Antique mason jars have been a staple in home and event decor for quite some time now, so why shouldn’t our dolls have these beautiful farmhouse accents in their own homes! They compliment many popular accessories that are available too!
the bits & pieces
Here’s what you need:
- Mini glass vials
- Antiqued silver buttons
- Turquoise acrylic craft paint
- paint brush
- Black and silver acrylic craft paint
- slim masking tape
- Exacto knife
Choose the glass vials you want to transform. This is essentially a way to stain the inside of your bottles. We decided to create the traditional light turquoise color, but you could also create a royal blue washed color or other color that might compliment your doll kitchen.
Pour a bit of your paint color onto a paper plate and have a small bowl of water handy. Dip your brush in the paint and then into the water.
Dip the brush into the bottle and swipe the sides to start building the color. Also you can swish the paint/water mixture around to coat the sides.
Since the consistency is going to be watery a big part of this is to empty the liquid without removing the color from the interior sides of the bottle. Take a cotton swab to wipe away heavy areas of paint color build up.
Once you have emptied out extra liquid and are satisfied with the color, you can let the bottles dry.
Place the bottles upside down on your paper plate to dry. Set that aside for now.
Once your bottles have dried, we added a silver rim detail to the top of the bottles. Mixing silver and black paint, we created an antiqued silver color.
Using the ultra slim masking tape, we taped off the upper part of the bottles so that we could paint the upper rim to ultimately match the lids. While those are drying we moved onto the tops.
Take the cork toppers that came with the bottles and cut them in half. You will want the corks to sit flush with the top once you have attached the button lids.
For the larger bottles, we chose the buttons that have a loop attachment on the bottom. You will want to trim the loop off and create a groove in the top of the corks so that the buttons will lie flat on the corks once glued on.
Hot glue the buttons onto the cork.
For the smaller bottles we used a smaller 4 hole antique silver button and glued on the cork using the same steps. We also created a wire handle or clasp on the bottles to mimick the real mason jars. For more advanced crafters, use your jewelry making skills to create these.
Now you have beautiful mason jars to add to your kitchen, bathroom, or craft dioramas!
A la prochaine!