Since I have done so many mason jar crafts, I have always wanted to try DIY Colored Glass. I searched the web and found some great tutorials, but as always found my favorite one and tweaked it a little. I love these jars because they are so pretty and useful at the same time. You can use them for craft, kitchen, or bathroom storage. You can also use them as centerpieces with flowers. Here is my version of the DIY Colored Glass Tutorial with some tips and tricks along the way.
Gather your materials.
You will need:
- Recycled glass jars (sauces, pickles, dressings, etc)
- Craft glue
- Food coloring (I used neon because that is what I had, but regular food coloring works well too)
- Glass ramekins
- Wax paper
- Cookie sheet
- Paper towel
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.
Add the ingredients to the ramikins (approximately)
- 2 tablespoons of glue
- 1 tablespoon of water
Mix your ingredients thoroughly. You don’t want the mixture too thick because it will be too hard to cover the glass, and you don’t want it too watery because it will create streaks. The consistency is similar to Alfredo sauce (that’s the best way for me to describe it)! Also, because you are using such a small amount of glue and water, you only need one or two drops of food coloring depending on the desired color.
Pour the mixture into your glass and slowly tilt and twirl the jar until the entire jar is covered.
Allow the excess to drip back into the ramekin. I was able to color two jars with each mixture.
Place the jars upside down on a wax lined cookie sheet and allow the liquid to drain. If you notice streaks, your mixture was too thin. You can start over at this point (without rinsing) and cover the glass again with a new and thicker mixture (I know this from experience)!
Once your jars are drained, remove the wax paper and wipe the edge of the rim with a wet paper towel. Be careful not to wipe off the inside of the rim.
Place the jars upright onto the cookie sheet and place them in the oven. Let them cure for 45 minutes to one hour.
Handle with care when removing them from the oven. Once they are cool you can use mason jars for so many things including craft storage or flower vases.
Note: The tutorials that I read said that you can put water in them for flowers, however I found this not to be the case! Flowers with no water? No problem. I personally use them for craft storage such as paint brushes, colored pencils, scissors, rulers, markers, etc. Here are some fabulous suggestions from DIY Inspired Facebook friends!
” I just created a girls gift, and put in the jar an entire nail polish kit.” – Manon Roderick
“Christmas lights make a cute night lite.” - Nicki Etheridge
“Colored hanging tea lights, centerpieces, and potpourri pedal holders. My wife suggested filling them with Jewels, stones, seashells and making them into a lamp base.” – Chris Carl
“Pad the top to make it a pin cushion and inside the jar could be a sewing kit. You can use them as candle holders (attach a glass taper candle holder to the bottom so it has a base). Use them as a vase with coordinating colored flowers in them. Put a slot in the top and make it a pretty bank.” - Frugal Sally
“My momma just converted several of her “old blue glass” ones into functioning oil lamps…they’re great!!!” - Heather Mueller
“We are putting bath salts in them.” - Hope E Barker, Photos Of Hope