Made With LOVE

If you read my last post then you know that I’m trying to change how I feel about Valentine’s Day.

If you didn’t read my last post, then here it is, in short: I used to hate Valentine’s Day because, to me, it made the single people feel even more lonely and single and bad about themselves. Now, I am trying to see V-Day as a day to love ALL of the people in your life, not just your significant others.

And so, in honor of this resolution [and also due to the fact that I presently do not have a man in my life], I put together a little something for the ladies in my family.

**SIDENOTE: even if you have absolutely NO artsy creative skills, you can totally do this project. It’s easy peasy – it just takes time and a little bit of moola.

When I decided I wanted to improve my outlook on the Valentine “holiday” [sorry, just can’t quite commit to giving it the FULL holiday status], I decided I wanted to do something nice for my family. So, basically, the women. Because, let’s be real, off-the-market men would probably skip right over Valentine’s Day if given the opportunity.

And the first thing I did, of course, was go straight to Pinterest.

I’ve always been a fan of any mason jar project, and so when I stumbled upon this one, I was sold.

I picked up all my supplies at Michael’s, but you could probably find all of the materials at any DIY, craft or hobby store. You will need:

♥ Mason Jars [Kerr or Ball will work, too]
♥ Acrylic Paint [glossy finish works best on glass]
♥ Paint brushes
♥ Tape [I purchased Washi tape – you want some of the paint to come off so the jars look distressed]
♥ Sandpaper [grit over 100 will work best]
♥ Toothpicks

STEP 1: Paint the jars. I put three layers of paint on each – I’m a bit OCD and don’t like to see paintbrush marks. If this doesn’t bother you then one coat is probably enough. Make sure you let the paint dry between layers of paint and/or before the next step!

STEP 2: Tape the jars. Pick any spot on the jar to start and press a strip of tape from bottom to top. Make sure it hugs all of the crevices as tightly as possible. While some paint leaking is okay, you don’t want them to look TOO messy :).

STEP 3: Paint the exposed stripes. This part is easy – just like step 1. LET DRY FULLY! This could mean several hours, depending on how much paint you’ve used.

STEP 4: Remove the tape. Make sure you’ve let the paint dry before you do this! Otherwise it will be tacky and will pull right off the glass in gummy strips. If the paint chips a little bit it’s okay – you want them a bit weathered. If too much paint comes off, just dab in a little bit of filler paint and let dry.

STEP 5: Roughen up the jars. This part is fun! Take your sandpaper and rub it on the raised surfaces of the jars. If the tape didn’t pull off enough paint, feel free to do a bit of sandpapering to those parts as well. Again, make sure the paint is completely dry before you attempt to distress the jars. Tacky paint will just glob up and you’ll end up with chunks of paint in places you don’t want it.

STEP 6: Paint the hearts. This is probably the hardest part of the entire process because it’s a bit tedious. The easiest way that I found to paint these is to dab two small, paint heavy dots next to each other, and then take a toothpick and drag the excess paint down to make the pointed end of the heart. These don’t have to be perfect – part of the character of the jars is their imperfections.

And that’s it! You’re done! See? Easy, right? I added a little flair to mine with some yarn, flowers, and crafty tree branches [which I made by clipping apart a heart banner and hot-gluing the pieces to empty tree branches].

Happy Heart Day, y’all. Spread some lovin’!