Paint Mason Jars Easily With Less Mess

Painting or tinting jars can be pretty sloppy work, but with our great tips you will learn not only how to paint mason jars easily but with very little mess! VIEW ALL PHOTOS & COMPLETE DIRECTIONS HERE


Mod Podge

Food Coloring

Mason Jars

Plastic cups, 9 oz.

Plastic spoons
The only other thing you might need is a little water for thinning out the mixture.
Pour 1/4 cup Mod Podge into a 9 oz plastic cup.
Add as much food coloring as you like. The more you add the darker the tint. Mix thoroughly and add a small amount of water if the mixture is too thick. You want it the consistency of a nice gravy.
Pour into your jar. FYI the color after they are completed will be quite different than what they look like before drying. You'll see several pictures of that on our site post.
Turn the jar, spreading the mixture. Dump out the excess.
Set the jars into a preferably clean 9oz plastic cup Let these drain for a couple hours.
At this point you can let them literally drain for days till they turn opaque. SPEED METHOD: Place them on foil in a 200 degree oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hour until they turn translucent, checking every 20-30 minutes or so.
Nancy at Craft Your Happiness
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  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Aug 19, 2016
    Just to clarify, I think you meant to say the painted jars start out almost opaque and become translucent when baked, right? Your finished product is very pretty.

  • Luann Willingham Luann Willingham on Oct 13, 2016
    When put in oven for 1-1 1/2 hours. Do you really have to check on them every 2 minutes? Thanks

  • Nikki Nikki on Aug 17, 2018

    Can the jars be used for food afterwards?

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