Simple Summer Craft With Ball Mason Jars

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In this post I’m sharing a simple summer craft that anyone can do with Ball® Mason Jars in red, white and blue!

I think that pretty much everyone loves Mason jars and they perfect for so many uses around the home. I have many of them around here and use my Ball® Mason Jars for flower arranging, as candle holders and even used them to make mason jar chandeliers! I’ll link some additional posts at the bottom of this tutorial so that you can get crafty with more projects.

This is so easy to do and in full disclosure, this post is sponsored by Ball Jars that are available at Michaels. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog. All thoughts and photography are honest and my own and are not influenced by my sponsors. I shop at Michaels both in store and on-line. They always have GREAT COUPONS…so I have a link for you to save some money on your purchase!


Today is all about the half-pint and a red/white and blue simple summer craft that you’ll use on your table settings both indoors and outside. I filled my jars with candles, but these would also be perfect for little blooms at each place setting. Make a bunch for the best styling effect!

Ball Mason Jar Crafts

What you’ll need:

  • Michaels is a one stop shop for all the crafting supplies you need, and I found everything there.
  • Michael’s Exclusive Ball® Anniversary Edition Mason Jars, Half Pint.

  • FolkArt Craft Paints in red, blue and white.

  • FolkArt Stars Stencil
  • FolkArt Stencil Brush
  • Not Pictured – stencil spray adhesive (optional), paper or plastic plate, pencil with eraser, small detail brush.

ball mason jars half pint

This adorable and petite Ball® Vintage Jar is a replica of a 100-year-old design (available only at Michaels craft stores).

materials for stenciling ball mason jars

Simple Summer Craft With Ball® Mason Jars Instructions:

  • Remove the lids from your jars so that you can grasp the inside of the jar while painting.
  • Shake your craft paint and add a small amount of each color to your throwaway plate.
  • Dip stencil brush into first color and blot excess paint onto a folded paper towel. You don’t want too much paint on your brush or it can leak through the cut area of the stencil.
  • Hold your stencil up tightly against the jar and dab with your brush in a flat motion. You can cut the stencil into several smaller pieces first if it’s easier for you to work this way and then spray stencil adhesive to hold it to the jar.
  • Go around the jar randomly and add stars here and there. It’s helpful to have small pieces of paper toweling handy to wipe off any mistakes. Don’t worry about perfect though, you can always wipe off and redo…as craft paint stays moist on glass for a few minutes.
  • After all of your jars are painted with the star stencil, repeat the process with the lids. Allow all to dry before the next step and don’t forget to clean off your stencil for the next time!

  • Now comes what I consider more of the fun part…adding the creative easy touches! Dip the end of a pencil eraser into your red craft paint and make dots on the jars and lids. Remember…perfection is highly overrated so just do it!
  • Lastly add some little swishes with a fine craft brush. These kind of remind me of boom…fireworks! Allow all to dry well. Not recommended for food or beverage consumption, these are purely decorative.

Wasn’t that easy peasy? Here is how I used these SWEET simple summer craft jars on my table…

A small pillar candle in each jar and the decorative lids are such fun on the table as a decor accent! When the party is over cover each jar with the lid and use it again later on. I’ve used a few pint Ball® Mason Jars and some old trophy cups to hold fresh Night Blooming Jasmine from my garden that smells delicious. A few more touches of red/white and blue with inexpensive bandanas and some vintage ribbon on the buffet and we are ready to celebrate summer at home. Another idea…let your guests take a jar home as a gift to remember the gathering!

I hope that you enjoyed this Ball Mason jar crafts tutorial and make a few of these for your summer!

For more Mason Crafts, you’ll want to check out these posts!
Copper And Gold Mason Jars DIY
Mercury Glass Mason Jar Tutorial
Pink Mason Jar DIY
How To Make A Farmhouse Mason Jar Chandelier

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  1. These are beautiful! I love the red white and blue theme. You can design mason jars in so many different ways and they have so many uses. We made calm down jars for kindergarteners and filled it with blue food coloring, glue and glitter. That might be something I do with my kids as well.

  2. Those are so pretty and easy to make. I will be buying the supplies soon and getting crafty with my kid

  3. These jars are too cute! I love that the vintage jars are replicas of a 100-year-old design. I need to head to Michaels to grab some. They are perfect for holding candles.

  4. These are so festive and you can never have too many ball mason jars. I use them for everything. Thanks for the coupons!

    1. Thanks Patti and gosh…I have Ball mason jars in every size over here and use them for so many things!

  5. Donna Overgard says:

    These would be cute for pudding, ice cream, and other summer foods! love the candle idea!

  6. These are so cute, sometimes the simplest projects are my favorite!

  7. This is a really cute idea! I love crafts using mason jars! These would be great to use for all the different holidays.

  8. These are sooo cute, Janet! I love the tiny stars and blue dots!!! Really pretty summer tablescape, too. Love the bandanas! <3 Perfect for fun summertime candleholders.

    Will check out the coupons and Michaels,
    Barb 🙂

  9. The jars which are super cute by themselves turned out darling!!! My tweens love to help get ready for holidays. They’ll love making these with me.