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How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves

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This post shares all about how I painted suede using DecoArt’s Americana Suede Paint. This unique lightly textured acrylic paint is a way to give you a beautiful suede-like finish on a variety of materials. Learn how I used it to make mason jar planter sleeves that I put on jars when rooting plant cuttings in water!

How to Paint Suede

If you’re new around here, you know I have a lot of plants. And I like to create even more of them through propagating them from cuttings. It’s seriously addicting and rewarding to create new plants from tiny cuttings or existing plants. (If you’re new to propagating plant cuttings, check out my post about the easiest plants to propagate, as well as my free e-book about plant propagation.)

my plant-filled office

If you like plant propagation, you can also check out my DIY test tube plant propagation station and my DIY glass jar propagation station. Both are pretty easy woodworking projects.

I often look for ways to combine my love of crafting and DIY with my love of plants. So for this project, I decided that instead of painting a few mason jars, I would create a painted suede “sleeve” to give the jars the look of a real planter. I often use mason jars to root plant cuttings because they are the perfect size.

Suede has a rich look, but because it’s a porous fabric, it doesn’t really lend itself well to being made into planters. So why not create a drink-coozy-like sleeve to dress up the mason jars? For the two I made, I used the colors Midnight Blue and Light Fern. But before I get started with the tutorial, I have to tell you an honest story…

How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves


…this is the first stab at this project! There is a second. You see, DecoArt asked me to work with them on the rollout of their new suede paint. I of course said yes because they are the best and I love working with them. I read the brief, came up with a project where I painted suede, finished the project (including writing the post and doing all of the photos), and sent it over for their blog.

Only to find out that the new suede paint was to paint other things to look like suede…NOT to paint actual suede. In fact, suede isn’t even on the official approved materials list. Man, I felt like an idiot! Luckily the lovely folks at DecoArt took pity on me and did not fire me. Instead, I just redid the project on terracotta, which is an approved material.

So I am sharing my post here on my blog anyways with the understanding that suede isn’t an approved material for this paint, but I did it 😉 And it actually turned out great! So let’s take a peek at what I did. 

Note that if you want to use a DecoArt paint that is officially recommended for suede, check out Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics, DecoArt Stylin, and DecoArt SoSoft

And here’s how I made my Suede Mason Jar Planter Sleeves!

Step 1: Measure and cut the suede you’ll paint

First I measured the height and circumference of the mason jar I was using. Some mason jars can be slightly different sizes. Then I cut a piece of suede large enough to wrap the whole way around the mason jar with about a half inch extra.

Crafting suede is the best to use for this project because it is slightly thicker than what you might find with a home decor suede fabric. The extra thickness helps the sleeve stand up on its own, which is important, especially if you want to make it just a hair larger than the mason jar so it’s easier to get on and off.

crafting suede

Step 2: Add painter’s tape and paint

Once I cut the piece of suede, I ran a piece of painter’s tape along the area I didn’t want to paint above. I used this as a visual guide while painting. I then used a cross-hatch technique, which is basically a criss-cross-like pattern, to paint along the bottom of the piece of suede. 

Instead of painting all the way up to the painter’s tape line, though, I created brush strokes for a more organic-looking end to the paint line. Because this paint has excellent coverage, I only needed one coat of paint for both the blue and green colors.

How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves

Step 3: Glue the ends together

The paint doesn’t dry to be too stiff. It dries in a way that is still flexible and allows the suede to remain quite pliable. It doesn’t crack at all, either. Once dry, dab some glue along the end of your suede, then wrap it around the mason jar and glue one end of the suede onto the other end like this. Don’t glue it to the jar!

The planter sleeve can be removed from the mason jar and reused on another. It can also be easily removed while changing the water in the jar. And that’s it. It looks so cute!

How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves
How to Paint Suede: Mason Jar Planter Sleeves

For more projects, check out my 10 best painted furniture projects, my set or three painted nesting tables, my retro nightstand makeover, and my roundup of a bunch of pretty things I’ve spray painted!

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