Baked on the Bright Side

DIY Mason Jar Tinting

May 28, 2015

Mason jars are a functional staple for the home with tons of uses from storage to decoration. They are easy to find, and relatively inexpensive, and the best part is, there are a million different ways to personalize them to fit your style. You can paint them, glitter them, wrap them in ribbons, or you can try our tutorial for tinting them at home! It’s an easy, safe way to get beautifully colored mason jars that will last you forever. Use them as a vase, a candleholder, utensil storage, holiday decoration, or anything else you can think of! (Note: for safety, these Mason jars should not be used for food or drink after tinting!)

There are a few different methods fir tinting mason jars. The most simple, popular way calls for a glossy decoupage medium (like Mod Podge), food coloring, room temperature water, a baking sheet, and wax or parchment paper. You will want to cover your workspace with newspaper or parchment paper as well because it can get a bit messy.

Step one: Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F

Step two: Mix up to 10 drops of food coloring with a Tablespoon of water. The more pigmented you want your Mason jars, the more food coloring you should add

Step three: Pour about 1-2 Tablespoons of decoupage medium into your Mason jar, then add the water and food coloring mixture to the jar and stir well

Step four: Tilt the Mason jar around until the entire inside surface is covered with the colored mixture (including the rim). Once covered, pour the excess mixture out into a bowl and let sit upside down on top of the newspaper for 30 minutes to an hour or until dry.

Step five: Wipe excess color from the rim of the Mason jar and place upside down on lined baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes. Turn right side up and let bake for 20-30 more minutes.

Step six: Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Enjoy your beautiful new Mason jars!

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