Stunning Succulent Mason Jar Canisters – Easy DIY
I’m always on the lookout for storage ideas that are both practical and stylish for our teeny little holiday home. When space is limited, you have to be creative, amiright? So today I want to share a quick and easy project with you; how to make these stunning succulent mason jar canisters and some tips on how to paint glass so it won’t peel, chip or wash off.
Not only are they trendy with their succulicious tops 😉 but they’re also food safe and easy to clean. A win-win in my books. First up, let’s look at how to paint mason jars so they’re chip-proof, peel-proof, scratch-proof, and washable.
What you need
To paint the mason jars, or any non-porous, smooth container, so they won’t chip or peel you’ll need:
- Clean empty mason jars
- Rubbing alcohol and paper towel
- Epoxy spray paint
I used Rust-Oleum’s Appliance Epoxy in white. It’s an enamel paint that’s ultra-hard wearing and moisture resistance. Regular acrylic paint won’t cut it. It’s going to peel and crack over time, and it will wash off unless you use a glass medium first. The medium gives glass, which is non-porous and smooth, some “tooth” so water-based paints can stay on.
Epoxy paints, on the other hand, contain chemical resins that, when activated, create a hard, scratch-resistant, coating. And since appliance paints are food safe, you don’t need to worry about contaminating whatever you store inside the mason jar canisters. But to be extra sure, we’ll only be painting the outside 😉
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How to paint mason jars so they don’t chip or peel
I wanted the succulent canisters to last a long time and be able to handle whatever our holiday guests throw at them, or in them, 😀 so the prepping and painting had to be done right. Epoxy paints take longer to cure, so while this is a really easy DIY it does require some waiting time. Not my strong point.
Before painting, wash the mason jars thoroughly in warm, soapy water to remove any dirt and greasy fingerprints. Let them dry completely and use a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol or degreaser to remove any soapy residue. White vinegar will also work.
Set them aside for a few minutes so the alcohol can evaporate before spraying with the epoxy paint. I only sprayed the outside, and it took about three coats to cover them completely.
Appliance epoxy is slightly glossy, which is just the look I wanted – clean and fresh. Leave the mason jars to dry and cure completely before handling.
The Rust-Oleum paint I used is touch dry in about 2 hours but needs 24 hours to cure properly. I left ours for 2 days just to be on the safe side.
Once dry you can give them that succulicious makeover 😉
How to turn mason jars into succulicious canisters
To add the succulents to the mason jars, you’ll need:
- Faux succulents
- E6000 glue or Weldbond
- Wirecutter (optional)
- Small pebbles
- Cling film
If your succulents have long stems, like mine, use a wire cutter to trim them off first. Leave a little piece of the stem intact (about 1/2″ or 1 cm).
Drill a hole in the center of the lid that’s just big enough to slip the stem of the succulent inside. If you can find those mason jars where the lids already have a hole, then you can skip this step.
Use E6000 or Weldbond to glue a few small, flat pebbles around the hole.
Not only do the pebbles help create the illusion that the mason jar canisters are succulents planters, but they also add some texture to the lid for the succulents to hold onto when glued down.
Glue the succulents down on top of the pebbles making sure the stem goes in the hole.
It’s probably not clear in the piccy above, but the little bit of stem that was left after cutting had come out from this one. I just stuck it back on again after gluing the succulent down. In hindsight maybe the hole in the lid was a bit of an overkill, but I wanted to make very sure the lids didn’t lose their succulicious bits from continual use. And finally cut some cling film and glue it on the inside of the lid to seal and prevent any moisture from seeping in.
Once the glue dries, your succulent mason jar canisters are all ready.
Aren’t they just so succuliciously awesome?
They look great closed ……..
….. or open.
Plus I know they’re food-safe and won’t peel or crack over time. The paint is crack and peel proof but won’t withstand high heat so they’re not dishwasher safe.
I’d love to know what you think. Is it something you would make?
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Pssst, see that cactus print in the background. You can find the free printable over at The Graphics Fairy. I framed it in one of our easy to make magnetic frames. You can get that tutorial here.
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34 thoughts on “Stunning Succulent Mason Jar Canisters – Easy DIY”
Thanks for the great appliance epoxy spray paint tip! It sounds like the right kind of paint to use to make mason jar soft soap dispensers that will last. I like the patina of this paint on the glass. They are the prettiest succulent planters!
That stuff works like a bomb, Marie and lasts way better than chalk paint.
Thanks for the great idea of how to paint mason jars. I just love it. One question, could I put a real succulent in the jar. If so, do you think the plant will survive.
Hey there Kathy, I’m not a big fan of planting succulents in containers that don’t have drainage holes. They hate it when their
feetroots lie in water. With that being said, they can grow in a container without drainage, if you take care not to overwater them. When you do water them, let the water sit for a few minutes and then tip it sideways gently to drain the excess water and allow the soil to dry completely before watering again. Adding a few small pebbles or gravel in the bottom of the mason jar will help with drainage too.
LOVE this project! Where did you get the jars with a “nature” design already on them? I’ve searched and can’t find anything like the ones you used. TIA. (From Missouri-USA)
Hello Kathy from Missouri. I bought them at one of the local stores here in South Africa called Westpack. Sorry, that’s a bit far for you to travel ? There’s a label on the bottom that says “Made in Italy” and “Bormiolo Rocco”. Searcing on Amazon I found this one that looks almost exactly the same as the ones I used – https://www.amazon.com/Bormioli-Rocco-Quattro-Stagioni-Canning/dp/B0000CFHM6/ref=sr_1_44?keywords=Bormiolo+Rocco&qid=1571061689&s=home-garden&sr=1-44, but we didn’t pay so much for them. Crazy price ? I hope you come right
Mix, I found your Succulent Mason Jars idea on Hometalk. At first look I thought these were going to be a way to hide something in plain site. They look to me like a potted succulent sitting on the counter. I love your idea but, I still think I’m going to use them as a disguise for secret hiding (like the cans that have a screw open on the bottom). Thanks for the great idea. I’m going to continue checking out your site for more ideas.
So happy you came for a visit all the way from hometalk Melissa and I think your tin can with a lid idea is a great alternative to the mason jars. You definitely won’t have to worry about finding the right glass paint ?
Some colorful Xmas candy is going to look great in these jars. THX
Oh yes Patricia!!! That would make such a lovely gift too ?
I love this idea! The succulents add so much style.
Thank you Debra and so lovely to hear from you again. I missed. Hope you’re doing well ❣
Just love this idea – well all of your ideas that’s why I keep coming back. The epoxy white is a wonderful effect but the pebbles glued to the lid is a master stroke, just brilliant.
Oh I’m so happy to hear that Ruby. Thank you so much ❣
Hi Michelle. There is nothing more transforming and pleasing than white paint. I have used epoxy spray paint before but had not thought of it for mason jars, thank you for the tip. My favorite part of the post is the little pile of white rocks, it makes such a difference. Love this uniquely yours idea.
I must admit I’m love bright, happy colors but there’s something special about a bright white. It always looks so clean and refreshing.
You know I love succulents! These cute planter cannisters are perfect Michelle, I love how they turned out!!
Thanks so much Katrin ?
Oh wow, they turned out great and it doesn’t seem difficult at all to do. Would the paint work on plastic too?
? I’m sure it would Trish
That is such a pretty way to upcycle jars Michelle and an even better way to display those succulents.
? Thank you Mary
You know I love mason jar crafts Michelle! These turned out so pretty! What a great idea using them as canisters but they look like a succulent planter.
Thanks my friend ?
I love this, lovely fun decoration. It looks great.
Thanks so much Claire ❣
They turned out great Michelle and they look so fresh too. Does appliance paint come in other colours besides white?
? Thanks Sharleen and yes you can get appliance paint in other colors. I’ve seen black, brushed mirror and a tan/sandy color at the hardware store.
What a good idea, Michelle! I love how they remind me of milk glass, which is always a favorite. And who isn’t a sucker for succulents 🙂 !
? I think we’re all suckers for them. My favorite plants ?
This is going on my bucket list… as birthday gifts for my friends. I love making gifts when I can and these are perfect.
? That’s a great idea Dorothy. They’re so easy to put together and will make beautiful gifts.
I’m in awe of your blog and how creative you are. Can I have some of what you’re having 🙂 I’m following you so I don’t miss a thing.
Thank you Susie ? I really appreciate the follow and your beautiful comment.