DIY Handprint Tulip Mason Jar Planter

I’ve been posting a bit less lately, but I promise I’ve been working on a project to share with you all.  With both Teacher Appreciation and Mother’s Day approaching, I have been working with Lil’ Man to put together a little DIY project that can be used as gifts on both days.DIY Handprint Tulip Mason Jar Planter

Despite my better judgement, I first tried coating the inside of the glass with chalk paint.  As I expected, it didn’t work out so well.  I have never experienced great success with this method, and I need to remember to avoid it in the future.  For attempt number two,  I tried painting the outside, but in my hastiness I forgot to clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.  This means the paint is coming off as I try to add more after the first coat has dried.

But let’s not despair!  My failures, will surely be your gain as I will now walk you through how to do this project minus all of my mistakes.

UPDATE (6 May 2018):  For those of you who prefer a video tutorial, you can find it here.


  • Glass Mason  Jar (1 qt. or larger)
  • Sponge Paintbrush
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Chalk Paint
  • Multi-Surface/Glass Acrylic Paint (1 color for handprint flower and green for stem)
  • Sealer (e.g., Modge Podge)
  • Sandpaper Sponge
  • Jute Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Flowers
  • Soil
  • Rubbing Alcohol


  1. With a cotton ball or paper towel, clean the entire surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol.  This will remove any oil from your hands and allow the paint to adhere to the glass.
  2. Apply a thin coat of chalk paint to the jar using the sponge paintbrush.  Allow paint to completely dry before adding another coat.  Apply 2-3 coats to achieve desired look.

    It is important to clean the jar with rubbing alcohol!  If you skip this step, paint will come up as you add more layers to the jar.
  3. If you wish to distress your mason jar, use the sandpaper sponge and lightly sand the surface of the jar in areas where you would like to remove paint. 

  4. Paint the desired flower color onto your child’s hand.  Firmly press their hand to the back of the jar (opposite the side with the brand name).  Remember to leave enough room to paint the stem and leaves.  Make sure to press all fingers down to the glass.  Gently lift up your child’s hand and allow the handprint to dry completely.
  5. Now that the handprint is dry, use your small paintbrush to paint a stem and leaves.  Allow paint to dry completely. 

  6. Once all paint has dried completely, seal the jar.  Apply 2 coats of Modge Podge or other sealer to make sure the entire jar has been covered.
  7. Wrap the jute ribbon around the mouth of the jar and cut the appropriate length.  Apply small amounts of hot glue to adhere the ribbon to the mouth of the jar.20180427_183803
  8. Fill 3/4 of the jar with soil.  Dig a small hole in the soil and plant your flowers.  If you don’t wish to get your hands dirty then you may simply use the jar as a vase.
  9. Enjoy your beautiful new planter or give it to someone special!  We used one of our jars in our backdrop for our Angel’s 14th birthday pictures!20180501_070904




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