Mason Jar Photo Vase Craft – Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day Idea

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If you’re searching for a charming and personalized Mother’s Day gift that you can enjoy making with the kids, why not try a Mason Jar Photo Vase Craft? Mason jars are just perfect for crafting—they’re versatile, readily available, and lend a quaint, rustic charm to any project. This particular craft transforms an ordinary jar into a stunning photo vase that’s not only functional but also filled with sentimental value.

Mason jars have this fantastic way of making any DIY project look even more special. In this craft, the kids can get hands-on, sticking their favorite photos to the jar, adding decorations, and filling it with flowers. It’s a delightful way to involve children in making a heartfelt gift that mom, grandma, or any special person in their lives will truly treasure. Plus, it’s a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about giving and expressing their feelings through creative means.

So let’s gather up those mason jars, pick some lovely photos, and grab a few craft supplies. I’ll walk you through each step to ensure your Mason Jar Photo Vase turns out beautifully. It’s going to be a fun project with a beautiful outcome that can light up any room—literally and figuratively. Get ready to create a gift that’s as fun to make as it is to give!

Mason Jar Photo Vase

Creating a Mason Jar Photo Vase is a fantastic craft project that combines fun, creativity, and a touch of personal sentiment. This easy-to-make craft is perfect for kids and adults alike, making it an excellent activity for family craft time or a thoughtful gift. Let’s get started with what you need and how to put it all together!

Material List

  • Mason jar
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush in white and other colors
  • Circle foam brush
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Photo of child
  • Flowers
  • Double-sided tape

Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Create Your Heart

Start by cutting out a small heart from contact paper. It’s important not to make the heart too big; you want it to be a feature on one side of the jar. Once cut, peel the back off the contact paper heart and carefully stick it onto the front of your ason jar. Make sure it’s smooth and securely attached.

Step 2: Paint the Jar

Grab your white acrylic paint and a brush, and cover the entire outer surface of the jar. You might need a couple of coats to get an opaque finish. Let the paint dry completely between coats. This usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity.

Step 3: Add Some Color

Once your jar is dry, pour some of your colored paints onto a paper plate. Dip your circle foam brush into the paint, and start dotting around the jar. Be playful with your colors and sizes of dots to create a vibrant, cheerful pattern. Let all the paint dry thoroughly.

Step 4: Reveal the Heart

Carefully peel off the contact paper heart. You’ll see the lovely heart shape with the clear glass showing through where the heart was. This is your ‘window’ into the jar!

Step 5: Prepare the Photo

Print a cute or funny picture of your child. Trim the photo to fit just right within the heart-shaped window. Attach a small amount of double-sided tape to the front of the photo—place it where it won’t be seen when looking from the front.

Step 6: Position the Photo

Stick the photo inside the jar so it can be seen through the heart window. Adjust the placement to ensure the photo covers the entire heart space and is aligned just the way you like it.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Now, fill the jar with some water and add fresh flowers, or keep it simple with artificial ones. This vase makes a heartfelt gift, especially for occasions like Mother’s Day or a birthday.

Share Your Crafting Moments

We’d love to see how your Mason Jar Photo Vases turn out! Snap a picture of your finished project and share it with us. Tell us about your experience making it—what colors did you choose, and who was the lucky recipient of your craft? Your stories inspire us and your fellow crafters, so don’t hesitate to share!

This craft is not just about making something pretty; it’s about creating memories and gifts that are truly personal. Enjoy the crafting and the smiles it brings!

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Mason Jar Photo Vase Craft – Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day Idea

Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush in white and other colors
  • Circle foam brush
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Photo of child
  • Flowers
  • Double-sided tape

Instructions
 

  1. Start by cutting out a small heart from the Contact paper. It's important not to make the heart too big; you want it to be a delicate feature on the jar. Once cut, peel the back off the Contact paper heart and carefully stick it onto the front of your Mason jar. Make sure it’s smooth and securely attached.
  2. Grab your white acrylic paint and a brush, and cover the entire outer surface of the jar. You might need a couple of coats to get an opaque finish. Let the paint dry completely between coats. This usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity.
  3. Once your jar is dry, pour some of your colored paints onto a paper plate. Dip your circle foam brush into the paint, and start dotting around the jar. Be playful with your colors and sizes of dots to create a vibrant, cheerful pattern. Let all the paint dry thoroughly.
  4. Carefully peel off the Contact paper heart. You’ll see the lovely heart shape with the clear glass showing through where the heart was. This is your ‘window’ into the jar!
  5. Print a cute or funny picture of your child. Trim the photo to fit just right within the heart-shaped window. Attach a small amount of double-sided tape to the back of the photo—place it where it won’t be seen when looking from the front.
  6. Stick the photo inside the jar so it can be seen through the heart window. Adjust the placement to ensure the photo covers the entire heart space and is aligned just the way you like it.
  7. Now, fill the jar with some water and add fresh flowers, or keep it simple with artificial ones. This vase makes a heartfelt gift, especially for occasions like Mother’s Day or a birthday.

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