Candy Cane Mason Jars – Holiday Mason Jar Craft Ideas.
I’m a big fan of a red and white Christmas …
with a little evergreen thrown in. 🙂
And nothing captures the red and white Christmas theme than the candy cane.
Which has me wondering why is the candy cane so closely aligned with Christmas?
I discovered that the first candy cane was made over 350 years ago. According to candyhistory dot net.
They were white and straight. They didn’t get the “hook” until the late 1600’s when a choirmaster in Germany bent them to look like a shephard’s hook. And, according to candyhistory.net, “The first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when August Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant, from Wooster, Ohio decorated the Christmas tree with paper ornaments and candy canes.”
And it wasn’t until the turn of the 19th Century that candy canes received their hallmark red and white striped look. And that’s when the peppermint flavor was added as well.
So there you have it. Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the origins of the candy cane! But it’s certainly something to think about as you create your own Candy Cane Mason Jars …
How To Make Candy Cane Mason Jars
Red Chalk Paint (you can also use red acrylic paint)
Clear Coat Sealant (click here for my favorite brand)
Jingle Bells & Baker’s Twine (optional) – I found the white jingle bells at Michael’s
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Start with two coats of primer. Let dry overnight between coats. And let dry overnight before proceeding to next step.
Using washi tape, tape off stripes on the jar at a slight angle. You may have to adjust the tape as you go along.
Paint red. I used the chalky finish paint, but acrylic paint works just as well. I also only gave them a single coat for a more rustic look. Let dry overnight.
When you remove the tape, there will be a lot of bleed through of the red onto the white (sorry I didn’t get a picture of that). But don’t worry. Just use a small brush and white paint to touch it up.
Finish by distressing with sandpaper along the raised areas of the jar.
Finish with clear coat spray sealant. Click here for my favorite brand, Design Master. I find it doesn’t add a yellow-ish hue.
All that’s left to do is dress them up with baker’s twine and jingle bells (optional). 🙂
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