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!

          • Beth says

            I think I made mine just under 3 inches but it will depend on the size of your jar. Measure the area you want your picture to be placed and size your tape/vinyl and picture accordingly.

  2. Christie WhiteHi says

    I am just wondering. Is the picture on the inside of the jar or outside? How is the picture adhering to the jar?


    • Beth says

      Hi Christie, If you look at the pictures in step 2 you will see that I have cut out a picture of my boys and placed painter’s tape (sticky side up) on the top of the picture. Place the picture inside the jar. The rest of the directions should be clear. Thanks!

  3. Carla Enriquez says

    I love this idea! I was trying to email it to myself and am having issues. I want to use this for my daughter’s quincenera, as table decorations and families can take them home if they want!! Please email me this article!

    Carla Enriquez

    • Beth says

      Fabric spray paint typically contains softeners in the paint so that the coating is more flexible and won’t crack when bent. It wouldn’t be my first choice to spray on glass, but I’ve never tried it before so can’t speak to whether or not it works/holds up.

      • Diane says

        Thanks much for the reply. Will give it a dry run tomorrow and will advise.
        Appreciate the quick reply and have a great day!

  4. darcymae says

    Can you tell me what the secret is to getting paint on that thick in one coat? A certain kind of brush? Technique? What?! I’ve been trying to replicate this but it’s taking several coats of paint to get coverage like you have and by the time that is accomplished the vinyl won’t come off nicely. HELP!

    • Beth says

      I’m so sorry it’s not working well. I think I used a Purdy paint brush and I don’t remember doing more than one coat, but maybe I did two. You could also just use spray paint.


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