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What’s more Southern than a mason jar full of sweet tea? A monogrammed mason jar full of sweet tea. Ashley + Steve’s Alabama wedding had the office abuzz when we saw photos of their reception. Among the cakes and the flowers, one thing stood out: their mason jars!

We wanted them! If you did, too, I don’t blame you. They’re perfect to serve drinks in, use as vases, or as a part of your wedding favors. Imagine how cute they would look next to a candy bar or stacked and filled with jam!

Want to know how to make a version of your own? It’s simple! Although it might take a little practice with a crafting knife (you’ll need to cut your own stencil), the end result is a cute and cost-effective way to add a personal touch to your wedding.

What you’ll need:
-Contact Paper
-Crafting knife
-Glass etching cream (I used Armour Etch)
-Applicator (like a paintbrush or cotton swab)
-Mason jars, washed and dried.

How you do it:

DIY: Monogrammed Mason Jars from Southern Weddings on Vimeo.



1. Cut out a square of contact paper big enough to cover the front of your mason jar. More is better here, you can always trim later.
2. Trace your monogram onto the contact paper.
3. Cut out your monogram. (Note: a little practice with a crafting knife may be needed before you do this.)
4. Peel the backing off your contact paper and stick it to the front of your mason jar. Make sure there is some excess contact paper around your monogram so that the glass etching cream doesn’t run over your glass later.
5. Press the stencil down well, especially around the area you cut out.
6. Apply the glass etching cream to the cut out areas of your stencil. Make sure all the cut out parts are covered, but you don’t need to use a lot. (Note: be careful not to get the cream on your hands. It can give you a chemical burn.)
7. Let it sit for five minutes.
8. Rise off the cream — with your stencil still on — with some water. (Note: while you’re rinsing, it might look like your glass didn’t etch. Don’t fret! Just let the mason jar dry first and then you will see it.)
8. Peel the stencil off and let the mason jar dry.
9. Put flowers, drinks, candy or the like in the jar and enjoy!

If you couldn’t tell from the video, here is what the mason jar ended up looking like:

I hope you enjoyed our second DIY! If you missed it, you can see the first one here: DIY cupcake wrappers.

If you have any DIY ideas or a project you would like to see done, e-mail me!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    • avatar kara reply

      being a yankee bride, any recommendations on where I can buy 100+ plain mason jars, the ones with handles for a reasonable price?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      I’ve seen plain mason jars with handles on Amazon. You can get a dozen for as low as $15. I hope that works for you!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    This is such a great idea–and not just for weddings! I’m moving into my first “big-girl” home this summer while my fiance’s deployed. He’s dreaming of a “man-cave” of his very own and I think these would make a GREAT gift for him! Thank you for the DIY information!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Mason jars for a man-cave sounds like a great idea! I’m glad you liked the DIY!

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  4. avatar t-dawg reply

    can you re-use the sticker/contact paper? i want to do this for wedding favors but the idea of cutting out so many designs is daunting…

    • avatar Nicole reply

      You can definitely reuse the contact paper, even after rinsing. That’s part of what I love about it! I would just be careful about making sure the edges where you cut your pattern out are still sticking well enough time after time, the etching cream can run and make things sloppy.

  5. avatar Evelyn reply

    Hi! I love this idea! Would the 3oz glass etching cream suffice for 12 jars?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Evelyn! I think 3oz would be plenty for 12 jars, although that does depend on how big your design is. Let us know how it goes!

    • avatar Brooke reply

      Nicole: If the etched mason jars are washed and used several times will they still look the same? Thinking of it for a wedding favor and wanted to make sure it will be able to be enjoyed years to come.

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