So, upon first glance, how old would you say all these supplies are for this old crate mason jar junk display?
I realize the old rusty wheels kinda gave themselves away.
But the rest of the supplies were brand spankin’ new!
As you may already know, I was challenged to walk into Michaels craft store and make something out of new craft materials.
The Pinterest inspired end cap displays in the store help inspire shoppers with a picture of a finished craft, as well as a listing of all the supplies needed. But we were also allowed to apply our own twist using some of the advertised supplies.
Here’s how I created the antique mason jar crate display... to look old.
1. Paint a little crate with white acrylic craft paint.
2. After it’s dry, beat it up some with most anything. I used scissors and any thing else within my reach. Scratches, knicks, dings, the more the better. Just be careful to not break the crate!
3. After paint is dry, take a sander to the crate and hit the edges and a few random places everywhere. Attempt to avoid a machined look by going random, rather than evenly. (not shown)
4. Water down some brown craft paint, then brush on, and wipe off to lightly stain the paint and wood. (not shown)
If you don’t get an old enough aged look, a dark wax, glaze or stain will help.
5. Drill four holes on each side of the crate, large enough to accommodate twine handles.
6. Knot one end of the twine, then with knot inside crate, feed the other end through the holes on a diagonal.
Aging the lids
7. To age the new rims of the mason jars, brush on black craft paint, and let dry. Perfection does not matter this round.
Then dry brush on dark brown paint, allow to set, then a bit of white paint, then mottle together with the tip of a paint brush. Go back and forth with paint colours until you get the look you desire. Use an old antique mason jar lid for colour inspiration if you have one.
Tip: I found leaving the rim on the jar was easiest. Just be careful not to get paint on the jar.
Then randomly hit the rims with white as if the light was highlighting them. Random is key or it’ll look super fake.
8. With a chalk marker, draw desired message on chalkboard banner, thread through bakers twine (comes with the kit), then hang.
I also ran a highlight line along the bottom and right side of each banner flag.
Place your mason jars to the side for dried hydrangeas, fill up the right side with antiques and you have a cute little window sill display that’s easy to move around!
Cute, quaint, and… rather old looking if I do say so myself. 🙂
Cya tomorrow for another new / old craft idea!
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