The two things we’ve made so far – the mason jar planters and the homemade chalk paint – have both come together in one last tutorial! This distressed mason jar centerpiece is sure to bring a pop of color to your spring decor with the lively succulents and rustic country appeal. It’s hard to believe I started out with nothing more than a few bottles of paint, some jars, and a plain wooden box (all courtesy of Oriental Trading Co. who also sponsored this post!)
As you may know we live in a log cabin so I am immediately drawn to anything with a country/shabby/rustic vibe. You may recognize those salt & pepper shakers, runner, and red cow creamer from The Pioneer Woman and the covered butter dish came from Anthropologie – ANNNND they were all bought on clearance. (Woo!) To keep with the money-saving theme, I decided to trade out my winter centerpiece with something a little more DIY and a tad more lively – literally.
For the succulents, I went with varieties that would give me a bit of height. The seneccio blue fingers (in the yellow mason jar) are my favorite and will turn all the way blue once they get back under the summer sun. The rosary plant (in the middle) has delicate pink flowers and will develop beautiful red tips on their leaves with a little extra sun. Lastly, the one on the left is a Mexican sedum. I should have kept these under grow lights until I used them but I think they’ll be okay once they hit the table on the porch and can get some natural light!
What you’ll need to make your Distressed Mason Jar Centerpiece:
Mason Jars with holes drilled into the bottom: Picked these up at Oriental Trading Co. I absolutely love that they offer free shipping on orders of $49 and more (which is SO easy to do – they have a ton of neat stuff!). It’s HIGHLY suggested that you take the time to do this step, especially if you are new to growing succulents. The number one cause of death among succulents aged 1-3 years is drowning (aka root rot). Don’t be a statistic.
Homemade Chalk Paint – You can find my easy DIY recipe HERE.
Black Chalkboard Paint – this is my secret weapon to getting paint to stick to glass.
Wax – Gotta seal in all that chalk!
Folk Art Stencil – Picked THIS ONE up off of Amazon
Paint Brushes/Sponges – Whatever you have will work – we don’t need the best money can buy here. I used magic eraser sponges (with a clothes pin as the handle) and it worked just fine.
Succulents – I get all of my succulents from Leaf & Clay. I HIGHLY recommend them, awesome customer service and super healthy plants! Check them out here → Leaf & Clay Website
Cactus and Succulent Potting Mix with Extra Perlite – I use 50% cactus mixed with 50% perlite for better drainage (See THIS post on how I plant the succulents in the mason jars).
How to make the Distressed Mason Jar:
The very first thing you’ll want to do is drill the hole into the mason jar for proper drainage. This will take a bit of time so be patient and be sure to check out my VIDEO for an easy tutorial.
I learned this secret from a seller on Etsy who sells these. She says she adds a coat of chalkBOARD paint to prevent the chalky paint from chipping off of the glass. Let this black layer cure overnight (Important! I tried this without letting it cure and it didn’t work – the paint still chipped and sanding was impossible).
The next day, apply 1-2 coats of the homemade chalk paint. I made mine in pink, blue, and yellow. I added a few drops of the acrylic paint from Oriental Trading Co. into my white chalk paint base until I got the shade I was looking for.
Let the chalk paint dry for a few hours (or better yet, over night) then go at it with some sanding paper. Any grit will do – I think I used a combination of 100, 150, and/or 220 since that’s what I had on hand. I love the look of distressed mason jars, it’s such a fun technique!
How to distress the Unfinished Wood Planter Box:
This unfinished wood planter box is also from Oriental Trading Co. and is the perfect size for 3 pint-sized mason jars. I realllly loved how well the homemade chalk paint took to wood. I added a coat of blue but it turned out to be too light so I went back with another shade that was a little darker with a bit more green. Once that was dry (took literally minutes) I followed with a top coat of white chalk paint.
For the stencil, you’ll need some grey paint, one of those magical cleaning eraser sponges (I buy the generics in packs of 40 HERE), and the plastic stencil. To make the grey, I simply added a bit of black to the remaining white paint that I had left over.
I mentioned I wanted to keep things as inexpensive as possible, so to avoid having to buy special dabbing sponges, I just cut the cleaning sponge in half, folded it over, and fastened it with a clothes pin. It worked perfectly!!
Check out how beautifully the homemade paint wore away with just a bit of sanding! Once I got the look I was going for, I wiped it down with a damp cloth then applied some regular ol’ paste wax that I had out in the garage. It works exactly the way it should – there’s no reason for specialty products here.
And that’s it! I am kinda surprised at how well this turned out! Once the weather warms up, my new distressed mason jar centerpiece will be heading out onto the front porch where the succulents will be able to soak up some morning sun followed by an afternoon spent in the shade.
Is this something that you think would look good one your table or is your style a little more modern? Let me know in the comments below!
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Disclosure: Distressed Mason Jar Centerpiece with Succulents is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Oriental Trading Co. However, all opinions expressed are my own, including thoughts in tweets. I received compensation, either monetarily, with a free product or both in exchange for this post. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.