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Mason Jar Decor is Still Popular

I am really glad that mason jars are still in style.  The mason jar continues to be used in a variety of ways in home decor.   They are practical, useful and sturdy.   The mason jar has an interesting history,  I wrote a post about the mason jar’s  history.

We made a few of these to sell at local craft fairs in various colours.  This one is my favorite so I kept it for me.    No way did I make these, but I have included a complete tutorial on how Hubs made these.
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3 pieces of 1″ by 6″ board, cut to 19″ long

2 pieces of 1″ by 6″ board, cut to 6″ long

fluted wood dowels, wood glue, clamps

sandpaper, paint/stain, and 3 quart size mason jars

Drill and 5/16″ drill bit

Cut the lumber to length.

Once the 1 x 6 is cut to length, trim one of the 19″ pieces to 4.5 inches wide (instead of six).  This makes the bottom allowing for the width width of the outside boards.

Sand all surfaces with 120 grit and then 220 grit  sandpaper until smooth.

Your boards laid out will look like this.

We are making dowel joints so that no nails or screws show.  If you don’t want to make dowel joints you can countersink screws, fill them with wood filler, sand and then paint.

Dowel Joints

Mason Jar Crafts, Mason Jar Projects, Mason Jar Spring Decor, Spring Decor, Wood working Decor, Farmhouse DecorDoing the joints with dowels takes a little more patience and skill but I love the clean ends, free of screw or nail marks.

Take the two long side boards drill 3 – 1.5″ deep holes along the long seam 3/8 of an inch in from the edge.   Measuring from the short end drill at 2″,  9.5″ and 17″.  Here is a simple diagram.

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Dowel Drilling Hole Placement

Repeat on the other side of the bottom board.

Now drill the adjacent holes in the bottom board. Repeat for the other side.

Bottom cross view jig holes

Add glue and fluted dowels;  fit the sides to the bottom clamp into position and let dry.

To add the 5 1/2 by 6″  end boards.  (1 by 6 lumber is actually 5 1/2 inches wide.)

 

Jig Hole end piecesDrill all the end holes 1/2 inch deep on the end boards, (on the main frame they will be 1″ deep.)

The board has a hole in each corner, 1 inch from the top, and 3/8 inch in from the side.

 

 

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Match the holes on the main frame.  you will find by drilling 1 inch from top and 3/8 in the side you will be in the center of the board ends.  Drill to the depth of one inch.

Add the dowel plugs and secure with glue.  Clamp overnight to dry.

Painting

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Paint the inside first with two coats of pink paint.  Let dry between coats.

Once the inside is done paint all the outer surfaces with white paint.  If you have any drips onto the pink paint simply wipe away with a wet cloth as you work.  Let dry thoroughly before adding your mason jars and  flowers.

 

 

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