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Lovely Little Painted Mason Jars


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Buffalo check painted mason jars are an easy little project that make a darling little gift!

We love a good mason jar project! Our Redneck Wine Glasses always get a good laugh, and our mason jar printables for Father’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week are both simple gift ideas. Today we’ll show you how to paint a mason jar so you can dress them up for any season of the year!

painted mason jars

Painted Mason Jars

Painted mason jars are a fun and inexpensive way to wrap up a simple little gift for a friend. Add our easy gift tag to the top and you’re good to go! They also make great decorations for parties and holidays.

This project was inspired by Heather from Whipperberry’s Christmas Mason Jar Gifts. We just love Heather’s Black and White Buffalo Check, and we thought some red and pink jars would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Painting the buffalo check pattern might look a little intimidating, but you’ll be happily surprised at how easy it is! So grab a few jars and some paint colors of your choice and let’s get started!

Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Fill your mason jars with any of the following ideas for the perfect little gifts –

materials for painting mason jars

How to Paint Mason Jars

This tutorial will teach you how to paint mason jars with acrylic craft paint. It is simple and fun and only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish (minus drying time). Once you’re done you’ll have some colorful mason jars to give away as gifts or to decorate your home!


  • Mason jars, washed and dried (you can use any size you’d like)
  • 3 different colors of paint
  • paint brushes
  • sand paper
  • candies or something to fill your jar
  • printable tag, cut out (download below) 


  1. Paint a coat of white paint all over the outside of the jar. Brush strokes are fine – they will be covered and sanded at the end anyway. Let the white paint dry completely.
  2. Paint light pink horizontal and vertical lines over the white paint. Let this layer dry completely.
  3. Paint on the red squares at each pink intersection. Let this red paint dry completely.
  4. Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the jar to smooth out and slightly distress the paint. You can wipe down the jar with a dry cloth if there is any dust from sanding.
  5. Fill the jar with your desired contents.
  6. Add the tag to the lid, place it on the jar, then add the metal ring and twist it until tight to secure.

… and that’s it!

hand painted mason jars

Aren’t these adorable?!?

Ready to make your own Painted Mason Jars?

Download our printable tag below –

how to paint mason jars

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