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How to Make Holiday Mason Jars with Decoupage

Although it may look like these holiday mason jars were painstakingly hand painted, they were actually made simply by decoupaging cardinal printed napkins and then embellished with festive trims and findings!

Holiday mason jars with decoupage bird napkins, twine and decorative knob.

DIY Holiday Mason Jars with Decoupage

At the time this craft was made and shared on a recent live video on our Facebook page, I was thinking how I hadn’t seen any cardinals outside in a long time. I assumed it was because we had moved to a new house and there just wasn’t any cardinals in this area. BUT then just yesterday, my daughter excitedly shared how she saw THREE cardinals perched in our backyard birch tree!

Close up of the holiday mason jar with decoupage.

And although we used these pretty cardinal printed paper napkins, you can use just about any paper napkin. There are so many beautiful designs, it’s sometimes hard to pick just one! We did a similar craft in the Summer using monstera leaf printed paper napkins, which turned out beautifully if I can say so myself!

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How to Make Holiday Mason Jars with Decoupage

Here is a step-by-step video of the holiday mason jars we made on our Facebook page! Or if you prefer the photo tutorial, continue reading below.

The first step is to paint the mason jar white and let the paint dry. Apply a second coat of paint for better coverage and then again let the paint dry fully.

Painting a mason jar white.

Open the napkin and separate the layers keeping just the top printed layer and discarding the other ply. Using scissors cut out the image from the napkin.

Alternatively, you can also use a small paintbrush dipped in water to brush around the edges of the image and then gently tear the paper creating a rustic frayed edge.

Place the image on the jar on a smooth portion of the glass jar. Lift the image and apply some modge podge on to the jar and then apply the image on top of the glue. Gently press and smooth aways nay excess glue along the edges.

Take the lid of the jar and drill a hole in the centre of the lid. 

Drilling holes into the top of the mason jar lids.

Give the lids a coat of spray paint. We used a high gloss red spray paint that made all the difference! Add a decorative knob by ‘screwing’ the knob to the lid once the paint has fully dried.

Tie some decorative ribbon or baker’s twine to the top of the jar adding any embellishments like a festive charm if you like.

Wrapping ribbon around the holiday mason jar with decoupage.
Holiday mason jars with decoupage bird napkins, twine and decorative knob.

More Holiday Mason Jar Crafts to Make

There is no shortage of crafts to make for Christmas this year! Check out these creative DIYs using repurposed glass jars.

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How to Make Holiday Mason Jars with Decoupage

Jane and Sonja
Repurposed glass jars to make pretty holiday mason jars with decoupage.
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  • First step is to paint the mason jar white and let the paint dry. Apply a second coat of paint and let the paint dry.
  • Separate the layers of paper mapkin using nly the top printed layer.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut around the desired image (in our case, the cardinal) or alternatively, brush on some water around the image and tear away the paper for a rustic distessed edge.
  • Apply modge podge to the smooth side of the jar and place the image on top. Press down gently and leave it to dry.
  • Take the lid of the jar and drill a hole in the centre of the lid.
  • Spray paint the lid.
  • Add a decorative knob by ‘screwing’ the knob to the lid.
  • Take some ribbon and metal findings and wrap around the top of the jar and tie it off.
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