If you're looking for something new, be it outdoor party ideas, kids crafts, centerpiece ideas, or even just a unique table setting , QVC host, Jill shows how to paint mason jars. These jars are a cool craft that have the added bonus of being affordable and easy to make. For more of Jill's DIY projects: http://qvc.co/DIYPage
Mason jars come in handy in so many different ways when you are entertaining. Today I am going to show you have easy it can be to use a mason jar not only to make your table look more enjoyable, more festive, but also to serve a purpose so that it can hold all your utilizes and a place card holding so when your guests come to the table they have everything that they need. We started off with these mason jars and we just spray painted them an oblique white. You might want to do a couple a coats because you really want to make sure you have a nice smooth surface and it really adheres to the glass. Three coats of spray paint is what we used. Make sure you give them plenty of time to dry in between the coats. Once you have that, we are going to do two different versions. I am going to show you how to do a quick an easy polka dot. I am kind of obsessed with polka dots, I love doing polka dots on anything I can get my hands on but also people love these cow prints right now. So I thought it be fun to show you a cow print motif on these white kind of milk jug looking jars. So you are just going to an all-purpose craft paint, they adhere really well to your different types of spray paint surfaces. I am going to squirt some inside. And I am actually going to use the top of a pencil as my polka dot so it'll be consistent be really easy. This is also easy for kids to handle, so if you want incorporate your kids into the craft, I highly recommend it, they'll have a ball. In fact, that could actually be a really good, cute birthday party idea, wouldn't that be fun. And then the kids could all take them home. So dab it into the paint, we are using brown craft paper here because I always like to do a test, just to give myself a little practice to see how much paint I am going to get from each dot. So figure that out a little bit, that looks pretty good, and then let's get dotty. So we will start here, I've added a couple pencil marks as my guide but if your good enough to eyeball it and free hand it go for it. So you'll just go through and press on and you have a dot, just like that. I would say probably you'll get two to three nice dots from this pencil eraser before you'll might need to reapply. So there you can see on that one I might need to apply a little more and you can go back over it if you need to just to finish it off. So that's how you are going to make your polka dots jars, pretty easy, not a lot of time, mason jars are super affordable and once this is all finished you have something colorful and happy and functional for your table scape. Well now that I've gotten started I don't want to stop, so let me put a few more on there. There's one side, and of course, once you get it all finished it will be dotty all over. So that's how you are going to do your polka dot jar to hold all of your utensils. It could also be cute on a desk to hold your pencils and scissors and things. Let's do this cow print. So we are using some of those smaller natural sea sponges and we are just going to use that black multipurpose paint. Put good use to those old take out containers too. These are great for painting. And then let me just put a little bit more in there because some of these are going to be a little bit larger in size and I want to make sure I get plenty of coverage. So, with cow prints, some of them are a little bit bigger and some of them a little bit smaller so I got two different sponges that will allow me to give me these different sizes. So apply it, and again that is where this craft paper really comes in handy cause you can kind of test to see if I have too much on there. Plus it just makes it nice to glob that extra off so you know what your spot is going to look like. So here we are, back over to over second painted white jar, and you press down and lift up, and you have your shape. And with these you are going to go randomly around, super cute, and once you get some of the larger once then you might want to go back over and just do just the tip of another one so then you have something a little smaller. Just dab it on the end there, do a little practice one, and then fill it in randomly as you go. So you can do that all the way around here and now you have this cute look of the black and white cow print. Lot of people are using this to decorate in their kitchen, I think its super cute, but I also think it's a fun motif to use on your table when you are doing casual entertaining. For more projects, go to qvc.com and search YHJ!