Tinted Mason Jars

April 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

With spring in the air, everyone is starting to go outside and very few of us have a lot of money to spend on fancy votive candle holders or the suprisingly expensive tiki torches.  A “new” favorite craft item for many people is the mason jar. Originally used for canning food, mason jars have become very popular for home decor items. This blog post is to show you how you can change the color of a mason jar with a few simple ingredients and an oven!

First, here are the supplies you will need:

Mason Jar:                         $10-$12 (They are usually only sold in packs)

Food Coloring:                 $3

Mod Podge:                       $10 (Buying a jar will last you a long time and you will be able to use it for many different crafts in the future!)

Small Bowl:                       $FREE

Newspaper/Paper Bag       $FREE

Parchment Paper            $FREE (borrow this from your neighbors or at home!)

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First, pour enough Mod Podge in the mason jar to cover the bottom plus a little extra. Next, put the food coloring in a small bowl and add about a tablespoon of water to the mason jar. If you want to make this craft easier you will just use the basic colors that come in the food coloring box; red, blue, green, yellow. Of course I couldn’t take the easy way out so I chose to tint my mason jar purple. Because of this I had to mix red and blue to try and make a purple. The only problem was that I wasn’t really sure of the shade of purple it was until it had baked in the oven! Once you are done mixing your foodcoloring simply pour it into the mason jar with the modpodge.

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Now, swirl the mixture around the mason jar until it completely covers the area. I would recommend doing this over a sink or outside in case some of it spills when you are trying to do the lip of the mason jar.

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Now you will want to pour out the excess mod podge mixture. Then, let the mason jar dry upside down on newspaper or an old paper shopping bag for about 30 minutes.

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Set your oven to about 200 degrees. You will want to line your baking sheet with some parchment paper so that the mod podge does not ruin your pan. Let the mason jar “bake” in the oven turned over for about 15 minutes. Then turn the mason jar upside right for another 15 or 20 minutes. BE CAREFUL when you are touching the mason jar, it will be very warm when you are flipping it over in the oven.

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Hopefully you are as happy with your turn out as I was with mine. There are endless ways to use your new tinted mason jar. You can use it for a votive candle holder on a porch, make up brush holder, flower vase, etc. These would make great house warming gifts or a great addition to any room or home!

Individually each mason jar will cost around $2.55 to make!

Happy Crafting!

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