How to Make Colored Mason Jars

Aug 22 2012
How to Make Colored Mason Jars

I've said it before and I'll say it again ... I am obsessed with the mason jar! Mason jars just make me happy. I use these bad boys for everything. My friends think I need mason jar therapy. Anyone else need a mason jar intervention?

Well, well my beautiful friends, little did I know but you can now color your own mason jars! Yes, without glass paint might I add : ) Ok, so this is super easy and they look so pretty. I even made these jars on the Home and Family show on Hallmark!
Alright, follow my instructions below.

These are my Moroccan colored mason jars. I used the same process as I am about to explain below and then when they were all dry we applied gold puffy paint and stick on gems to the outside of the jars.

Grab whatever mason jar you want to color and pour in Mod Podge. If you have a large mason jar you will need about an inch and a half of Mod Podge. Next add a couple drops of food coloring or food coloring gels. Now the color is going to look pastel because it's mixed with the white glue but it will end up drying just like the food coloring you chose.

Use a stick (or whatever you have) to mix up the color. Be sure to mix everything very well so all the food coloring is incorporated. Any speckles of color will show up on your mason jar when it's dry.

Now using your hand tilt the jar every which way until all the glue covers the entire inside of the mason jar. Just roll it in your hands (being careful not to have the glue pour out of the jar) - Don't use a paint brush or stick to spread the color around because it will leave marks.

Now place the jar on a paper plate so any excess glue pours out. If you have a tun of excess you can let it drip into another jar, but there shouldn't be that much left in the jar. (Tip: If doing multiple jars just mix a whole bunch of Mod Podge and food coloring in a bowl and pour into each mason jar.) After the excess drips out (about an hour) Flip the mason jar over and let it dry. Depending on how warm your house is this could take 24-48 hours. 

See the purple mason jar? The bottom of the jar is still pastel purple in the creases. This is because it's not yet completely dry. As the jar dries all the glue turns clear. I tried putting one of my jars in the oven but it made lots of super small bubbles all over the jar and it didn't look very good so I recommend just letting it air dry. Be patient : ) 

The finished product!

Now keep in mind these were made with glue so you cannot eat out of these or put food in them. These are for decoration only. Use it as a pencil holder or put a votive inside. Oh, and .... if you screw up and your jar doesn't look so hot when it dries you can peal off the glue and re-use the jar again. Happy crafting mason jar lovers. XO

To see my spray painted Mason jars go here! Spray Painted Mason Jars

To see my glitter Mason Jars go here: Glitter Mason Jars

Ok that's it!

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Trisha said:
1 August, 2013 - 17:07
If you want to be able to put water in them try this idea
brittany said:
31 July, 2013 - 09:52
can light bulbs be put inside them?
Maranda said:
29 July, 2013 - 08:50
Can u drink out of them after u are done
JessieJane said:
29 July, 2013 - 11:40
no, they are not food safe. You would have to color the outside if you wanted to store something on the inside.
CW said:
27 July, 2013 - 22:57
Fantastic idea! Can I color the outside of the jar so that I can store food on the inside?
karen king said:
27 July, 2013 - 14:45
This is the most awesome hobby! I love it! I like the idea of using them as votives and giving them as hostess gifts! Thank U for sharing this!
Rocky Creek said:
26 July, 2013 - 10:11
Is there any formula or color chart for predicting the final colors?
Desiree said:
25 July, 2013 - 23:32
Can this be use to put inside some body scrub. Im hosting a baby shower and i want the jars to look cute..... Please help
Desiree said:
25 July, 2013 - 23:32
Can this be use to put inside some body scrub. Im hosting a baby shower and i want the jars to look cute..... Please help
nath said:
25 July, 2013 - 06:58
i think they would look great in mt new sewing room for tiny pièces... but I'm worry they will scratch? how can we seal them or varnish them? Have you tried? thank you for sharing, i«,m crazy about mason jar too!!! ha ah ha
Rachael said:
24 July, 2013 - 00:22
After seeing this, and your other Mason jar crafts, I am definitely a mason jar addict!!! Haha! :)
David said:
21 July, 2013 - 15:47
After coloring can the jars be used for lighting?
Anonymous said:
13 July, 2013 - 18:12
Robin said:
9 July, 2013 - 17:36
What if you used them as a vase. Does the color stay or does it come off. Do you think sealing it would be better in order to keep the color if use for vase. Mohave you tried sealing?
Candice Gateley said:
6 July, 2013 - 09:28
Couldn't you do the outside of the jars..
Anonymous said:
3 July, 2013 - 12:17
Use a shot glass (or whatever you have that fits inside) to hold water for flowers
Anonymous said:
3 July, 2013 - 03:22
if you dont want writting on jar, walmart sells plain canning jars
Anonymous said:
2 July, 2013 - 15:32
does this make your house stink
Jasmyne said:
8 July, 2013 - 12:38
No modge podge has no scent, neither does food coloring.
Anonymous said:
30 June, 2013 - 19:32
If I put fresh flowers in them with water, will I end up with a big goopy mess? How well do they hold up with water in them, just for a few hours??
Anonymous said:
3 July, 2013 - 12:15
I put a shot glass (or whatever you have that fits) inside the jar to hold the water and flowers, works great. No worries about the glue or color messing up.
Anonymous said:
25 June, 2013 - 08:43
I want to know how to color mason jars
Anonymous said:
25 June, 2013 - 08:43
I want to know how to color mason jars
Anonymous said:
19 June, 2013 - 07:53
how to do this
Sonya Covaleski said:
18 June, 2013 - 13:12
Would like to use as tiki torches... Would the liquid mess up the coloring...or could one put a clear coat on to keep the finish? Any ideas?
Lisa Jerome said:
18 June, 2013 - 03:45
I would like to make colored mason jars.
joyce coleman said:
14 June, 2013 - 10:26
i would like to do this around my flower bed. i have been saving jars for 3 months.
annamaria dall'orso said:
11 June, 2013 - 11:27
I would like to have a tutorial if permitted!
Anonymouslinda runge said:
10 June, 2013 - 16:09
Where do you find the glue?
Anonymous said:
18 June, 2013 - 10:31
You can buy this glue at WalMart or any craft store.
Anonymous said:
7 June, 2013 - 17:27
I love your work.
JessieJane said:
8 June, 2013 - 11:35
thank you : )
Ashley Toliver said:
3 June, 2013 - 11:48
I would like to know how to do the colored mason jars
Anonymous said:
28 May, 2013 - 08:09
cool idea
Gina Arechiga said:
28 May, 2013 - 07:47
I pinned to Pintrest your sample of coloring mason that I have come back to it to do the project I received this. please advise
Anonymous said:
25 May, 2013 - 00:46
I just wanted to say that these are really really cool and very easy! Thank you so much. I am mixing this idea with another to make mason jar candle holders that I am going to use for my wedding in a few weeks. I did the thing where you wrap rubber-bands around a mason jar and spray paint it and then take the bands off so the light will shine through the cracks. But now I am going to color the jars per these instructions so hopefully the light shining out of the jar is the color instead of white light. Modge Podge isn't flammable is it ha.
JessieJane said:
5 June, 2013 - 23:50
Love!! No it's not flammable. Please send a picture!
Maria Carmen said:
23 May, 2013 - 23:42
is there other materiel i can us so it wont fade away wash off when i wash it.
Sally Edmonds said:
22 May, 2013 - 11:24
Would like to know how to make the colored mason jars
Ancarolyn said:
17 May, 2013 - 17:51
Love to see how this is made
Anonymous said:
16 May, 2013 - 14:24
would love to see how you tinted these jars.
kerry thombleson said:
16 May, 2013 - 06:50
Love these. Thinking of using this idea for baby shower...
JessieJane said:
16 May, 2013 - 13:07
Thank you!
Anonymous said:
14 May, 2013 - 13:44
Just trying to look how to dye glass.
Melina said:
10 May, 2013 - 20:02
Does it the color wash off if u wash it I need something that won't fade away or wash off can anyone please recommend something else instead food coloring cuz I think it washes off or fades away
Anonymous said:
10 May, 2013 - 16:19
I have a lot of jars and I am interested to see how simply this can be done I love colored glass it is not my intend to violate or misuse any content
Anonymous said:
8 May, 2013 - 08:53
why can't i view this without this flag?
JessieJane said:
11 May, 2013 - 22:40
Sorry, something wrong on Pinterest's end. Very annoying. People keep saying the same thing.
Anonymous said:
4 May, 2013 - 07:46
I have a lot of clear mason jars and would like to know how to make them different colors to set out on deck in summer evenings for festival themes. Please send your directions?
MaryNewlon said:
3 May, 2013 - 18:36
I think that is the neatest idea. If I wrapped my candy in cellophane and my cookies in cellopane would it be alright to place them in the jars and give as gifts. I know that you probably can't wash them, can you?