Fairy House - Painted Mason Jar

When I set out to create houses for my fairy village, I did not realize how addicting it would become. Every time I see an object that is about the right size, I immediately start thinking about how I could transform it into a fairy house. My first fairy house was made from an old piece of pottery. The second house was a paint can. The third house was an Baileys Irish Cream bottle. The fourth house, a moss covered log.

Since painted mason jars are all the rage right now, I decided to use one for my last fairy house. I spiced mine up a bit by swirling two colors of paint together and one of course, one of the colors glows in the dark.


  • clear glass Ball canning jar
  • two colors of acrylic paint
  • fairy wish door locket (made by Darice)
  • wire cutters
  • silicon adhesive


The easiest way to get your colors to swirl is to start by pouring two colors of paint into a bowl side by side. Don't be skimpy.

You can use just about any color or kind of acrylic paint for this project. I wanted my house fairy house to glow a bit at night, so I used fluorescent pink, glow in the dark paint by Apple Barrel and mixed it with a lighter pink paint.

Pour the paint from the bowl into the jar as shown.

The colors will be mixed a bit at the bottom of the jar.

You may want to do the next part over the sink. It can get a little messy.

Tip the jar and begin turning the bottle so the paint covers the sides completely. Keep tipping and turning the bottle until the sides are completely covered.

Let the excess paint drip out of the bottle into the sink or unto a protected surface.

If you don't let the excess paint drip out, the paint will become clumpy and won't dry completely.

Once the excess paint has dripped out, let your jar dry on its side, turning it from time to time to maintain the marbleized pattern.

Once it's dry, put the lid on the jar.

The door for my fairy house is actually a locket I found in the beading and jewelry making section at my local Jo-Ann store. I have been using these for my fairy houses because I like that the door actually opens up.

Use a wire cutter to trim off the loop above the door.

Finally, use silicon adhesive to stick the door onto the jar. I placed mine on the side of the jar, but you could put it on the lid or the bottom of the jar if you prefer.

Now that the five houses for my fairy village are complete, I get to work on some finishing details and select the landscape plants.Then it will be time to head to the yard and start construction. I can hardly wait!



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The Chilly Dog: Fairy House - Painted Mason Jar
Fairy House - Painted Mason Jar
Tutorial: Painted Mason Jar Fairy House - How to paint a marbleized mason jar and transform it into a fairy garden house.
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