Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ball Jars(R), all opinions and creative are 100% asy own.
We have been using our outdoor space so much lately. I have it all decked out in summer prints and we have been spending as much time out here as possible. I wanted to create a new centerpiece for out here that went with my black and white theme but also incorporated fresh greens. When you think of jar projects, most people instantly think of farmhouse style decor. But I’m here today to show you how you can create DIY Modern Ball Jars by using the right style of jars and picking modern paint colors and patterns.
DIY Modern Ball Jar Succulents
Succulents are always a great addition to any summer space. They are so easy to take care of and they add a little tropical or dessert look to your space. If you are worried about keeping succulents alive, then you can alway opt for candles inside or use them for flatware or straws at your next bbq.
I wanted to use black, white and metallic for these modern jars, but I knew it would be a little tricky. These colors could easily turn into Halloween and not summer! So I’m going to walk you through every step to make sure you can create your own!
Decorative Ball Jar Tutorial
I started with the smooth sized quart sized ball jars. I like that they have a smooth side to make them look more modern and the size is perfect for a larger centerpiece. They are only $3 each plus you can always find a coupon!
Next, I headed to my local Michaels Store and picked up a bunch of supplies to play with. I am a very visual person and I love to create projects as I go. I typically have a very good idea of how I want the project to turn out but I enjoy playing with different mediums until I get it right. Here is a list of everything I started with, I didn’t end up using everything but I wanted to show you how I grab my supplies when starting a project.
- Smooth Sided Ball Jars
- Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Smoke
- Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Beetle Black
- Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic Paint in Rose Gold
- Martha Stewart Gold Gilding Sheets
- Krylon Stone Texture in Charcoal
- Metallic Washi Tape
- Fan Paint Brush
Painting Glass Jars
When painting ball jars, you need to make sure the paint you are using is specifically good for glass. Otherwise you risk the paint completely peeling off. Trust me, it’s happened to me before! This Vintage Decor Paint by Martha Stewart is SO great on glass. I started by painting three of the jars with TWO COATS of Vintage Decor Paint in Smoke . The first coat you can still see the brush strokes, but the second coat covered them all up.
I love the look of concrete planters and have always wanted to try this Krylon Stone Texture in Charcoal . It was extremely easy to use and I was amazed at the texture. It really feels like a true stone or sand paper. This added so much texture to my jars, I love it.
I let the jars dry overnight and then got started on the detail work. To give these a more modern ball jar vibe I wanted to keep them simple but also add texture and organic patterns to them. I took the sponges and did a fading effect using the paint. I did them in opposite directions to create an interesting look.
This jar turned out to be my favorite from the bunch! I used my Fan Paint Brush to create this tropical leaf print on the jars. I gently dipped it into the Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Beetle Black and then pressed it gently onto the jars.
Since these jars already had so much texture from the paint and were already interesting, I kept it simple and just added a single band of Metallic Washi Tape to finish them off. I love how it looks like a metal band.
Jar Succulent Planters
Next up, I filled them with some pretty succulents!
Black and White Jars
I spent a lot of time on this collection to get it right, to give it balance and create the modern jar look I was going for.
The possibilities with these are endless and I hope you like this different take on them.
We are already enjoying them outside in our outdoor living space! Can’t wait to see them grow.