How To Create Your Own Tinted Mason Jars
So, what’s all this about colored mason jars? It seems like just when you thought you knew all there was to know about these versatile jars, they go and add another dimension. They added color! These jars are so useful all around the house, for your pens, cooking utensils, or even spare change. Can you just see adding this splash of color to your décor?
And they are so easy to make.
- Mason Jars
- “Gloss” Mod Podge
- Food Coloring
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- Small Paper Dixie Cups (one for each color)
- Wooden Craft Popsicle Sticks (one for each color)
- Paper Towels
Fill the Dixie cups about half full of the Mod Podge glue. Color the glue in the Dixie cups, a couple of drops at a time, until you get the desired color of your choice. You can even mix your food color to come up with more colors, for instance, yellow and red to make orange.
TIP: Make sure to use the ‘gloss’ mod podge or you will not have the same vibrant results.
Stir with the wooden craft sticks until your colors are thoroughly combined.
Add about a tablespoon of water to each color and stir again, making sure that it is mixed thoroughly. The more water you add, the fainter your final tinting will be, so don’t add too much water unless that is the look you’re going for.
TIP: Once you’ve colored your jars, you’re going to set them upside down to dry on to newspaper or parchment paper so have this ready before you start swirling.
Pour one of the colored cups of glue into a mason jar and swirl around and around until the entire inside of the mason jar is coated. Pour the excess-colored mixture back into the dixie cup.
Place the jar upside down on the newspaper or parchment paper to dry.
Repeat the above steps for the rest of the colors that you made.
Once all jars are fully coated and turned upside on the newspaper, allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes, periodically lifting the jar up and scraping the excess from the mouth of the jar using a wooden craft stick or paper towel.
Preheat your oven to 175° and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
When the jars have dried, turn them upside down on your lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for ten minutes.
Remove from the oven and flip each jar, right side up, to cool for twenty minutes.
TIP: There may be a small amount of the color mixture on the parchment paper so set your jars either on a cooling rack or clean parchment paper on the counter to dry. Add another layer of parchment paper to the baking sheet to keep this bit of color mixture from getting on the jars.
You’ll start seeing the solidity of the color mixture fade away and a tint remain. If you still have streaks of solidity, pop the jars back in the oven, upside down on the baking sheet, for another ten minutes, then remove and let cool, right side up, for another twenty minutes.
Keep repeating this cycle until you have no more streaks and you’re happy with the results you have.
NOTE: I live at 8000’ and as with anything else that I cook I had to add time. Mine took 7 to 10 repeats of the cycle.
This is a great craft to do with your children and they’ll love coming up with ideas on what to use them for.
Even though you cannot use these for food or drink, and they are not waterproof, there are many ways you can use them.
Use them as a vase for a floral arrangement. Since they aren’t waterproof, you may want to stick with a silk flower arrangement and bypass the water.
Use them as desk organization. They make great containers for your pens and pencils, your ruler, and your scissors and what ever else you need quick access to at your desk.
Add small strings of lights and make them into luminaries. You can find the fairy lights here on Amazon.
Modify the top a bit with these soap dispenser tops and turn them into soap dispensers. They’ll look great in your bathroom or kitchen.
You can drop in some votive candles and use them as candle holders.
Why not book ends? You can always toss coins inside the jars if you need more weight.
Are you crafty? Store your art supplies in this colorful rainbow of mason jars. Talk about inspiration!
Use them as Summer Activity Jars or Boredom Buster Jars for the kids. This is an amazing idea as kids do get bored. Fill the jars with ideas of things they can do when they are bored, either fun things or chores or both. You just write ideas down either on pieces of colored paper or popsicle sticks. Kids whine that they are bored, they pick a stick, and they do what ever is written on the stick (or colored paper). Mix it up and have a blast, or in the case of the chore stick – call it a boredom bummer. Or use the boredom bummer with a chore stick to stave off the arguing when it gets out of hand. They’ll either stop arguing or your house will be clean.
Add to your bathroom décor this rainbow of colorful masons and store your toiletries in style. No more digging for cotton swabs, they’re right at your fingertips.
Plan an adventure or a vacation and start saving now by using your mason as an Adventure Fund Jar. Teach your kids to save their money for an adventure that they plan.
Use battery operated tea lights and make a night light. They sell them on Amazon here
You can use them as place settings the next time you plan a party. How cute would they be at your next patio party? Just wrap up your plastic ware in a colorful napkin and place at each setting.
You can even turn them in to Moroccan Mason Jars. Using puff paint, you can draw around your jar in mandala form and create some beautiful works of art.
The rainbow of colors seems to bring a smile to one’s face and happiness in the heart. Maybe because it’s a symbol of the calm after the storm. Either way, it’s a delight to know that you can now tint your own rainbow of colorful mason jars to decorate your home in useful ways. How will you use yours?