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Painted Mason Jar tutorial

I originally shared this tutorial over on Bakerette, but I thought I would share it here as well because who doesn’t LOVE painted mason jar vases?!  You are going to love the way they look in your house, but you will probably love the cost even better!  I had all of these supplies on hand, so it didn’t cost me anything for a new decoration that I can use anywhere!  I love projects like that.

Mason Jars


  • Mason jars
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Mason Jar tutorialI have wanted some of these in my house for a really long time, but never took the time to make them before.  Now that they are done, I am wondering what the heck took me so long!  I grabbed some jars from my pantry and made sure that they were free from dust or dirt before starting to paint.  Then I painted the outside of the jar ONLY.  This is important because if you paint the inside, it could be hazardous for plants if you choose to put living plants into the jars.  Plus, the paint won’t hold up if you put water in the jar.  Just stick to painting the outside.

Mason Jar vases

Once it is dry, apply a second coat.  If you still don’t have the coverage that you want after the second coat, feel free to add as many as you would like.

Painted Mason Jar vases

Last, I added some plants to my jar.  They are just fake for now, but I might replace them for real ones later on.  Who knows?!  I love the way they look all together.  It makes a nice statement without being over the top, PLUS it cost me nothing.  Love that!

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Painted Aztec Shirt

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Have I ever mentioned how fun it is to have two little girls?  We get to play dress up all the time.  When I get new clothes for them, they oooh and aaah over them and are excited to wear them.  They also love doing projects with me which is what made this project a double win for me.  Lillie got a new shirt AND got to do a project.  You can’t go wrong with this painted aztec shirt!

DIY Aztec Shirt

I really love the Aztc printed clothing, but don’t see it often in kid’s clothing.  I thought it would be fun to create a pattern and then stencil the design onto a t-shirt for Lillie to wear to school since she will be starting Kindergarten next week!  Ah!  Creating this shirt is so simple and the best part is that you can make it to fit on any size shirt from kid to adult.


  • Vinyl
  • Fabric paint in assorted colors (I used black, blue, purple, and pink)
  • Stenciling paint brush
  • T-shirt

I began by designing the pattern on my cricut explore.  If you have an Explore, you are welcome to use my design by clicking that link.  If not, you will have to create your own design.  I used plain wall vinyl for this project because it was what I had on hand, and it worked perfectly.  Once it is cut out, take out all of the little pieces leaving behind the main part of the stencil.  This is what you will be using on the shirt.

Diy Painted Aztec Shirt

Peel the vinyl off the backing and place the vinyl on the middle of the shirt where you would like it to go.  I then grabbed a piece of cardboard and slipped it into the shirt so that the paint wouldn’t bleed through to the other side.  Then, starting with black, I began adding color to the shirt a little at a time in random places.  I tried to keep it pretty even so that one side wouldn’t end up with all one color, but you really can’t mess this up.  Make sure that you don’t have a ton of paint on your brush and you’ll be good to go.  Keep adding color to the shirt until all of the triangles are completely covered, and then remove your vinyl.

Painted Aztec Shirt

So easy!  I really love the way it turned out, and the vinyl helps to keep all of the lines nice and crisp so that you don’t have to worry about it bleeding through.

Aztec Shirt

Lillie was thrilled with the shirt too and was excited for our photo shoot.  When we finished, she asked me “so, how did it go?” and then sat down to take a look at all of the photos with me.  She especially liked this one and how can I not agree?!

Painted Aztec Shirt tutorial

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