Lovely Little DIY: Metallic Gold Mason Jars

{all images taken with my iphone}

today’s DIY is pretty much the easiest thing ever. i’ve seen this idea on pinterest i think, but i decided i wanted to try it myself!

literally all you need for this project is a clean, dry mason jar (any size will do), a can of metallic gold spray paint, plastic gloves, and some newspaper or cardboard to protect the surface you’re spraying on. oh, and please, please, please don’t commit a cardinal sin by spray painting your blue masons - get clear ones, ok?

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flip your masons upside down and get spraying! move quickly though, because the paint can tend to drip, and that’s not what you want. if too much collects in one spot, just give it a wipe with a paper towel and re-spray that area to keep it all nice and even.

the jars dry quickly (depending on where you live and whether it’s humid out), but give them time before you pick them up to use them. if you need, add a second layer of paint but you should be all good with just one round. these gold masons made the perfect vases for last weekend’s wedding, but you could really use them for anything. i did see them with straws in them at one point in the blogosphere, but i don’t know if i’d recommend drinking from them after they’ve been painted - that’s just a thought though!

have fun!

  • Brit Tucker Stewart says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    Love the idea of doing this with other paint colors!

  • Nicole says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    Super cute!!!

  • Devon says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    Absolutely love this…I’m doing purple with splashes of gold here and there for my October wedding, and I think this would be a LOVELY little detail to add…thanks for the tutorial! :)

  • Mindy says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    I tried this project a couple weeks ago and let them dry, and then put them in a container to store. When I took them out, I noticed the jars had rubbed together and rubbed some of the paint off. :( So I had to respray them. I’m not sure if you had this problem or if it was the paint I used, but I just want to add they should be wrapped in something (now I’m using junk mail newspaper ads) to protect them in storage!

  • Lena says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    These are so lovely, and the make the masons shine!

  • birdie to be says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    LOVE these!

  • Liesl says on January 4, 2012 Reply

    Got to love a touch of gold…something magical!

    Liesl :)

  • Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} says on January 5, 2012 Reply

    They turned out really pretty!

  • Jenni says on January 5, 2012 Reply

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love those and can’t wait to see them in party pics!

  • laceandlikes says on January 5, 2012 Reply

    so pretty. but i wouldn’t expect anything less!!!

  • Melina says on January 5, 2012 Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try this! My husband thinks I’m weird that I keep collecting jars and bottles of random things. lol. Those came out great!

  • Faith says on January 7, 2012 Reply

    SO pretty! what a fabulous idea!

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on January 8, 2012 Reply

    these really are super easy! I hope we see more gold accents in 2012!

  • Victoria says on January 10, 2012 Reply

    love this idea! it’s so simple and yet so perfect. *runs out and buys silver spray paint*

  • Fouzia says on January 25, 2012 Reply

    Such a great DIY project will share your blog on my blog!

  • Fouzia says on January 25, 2012 Reply

    Such a cool DIY project. I will forward these to my DIY brides!

  • Deadringer says on June 16, 2012 Reply

    I used this idea on my vintage birdcage center pieces. The Krylon Premium 18kt.. Gold Metallic Plate paint almost did the job but it gave the birdcage a dull yellowish gold look after it dried. I found that in order to achieve a more Golden Metallic look I needed to add a BRIGHT COAT Metallic Finish in gold also. I got RUST-OLEUM brand at Lowes and it gave that rich, shiny golden pop that I was going for.

    Just a tip for everyone. Since this is done on glass I’m not sure if you will need it but it definately helps when using it on other metals!

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