Distressed Mod- Podge Fabric Jar

March 20, 2017
Happy Monday and welcome to our Spring Challenge! Today a group of 8 bloggers will be sharing their DIY projects. We were given the challenge of using fabric, Mod Podge and recycling something in our homes for this Spring activity. I will tell you my creativity was certainly challenged. However, once we ate two jars of Homestyle Ragu, I had just the jars that I needed to complete this Spring project! Please follow along for my inspired Spring journey and those of 7  Lovely bloggers.
All links are at the end of this post.

I am a jar saver, I think it all began with the multitude of mason jars that Mother had in her basement. Those jars were used for canning, picking berries, flower vases, water jugs, craft jars and more.
So when I find a jar that strikes my fancy the first I thing I do is soak off the label and wash it up real good.
I liked these Ragu jars from the beginning because to me they had an old time feel.
So here we go with our Blogger Spring Challenge of Recycling and then using Fabric and Modge Podge.
I have included a step by step look on how to paint, distress, then apply modge podge and fabric to a jar.
This project takes one day to complete because of drying time in-between applying chalk paint, sanding and then the process of mod podge.

Chalk Paint & Distressing a Jar

The Supplies

  • *Glass Jars
  • *Acrylic Chalk Paint
  • *Paint Brush
  • *Paper to cover work area
  • *Paper Plate
  • *Paper Towels for clean up
  • *Sand Paper

The Project

  • *Cover your work area with paper.
  • *Pour small amount of chalk paint onto paper plate.
  • *Using a paint brush apply one to coats of chalk paint to jar, allowing to dry in-  between applications.
  • *Dry thoroughly before sanding.
This project was a trial and error journey, but I believe that I have it figured out now, so I am quite thrilled to be sharing it with you!
First I sanded the jar on the left lightly, then I discovered that I needed to be a little more aggressive to give them the distressed look that I wanted. I went heavier in different areas to give them an aged appearance.
These jars are all ready now for Mod Podge using fabric.
I chose to go with a Spring theme by using blue chalk paint, floral vintage fabric and multi-color ric-rac trim for my Easter table in our Breakfast nook.

Fabric Mod Podge The Jar

The Supplies

*Mod Podge
*Paint Brushes
*Paper Plate
*Ric-Rac Trim
*Pinking Shears
*Distressed Jars
*Fabric measured and cut


The Project
  • *Cover your work area.
  • *Measure your jars to determine the amount of fabric you will need.
  • *Cut Fabric with pinking shears to avoid fraying.
  • *Measure ric-rac and cut to desired to length.
  • *Pour mod-podge onto paper plate.
  • *Brush mod-podge onto jar, place fabric on top of jar and brush on more mod-podge.
  • *Repeat until jar/jars are covered with fabric.
  • *Brush mod-podge on ric-rac and on jar.
  • *Let dry for several hours before using.

Thank you so much for joining us all today!

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  1. Hi Jemma,
    Your jars are sooo cute. I just got done painting some mason jars with chalk paint in a very similar color. Great minds think alike. However, I did not think about embellishing them with fabric and trim like you. Such a nice added touch.
    Happy Spring!

    1. Good Morning Patti,
      Such a fun Spring Challenge and working with Modge-Podge is one of my favorite elements!
      Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't you just love this color of chalk paint is sings Spring doesn't it.

  2. These jars are so pretty I love the combination of everything it just speaks Spring! I love jars too and painting them well simply awesome too. Simplicity and detail in one project is sweet. As always working with you is such an awesome thing.


    1. I guess I have Spring fever and I am bringing those colors of Spring right on it to our home!
      It was a great challenge and working with you is always such a neat thing!

  3. Hi Jemma- I love the paint color on the jars! They just pop! Fun challenge! laura

  4. This one is really cute, Jemma. And I just happen to have an empty Mason jar at hand! And who doesn't have fabric?! Your instructions are always so clear -- thanks for that. Maybe I can give that a try.

  5. I love how you took jars that would normally be thrown away and made them into something pretty! Your fabric is just gorgeous...says Spring perfectly.

  6. Your painted Mason jars are lovely, and the added fabric brings a fun pop of pattern! These would have lovely teacher gifts with fresh flowers. This was such a fun challenge!

  7. These are adorable. I love the colors you used and the fabric is just perfect.

  8. Lovely post! I especially love the blue shade you added to the jar. THank you for the wall done post.

  9. Jemma,
    These are the cutest jars! Love the colors, the embellishments--so cheerful and perfect for spring! though we still have lots of snow, I am thinking spring! (thanks to your post!) Thanks for the fun tutorial, great instructions for a fun project!xo

  10. Hi Jemma, this is one of my favs to do and your jars are beautiful. Love the fresh bright pop of color. Spring inspiring for sure!!
    Happy Spring my friend and enjoy the new season of warmer weather.
    Hugs and Blessings xo

  11. I adore the color!! It just screams spring!! What a fun way to welcome the season!

  12. This mason jar is so cute, Jemma. I love the blue and pink colors, and the ric-rac trim adds an extra touch. The color almost looks like aqua on the screen, so pretty. The Pink flowers really look pretty against the blue jar. Very clever, indeed. Love those yellow chicks on your cake server. : )

    Happy first day of Spring, Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

  13. Oh, how pretty! I LOVE the colors! So springy and bright! Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. This is my kind of project. How lovely. I love the fabric you've chosen.

  15. Awe what cute jars. I love modge podge .❤ hugs and blessings , cindy

  16. Good morning Jemma! When I saw this on your IG, it just woke me up with that color combo of pink and BLUE! I love how we can make such happy things when we run courageously with our imaginations and paint! Lovely my dear.

  17. I love mason jars! And, yours looks so adorable with the distressed look and the decorative fabric. And to think, I've been recyciing my Ragu jars - shame on me!

  18. Hi Jemma,
    I'm a jar saver (read hoarder 😳) myself and it's getting time to clean out...this is a great idea for dressing up a few to hold things in my craft room - especially some pretty spring blooms. Thanks for sharing - I'm inspired!

  19. Love this upcycle. It is a great way to reuse the jars and they are so cute.

  20. So cute, Jemma! I am definitely up for this craft project!
    Hugs, Carol

  21. We made simple, distressed mason jars for our wedding tables a few years ago and they were a big hit. Guests actually took them home as favors. I love fabric details you added to these. It's really great that you recycle jars like this and they turned out so pretty!


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