DIY: Patriotic Etched Mason Jars

This Monday marks the beginning of one of the best American pastimes: Summer holiday BBQ season! What do you need to go with good food and the company of friends and family? Homemade decor of course!

Mason jars seem to be like leather; they never go out of style! But how do you keep your ideas with what to do with them fresh and unique? My grandmother works at a stained glass company, and they sell a product called Armor Etch. It’s super easy to use, and it makes a frosted texture on the glass that you put it on. With all of the patriotic holidays coming up, I decided to use this product to make stars on mason jars. Follow along to create these centerpieces!


To get the glossy mason jar look, you will need some acrylic paint and glass mason jars. I chose acrylic paint colors as close to Americana colors that I could find. I find it gives a less bold and more rustic kind of look.

Patriotic Mason Jars

Start by pouring paint in the jar. I poured about 3/4 of a 2 oz paint bottle and started twirling the jar around. To expedite this process, we put the lid on the jars and shook them while twirling. If you want to take your time swirling and twirling your jar around, use less.  You could also use more paint in the jar and pour the excess back into the bottle.

Once the inside surface is covered, flip your jars over and place them on either a paper bag or several paper towels to drain the excess paint.

Patriotic Mason Jars

I decided to etch some stars onto the blue jar. I’ve been seeing a lot of etched glassware projects and remembered how much I loved etching glasses. Growing up in a stained glass company, I started etching glasses at a pretty young age. It’s super simple and adds a bit of depth to your glassware.

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All you need is a little bit of Armor Etch Cream, stencils, and painters tape. I used these star stencils,  but you can also use painter’s tape to create a star pattern. Using the stencil, use the wooden stick provided to press the stencil onto the jar. Remove the film and put painter’s tape around the stencil so that the armor etch cream does not touch the glass. Dab some cream onto the stencil, wait one minute, and rinse. It’s that easy!!


Unfortunately, you cannot use these vases for real flowers, but there are so many other things you can use these jars for! Not to mention how festive they are. Happy Memorial Day!!


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  1. How pretty! I’ve been working on some Patriotic crafts and I really love this. I recently tried my hand at glass etching but never thought of trying it on Mason jar. Going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hello – I’m coming from the Nifty Thrifty Sunday party. Your site is very nice. Also, the mason jar craft is very clever and is just in time for the 4th of July! Thanks.

  3. I love everything mason-jar and I love your patriotic twist with them. I’ve wanted to to etch some glass for quite some time now, I’m a little intimidated…. Maybe this post gave me the push I need – thanks for sharing! (Stopping by from You’re Gonna Love It Party)

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~

  4. I’m writing to let you know that your patriotic mason jars will be featured at Funtastic Friday #77. The party opens tomorrow night at 9 pm EST.

    1. Thank you so much for featuring my mason jar projects! I look forward to linking up at Funtastic Friday:)

  5. Your patriotic mason jars look great. They would make wonderful additions to any patriotic decor. Thanks for sharing them at our Celebrate the USA Party. Pinning to the party board.

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