I love mason jars & everything you can do with them. I recently needed something new for my walls & decided to make these super cute distressed wall decor with my friend, Kait. Here is how we made them...

What you need:

  1. Mason Jars
  2. Wood ( I used pine)
  3. Metal pipe clamps ( I used 4" ones, then cut them down)
  4. Mod Podge/Decoupage & brushes
  5. Decorative Paper
  6. Sandpaper
  7. Screws & screw driver

Step 1 | Prep your wood

Get someone experienced with saws & drills (like my super-awesome dad) to cut down your wood to your desired size. Kait & I wanted to have grooves running up & down our boards, but you can keep it simple & flat. Next, we sanded the wood. Tip: wear gloves so you don't get spinters...ouch!

Step 2 | Glue on the paper

We spread a large amount of decoupage on the wood then placed on the paper. We made sure to get it in the grooves & let it dry for about an hour.

Step 3 | Distress

After we made/ate some pizza & waited an was time to distress the wood. We used nails, wire brushes & chisels to make dents & dings in the wood. We also used sandpaper on the edges to add more distress.

Step 4 | Screw on clamps

Then my amazing father kindly drilled a hole in each of the metal pipe clamps. Kait & I then screwed them closer to the bottom of the wood.

Step 5 | Fit in mason jars

We placed our mason jars in the rings and tightened the clamps. We then cut the excess metal from the clamps and bent them with pliers to hide the sharp edge.

Step 6 | Decorating

There are many ways you can use these. You can add:

Flowers (like I did)
Sand with tea lights
Sea shells
Cotton balls & Q-tips
Make-up brushes
Cutlery (if you hang these in your kitchen)

And the list can go on. I hope we inspired you to get some DIY going & make something creative!

– Miche