Snowy Tree Winter Mason Jars – Winter Mason Jar Craft Ideas – DIY Painted Mason Jar
I try to avoid New Year’s resolutions.
For obvious reasons.
Most people break them within weeks. And – for me – days! 😉
Instead, I have a New Year things-I’d-like-to-incorporate-into-my-life list.
I like to think of them as non-resolution resolutions.
They’re not time sensitive. Well, technically they are time-sensitive if you think 365 days is a time sensitive timeline.
They’re more of a loose list of things I’d like to accomplish. Or incorporate it into my daily routine over the next 365 days.
Or weekly schedule …
which feels a lot more doable.
My non-resolution resolutions range from more ambitious endeavors (daily yoga – yeah, that probably won’t happen until day 364) to more easily obtainable tasks. Like waking up earlier. And getting my work day started earlier.
And then there’s this one. This task I’m currently doing that’s invisible to you.
Until I share it.
Which is devoting time each day writing.
I’m not sure if what I’m doing here (and hopefully every day-ish in 2024) is actually journaling.
I don’t know because I don’t journal. Never have. Not even in my youth. Sure I may have had one of those cute little diaries with the keys (that always got lost). But I don’t recall sharing my innermost thoughts (like how I had the biggest crush on Michael Sherman in 3rd grade) on those pages. More likely it was filled with doodles of Andy Capp cartoons. And Snoopy.
To be honest, this journaling task seemed insurmountable at first. So I waited until day 4 to even try. And looking at this blank page before me (hey, that’s a line-ish from Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield) …
please excuse my squirrel moment …
I was a bit intimidated.
So I started with the first thought that crossed my mind.
And let it go from there.
And it flowed. It felt amazing. It feels amazing. Then all these other thoughts started crowding into my head. The floodgates have opened …
or more like I took the earpods out and unleashed my inner voice.
Released my inhibitions.*
Is today the day where my book begins?* 😉
*Again, nods to Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield.
I’m also trying to – at a minimum – keep posting weekly. With a goal of twice-a-week before year’s end. And this week’s contribution is my snowy mason jars for winter DIY.
Smooth transition, amiright?
How To Make Snowy Tree Winter Mason Jars
*includes Amazon affiliate links which means I may receive a referral fee – however, it does not increase the price of the products.
Give your mason jar 2 coats of primer. For best results, let dry overnight between coats.
After jar has dried overnight, use Washi tape to tape off two bands on the mason jar.
Give jar one coat of Folk Art acrylic paint in Linen Toile color. Let dry overnight.
Remove Washi tape and touch up where paint bled through with white paint.
Once white paint has dried completely, use 80 grit sandpaper to distress along raised lettering and along the top rim of the jar.
Add a green dot of paint (Americana acrylic Holly Green) to the center of the jar.
Use a toothpick to drag the dot to create the top of the tree. Repeatedly dip the toothpick in green paint to form the evergreen branches.
Continue to create trees around the center of the jar. I added one to the front center, back center and the center of the two sides first. Then I filled in trees to keep them evenly spaced. Ish. 😉
Use paint brush to add green dots along the top and bottom tan bands.
Use a toothpick dipped in white paint (Americana Titanium White acrylic paint) to create the snow.
Continue to dip the toothpick into the white paint and then add a layer of snow on a branch. Dip and repeat.
Once completely dry (I give them overnight to dry), seal with Krylon matte spray sealant.
And that’s it! Your mason jar is ready to embrace winter. 🙂
P.S. The daily journal writing thing has already turned into an overreach. My non-resolution resolution has been adjusted to twice-a-week.
P.P.S. My once-a-week posting may (or may not) hit a little snafu over the next two weeks. My Etsy shop gets a little “slammed” at this time of year with mason jar football orders in advance of the Big Game …
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