Happy St. Patrick’s Day! These clover mason jar candle holders are a fun project to do today or to bookmark for next year. (I hoped to get this tutorial up earlier in the day, but life got in the way.) You can also customize these for a different holiday or special occasion. Just change up the stencil and the color!
This project will be a little easier if you have a Cricut. If you do, I recommend cutting out a 3-inch clover that you can adhere to a glass jar and easily remove. If you don’t have one (like me), I recommend buying a stencil. This is the one I used.
What You’ll Need:
16 oz. smooth mason jar
a clover stencil
multi-surface premium matte metallic acrylic paint in emerald or your color of choice (I found this at Michael’s)
green puffy paint
clear gloss varnish
small paint brushes
a cup of water
1/8 inch ribbon in assorted colors
Tape the stencil to the jar and use the puffy paint to trace around it. Then carefully remove the stencil. Don’t worry if a little of the paint smears because you can cover that up later. Let it dry before moving on to the next step. Keep the jar lying flat while the outline dries.
If you’re using a Cricut cutout, you can skip this step. Feel free to outline the clover in puffy paint after you’ve painted the rest of the jar.
Once the outline dries, paint the metallic green around it, covering the entire jar. I recommend using a small brush around the clover and a slightly larger brush on the rest of the jar. Use long, vertical strokes (except on the rim, where you should always use horizontal strokes). The jar will need several coats of paint, but let each coat dry before moving on to the next.
I also found it’s easier to paint by holding the jar upside down from the inside.
The color will become more vibrant with each coat of paint. Use long vertical strokes on the second coat, but switch to horizontal strokes on the third. Switch back to vertical strokes on the fourth and, if you decide the jar needs it, the fifth.
Rinse and pat the brushes dry between each coat, and shake the paint well.
Once the final coat dries, outline the clover in puffy paint once again. Allow that to dry, and then apply a coat of varnish to the jar.
Once the varnish dries, cut the ribbon(s) to your desired length and then tie a bow around the rim. You can use one or multiple colors.
Tag me @roseandwhiskers on Instagram if you try this craft and use the hashtag #rosesandwhiskers. Let me know if you have any questions!
Happy crafting. 🙂