It’s no big news that I am somewhat hooked on re-using and upcycling old glass jars, food jars, mason jars, rootbeer bottles, etc.
You may noticed in the little post about simple flower arrangements.
My absolute fave mason jars are the older, blue-tinted ones.
Today I’m going to share with you how I took some of our glass jars (you know, the ones all over the house) and took them back in time with a tinted glass technique.
Oh, and right off the bat, I want to mention that I saw the idea first from Aimee at It’s Overflowing!, one of my top ten favorite DIY/decorating blogs. You should definitely hop over there to take a peak at her tinted bottles tutorial.
But since I changed it up a bit, I’m going to share my how-to on tinting clear glass to give it that antique blue mason jar effect.
For supplies, you’ll need:
>> Mason jar/vase/glass bottle of your choice <<
>> Food coloring <<
>> Elmer’s glue (or mod podge) <<
>> water <<
Use a medium sized mixing bowl or glass measuring cup and add around 1/4 cup of hot water.
You can microwave for 15-30 seconds to make sure the water is hot enough to dissolve the food coloring.
Next, start adding your food coloring.
Like, a whole lot.
Stir stir stir it up to completely dissolve color.
Getting the glue/water ratio can be tricky.
If you’re using Elmer’s, you’re basically going to make your own DIY mod podge with a 50/50 ratio of glue to water.
So, for this little project, we used a whole standard size bottle of glue, with equal parts water added (in addition to the water already in your bowl.) Does that make sense? Clear as mud?
Let the jars set upside down so the excess can drain completely.
A WORD ON THE STREAKS: So in this picture, you can see lots of streaks on my jars.
I didn’t use enough glue the first go around, and ended up re-coating, and re-baking a second time around for a better look.
I really wanted them to look more subtle and like the “real” vintage aqua blue mason jars, like these guys:
Not EXACT, but close, eh?
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Have you tried the DIY Mason Jars?
I would love to hear how you did. Leave a comment with your strategy and tips for others.
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