I just love using tinted Mason jars in pastel colors to decorate my home. They can be used in so many different ways. Fill them with flowers, candy, pasta or seashells to add a splash of color to any spot in your home.
Here is how to make tinted mason jars using food coloring. This is an easy craft that you can decorate with year-round.
- Mason Jars – we used the 16 oz wide mouth size
- Mod Podge matte finish
- Liquid or gel food coloring
- Foam Brushs
- Craft Sticks
- Parchment paper
- Small plastic cups
Instructions for Making Tinted Mason Jars
Step 1: Clean the Jars
Remove all fingerprints and dust from both the inside and outside of your jars. If you don’t, they will show up as marks on your tinted jars.
Step 2: Make the Tinting Solution
Add 1 tablespoon of Mod Podge into a plastic bowl. Cheap disposable plastic cups are perfect for this. Then add ½ teaspoon of water, followed by 6-8 drops of food coloring. Adding more food coloring does not darken the color much and will result in a lot of streaking. Mix well with a craft stick until no white Mod Podge is showing.
Step 3: Paint the Jar
We are only painting the outside of the jar. If you paint the inside and then add water for flowers, the stain will not hold and will eventually dissolve. By painting the outside and then baking, we keep the inside safe for plants. The color will last indefinitely.
Use the foam brush to paint the outside of the jar. Don’t worry about it having streaks, as these will go away after they are baked. Be sure to paint the bottom of the jar as well.
Step 4: Let the Jars Dry
Place the painted jar upside down on the parchment paper. Let it dry for an hour. It is normal for excess paint to drip off the jar onto the paper.
Step 5: Bake the Jars
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your painted jars upright on the lined sheet and wipe off any excess Mod Podge mixture from the rims. Place the baking sheet and jars into the oven and bake for at least 1 hour. They are ‘done’ when the color has turned transparent. When finished, remove the jars from the oven and let them cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
Decorating with Tinted Mason Jars
Now you can decorate with your tinted mason jars! Here’s how I used one with some bee décor. You could also add cut flowers for a unique and colorful vase. Stain them to match wedding colors and make table centerpieces. How about patriotic colors for Memorial Day or July 4th? The possibilities are endless.
I would love to hear what colors you used with your Mason Jars and how you decorated with them. Let me know what you did in the comments.