Alright, so this was one of those DIY projects that was a total win all the way from conception to fruition. I was sitting at Stix eating dinner with Cody and picked up my phone to see this t-shirt on my Facebook feed that said “Teachers are uh-mason.” I had just gotten a mason mug and had thought about getting my mom one, because I knew she’d get a kick out of it.
I instantly knew I HAD to make it for her for Mother’s Day and it was perfect timing because we were heading to Michael’s right after dinner to buy supplies for my Mother’s Day Frame Gift.
See what I mean, total perfection! Plus, it gave me an excuse to use my Silhouette which is basically all things love.
Ready to get started? The total project time is about twenty minutes, give or take.
- Mason Jar Mug/Cup/Regular Jar with a blank side.
- Vinyl: I used Oracal 651 because it’s permanent. It’s the stuff they use for car decals. You can find it online.
- Painter’s Tape/Transfer Paper
First off, clean your jar and dry it thoroughly. Some people suggest also using rubbing alcohol on it and allowing it to dry to kill any oils that remain. I didn’t do this step and I’ll update this post when my mom has had time to use it.
In your Silhouette software, use the text tool to type “Moms are Uh-Mason!” in any format you like with any fonts you like. Size it to fit your jar. My jar was about 3 inches across and wide, but I made my design about 2.75 inches by 2.75 inches so I wouldn’t have to curve the design. Once you’re ready, you can cut it out.
I used the recommended settings for vinyl that my Silhouette was loaded with when I got the machine. Once you’re done, weed your design. Weeding means to take the excess, not needed, part of the design off the vinyl backing. Do this until you’re left with just your words.
Next, you’ll transfer it to your jar. As you can see above, I used painter’s tape because I’m too cheap to buy transfer paper. Basically, I laid it across the words on the vinyl backing and then lined it all up on my jar. Press down firmly and gently peel your tape or transfer paper up, allowing the vinyl to stay on the jar.
You’ll want your vinyl to cure to the glass for at least 48-72 hours before washing. I recommend hand washing, but some people say they have had no problems with a dishwasher. I’ve never tried it.