If you are like many of us moms out there, mason jars are a staple in your home. From great household uses, to decorative purposes, they have become very trendy over the past few years, and add a fun and rustic touch to the home. Creating a mason jar craft is also a great way to work them into your décor. This project creates a cute Fall scarecrow out of one as its base, and is fairly simple to make, using just a few little accents and some paint.
Fall Scarecrow Mason Jar Craft
What you will need:
mason jar, with lid –at least a 12 oz. size, but a 16 is good too (I use these a lot)
White or cream-colored spray paint
Black and pink acrylic paint,
thin brush and larger 1”
Buttons to make the eyes, in white and black,
You can also use pink buttons in place of the pink paint, like I did, for the cheeks
Twine and scissors
Paint markers in black if desired, instead of using the brush and acrylic for the mouth
Ribbon to make him a “scarf”, and any other accent you’d like to add to it, I used an orange button to add in some Fall color
Small twig and black bird to add to his hat if you choose
Directions for Mason Jar Craft
First, make sure your jar is clean and free from dust, and dry. Then, spray paint the jar in a well-ventilated area, in the cream or tan colored paint. I would give the paint a good 20 minutes to dry, and then go back and check to see if it is well-covered or needs any touch ups. If you have any spots that need another coat, go ahead and do that and then let them fully dry.
Between the drying time, if your lid is not already black, go ahead and paint it with the black acrylic paint, leaving it to dry for about 10 minutes and then doing a second coat if needed. By the time the spray paint is dry, you should have the lid about dry too.
Once those are ready and dry, you will need to choose the best side of the jar for the face side. I liked having the “Ball” brand there, I think it’d adds to the charm, but it may depend on how well your paint came out too.
Next, you will need to attach the twine to the top of the jar, under the lid to make his hair. Take the twine and cut it into pieces that will stretch across the top of the jar and hand down some on either side. You will have to judge how long you want it. Then, lay it on top of the jar and screw on the lid, while holding it in place with one hand so it stays where you want it to. Once the lid is screwed on, you can move it a little but not a lot. Then, unwind some of the twine, making it frayed and messy.
Now, you can attach the buttons to make the face. I chose to layer mine to make the eyes stand out a little more. And then I added the pink ones to make cute cheeks. When gluing them on, do one at a time and hold it down on the super glue hard for a minute before you let off, then they will stay put well and not slide off. If you are painting on the pink cheeks go ahead and get that paint ready, along with a little more black.
Start by painting the cheeks and then you can paint on the mouth. I painted it in small dashes, starting with the outside dashes, then the center one, and then filled in, to make sure it was symmetrical. Then, I added criss-crossed marks in a few places to make it look like stitches.
While that is drying, you can glue on the rest of the accents. The ribbon for the scarf, any other accent you have, and the twig and bird. Take your time with each one and hold it down until glue is set.
Now just check over everything to be sure it is well attached, and fix any loose items, and you are all done! Happy Fall!
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