Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

I am a Lowes Creative Ideas Blogger and each month we are issued a project challenge…should we choose to accept it! For March, we were tasked with showing off Pantone’s Radiant Orchid paint by Valspar. I recently shared with you 3 Tips on Decorating with Radiant Orchid. It’s a BOLD color and it’s definitely not for everyone. For this project, I wanted to create something in Radiant Orchid that would be easy to replicate, appeal to many, and scream YAY SPRING! I came up with a simple Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase. I think this would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift, don’t you? It’s simple enough that kids can do most of the steps themselves with just a little adult supervision.

How to make a mason jar vase and frame

Supplies Needed for Mason Jar Picture Vase

For this project you will need the following:

Step 1: Place vinyl or painter’s tape over jar and paint.

To create your picture frame window on your jar, place vinyl or painter’s tape on the area that you don’t want painted. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out a decorative square in black vinyl. There were some gaps in my vinyl, so I filled them with painter’s tape. If you don’t own a Silhouette, you could create a square using painter’s tape and decorative edge scissors. Paint the outside of the jar and immediately remove your sticker. You do not want to wait until the paint is dry or else it will be difficult to remove your sticker.

mason jar picture vase

Step 2: Cut a picture to size and attach to jar with painter’s tape.

I tried out a few different pictures before deciding on the one I liked best. I sized my pictures in a Word document and then just printed them off on my laser printer. The painter’s tape allows you to easily change out the picture.

mason jar picture


Step 3: “Distress” the lettering on the jar.

This is an optional step. I like the look of the lettering and pictures on mason jars and wanted it to show more clearly. I took a metal file and scraped off the paint where I wanted the lettering to show.

How to distress painted mason jars

Here you can see what the back of the jar looks like with the paint scraped off of the lettering.

mason jar vase in radiant orchid

Step 4: Seal the outside of the painted jar with clear spray paint.

The paint will easily scrape off of the jar if it is not sealed. To add durability to the paint, spray it with a clear spray paint.

Seal painted mason jar with spray enamel.

Step 5: Place paper cup inside jar to hold flowers.

Your picture will be ruined if you fill the inside of the jar with water. Place a paper cup inside the jar, fill the cup with water, and place your flowers in the cup. I used a foam cup and had to cut off the lip of the cup in order for it to fit but it worked great.

How to make a mason jar vase and frame

Alternatively, you can place an LED candle inside the jar for a different effect! Enjoy!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Candle

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Disclosure: I am a Lowes Creative blogger and this post is sponsored by Lowes. All ideas, thoughts, and projects are my own.

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  1. says

    This is absolutely precious! We are having a party for my grandmother’s 90th birthday next week and just tonight my mom and I were talking about how to incorporate mason jars and pictures! Well, there ya go! Super cute idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I cannot wait to try it!

    • Beth says

      Hi Stephani, Several years ago (3 or 4) Lowes’ PR company that managed the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine chose me and 30 (or so) other bloggers to participate in the program. Just a few months ago, they changed how the program works so I no longer have monthly challenges. It was wonderful working with them, and I loved having a monthly project that “forced” me to think outside the box!


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