Celebrate Fall in Southern-style using my FREE Fall silhouette file and make your very own mason jar sign. So cute if you love rustic decor!
After going to Disney in August I’m ready for Fall. It was so hot down there that I started wishing for cooler weather and my favorite sweaters. It’s my favorite season and I won’t lie when I say that I love everything about it (minus all things pumpkin….I’m just not into that stuff), so I’m always excited about making new things for the season! This year I’m all about the rustic decor and I really wanted to try my hand at staining a pallet and trying to white wash it. It may not have come out exactly as I envisioned (I’ll explain later!) but I am still oh-so-in-love with this rustic mason jar sign!
Growing up I lived out in the middle of nowhere in Virginia. I loved my childhood and loved growing up in the country. My mom decorated our house in a very country-way and anything rustic really reminds me of my childhood home and all the great memories I had there.
In just the past few years I’ve really started to get a little more country with the way I decorate and the things I love, and I’ve become obsessed with mason jars. Let’s be honest though, pretty much everyone online and on Pinterest is obsessed with them! But that’s probably because they’re just so darn cute. You can’t help but love them.
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Do you love a good mason jar sign and want to make your own? Let’s do it!
- Silhouette Machine
- Wooden Pallet (bought at JoAnn’s)
- Wood stain (I bought driftwood)
- Sand paper
- Pre-stain wood conditioner
- White chalk paint & water
- Oracle 651 vinyl
- Hot glue gun
Gather your pallet, wood stain, pre-stain wood conditioner, and sand paper.
First, sand your pallet.
Then follow the directions on your pre-stain wood conditioner and wood stain.
I then let the stain sit for 24 hours (per the instructions on the container) and then put a very light coat of polycrylic on top before adding my vinyl. It helps it stick better!
This is where I messed up, so I hope you learn from my mistakes!
My hope was to paint a light layer of watered down white chalk paint (two parts water to one part paint) over the vinyl, let it dry, and then remove the vinyl to reveal the design. Well, that definitely did not happen! I don’t know what the issue was but when I was painting the layer of white chalk paint the vinyl kept moving around. So when I removed the vinyl after the paint was dry you couldn’t really see the design. Major bummer since I was really hoping you’d be able to see the wood stain underneath the white paint!
Oh well, I had to move on to plan b after that.
So I ended up recutting my mason jar design in white vinyl and sanding down the layer of white chalk paint until I got a “finished look” that I was happy with. I’m not completely happy with the layer of white chalk paint because I feel like I put too much on in the above step, but you live and you learn! It doesn’t look terrible but it wasn’t the look I was hoping for.
After sanding and adding the design in white vinyl, I put another layer of polycrylic on top of the wood. Then let it sit for another 24 hours before adding my flowers.
I kind of love how the flowers add a bit of color and even more rustic goodness to the mason jar sign! It was something I decided to add after-the-fact and I’m really glad I did. The pops of color make me so happy! And I’m a bit obsessed with sunflowers so they were the perfect addition to the pallet.