Altered Art Mason Jars


Altered Art Mason Jars


Save glass jars and turn them into Altered Art Mason Jars from Theresa Cifali with can serve as catchall for spices, grains and more. Use a variety of supplies and materials to help your altered art ideas come to life. Use jars you already have to cut down on costs.

Altered Art Mason Jars


  • ImpressArt Metal Alphabet Stamps, Newsprint, upper and lowercase
  • ImpressArt Design Stamps: Leaf Right, Vine
  • ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
  • ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
  • ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
  • ImpressArt Assorted Metal Blanks
  • ImpressArt 2-hole punch
  • 3 glass mason jars
  • Stripped 3/4” twill ribbon
  • 1/8” ribbon or trim of your choice
  • Leather cord
  • Brads
  • Acrylic paint, black
  • Q-tips
  • Paper towel
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint for glass
  • Small brushes
  • Stencil of your choosing
  • Golden’s heavy gel medium
  • Sharpie


  1. Wash the mason jars. Allow them to dry thoroughly.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  2. Gather your tools.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  3. Stamp one of each of the long metal tag blanks: Basil, Oregano, Parsley.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  4. Stamp the Right Leaf Stamp twice after each word.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  5. With a Q-tip, smear some black acrylic paint over each word.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  6. Then wipe off with a paper towel until the surface area is clean.

    Altered Art Mason Jars

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  7. Repeat this process with the small metal tags using the Vine design stamp on the front and the back of the metal tag. Set those aside for later.
  8. Mark the ends of each long metal tag with a Sharpie.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  9. Use the 3/32” side of the 2-hole punch to make holes where you marked the long metal tags.
  10. Fasten a brad to each hole.

    Altered Art Mason Jar
  11. Adhere your stencil to the large mason jar.
  12. Apply your glass paint. Follow the directions for drying time.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  13. Remove the stencil.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  14. Repeat this process on the medium size mason jar.
  15. Cut two 2 1/2” pieces of ribbon per jar.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  16. Adhere the two pieces of ribbon, one next to the other to the mason jar with Golden’s gel medium to create a panel. Repeat on other jars.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  17. Use hot glue to add trim around the ribbon panels of each jar.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  18. Use the hot glue to adhere the long metal tags to each jar.

    Altered Art Mason Jars
  19. Tie leather cord around the neck of the mason jar. Thread the end of each cord through the hole of a small metal tag. Tie a knot at the end of the cord.

    Altered Art Mason Jars


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Lovely! Love all the different crafting techniques in this craft. Mason jar crafts are pretty awesome, they are a chic way to store anything from spices in your kitchen to you're crafting items. This project combines letter punching, something I really love to incorporate in my jewelry projects and painting.

The repurposed jars look so vintage country chic! This is quite a bit of work for someone inexperienced with these materials, as I am. But I will say that she has made it look easy and fun! I am good at painting, so I might even be able to do the painting free hand.

Nice project, and you could even look around at garage or estate sales for different styles of mason jars or similar jars to save further on costs. If you are artistically gifted, you could even free form the scrolled designs and even the label signs themselves. Fill these with some fixings for cookies or some seeds to be planted for an extra special gift.

These are some very cute jars. I like the idea of the metal tags. I would also like to see some pictures in frames in place of the labels as another way to identify the contents. Another thing I might recommend is to make holes in the metal labels and hand them like tags from the necks of the jars.

Great idea, love the tag and stencil. I would punch holes on each end of the tag and attach the tag to the jar with wire and add some beads, or just run that cord you have around the neck of the jar, through the tag and let it hang...then you can remove it to wash the jar periodically. The cloth and lace would be ruined when washing unless you're very careful.

I LOVE the tag, great idea. I would put it around the jar with metal wire so you could remove it to wash the jar periodically...add some beads to the wire :-) it periodically


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