I have a love for antique blue mason jars. But if they are in good repair-the are so spendy! Why not make them myself!
After doing a little research, I saw that many creative people had made really beautiful colored jars in a variety of ways. Many people painted the inside of their jars which they said made for a more even finish. I wanted to be able to display the flowers my children brought in from the yard so I painted the outside. Most recipes called for Mod Podge, food coloring and a splash of water. Actually, my first batch completely omitted the water. I would like to say this was on purpose, but really it was more to do with the fact it was a really long day! So here is what I did:
Mix the Mod Podge with food coloring. I used about a 1/4 cup of Mod Podge (glossy) and it covered 4 small jars with a good amount left over. I did use a good amount of food coloring; you can see how dark the solution was in the picture below. If you would like a more transparent finish, then add about a tablespoon of water. Turn your jar upside down and brush the Mod Podge on the jar. I used a foam brush but still had streaks. Maybe a more watery solution would keep this from happening.
Bake at 175 degrees until all the Mod Podge has turned from opaque to transparent. Let cool and then spray with a clear sealant if you plan to use water in the jars. Now I’m on a hunt to find tiny jars to paint the colors of the rainbow! How fun would those be with the afternoon sun shining through? These would make beautiful centerpieces on the dining table. You could even use the colors of the season! I’m thinking rich autumn colors: hazelnut brown and burnt orange… I wonder if Wilton’s makes food coloring in those colors!
Has anyone else tried this project? I had a problem with the Mod Podge caking around the rim of the jar. Any suggestions on how to prevent this? What other tips do you have?