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.
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.
*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.
*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.
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: