Countdown to the Big Game: Team Mason Jars

Countdown to the Big Game: Team Mason Jars

Show your team spirit with these easy team mason jars for the big match!


In just about one month, the big soccer matches are set to begin. If you’re anything like my soccer-crazed family, you’re counting down the weeks, the days, the minutes until you’re sitting on the edge of the sofa, holding your breath and can finally scream. “Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!”

Again, if you’re anything like my family, you need something to fill the days until the matches start. So here’s something for you, crafty friends: team mason jars. Oh yes, you read that right: at the crossroads of fúbol and DIY live these sweet crafts, which are both beautiful and simple, practical and easy.

Here’s how to craft a few of your own, with plenty of time to spare before the first whistle:

Step 1: Clean Your Jars
You need to remove all the stickiness, goo and ick off the outside. Give your jar a scrub-down with rubbing alcohol, and then wash it thoroughly in warm, soapy water. Dry completely.

Step 2: Use the Right Tools

Paint: I’ve had good luck with acrylic and chalkboard paint.

Brushes: Hand me the foam brushes, but if you don’t mind brushstrokes, a regular brush will work.

Sanding Implements: Oh yeah, that’s right. You’re going to sand these babies. Get some fine grit (100 or so) sandpaper, or a few emery boards (yep, the ones you use on your nails).

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Sealant: Go for a clear, acrylic sealant (labeled such) in a matte or satin finish.

Paper Towels: Make cleanup even easier.

Step 3: Design
The sky’s the limit, so really anything goes. But a few of my family’s favorite soccer designs include: our team colors, our flag, a soccer field, 3D sticker letters (look awesome when painted; or, peel off after painting for clear glass detailing), and soccer ball geometrics.

Step 4: Paint
Flip your mason jars upside down, preferably onto a non-stick surface (plastic wrap will work), and layer on your first coat. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look pretty yet, because it will soon! Read your paint bottles for recommended drying time between coats; if there’s no indication, let each layer dry thoroughly. Then wait another few hours. Paint two or three layers – whatever you need for solid, even coverage.

Step 5: Embellish and Seal
Use your sandpaper/emery board to gently sand detailing into your jar, especially over 3D letters. Then, spray your clear sealant to hold everything in place. Add ribbons, stickers, mesh (to represent a goal), etc.

Tip: If you have kids, let them get in on the fun! There’s no wrong way to trick out your team mason jars.

Step 6: Put ‘em to Use
During the game, you can use your jars to hold party flatware, table centerpieces, drinks (provided the interior is completely paint-free), etc. – anything you please. But the great thing is that even after the match is over, your jars can be repurposed as soap dispensers, flower vases, piggy banks, craft supply catch-alls, and any other thing your mind can dream up.

If you whip up your own mason jars, please post photos on the Orgullosa Facebook page!


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