I love creating tablescapes for the various seasons and holidays. Since our front door opens into our living room, I usually put a decorative tablescape on our coffee table. When I went to my local Michaels and saw the heart marquee above on sale, I decided to buy it along with some products to create a simple and fun Valentine’s Day display.
Rustic Valentine’s Day Mason Jar and Milk Jar
Here’s what I bought:
- A clear Mason jar
- A clear milk jar (I also bought the clear soda jar pictured above, but didn’t end up using it)
- A large bristle paint brush
- A fine tip paint brush
- Valentine’s Day paper straws
- Red and tan twine
- Red and white acrylic paint
To start, wipe down the glass with rubbing alcohol to clean off any oils or fingerprints. Then, using the large paint brush, apply one coat of red paint. This method will result in a rustic look – if you’d like something with a cleaner finish, it’s better to spray paint the jar. After that first coat dries, apply a second coat. Don’t worry if the second coat pulls off some of the first coat – that’s how you’ll get the rustic look. Once you are done with this second coat, wash the brush.
After the red paint completely dries, it’s time to make the hearts. I drew my hearts freehand – although they aren’t perfect, that’s fine for this rustic look. When the hearts are dry, take the larger brush (still damp from washing), dip it lightly in the red paint, and apply some streaks across the hearts.
When everything dries, tie the twine around the top of the bottles and insert the straws for decoration. If you want the jars to look even more rustic, you can lightly scratch off some of the paint with a coarse nail file.
I’m hoping this will be the first in a series of rustic holiday Mason jars – I’ve got a St. Patrick’s Day one coming up here in a few weeks.
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