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Mason Jar Wooden Box DIY Personalized with a Cricut!

I love the versatility of mason jars! My Grandmother used to make jams and had a ton of all sizes of mason jars. Since her passing, I have been using mason jars as decor items all over my house and to make mason jar gifts with.

One of my favorite way to use the jars is in a mason jar box. There are so many ways to use mason jars in a wooden box from holding utensils to dried or real flowers to food ingredients!

I went to a party at a friend’s and she has these fun mason jars on her bar with fresh mint, sage, cucumbers, etc for cocktails and I thought it would be cute to make a DIY wood box to put mason jars in to go with her rustic bar decor.

This was a fun and easy project and I love how it came out!

mason jar wooden box

Materials Needed for Mason Jar Wooden box

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How to Make a Box for Mason Jars

All I used to make this box was a piece of old fence wood.  I cut them all the length I wanted them and then glued and nailed the ends together.  Click here for full DIY wood box tutorial!

After it was dry I used my orbital sander to sand all the sides.  I liked the color so I didn’t need to stain it but if you wanted to, this is the time to do it.  

For the wording, I designed it in Cricut Design Space. Then I cut out vinyl with my favorite tool, my Cricut Explore. You can use any Cricut machine to make this project – the Explore Family, the Maker or the Cricut Joy.

cutting vinyl for wood box

I applied the vinyl to the top of the box with transfer tape and added a thin layer of mod podge over it so the paint wouldn’t bleed.

personalizing a wood box

My new favorite for distressing paint is vaseline!  I usually use chalk paint to make my rustic decor, but for this, I had a spray paint I wanted to use but I still wanted it distressed.

I just used a paintbrush and brushed the vaseline on wherever I want it distressed, so on all the edges, corners, and a little on the front.

distressing with vaseline
distressed wood box

Then I spray painted the entire wooden box with Rust-Oleum Sage Green.  I let it dry for about an hour and painted another coat.  I removed the vinyl with a weeding tool before the paint was dry so that it doesn’t pull paint with it.

For a more detailed tutorial, see my porch rules sign post where I show step by step how to make a sign using vinyl.

After it fully dried, I used a sanding block and sanded around all the edges where the vaseline is.  The paint doesn’t stick to the vaseline so it comes right off!  Sometimes I use a cloth to wipe off the paint and it works just as well.  I sprayed a sealer on it and attached some hardware to the ends and that’s it!  Easy Peasy!

I also added a few mason jars with chalkboard tags attached with twine to finish it off.  Now I need to make one for myself as a centerpiece for our table.  You can put anything in the mason jars and rotate real or artificial flowers depending on the season!  Click here for how to decorate with a box year round!

diy wooden box for mason jars
distressed wood box for mason jars

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rustic bar decor

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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TakeActionWAHM ツ (@TakeActionWAHM)

Monday 1st of August 2016

I love the distressed look - sounds like the Vaseline makes it so simple!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Monday 1st of August 2016

Yes, it makes it so easy!

practicalbydefault

Friday 29th of July 2016

Ok, this even looked /sounded doable for a complete non-crafty person like me! Thanks for sharing! Loved this.

Leap of Faith Crafting

Sunday 31st of July 2016

Thanks! Yes, it is a good starter project!

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