DIY Time: Chalkboard Message Mason Jars

July 2, 2012

My birthday, July 7, is rapidly approaching and I want to make it extra special. I have several friends from the Bay Area who are flying down to celebrate with me, so I decided to make them party favors they can use while they’re in town for the weekend. The centerpiece of the gift bags will be these nifty chalkboard message mason jars. (P.S. You may recall the chalkboard paint making an appearance in my previous DIY Time post for chalkboard Easter eggs. I have a whole quart, so don’t be surprised if you see more projects in the same vein soon. Tee hee!)

This is a very simple craft to create, and I know my girls are going to love having a personalized keepsake for my birthday extravaganza. Here’s a play by play of what I did.

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To start, you’ll need mason jars, painter masking tape, a small- to medium-sized paint brush and chalkboard paint, of course (and chalk when you’re ready to personalize). I also put down newspaper on my table for safety’s sake to avoid any potential spillage.

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Next, position the tape in a rectangle that allows a space large enough to write. The good thing about that masking tape is it’s easily adjustable in case you make the section too small or too large.

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Dip the brush in the paint and apply it to the jar in long, straight strokes, repeating until the space is completely covered in paint. I put on three coats so that the paint would be even. Just to be extra sure, I waited for the paint to dry one full day.

Then, I pulled the masking tape off. Remember to remove the tape swiftly to ensure that you get a crisp line. I found that removing the first strip of tape on the first jar slowly caused a funky, wavy line. Not cool.

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Now you’re ready to personalize your jars!

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One of the nicknames my college housemate gave me was “Ashums,” so I decided to write that on my jar. But I suspect I’ll be switching it up just about each time I refill my cup. I went ahead and used different colors of chalk to customize each jar with my friends’ pet names.

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To kick things up a notch, I added these darling mason jar lids that I found on Etsy, as well as these fancy paper straws.

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