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You’ll love these easy to make painted Christmas mason jars with burlap ribbon! They come together really quick and look so cute used as table centerpieces, candy cane holders, or even a simple family activity idea holder.
I just love how cute painted mason jars look, so I wanted to make up some new ones for our Christmas decorating this year.
Instead of using plain painted jars I wanted to dress them up just enough that they would look Christmassy but still keep the focus on whatever I decided to put inside of the jars.
If you love rustic mason jar crafts you are going to love this easy craft idea!
I was inspired by some cute burlap ribbon that I found at our local dollar store. It was about 2-inch wide burlap but had a pretty white lace ribbon running down the center of it.
I knew as soon as I saw it how cute it would look wrapped around the center of my mason jars.
How To Make Painted Christmas Mason Jars With Burlap Ribbon
- Quart sized mason jars
- Red chalk paint – I used Tuscan red
- Green chalk paint – I used Spanish moss
- White chalk paint – I used White Adirondack
- Burlap ribbon
- Hot glue
- Glue gun
- Rubbing alcohol
Step 1. Prep Your Jars
Start by picking out 3 quart-sized mason jars, then wipe the outsides down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from your hands.
Even though the jars may look clean your hands transfer oils when you touch glass that can make it harder for the paint to stick.
Step 2. Paint With Christmas Colors
Now it’s time to have fun painting your mason jars! You can use any paint color you like, make them all the same color or mix them up. I made a set by painting each jar a different Christmas color or red, green and white.
I love using chalk paint because it doesn’t need priming and sticks to the glass really well!
Hold the jar on its side with your fingers inside of it (or use a wooden dowel) and paint the sides and rim of the jar. Then place the jar upside down on some parchment and paint the bottom.
Leave the jars to sit until they have dried and then do a second coat if needed. I find that darker colors are good with 2 coats while the white chalk paint often needs 3 thin coats.
Step 3. Add Some Burlap
Take your burlap ribbon and cut a length that fits around the mason jar so that it just overlaps a little.
Then place the ribbon around the mason jar and hot glue the end down. Then place a little hot glue over top of that end and wrap the other end of the ribbon over top of it and hold down until set.
If you like you can also add some burlap twine around the tops of the jars, but I thought they were super cute the way they were.
Ideas For Using These Burlap Christmas Mason Jars
There are so many ways you could use these simple jars to decorate your home for the holidays.
They look beautiful when filled with Christmas greenery picks and used as a table centerpiece.
I like using shorter greenery picks for centerpieces so that they don’t block the view from across the table. The taller picks are perfect for using on side or corner table decorations.
They are also super cute when filled with candy canes with the curved edges peaking over the top.
Use them to hold family activity cards and each day pull one out as a “surprise” game to do together.
Decorating mason jars are a really easy craft idea you can do at Christmas even if you need a last-minute gift idea.
- Start by picking out 3 quart-sized mason jars, then wipe the outsides down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from your hands.
- Hold the jar on its side with your fingers inside of it (or use a wooden dowel) and paint the sides and rim of the jar. Then place the jar upside down on some parchment and paint the bottom. Leave the jars to sit until they have dried and then do a second coat if needed.
- Cut a length of burlap ribbon that fits around the mason jar so that it just overlaps a little. Then place the ribbon around the mason jar and hot glue the end down. Then place a little hot glue over top of that end and wrap the other end of the ribbon over top of it and hold down until set.
- You can use any width of ribbon you like but I find a 2 to 2.5 inch wide ribbon looks really cute on the mason jars.
- Darker paint colors normally need 2 coats of paint while lighter colors like white will need 3. This can depend on the brand of paint you are using.
- If you want to make your jars water proof then spray them with a polyurethane sealer or dishwasher safe Mod Podge. If you are using the jars for food make sure to use a food safe paint and sealer.
Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.