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Mason Jar Tinting

7 Feb

Mason Jar Tinting

One of my favorite things to use around the house is the mason jar.  I use them for flower arrangements, storing flour and sugar, or just a place to put my pencils on my desk.  My family owned a hardware store for many years and somehow we acquired quite a few vintage mason jars that are tinted light blue.  I bought some clear mason jars from the habitat for humanity store for $.50 each after looking for some of the blue ones and having no luck.  This is a technique to get the cheap, clear mason jars to look colorful and unique!  Plus, you can make them any color you like.

You will need:

A mason jar (I made two!)

Liquid Food Coloring (I used McCormick NEON pink & green)

Mod Podge

A Paint Brush

Wax Paper

A Baking Pan

Instructions:

Put some about 1/4 cup of Mod Podge into a bowl.  Add food coloring of choice and put a few drops in until you get your desired tint.  For example, I used only 2 drops for my pink mixture, but 5 drops for my green mixture since the green was too light.

Use a paint brush and cover the inside of of each mason jar with your color mixture.

Place painted mason jars upside down onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper.  Let mason jars sit upside down and drain out the excess.

Place in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes (The instructions I found suggested 10 minutes, but I found that my jars came out a bit streaky, so I suggest letting them sit a bit longer in the oven or making sure they are fully drained.)

Turn right side up and let them bake for 30 more minutes.

The end result is a colorful mason jar that looks like it is made of colored glass!

You can decorate by putting tea candles in, adding some lace to the outside for some frill (like I did with my large mason jar), or (what I intend to do with my small mason jar) take some outdoor solar lights and attach the l.e.d. top to the jar for lovely outdoor lighting!

This is going to take my shabby, rustic pencil holders to a whole new level!

Let us know what other ideas you may have for mason jars because I am always looking for new ways to use mine :)

Color Your World,

Leslie

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