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How to Paint a Buffalo Check Mason Jar

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DIY painted buffalo check plaid mason jar. Create the perfect mason jar vase for your fall decor. 

Mason jars are one for my favorite cheap ways to create DIY Fall decor for my home.  Most of the time I don’t even need to go to the craft store I have a ton of mason jars from canning and past crafts. If we can remember the past couple Christmas’ I have been obsessed with buffalo check. This buffalo check Christmas tree was one of my all time favorite trees I have ever decorated. Well when I was out at Joann Fabrics a few weeks ago I saw an orange buffalo check throw blanket that I had just fell in love with. I thought I wonder if I could incorporate orange buffalo check into my fall decor. 

Now I had seen these buffalo check mason jars done before but I had never tried to do it myself. So I figured why not give it a go. Continue to the bottom to see a video of how I created these painted plaid mason jars. 

Other fun seasonal mason jar crafts; I made this bunny mason jar vase for Easter, this mummy mason jar for halloween and this snowman mason jar vase last winter. 

Mason Jar Crafts

This month myself and 7 other bloggers will be creating fall mason jar crafts. Make sure to stick through until the end to see all of their autumn projects. We are going to be creating mason jars every 3rd Sunday for the next few months. I cannot wait to think up some other mason jar crafts. 

Here’s what you’ll need

Step 1: Paint your mason jar

The first thing you want to do is paint the entire outside of the mason jar white. Now I suggest to use chalk paint as your base paint layer on your jar. I know from experience that acrylic paint likes to dry streaky on glass. Tip for painting a mason jar place your fingers inside the jar and hold it above the surface. I also stop at the bottom edge of the jar in order to place it down to dry. 

Step 2: Vertical Stripes

Now instead of buying two different shades of orange I mixed white and orange paint to make a light orange for my stripes. I chose a brush that was just about the width that I wanted the stripes to be.

Now I do want to warn you if you are a perfectionist this may be difficult for you. These plaid painted mason jars are what we call rustic or organic all the lines are freehand. You could do this with painters tape for perfect lines but it would be a tedious process. 

Step 3: Horizontal stripes

When your vertical stripe are dry its time to start painting our horizontal stripes. I tried to keep my stripes equal distance. I also think its important to put a horizontal stripe around the mouth of the jar. It almost grounds it. 

Step 4: Buffalo Check

Now I looked at a lot of buffalo check and what makes the pattern is that the darker check is where the two stripes cross into a “t”. So at every T we are going to use a smaller brush to create a square and then fill it in with paint. 

Step 5: Finishing Touch

To add a finishing fall element just wrap the mouth of the mason jar in twine. I also used this in my display as a vase filling it with Hay that I picked up at the craft store. 

Watch how to paint a buffalo check mason jar

Check out these 8 Fall Mason Jar Crafts

Orange Buffalo Check Painted Mason Jar from Weekend Craft • Fall Mason Jar Craft from Red Cottage Chronicles • Apple Sugar Scrub from Happy Go Lucky • How to Make a Wooden Mason Jar from Create & Babble • Painted Plaid Mason Jar For Fall from Daily DIY Life  • Easy To Make Mr & Mrs Scarecrow Mason Jar from Our Crafty Mom • Fall Leaf Mason Jar from Creative Ramblings • Fall Mason Jar Hanging Bird Feeder from Michelle James Designs

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23 Comments

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I am loving the orange check this year. I might have to go buy that blanket I saw.

  1. You already know I love the orange buffalo check!! This came out great. The freehand lines add so much more character to the look I think. Thanks or the tutorial.

  2. Michelle, these fall mason jars are so pretty! I can believe you freehanded it! They look amazing! I just hung navy buffalo check curtains in my kitchen I totally need to make some of these! Thanks for the inspiration. Also, your video is awesome!

  3. Thanks for this great tutorial and photos! Makes me want to run out to buy the paints and jars. Thanks for info on using chalk paint. Also, combining your two colors to make a lighter orange….great idea!. You are so creative. Today will be another smiley one, creating these!

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