I have said it before, yesterday actually, but…. is it Spring yet?! I am ready for warm temperatures, more outside fun, no snow, and my flowers!!! I have some beautiful blooms in my garden. Hydrangeas and roses are my top faves and I am eager to see them blooming, I know it is a few months away at least. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create Spring silk floral arrangement and paint dipped mason jars. Let me back track a little, today is another edition of the Ready, Set, craft challenge! This months theme is Mason jars, myself and 3 other blogging friends, Gav & Ro, Amber Oliver, and XO Kerry are the ladies behind this challenge. When mason jars were selected for this month I was not sure what to do, there are so many options.
To me when I think Mason jars I think of flower vases. I fill them all spring and summer long with beautiful floral arrangements I make. This is your forewarning that come that time of year this blog will have some crafts, some DIY, and a whole lot of floral arrangements. I might even get fancy and post some videos, just how it will go. Time to accept the overabundance of flower posts now. Give me all of the flowers! I wanted to do something a little different to the mason jars and also find a creative way to make a spring floral arrangement, even though it is not “technically” spring yet. I used a paint dipping method to redo the mason jars and got my silk flower shopping on for this challenge!
I always pick up a few mason jars when I am at a consignment shop, I can buy them for close to pennies and I surprisingly go through them. Not because I break them, but I turn them into other things, add rope, glitter, lights, paper, anything. I like to have options.
I also always have a ton of paint sitting around. This beautiful turquoise color is what I painted our laundry room with.
This is the easiest project I think I will ever share here. I shake the paint to get it mixed well, open the can. Wipe the mason jar down to make sure it is all clean and dust free.
Put the mason jar directly into the paint can. Swishing it around to the desired level you want the paint to go to the jar. I wanted the paint to be slightly over half of the mason jar.
Wiggle it around a little to get the line nice and obvious.
Pull the mason jar out, keep it over the paint can for a minute of two for the major dripping to stop. While waiting “ohh and ahh” over the pretty paint dipped look.
I did not want to have paint collecting on the bottom when I sit it down still wet. I was not going to stand holding the mason jar above the paint can until it drys, I have better things to do then watching paint to dry. I fixed this by setting the jars down on paper and then every 5 minutes or so move the jar around, to get rid of the excess paint. So I sort of watched paint dry, but my arm was not aching from holding it up. I was able to go do stuff and come back to move the jars around.
They were stunning!
To make the Spring floral arrangement happen without going to spend money and buy fresh flowers (which was so tempting) I decided to buy some beautiful silk flowers. I went to Hobby Lobby and figured buying some now will last me for years, think of this as an investment. Should I put this in my stock portfolio? Discuss this investment with my Tax person? I selected some hydrangeas and tulips, both of which I will have for real in a few months!
I have always been hesitant to use silk or “fake” flowers because I have flashbacks to the 80’s when people decorated with fake flowers that were somewhat corny in bulky arrangement usually in some kind of basket. This is not what I am doing. I think the thing that has always hung me up on not using silk flowers was I left them as is. Which is weird because the way I create beautiful floral arrangements with my flowers from my yard is cutting the stems and actually arranging them. So I am going to do that.
First, I decided cutting was not needed for these Hydrangea stems. I folded them in half. The brilliant thing about the paint dipped mason jars is that the bottom of this where the stems and bottoms are seen is hidden in the pretty blue paint.
Whomp, whomp… silk floral arrangement fail! I am still learning here folks. The folded over stem could be seen above the paint dipped bottom.
Take 2! I bent the stem lower and twisted it around, hoping this would all become hidden in the paint dipped bottom.
Success! These hydrangeas look legit!
The tulips are so dreamy, I took way too many pictures of them just sitting here in the sun.
I felt the reason the fake floral arrangements look fake is because they come with this base stem. It makes it difficult to arrange them in anyway other then a cluster. I used garden clippers and got to hacking these down. I did feel weird clipping and cutting new flowers, I mean the receipt was still warm from being printed. But, I was a woman on a mission for a Spring floral arrangement!
I clipped them all down off of the main stem.
I decided to do the equivalent of what I did the last time I went to the hair salon, I cut a little and then just kept cutting. I ended up with a cute little bob with side bangs when I just intended to get a trim. I intended to trim these tulips and they ended up shorter and leaf-less. Like my bob hair cut, it was all for the best. I will be sharing in another post (and video) on what I did with the leaves. Watch out for that!
I folded the stems the rest of the way, going one by one to have staggering heights.
I put the tallest in the middle and then fanned out to smallest.
This Spring silk floral arrangement and paint dipped mason jars turned out beautiful! I was actually surprised with how realistic and stunning these look! The paint dipped bottoms really helps set it all off in a sweet and whimsical feel. It also helps to hide the folded stems to have the appearance of a real, fresh cut flower. Can you feel spring coming now?
The sweet spot for these paint dipped mason jars are on my console table. I like the pop of color it added to this space.
The paint dipping technique is flawless. There is zero brush strokes, it is all pure paint and pretty.
I finally got a wide shot of of my new gallery wall. I had tried earlier but had some couch potatoes who would not nudge. I do like the addition of these mason jars on the tiny entryway I have. I use a lot of light colors but always need to add pops of brighter colors to make my home feel casual. I don’t want it to be a white or stark feel. We are a lively bunch here and I want my home to reflect that.
The process to create this was crazy easy. I feel guilty even calling it a tutorial. However, I liked the idea and thought updating some mason jars in this way is a little modern twist to the classic. I am eager to see what the other ladies created with mason jars. The fun part of this is that You can show off your mason jar creations too. Do you have a project that incorporated mason jars, an upcycle, floral display… anything! We want you to link up and show us what you created too. Ready, set, craft!