The first Blooming Buddies contributor post comes from A.G. Dow! I was discussing with her various techniques of tinting glass jars and so we both decided to give it a whirl. The tutorial that we decided to try first was originally posted on the It’s Overflowing blog.
Let’s take a look at A.G.’s experience!
- 1/4 Cup of Mod Podge, Gloss
- 3 TBSP Water
- Liquid Food Coloring
- Glass Bottles/Jars
Before you begin: Collect all of the needed ingredients and supplies. In addition to the Mod Podge, water, food coloring, and bottles, I used two small bowls for mixing (one for water and one for Mod Podge), something to stir with ( I used an old spoon) and paper towels for messes/clean-up.
Step 1: I microwaved 3 tablespoons of water for 30 seconds in one of the small bowls, then added food coloring and mixed well. I then added the food coloring mixture to 1/4 cup of Mod Podge in the other bowl. Mix well. Note: I originally started out mixing in the small bowl and even though all of the required ingredients fit, I found it was hard to mix well so I transferred the mixture into a measuring cup. This provided plenty of room to stir thoroughly and not make a big mess.
Step 2: I then poured the mix into the bottles and swirled around until the entire inside was covered. I used a few paper towels to press against the top so I could hold the bottle upside down and get every bit covered. Note: For the 3rd bottle I added a lot more blue to the mix and ended up with what I was hoping would be purple. I didn’t make a new mixture, I simply added blue dye to the pinkish mixture I was already working with.
Step 3: I allowed the bottles to drain as instructed in the original tutorial by placing them upside down on paper towel. After a few minutes I turned them upright and allowed the remaining Mod Podge mixture to settle to the bottom. While I was waiting, I pre-heated my oven to 170 degrees.
Step 4: After the oven reached 170 degrees, I placed the bottles on a rack that was in the 2nd slot from the bottom. Be sure NOT to tilt the bottles when placing them inside. Allow them to bake until they become transparent. Mine took a little over 20 minutes, but all ovens vary so keep an eye on them.
Step 5: Once dried, remove carefully, without tilting, using mitts. They were just in the oven so yes, they will be hot. Once fully cooled, wipe excess mixture from the lip if needed….and you’re all set! :)
These turned out super adorable! I picked this method because when I was reading through the tutorial posted on the It’s Overflowing blog, it seemed super easy and quick…and it was! Who knew that some old glass bottles could be turned into an awesome decoration! And because it is easy and the Mod Podge washes off with soap and water, this is a project that I can do with my daughter!
The only note that I would like to add is that the amount of mixture I used was a bit more than I needed for these three bottles, so you may want to play around a bit with the amount of Mod Podge and add accordingly.
Thank you A.G. for sharing your experience with that tutorial! I will be trying it myself later today so you can expect a post about my experience with it! Stop by A.G.’s Facebook page and let her know what you think of her pretty jars!
Have you tried tinting glass jars? If so, did you use this method or have you found another one that is better?