Crafts, Home Decor, St Patrick's Day

Field of Clover Mason Jar

A few weeks ago I was wandering through Home Goods trying to find inspiration for my next project with a friend. We stumbled upon these adorable mason jars that were coated in a white enamel.  We instantly fell in love with them and knew we had to use them for a craft. With St. Patty’s Day around the corner we decided to break these jars out and decorate them with a adorable shamrock clover stencil. foc

For this project you will need a coated mason jar, acrylic paint (we chose forest green), stenciling paint brush, spray adhesive, paper plate, paper napkin, and your “Field of Clover” stencil! You may also need a spray acrylic finisher, to prevent your design from chipping off. Links to the materials we used will be at the very bottom of this post!

Let’s get crafting!

Make sure that your jar and stencil are dust-free by wiping them down with a damp cloth, this will help you get the best end result. Then spray the back side of the stencil with spray adhesive. This will make sure your stencil doesn’t move around while you are painting.  Press your sticky stencil onto your mason jar where you want to paint clovers. We moved our stencil around quite a bit to paint clovers that face different directions. It’s okay if your stencil doesn’t cover the whole jar, that’s the beauty of using the            repositionable spray adhesive, you can reposition it! Next squeeze out a dollop of paint onto your paper plate and swirl your paint brush into it. Then, dry off the paint brush by swirling and dabbing it onto a paper towel.2 Put in place

*The dry brush technique ensures that your paint won’t seep out of the stencil, bleeding onto the rest of  your project. It also prevents the paint from building up along the edges of your stencil. 

Once your brush is dry enough that barely any paint comes off when your dab it on a paper towel, start stippling the paint through the stencil.5 Stipple

*Stippling is just bouncing the bristles up and down to apply the paint through the stencil.

We chose to only apply one thin coat to have a translucent coat of paint for the shamrocks instead of opaque ones. This just makes the design more subtle and simple than bold. However there is no wrong way so have fun with it, and make it your own! Once your jar is covered with shamrocks peel off your stencil and spray your jar with an acrylic finisher to ensure your festive design doesn’t chip away.7 Done

These fun and festive jars can be used as a vase, cute pencil holder, cup, you name it!

*To make sure it is food safe make sure to was it thoroughly with warm water and soap. 

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Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full video tutorial 🙂

Materials we used:

Field of Clover Stencil

Acrylic Paint, we used Forest Green

Stencil brushes, the 7/16″ or 3/8″ brush would be perfect for this project!

Spray adhesive, it is essential!

Acrylic finisher, to make sure your lovely design doesn’t chip off. I recommend the gloss finish, the matte would work as well.

Painters tape. It is not essential but it is very helpful.

Crafts, Fashion, St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Stenciled Tshirt

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Here’s a project I have been quite excited for. Have you ever needed a custom tshirt for yourself or a group? Here’s an awesome way to replicate a pattern on as many tees that you need! All you’ll need is a stencil from , a 3/8” Stencil Brush, a can of Repositionable Spray Adhesive, Acrylic Paint, & Americana Fabric Painting Medium. You will also need a flat piece of cardboard that will fit inside your shirt, which you may have on hand.

2.5 Spray Adhesive Cardboard

Start off by applying a light coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to one side of a piece of cardboard. Wait 30 seconds for the spray adhesive to become tacky then slip the cardboard into the shirt with the tacky side against the front. It is important that your shirt lies flat to the cardboard with no wrinkles. Don’t stretch the fabric of your shirt when smoothing it out or else your design will become warped once it is no longer being stretched.

3 Spray Adhesive Stencil

As always, apply a coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to the back of your stencil. Then give the stencil about 30 seconds to become tacky before sticking it to your project. This is the same spray adhesive used on the cardboard.

4 Press the stencil flat to the smoothed out tshirt

Next you will want to line your stencil up in the center of your shirt. You could measure out the exact center of your shirt… but I chose to eyeball it for the sake of simplicity.

5 Kelly Green Paint

Now you’ll want to select your paint color. I went with Kelly Green, the classic green color of the lush landscapes and rolling hills of Ireland. It is no coincidence that Kelly happens to be a popular surname in Ireland which this paint owes its title. You’ll want a little squirt of paint on your palette. Quick note, you can use anything for a palette. I often use the mylar circle pictured above, which is cut from our stencil material. I have also used paper plates, cardboard, card stock, and even a sheet of paper in a pinch. As long as your palette is durable enough for you to swirl paint onto your brush you can’t go wrong. Go ahead and improvise! A sheet of aluminum foil or wax paper would work fine I’d imagine.

6 Fabric Medium

After getting your paint you will want to mix it 2:1 with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. That’s twice as much acrylic paint to fabric painting medium.

7 Mix in medium 2 to 1

Squirt about have as much fabric medium as there is paint onto your palette, then completely mix it in with your brush. Once again, I choose to eyeball it. If you want to measure it out maybe consider disposable plastic spoonfuls.

8 Swirl paint throught he holes in your stencil

Once you have mixed the fabric medium into your paint, dry off the bristles of your brush. It is vital to use the dry brush technique for nice clean edges on your design. This means that your brush should be dry to the touch each time you stencil. To achieve this you must swirl the paint onto your stencil brush from the palette. After loading your brush, swirl the paint off the brush onto a piece of paper until the color that is coming off appears more as a shade of green than full on green.

Stenciling your shirt will take some time so be patient while swirling paint onto your tshirt. The color should start out faint but then get built up as you swirl more and more paint onto your shirt. When the paint seems to stop coloring your shirt, load up the brush again, wipe it off dry, and then continue swirling until your color is saturated.

9 Peel off the stencil

After about 3-4 light coats of swirled paint the color is perfect and the lines on the lettering is nice and crisp!

11 Use painters Tape to mask off the sides

This shirt needs a little something extra so I’ve decided to border the letters using some clovers from the Field of Clover stencil arranged in a square around the main design. Just because the clovers are haphazard on the stencil doesn’t mean I can’t isolate the design for my own creative purposes. To do this I masked off the clovers too close to the ones I’m stenciling to keep my brush from straying.

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Now that’s one lucky tshirt! It’s important to note that if you want to wash your shirt in the future you’ll want to wash it before stenciling. After painting it with the fabric medium you’ll want to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours before washing it. That’s all there is to it!

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day by letting your creativity shine!

Here are links to all of the tools used in this tutorial.