I love decor that I can keep out for more than one season. This month, I’ve made two signs that allow you to transition from one season to another…one is coming up next week, and this one today: my Mason Jar Sign for All Seasons. I chose LOVE for my sign, because love never changes through the months, right? Just switch out the contents inside the mason jar, and the decor hanging from it! Today, I’ve decorated my mason jar for the holidays. And as time goes by, I’ll keep updating this post with pics for the next season.
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- Wood board
- Chalky finish paints
- Metallic paint
- Creme wax finish
- Letter stencils
- Mason jar
- 3-4″ Pipe clamp
- Flathead screwdriver
- Drill, metal drill bit, screw
- 2″ wood slice
- Faux berries on wire, faux branches, or other faux greenery (or real)
- Hot glue
- Baker’s twine
I found a wood board in the garage (thank you handy husband) that measured about 17×7 inches and thought it would do. I painted it first with dark gray chalky finish paint, then went over it with a dry brushing of white chalky finish paint to give it a pseudo white washed look. Then I sanded it lightly with fine-grit sand paper to tone down the white. Then, I created my L, V, and E stencils using my Cricut Explore and Cricut Stencil Vinyl, using the Arial font (system fonts are free in Cricut Design Space).
I used gold metallic paint for the letters.
I sized the letters so there would be an inch at the top, bottom and sides, plus I left room where the O would be for my mason jar. After the paint dried, I added a coat of creme wax.
Now to add the pipe clamp which will hold the mason jar in place. Open up the pipe clamp, and place it inside facing up onto a piece of scrap wood. Use a metal drill bit to drill a hole through the pipe clamp. Usually, I drill it through one of the vent holes closer to the middle of the pipe clamp.
Position the Mason Jar in between the letters. Then, take your pipe clamp and position it around the neck of the jar. You’ll be using one screw to go through the vents of the pipe clamp, centered behind the mason jar. Use a pencil to mark a spot centered behind the neck of the jar. That’s where you’ll place the screw. Drill a pilot hole in the sign at your pencil mark. Then, place the pipe clamp inside facing up again, this time with the hole you just drilled centered over the pilot hole you drilled in the sign. Place your screw there and drill it in.
Now decorate your mason jar. I drilled holes in my wood slice so I could thread some twine through it to tie to the mason jar. Then I hot glued a sprig of faux berries to the front.
For inside the mason jar, you can do anything! Place a candle inside, or place faux greenery. I am using these faux branches I found at Target many moons ago (before my girls were born!). They were originally Easter trees! Yep, I’ve had them in my stash for over 8 years!
I removed those pastel ornaments and used more berries to twist onto the branches to create more of a Christmas-y tree. They aren’t glued on, so I can reuse these branches for Valentine’s Day, for example, but hang heart ornaments instead.
Finally, I tied the wood slice around the mason jar, then I closed up the pipe clamp around the neck of the mason jar. It will be easy to remove the wood slice to decorate my mason jar sign for the next holiday, which will be new year’s (both regular new year and Chinese new year!), and then Valentine’s Day, then St Patrick’s Day, Spring, Easter, July 4th, Summer, Fall, and back to Christmas and winter again!
I’ll adding some hanging hardware to the back of the sign to display it in our entryway soon, but for now, here it is perched on our mantle. I “LOVE” that I can display my Mason Jar Sign all year! Again, will update this post with pictures throughout the seasons!
My Mason Jar Sign for All Seasons was a part of Mason Jar Mondays, Christmas Edition! Be sure to visit the rest of the Mason Jar Monday gang to see their lovely holiday Mason Jar ideas!
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