These DIY Mason Jar silverware holders are a perfect addition for patio entertaining to wrangle your flatware and add some personality to your summer table.
Check out how easy it is to make them:
Mason jars are one of the easiest blank canvases for DIY-ing.
They seriously offer so many options and have SO many uses. Seriously…I struggled to choose between 5 different crafting ideas when creating this DIY for you guys.
I most often see mason jars as party of farmhouse or shabby chic decor, so I wanted to create something a little more chic and upleveled for this DIY. I used clean lines, a glossy finish, and gold accents to capture my ideal vibe.
You can choose to paint your jars or leave them unpainted — painted jars are going to feel a little more shabby chic vs leaving them clean and unpainted.
I made 2 versions of this project to show you how easy it is to customize!
pink floral & marble version
The pink floral & marble version uses scrapbook paper with a marble & floral print on it. When you add the epoxy resin, it makes the marble pattern look pretty realistic with a glossy finish.
For this version, I poured the epoxy without the jars in the tray to make them moveable, plus added some epoxy + glitter to the bottom of each jar. This version also has hardware attached to the tray, which is totally optional.
yellow flowers + blue watercolor print
The blue & yellow flower version was poured after I lined the tray with some 3D flower embellishments for extra interest and a pop of texture. I used hot glue to secure the mason jars to the tray before pouring epoxy to make everything one big piece.
Here’s what you’ll need to make both:
- 3x Ball® Quart Mason Jars — I used smooth sided, but the vintage style works too
- Wooden tray — I used the lid of this box & saved the base for another project (this tray works too)
- Pour on Epoxy Resin — the 8oz box is plenty for one tray
- OPTIONAL — Spray adhesive
Marble & Pink Floral Tray:
- Floral & Marble Scrapbook paper — 1 sheet
- OPTIONAL — 2x Drawer Pull Hardware & Drill
Yellow Flower & Print Tray:
- Scissors / Paper Cutter
Yellow Flower & Print Tray:
- Hot glue gun
01. Cut paper to fit tray — Measure the bottom of the tray and cut the patterned scrapbook paper to fit. Optional — Once the paper fits perfectly, secure it to the bottom of your tray with a glue stick or spray adhesive.
02. Paint the mason jars — Paint all three white and let them dry. Once dry, Spray some color onto the bottom keeping it thick on the lower 1/4 of the jar and spraying lighter as you go up.
03. Add embellishments —
- Floral Accents — To attach floral accents, lay them out & arrange them then attach them to the paper at the bottom of the tray with some dabs of hot glue.
- Glitter — I used glitter in the bottom of the clear jars and poured epoxy resin over it for an added metallic element. You can also add glitter to the tray too — in addition or in place of the flowers. Just sprinkle it around the bottom of your tray / jars before you pour your epoxy.
- Hardware (optional) — Center your hardware on the side of your tray, then measure and drill holes for the bolts. Attach your hardware to the tray.
04. Pour your epoxy resin — You’ll want to read the instructions on your box, because every resin works a little differently. I used a 2-part version that you can snag here. To pour your resin, mix it up according to the directions on your box, then drizzle it slowly into the bottom. It will self-level so make sure you’re pouring on a flat surface. Gently blow on the surface or use a heat gun to pop bubbles. Let it cure — After your resin is poured and the bubbles are out, let it cure in a dust-free room for at least 8 hours.
05. Add some silverware & style! — This piece works great on the patio for plastic flatware, or to feature your favorite silverware in a more casual way.
*all materials are available at Michael’s
step 01: Cut Paper to fit your tray
Measure the bottom of your tray and cut your patterned scrapbook paper to fit.
The cleaner and more straight your cut, the more polished your tray will look.
Once your paper fits perfectly, you can secure it to the bottom of your tray with a glue stick or spray adhesive.
This is totally optional, but does help it stay secure as you pour and spread your epoxy resin.
optional — paint your jars
I chose to ombre my jars for one of the versions to show you what painted jars would look like in this piece.
First, I painted all three white and let them dry. You can use spray paint, craft paint, or chalk paint for this part.
After the white was dry, I sprayed some color onto the bottom keeping it thick on the lower 1/4 of the jar and spraying lighter as I went up.
The paint mist from spraying will catch on the upper part of the jar, so you don't have to spray further than halfway down.
step 02: Add Embellishments
FLORAL ACCENTS + GLITTER
I grabbed some yellow floral embellishments from the paper crafting section to add to the bottom of my tray.
These add a fun 3D element to the epoxy, but are still thin enough that they don't take more than two coats to cover.
To attach these, Lay them out to see how you wanted them arranged, then attach them to the paper at the bottom of your tray with some dabs of hot glue.
I used glitter in the bottom of my clear jars and poured epoxy resin over it for an added metallic element. You can also add glitter to your tray too — in addition or in place of the flowers.
Just sprinkle it around the bottom of your tray / jars before you pour your epoxy.
optional — HARDWARE
Hardware is totally optional, but can be a great way to bring the metallic accent of the silverware onto your tray.
Center your hardware on the side of your tray, then measure and drill holes for the bolts.
I had to cut my bolts down since the edge of the tray was pretty thin, but you can also just snag shorter ones if needed.
step 03: Pour your epoxy resin
Resin pour videos are one of my greatest addictions, but this stuff isn't as hard to work with as it seems.
You'll want to read the instructions on your box, because every resin works a little differently. I used a 2-part version that you can snag here.
some pro-tips for pouring resin:
- Mixing is SUPER important to getting the resin to set up right. 2-part epoxy usually calls for a 50/50 ratio, but read your box
- You can measure by volume (1/2 Cup + 1/2 Cup), but measuring by weight with a scale is going to be the most accurate
- Some epoxy products require double mixing: you mix the two parts in one cup them pour into a second cup and mix some more — read your box
- A flat bottom and flat sided cup + flat stirrer (like a popsicle stick) is essential for getting your epoxy mixed right. Use disposable containers
- For my epoxy, 8oz covers about 1sq ft, so I used this amount for my tray, but read your box
- Your box should tell you how thick you can pour the resin in one pour — Mine was 1/8" so if I wanted it thicker, I have to pour, let it cure, then pour another layer.
- Did I mention you should read your box?
To pour your resin, mix it up according to the directions on your box, then drizzle it slowly into the bottom.
Since it's a thick liquid, it will self-level so make sure you're pouring on a flat surface.
Pouring a couple layers with your jars in the tray will make them permanently attached and turn this project into one cohesive display piece — no need to pour into the mason jars for this method.
If you don't want the jars attached, pour the epoxy into the tray and bottom of the mason jars separately, and let it fully harden before using the jars in the tray.
Let the resin start to spread out around the bottom of your tray. You can use your popsicle stick / stirrer to guide it gently to the edges and into the corners.
Your resin will probably be really bubbly after mixing. As it settles, these bubbles will rise to the top and you can gently blow on them so they release.
A heat gun that blows warm air works really great to get the bubbles out faster, but its not necessary if you don't have one and just want to blow on the surface.
let it cure
After your resin is poured and the bubbles are out, let it cure in a dust-free room for at least 8 hours.
I built a little dust tent out of a trash bag, some random items, and tape and let my tray sit under it so it wouldn't be disturbed by dust.
Usually after about 8 hours the resin will be hard — you can re-pour another layer then too if you need to — but the resin wont be fully cured / reach maximum hardness until about 72 hours after.
step 04: Add some silverware & style!
This piece works great on the patio for plastic flatware, or to feature your favorite silverware in a more casual way.
I also like that the tray has a little space on each side for any extra little things you want to offer your guests, like condiment packets or mints.
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