DIY Project – Tinting Glass Jars with Jaidis

Earlier the wonderful A.G. Dow stopped by to share her experience with tinting glass using Mod Podge. Her jars turned out so beautiful that I wanted to give it a go! So let’s get to it!


Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/8 Cup of Mod Podge, Gloss
  • 1 1/2 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/jars, I used plastic cups for mixing, something to stir with ( I used Popsicle sticks) and paper towels for messes/clean-up. I also had a paint brush handy which I’ll talk about later.


Step 1: I microwaved 1 1/2 tablespoons of water for 30 seconds in a glass measuring cup. Then I poured it into a disposable plastic cup, added food coloring and mixed. I then added 1/8 cup (approximately) of Mod Podge in the cup with the colored water. Mix well. Note: I knew that A.G. had plenty left over and I only planned on doing 1 jar in this color so I cut the ingredients down. Plus my daughter was helping and I didn’t want any Mod Podge wasted.


Step 2: I then poured the mix into the jar and let my daughter swirl it around. Once she was done, I took over, and filled in the spaces that she missed. As A.G. stated, holding a paper towel over the top worked great at coating the entire jar.


Step 3: I allowed the jar to drain as instructed in the original tutorial by placing it upside down on paper towel. After about 10-15 minutes, I turned it 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: Instead of placing the jar directly on the rack in the oven, I placed it in a glass casserole dish. I was afraid that since it was a small jar it wouldn’t balance well enough on the rack. Bake it until it becomes transparent. Mine took a little over 30 minutes. Once done, remove from oven to cool.


Note: My daughter wasn’t happy with the shade of pink when it came out of the oven. So after it cooled, I repeated the process with a 2nd coat, which is the shade in the picture above.


You may have noticed that there were multiple jars in the first picture. I wanted to try a different method, this time tinting the outside of the jar. Since Mod Podge is water-soluble, you can’t use bottles/jars that are tinted with the above method for anything that requires water, like a vase for flowers. So here is my attempt at doing the outside:


Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/8 Cup of Mod Podge, Gloss
  • 1 TBSP Water
  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Glass Bottles/Jars


Step 1: You are going to make your Mod Podge mixture just like in the above method, only I reduced the water. I was afraid that the original mixture would be to runny and I didn’t want it to turn into a dripping mess! For this version, I made 2 shades: 1 blue and 1 yellow.


Step 2: I first tried using the paint brush even though I was almost positive that it would leaves streaks. It did. So I switched to a different method. I took a paper towel, wadded it up, and after dipping in the blue mixture, I blotted the Mod Podge onto the outside of the jar.


Step 3: I took a new paper towel and repeated the above step, only using Yellow. I just blotted it on there randomly.


Step 4: I took the same casserole dish as I used with the pink jar and put a piece of aluminum foiled on the bottom. I wasn’t sure if this jar would drip and I didn’t want to bake the Mod Podge onto my only casserole dish. Then I put the jar in the oven and baked for 20 mins.


Step 5: I took the jar out and allowed it to cool enough that I could touch it. It didn’t take long. Then I added a second coat, only this time, I put blue at the bottom and the yellow at the top. I was hoping that the colors would fade together. Put back in the oven and cook for 20 mins. Remove to cool.


You can see the color variation a little bit in the above picture. I think it turned out nicely! If you are having trouble seeing the different colors, here is another picture to hopefully help:


Now that the outside is tinted, you can use the jar for something that requires it to hold water. :)


My Verdict:


This method was simple and easy. My daughter really enjoyed helping as well! It requires minimal ingredients, is quick, and clean-up is easy. I do have a few complaints however. The first is that even though I cut the recipe down, there was still a ton of waste left over! I would suggest waiting until you have extra jars/bottles on hand so that you can use all of the mixture. I really hate to see product wasted! If you have air-tight containers of some sort you could try saving the mixture to use at a later date but I didn’t have any available. :(


Also, you will have to use a ton of coloring to achieve the deep-hued glass. I would much rather have a dark color the first time around than have to do it a second time like I had to with these. I am going to try to use the gel coloring and play around with the exact measurements so I can get the color I desire and not waste precious Mod Podge.


You may have noticed the pumpkin bottle in the beginning pic as well. I tried to color the inside, using the same method as the pink, but for some reason, the Mod Podge mixture would not stick to the entire inside. It did in some places but others just slipped right off of the glass. I’m not sure what happened but needless to say it was an Epic Failure. Luckily I was able to clean the jar and I can try again at a later date. I may have to end up tinting the outside instead.


As stated in A.G. Dow’s post, the original inspiration for this post came from the It’s Overflowing blog. Be sure to stop by and check it out. :)


Stay Creative,


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One Response to DIY Project – Tinting Glass Jars with Jaidis

  1. OMG Jaidis this awesome! Definitely going to have to give it a try at some point.

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