Farmhouse Decor: Mason Jar “Choose Joy” Display

Hello again, friends!

It’s month 2 of my simple farmhouse decor series.  I’m only 4 days late with this post!!  {oops}

You’ll never believe how easy and inexpensive this gorgeous mason jar display was to make!

I’ve been on the hunt for some decor for my farmhouse shelves.  It’s so hard to find the perfect pieces and often times the nicest decor is the most expensive!!

I’m trying not to break the bank styling these shelves.  Most of us don’t have tons of extra cash to spend on decorating.  I totally get that.  I’m actually trying to completely style the shelves with things I have on hand.

Let me tell you, this is a challenge.

Now, I am a hoarder of beautiful decor {and craft supplies, children’s clothing, shoes and apparently bird figurines?? I have problems}.

The mason jar display was made with supplies I already had on hand.  Eeek!!  So excited to share this with y’all today!

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

I love how it turned out, how easy it was to make, and the message it reminds me of daily.  But, more about that later 🙂


I started with a large mason jar.  You know I have a ton of those lying around.  This particular one was painted blue from a previous project, but, I just painted over it with Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White.

You guys, I’ve used this paint in practically EVERY project I’ve done.  It’s so versatile.  Check it out here, here, here and here.

I used some sandpaper I had on hand to distress it a little.  I focused on the areas that had lettering or markings on the sides to really bring out character.

I used some sandpaper I had on hand to distress it a little.  I focused on the areas that had lettering or markings on the sides to really bring out character.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

I picked up some square wooden dowels from a local craft store {similar item}.  I’m not actually sure what they’re supposed to be used for.  You could use actual sticks from outside, too.  That would really add a rustic feel!

The pack came with two of the same size so no measuring or cutting required.

I strung twine between the dowels and tied a double knot to secure to both dowels.  It wouldn’t hurt to add a bit of glue because the twine tends to slide a bit.  Where you position the twine and how long the twine needs to be will depend on the length of the word(s) you’re using.

{Sorry, I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures of that step!!}

I had leftover white foam letter stickers from my DIY Monthly Photo Display project that I used for the wording and a label book in my craft bin for…?  I told ya I was a craft hoarder!!!

I used some sandpaper I had on hand to distress it a little.  I focused on the areas that had lettering or markings on the sides to really bring out character.

You don’t HAVE to use these label stickers.  You could use stock paper or cardboard you had on hand.  Get creative!

I aligned and pressed on the letter stickers at the bottom of the labels then cut off the top number portion.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

The labels are sticky, so no glue needed here.  I peeled off each individual letter and placed it over the twine, pressing the top part of the label over the twine so that it stuck to the back of itself.

Try to have roughly the same amount of label pressed on the back for each letter so that it looks uniform.

This is a trial and error process.  I took several off and repositioned them a few times to get it just right.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

It was looking great at this point.  But, of course I wasn’t quite satisfied.

I had some ivory trim {similar item} on hand from the DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift I made.  These trim pieces really add the perfect farmhouse charm to the mason jar.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

I used my handy hot glue gun to adhere two pieces of the trim to the top of the mason jar and one piece of the trim with frills under that.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

Ahh I love it!!  The trim was just what the mason jar needed to give a complete farmhouse look.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

I put the sweet mason jar on my farmhouse shelves.  I PROMISE I will get a post up about these shelves some day.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

All the bright white and cream colors contrast beautifully with the dark and textured nature of the wood.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

DIY farmhouse inspired mason jar display. Easy DIY craft to bring farmhouse style into your home decor. Budget friendly and sends great message.

This may be my favorite project I’ve made, not for how it looks, but for the message it reminds me of daily.  It sits on my farmhouse shelves in the dining room, an area we walk through 1000 times per day and sit in every night for dinner.  It’s impossible to go a day without reading “choose joy”.

I wish my life was without stress, without drama, without whining and screaming and crying children.  I wish I woke up without a worry in the world.

Truth is, none of that is reality.

And I don’t know anyone who has that life as a reality.

I don’t mean to presume I endure significant hardship or am in some way worse off than others.  Because in actuality I have a pretty great life.

I 100% believe that the people in this world who are truly happy CHOOSE JOY every day.

There’s always something that can bring you down.  You lost your job, your kids have gone crazy, you don’t have any close friends, you feel alone.  Or maybe, it’s just another day.

Personally, the “just another day” of motherhood is what really gets me.  And how selfish of me to complain about having these “just another days” when many people have it much worse.

I must, and am still struggling with, choosing joy in this day, and every day.

I hope that you, dear friends, choose joy.

Or maybe, choose beer (or wine) for today 😉

Wishing you a JOYful day!

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10 thoughts on “Farmhouse Decor: Mason Jar “Choose Joy” Display

  1. Thanks Sarah for sharing that craft. I love Farmhouse style and it’s really cute. I agree with what you said about choosing Joy as a choice. Otherwise, I’d be inclined to just stay in bed with the covers pulled over my head some days!! There’s a Bible verse that says, “This is the day that the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”. That’s truly one of my favorite verses.

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  2. This is beautiful! I love the message and it displays. We all need this daily reminder. I too have a ton of Mason jars and have painted and repainted. Not sure how you get to do all those projects with you being so busy!!

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