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It’s been like a barnyard over here in our studio for the last few weeks.  Baby M is no longer a baby (or a toddler for that matter) and was celebrating his birthday with a red tractor party.  I chose to mix in a cow print pattern to help set the stage for his tractor themed extravaganza.  To add a little extra cow print pattern to the party decorations, I made these cow print mason jars.  I never knew how relaxing painting mason jars could be.  Although I don’t think I could make it my full time job, I do see more mason jar crafts in my future.

Cow print mason jars party craft

The best part about painting mason jars is that it’s so easy to transform them into almost anything you want.  And you can use regular paint – not glass paint like I originally thought.  These cow print mason jars would be perfect for a barnyard, tractor or even western themed party.  And if you have another party theme in the works, you can apply the same painting technique to get any look that you would like!

You Will Need:

Regular Mouth Quart Mason Jars 

White Paint

Black Paint

Foam Brush

Clear Acrylic Sealer Matte

Jute Twine Heavy Duty

Glue gun and Glue Sticks

Painting mason jars white

1. Paint the mason jar white.  You will need to paint 4 to 5 coats of white paint for a solid white layer.

Drying white painted mason jars

Let completely dry – about 24 hours.

Outlining cow splotch

2  With a thin paint brush, outline the cow print pattern on the mason jar.  (Need some cow print inspiration?  Check out Pinterest for lots of cow print pattern ideas to help you paint the splotches.)

Filling in cow splotch

Fill in each cow splotch with black paint. You will need to use one to two coats of black paint.

3.  Once the jar is completely dry, spray with an acrylic sealer to protect the paint.  This will help prevent chipping of the paint.

Add jute twine to mouth of jar

4.  Glue a piece of jute twine to one end of the mouth of the jar using a glue gun.  Wrap the twine around the mouth of the jar.  Glue the end piece at the top of the jar’s mouth.

5.  (Optional)  Attach a party circle or tractor cut out to the jar for added decoration.

Cow mason jar party craft

You can use your cow print mason jars as decorations, centerpieces or even vessels to hold utensils.  I used mine at our tractor themed party as table centerpieces.  I added tissue paper and a tractor centerpiece circle to the top to tie in with the tractor theme.  It was a fun way to decorate the tables and make them coordinate with the rest of the party.

Happy Celebrating,


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