Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial

by Jillian Leslie on

Chic Mason Jar Vase

Our wonderfully creative blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing a gorgeously chic mason jar vase tutorial with us today!

Nothing sets the ambiance of an event or brightens a room like fresh flowers in a stylish vase! Mason jars are a fun and easy option for centerpieces, ranging from a chic way to liven up your home, to setting the scene at a wedding. This quick, easy and trendy take on your basic mason jar is a fun way to add a little style to your home or next event!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |


  • Quart sized mason jar
  • Gold spray paint
  • Blue spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Wax paper
  • 1/2 inch hole punch
  • Flowers
Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

Follow these quick and simple steps to make your own custom mason jar vase:

1.) Select a mason jar from your local craft supply store. (We chose a quart size, but you can use any size you like!) Prepare your mason jar to be painted by washing and drying it carefully. Next, turn your jar upside down.

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2.) Select the color paint you would like for your dots, we chose gold. Spray the entire jar in even strokes until it is completely coated. Allow the paint to dry for 30-60 minutes.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

3.) Next, take a strip of your painters tape and adhere it to the wax paper. This will make it easier to punch.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

4.) Using your hole punch, cut out as many dots as you would like to use on your jar. (You can use any size hole punch you prefer, depending on how large you would like your dots to be)

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

5.) Carefully peel the wax paper away from the back of your painter tape dots and apply the tape dots in any pattern you like on the jar.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

6.) Once your dots are applied to the jar, you will be ready to paint the next coat.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

7.) Using your second color, spray the entire jar in even strokes until it is completely coated. Allow the paint to dry for 30-60 minutes.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

8.) Once your top coat is dry, carefully peel of the painter tape dots to reveal your base color, creating a fun and beautiful pattern!

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Add your favorite flowers to your new vase and enjoy!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! These jars would be lovely as a centerpiece at a rustic celebration!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

9 Best 40th Birthday Themes for Women

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Best Femaile 40th Birthday Party Themes |

If you're a woman turning 40 and want your 40th birthday party to be classy, sexy, and cool, check out these fantastic party themes below. Remember... 40 can be oh so fabulous!

1. Chanel

Nothing says classy like Chanel. Check out the party and you'll see why you'd be celebrating in style.

Chanel 40th Birthday Party Theme |

2. High Heels

Another way to celebrate your love of fashion, is to show off some high heels and bring a sexy, stylish, feminine vibe to your party!

Fashion 40th Birthday Party Theme |

3. Pink Party

If you're looking for something more demure, how about throwing a party all in pink!

Pink 40th Birthday Party Theme |

4. Superhero

What woman isn't Wonder Woman in her own right! Shouldn't you celebrate that way?

Wonder Woman Superhero 40th Birthday Party Theme |

5. Fine, Fun, Fierce, Fabulous Forty

Loving the bold attitude at this 40th birthday. Who says 40 can't be fun!

Female 40th Birthday Party Themes |

6. Fiesta Forty

If you want to add lots of bold colors and flavors to your 40th, think about hosting a 40th fiesta! Wait until you see the leche cakes with 40 candles. Click through.

Fiesta 40th Birthday Party Themes |

7. Old Hollywood Glam

Who wouldn't want a little old Hollywood glamour at their 40th birthday, and a little Audrey Hepburn never hurt!

Hollywood 40th Birthday Party Themes |

8. Bollywood

If you want bright colors and a taste of the exotic, host a Bollywood party. You can even include dancing!

Bollywood 40th Birthday Party Themes |

9. Burlesque

Looking to turn up the sex appeal? A burlesque themed 40th birthday leaves just enough to the imagination but is definitely interesting!

Burlesque 40th Birthday Party Themes |

 For more inspiration, check out all the fantastic 40th birthday parties on our site!

Free Printable Blank Birthday Cards

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Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Has this ever happened to you? You've got birthday present in hand, you're about to leave for the party, and you have no card? We'll we've got your back.

Here are two free downloadable birthday cards that fit perfectly in 5x7 inch envelopes. Now five minutes before you leave for the party, print out one of these cards, cut it out, sign it, and you're ready to go!

Here are the two cards. They are blank inside so they are really all-purpose, great for kids birthdays, adult birthdays, and for all family memembers.


Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Also, I've teamed up with seven amazingly talented bloggers to bring you more free birthday printables. Check them out here and download below...

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Lemon Garlic Aioli Recipe

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Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

I once saw a cooking show where an old French woman in Provence made the most amazing homemade aioli using just five ingredients (garlic, lemon, salt, egg yolk, and olive oil) and a mortar and pestle. What she was doing looked so effortless and old-school. And it looked so delicious when she was done. I knew someday I'd have to try it, to see if it actually was that effortless and delicious.

So when we were asked by Dietz & Watson, the maker of premium deli meats and cheeses, to come up with a sandwich recipe that would work great at a summer picnic, I knew it was time to try some lemon garlic aioli for myself. I thought... roasted turkey breast sandwich with lemon garlic aioli... yum.

If you know me, you know I love cooking with the freshest ingredients. So off to the farmer's market I went to get my garlic and lemon for the aioli, and my  tomatoes, basil, and rustic rye bread for the sandwich.

I bought a few extra garlic cloves and lemons just in case the aioli took a few tries, but it was actually quite simple and tasted delicious right away. It had a garlicky smooth flavor with a punch of acid from the lemon juice.

Some people prefer making aioli in a food processor, but I like the chunkier, rustic taste of using a mortar and pestle. Lainey, my daughter, thought it was fun to squash the garlic with it. This was her first time using a mortar and pestle and after we were done, she asked if she could use the mortar and pestle to squash up her own concoctions. We'll see...



  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves (medium sized)
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Add the garlic cloves to a mortar, and smash them with the pestle. Work the garlic for a minute, then add a pinch of the salt and a drizzle of the olive oil. Keep working until you just start to get a paste like texture.

Now add the egg yolk and mix with the pestle until it is completely integrated. Keep mixing while drizzling in the the olive oil. Keep stirring until the olive oil is completely integrated.

Add the lemon juice, and the rest of the salt to taste.

Best served fresh, but you can refrigerate for a day.

Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

Here's the finished aioli. I love how velvety and rich it looks!

Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

To make my sandwich, I sliced off two pieces of rustic rye bread. I coated one of the slices with my aioli. I stacked it high with my fresh oven roasted homestyle turkey breast from Dietz & Watson. Then I added two slices of fresh heirloom tomato and two basil leaves.

Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich |

The aioli took the sandwich to a whole new level. It gave it a creamy brightness that brought all the flavors together -- the umami from the turkey, the punch from the tomato, and the herbiness from the basil. Serious yum for a summer picnic! Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich |

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 15th

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Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

An adorable Tinkerbell girl birthday party, a vintage "League of Their Own" girl baseball party (cool!), an amazing Disney's Up balloon birthday party, and a sweet and colorful Lalaloopsy girl birthday party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week June 15 |

Clockwise from top left: Happy Father's Day to all the special men in all your lives! We're having a relaxing day, hoping to get sushi (my husband's favorite food) tonight for dinner!

Gift Gather is a New Way to Give Gifts

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I  met Cynthia Kellogg, founder of Gift Gather, at an event a few weeks ago, and after she told me about her new gift giving app, I had to share.

Gift Gather is a place where a group of people can give one awesome gift -- together!

A lot of parents struggle with the whole "gift" thing. What Gift Gather does is try to lighten the load - instead of everyone buying an individual gift for the birthday girl or boy, the guests can contribute money towards one much more special gift.

You can even upload a little video of your child talking about what he or she really wants and why.

And if you are throwing a 'no-gifts' party, another option is using Gift Gather for charitable donations, camps, or even a college fund.

Check out Gift Gather and help everyone give and receive more meaningful gifts!

Last Minute Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas for Kids

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Homemade Father's Day gift ideas to do with your children! | CatchMyParty.comIf you need last minute Father's Day gifts for your kids to make, check out our two free printable solutions. The first is printable Father's Day coupons you can put in a jar or Father's Day card and... voila! There are pre filled out coupons ("a hug," "sleeping in," etc.), and blank cards  your kids can fill out themselves.

Free Father's Day printable coupons for Dad! Easy gift your kids can make! |

The second  is a "Hands down... Best Dad Ever!" printable your kids can personalize with their own handprints. Just put the image a frame and you've got a great keepsake for Dad!


 And if you're planning a celebration for Dad, check out all our Free Father's Day party printable collections you can use to decorate.

7 Things You Must Have at a Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

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Best Doc McStuffins Party Ideas |

The Doc is in! If you are planning a Doc McStuffins birthday party for a special girl, we've got some amazing party ideas to inspire you! Take a look below...

1. Cupcake toppers

Cute pink and purple fondant toppers are a fun addition to party cupcakes!

Doc McStuffins Cupcake Ideas |

2. A great balloon backdrop

Pink,  purple and white balloons arranged in a backdrop look striking behind the dessert table!

Doc McStuffins Balloon Ideas |

3. Doctor bag favors

Your guests will love these paper doctor bags filled with Doc McStuffins party treats!

Doc McStuffins Favor Bag Ideas |

4. Giant vitamins

Brightly colored gumballs layered in a glass jar make perfect "vitamin" treats!

Doc McStuffins Candy Ideas |

5. Bear stuffing

Pink cotton candy "stuffing" in push-up pop containers look great in a pink suitcase!

Doc McStuffins Cotton Candy Toy Stuffing Ideas |

6. White chocolate covered pretzel thermometers

Pretzels dipped in white chocolate with pink candy melt stripes are a yummy thermometer treat for the party guests!

Doc McStuffins Dessert Table Ideas |

7. Party Supplies

And of course, make sure you have some awesome party supplies to make your party really stand out! Here are some of my favorites from the Catch My Party Store.

Doc McStuffins Party Supply and Decoration Ideas |

1. Doc McStuffins award ribbons

2. Doc McStuffins lunch napkins 

3. Doc McStuffins plastic cup 

4. Doc McStuffins beverage napkins 

5. Purple horizontal paper straw 

6. Purple paper decorations  

7. Purple and white baker's twine

8. Purple swiss dots latex balloons

9. Classic pink polka-dot candles

10. Grape rock candy sugar stick

11. Purple gumball tube 

12. Purple favor gift baskets 


Hope you found these Doc McStuffins party ideas as fun as I have. For more real-world inspiration, check out all these Doc McStuffins parties on our site!

How To Set a Relaxed Mood at Your Party

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When I'm planning a party, the first thing I think about is the mood I want to set.

With the help of Pier 1, I get to throw a fantastic dinner party this summer. Because we'll be inviting friends with kids and it will be outdoors, I know it's going to be casual. But how do I keep it casual and still add style?

When I think about setting a great "mood" at a party, I always think about my friends' mom. Her parties always had the best food, they were always beautiful, but they never felt fussy. I always looked forward to going to them, even though they were usually filled with lots of adults I didn't know.

Years later, I realized she was able to accomplish this because she was never fussy. She had this casual, effortless, confident way about her as she breezed through the party serving her freshly grilled salmon or home baked pie. It was genuinely fun for her to play hostess and it showed.

I try to internalize this lesson. The best way for me to guarantee a successful party is to not sweat the small stuff (something I'm prone to do), but to relax and have fun at my own party. Happiness is contagious after all.

So, for this party, my goal is to keep it casual, and for style, to worry less about whether the table cloth matches, but instead to add a touch of whimsy and fun... I was inspired by this silly cat planter I found at Pier 1.

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And I was also inspired by the color green. Green is my favorite color. It makes me calm and happy. It's the color of trees, and grass, and inchworms. It's also a great color to build a summer party around. Here are some products I saw and loved (some will be showing up at my party).


And my third inspiration is this lantern. It's not something I would normally gravitate to because, to be honest, it's a little busy for my taste. But it reminds me to step outside my comfort zone, to be okay in not nailing down every detail, but instead to just let things sparkle in their own right... as we eat good food, share some wine and laughter, watch our kids play... and mostly just be together.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.

How to Turn Father's Day into "Super Dad" Day!

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Free Father's Day Superhero Printables! |

My husband is definitely a superhero. Sure he's strong, handsome, brave, smart, and can fix anything, but that's not why he's a superhero.

When my daughter was two, my husband needed to change a lightbulb in the bathroom. My daughter told him to wait, then toddled into her toy box, dug for a while, and returned with her  wooden toy toolkit to show him she was ready to work. He lifted her up and let her screw in the light bulb all by himself. The pride on her face was priceless. And in that moment I knew he was a superhero.

So I told Lainey that this year we were going to make a "superhero" celebration for Dad for Father's Day. She loved the idea. We did a trial run by making pancakes drizzled with Nutella (my favorite way to eat pancakes), then decorated the stack using this "Super Dad" free Father's Day printable set from our site.  I love the way it turned out in this photo. My husband is going to love it on Sunday, when we surprise him.

We also printed out the Father's Day cards from the printable set, and Lainey got busy composing her card. She wouldn't let me share what she wrote, but here's the cover.

Free Father's Day Superhero Printables! |

So go ahead and turn your ordinary Father's Day into a "Super Dad" Day with our superhero printables and a maybe a yummy pancake breakfast!

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the Happy™.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

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