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This Crackle Mason Jars & Stamped “Home” Crate is the perfect home decor item that you can use for your Fall or Winter Decor.
Fall and Christmas are two of my most favorite times of the year! I love the deep tones of Fall and the bright nostalgic feelings Christmas decor brings. With small kids, I am not able to decorate my home as much as I would like, but I always make sure there is something on the dining room table. The dining room area and kitchen are the heart of my home and where we entertain the most. I decided to make a wooden crate that holds a few crackle mason jars with some of my favorite FolkArt Products. I love how I can use this home decor piece throughout the whole year just by swapping out the decor in the crackle mason jars. I focused on making a Fall version and a Winter/Christmas version. This particular home decor piece has a few different elements that compliment each other so well but feel free to do as much or as little as you want 🙂
Supplies for the Crackle Mason Jars:
- Mason Jars, I used quart size
- FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Brushes
- FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Crackle Medium
- FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk, in desired colors
- Sealer, optional
I wanted my mason jars to be a neutral color so that they would match any season but you can chose any colors you want. Getting the crackle finish takes a few steps but it looks great!
First, you will need to paint a base coat on your jar. I chose a dark base because I wanted the cracks to be “dark” however you can always start with a light base and reverse the look. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. You will be painting a contrasting color on top.
Once the first base coat is dry you will need to paint on a layer of the FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Crackle Medium. A thick layer of the medium will cause bigger cracks, while a thin layer will create smaller cracks. Once the Crackle Medium is dry, paint on a thin layer of your contrasting color. Be careful not to over stroke or you will cover up the crackle. Remember the whole purpose of the Crackle Medium is to make your jars look rustic 🙂 Apply a sealer over your jars if desired.
I found a medium size crate at my local craft store. I knew I wanted to add ornaments for Christmas time but you could get a smaller crate if you want. I used a pretty red color as my base coat for my crate. Once it was dried, I dry brushed some metallic gold paint on the top. The metallic paint is completely optional, but I like how it pulled the yellow and gold colors out of my flowers and winter decor.
I wanted to add a more personal touch to my crate and used the FolkArt ® Stencil Value Packs – Letter Stencils – Monogram to do just that! I used the small letters in this particular pack of stencils.
Supplies for Stamped Piece:
- FolkArt ® Stencil Value Packs – Letter Stencils – Monogram
- Paint, I used FolkArt Acrylic Metallic Paint in Sequin Black
- Folkart ® Brush Sets – Stencil Brush Set
- Burlap, size you desire
I stamped the word “Home” on a small piece of white burlap. Be sure when you are painting on your letters you have something underneath your piece of burlap as it will bleed through. I allowed it to dry and hot glued it to the front of my crate. It immediately made the whole piece come together.
I shopped my house for some colorful pops of green and yellow that I could add to the mason jars.
I also made a version that is perfect for the Winter/Christmas season. I found some berries and greenery to add, along with some metallic berries. Lastly, I filled the crate with some gold ornaments. I’m looking forward to being able to use this home decor piece for two holidays with just a few simple swaps.
For those of you who are diy gift givers, this would be a beautiful and relatively inexpensive gift for a family member or friend, depending on what you have on hand.
It’s all in the simple details! It’s festive, pretty, and easy to move when I need the whole dining room table. 🙂