalk spray paint. I have used all of these to paint jars & they all work, but I recommend chalk paint from a jar & a foam brush above all else.
Once the jars are dried, grab some smaller paint brushes & 2 shades of blue paint, or more if you desire. To paint all of my jars, I googled images of ginger jars online & tried to mimic the patterns in a playful way on the jars. The pagodas & bamboo jars ended up being my favorite. Practice on scrap paper first & remember if you mess up, you can always repaint the jar white & start over!
For most of the patterns, I used a light blue first, let it dry mostly then dipped a brush into the darker blue & added accents over the first coat. Play around with the paints & patterns until you find something you like. Then paint all the jars!!
I planned to fill my jars with flowers now & maybe cactus later! However, if you don’t want to have things coming out of the tops of the jars, you can use them for storage or simply decor & paint the lids. I would paint the band & lid white to match the jar. You can use a drill or hot glue to add pretty knobs to the tops of the jar lids. That would make them resemble a ginger jar even more, which I may do later too!
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