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Jar Painting for Canada Day

It’s hard to believe that Canada Day is just around the corner. Our July 1st celebration provides a great opportunity to kick off the summer and reflect on all it means to be Canadian. This year we’re happy to partner with Bernardin to show you how to add some red and white to your table with this fun jar painting for Canada Day craft idea.

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Canada Day painted mason jars filled with utensils.

DIY Canada Day Jars

If you’ve been with us for a while you’ll know that upcycling mason jars is one of our favourite ways to craft. Did you know that Bernardin has been Canada’s leader in home canning products for 140 years?

For us, finding the Bernardin logo on decades old jars in our mom’s pantry (she reuses them every year for her canning) is a treat. Not only do we know that they’ll be filled with delicous preserves each fall (canned peaches anyone?), but we also have an endless supply of mason jars to craft with!

After making these super-cute, oh-so Canadian painted rocks last year, we’ve been wanting to do the same artwork on a set of mason jars. We’ve styled them as cutlery holders for an outdoor BBQ or picnic but they could also be filled with fresh flowers for a pretty centerpiece. Or even just leave them empty for a simple red and white touch to your tablescape!

Canada Day painted mason jars filled with utensils.

We used a white paint pen for the intricate fireworks pattern on the red jar and aside from that, we used red and white chalky paint which give them a classic, matte finish.

More Jar Painting Crafts

For more inspiration on crafting you can do with your Bernardin jars, take a look at these posts for making festive Easter egg jars; chalky painted flower vases and lastly, these beachy bathroom canisters for holding toiletries.

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Canada Day painted mason jars filled with utensils.

Jar Painting for Canada Day

Thoroughly wash the Bernardin jars with soap and hot water and let them dry completely before using. Additionally, use rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel to wipe away any prints or smudges.

Using a medium sized paintbrush, apply chalky paint in red over the surface of one jar. Paint the other two jars in white chalky paint. 

Allow paint to fully dry before applying a second coat of paint and before moving on to the next steps.

On the red jar, use the white paint pen to draw a small maple leaf in the center. Add swirls and polk-a-dots around the leaf to resemble fireworks. Repeat with the same design around the jar.

On one white jar, paint to wide horizontal stripes around the jar at the top and bottom in red chalky paint. 

Painting horizontal lines around the top and bottom of a jar.

On the second white jar, place the maple leaf cutout on to the jar and trace the outline in pencil. Using a fine tip paintbrush, paint the maple leaf in red chalky paint.

Allow paint to dry fully and then remove sealing discs before reattaching the snap lids to all painted jars.

Fill the jars with paper straws and reusable cutlery for a Canada Day picnic.

Canada Day painted mason jars filled with utensils.

Thank you to Bernardin for partnering with us on this patriotic mason jar craft idea!

Happy Canada Day, friends! What are your plans this coming Canada Day?

More DIY Canada Day Decorations

For more Canada Day decor ideas check out this Canada day wreath and these Canada day painted rocks. You can print off these free maple leaf banners or make a driftwood maple leaf. And if you’re looking for last minute party ideas check out these Canada day celebration ideas.

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Mason Jar Painting for Canada Day

Jane and Sonja
Show your patriotic spirit by painting a set of Bernardin glass jars for Canada Day with this fun tutorial for a red and white set of utensil utensils. These colorful mason jars are perfect for your long weekend celebrations, picnics and BBQ's.
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Materials
  

  • 250 ml Set of 3 decorative Bernardin glass jars with lids
  • Chalky paint in red and white we used Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Romance and Everlasting
  • Paintbrush medium flat and fine tip
  • White paint pen
  • Maple Leaf printout size 3” high
  • Pencil

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium sized paintbrush, apply chalky paint in red over the surface of one jar. Paint the other two jars in white chalky paint.
  • On the red jar, use the white paint pen to draw a small maple leaf in the center. Add swirls and polk-a-dots around the leaf to resemble fireworks. Repeat with the same design around the jar.
  • On one white jar, paint to wide horizontal stripes around the jar at the top and bottom in red chalky paint.
  • On the second white jar, place the maple leaf cutout on to the jar and trace the outline in pencil. Using a fine tip paintbrush, paint the maple leaf in red chalky paint.
  • Allow paint to dry fully.
  • Remove sealing discs and attach snap lids to all painted jars.
  • Fill the jars with paper straws and plastic cutlery for a Canada Day picnic.
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