Tinted Mason Jar Craft

by Merissa on January 28, 2015

in Frugal Decor

Tinted Mason Jar Craft - Little House Living

Tinted Mason Jar Craft

I love decorating my table, for some reason I always have. I love anything vases, flowers, tablecloths, napkins, runners, etc. My style is simple and clean and I don't like a lot of clutter that takes too long to clean off when we are ready to eat a meal.

For much of the year, my decor on my table revolves around my antique mason jars or various lanterns, but this spring I wanted something really pretty and "springy" so I decided to get a little crafty with this tinted Mason Jar craft idea!

For this craft you only need a few things, that you probably already have. These take a little bit from start to finish (because of baking time), but are very simple and fun to do!


Tinted Mason Jar Craft

What You Need:

  • Mason Jars or Empty, Clean Jars
  • Food Coloring
  • Paintbrushes
  • ModPodge


Make sure that your jars are clean and dry. In a small bowl (that you can either toss or that you use for crafts), mix together some ModPodge and food coloring until you have your desired color. Remember that the color will be darker and slightly different after baking. Add in plenty of food coloring to make sure the jars will have a good tint.


Brush the "paint" on the inside of the jars until you have them completely covered. Do not be afraid to put it on somewhat thick, otherwise the color won't be strong. Place the jars upside down on a piece of wax paper on the countertop and let them dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Take the jars and place them upside down in a baking dish or pan and put it in the oven at 225 degrees for about 45 minutes.


Remove the jars from the oven and let them cool before handling. Fill with fun decor or flowers and decorate anywhere in your house!

I'm using mine to hold some little antique kitchen utensils that I have for decor. What would you do with yours?


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barb January 28, 2015 at 7:31 am

These look lovely! When you put the jars in the oven, do you put them right-side up or upside down?


2 Merissa January 28, 2015 at 7:39 am

Upside down in the oven. I will add that in the post πŸ™‚


3 Kristi January 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

What is Modpodge & where do we get it? Also, will water inside the jars afterwards (if using for flowers) make the color come off? Thanks!


4 Merissa January 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

It should hold up to water as long as it’s dried out after use. ModPodge can be found in the craft section of retail stores near the paintbrushes.


5 Jess January 28, 2015 at 9:12 am

Could these be used to can?


6 Merissa January 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

No, these would be for decorative purposes only.


7 MM January 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

These are really pretty! I would love to do this to some glass vases as well and add flowers to them. πŸ™‚


8 Rose Molinary January 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Love this! Can imagine a few ways to use these in my kitchen!


9 Donna January 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Have you tried several stripes of different colors in one jar? Or baked one color, then added another and baked it again? This is awesome!!!


10 Merissa January 31, 2015 at 7:37 am

I haven’t but I think stripes would work πŸ™‚


11 Christina January 31, 2015 at 11:16 am

Do you think this would work for vases too? I have some utensils sitting in a cheap clear vase next to my stove that I would love to color. The glass is not as thick as mason jars though … Wonder if it would hold up to the heat …


12 Merissa January 31, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I wouldn’t put anything in the oven that I was afraid might break in the heat. Personally I would only use Mason Jars that are made to withstand heat.


13 Kay January 31, 2015 at 11:53 am

You can’t use them for canning if you tint them. What I will do is use the jars that I can’t use for canning anymore. I have a jar that did not seal and the reason was the top rim was rough so I’ll not use it for canning anymore and tint it.


14 Sherry Bagley February 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Could you tint the outside instead of the inside of the jars? I’m thinking that would make great blue apothecary jars for herbals and such!


15 Rebecca February 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm

I tried these with my kids and they did not work. πŸ™ Do you have any suggestions or hints? We were all disappointed. We were going to use them for jars for individual bathroom items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.


16 Merissa February 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Did you use all of the same ingredients? Did you add plenty of food coloring? I know they will show up much too light if you don’t add a good amount of food coloring.


17 Rebecca February 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Tried it again with LOTS of food coloring. It worked better but next time I will be usong even MORE food coloring! :p


18 Amanda @ The Kolb Corner March 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

I had no idea it was that easy to tint jars! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!


19 Sahana March 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

Looks amazing!! Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.


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