October 23, 2014

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Reporter: Emily Davis Email

Jar Tinting

Based on my recent DIY posts, it may seem like I have an obsession with jars. I promise I don’t. They’re just easy to craft with and easy to decorate with. Last week, I wrote about painting an old Frappuccino bottle. Afterwards, I thought about how sometimes it’s nice to be able to see inside the bottle. So this week I did something a little different and tinted some glass jars I had lying around my house.

In order to do this, I needed several clear glass jars, food coloring, and ModPodge. I got the initial “recipe” for this project off the Internet and that website suggested gel food coloring. I used it but honestly it was too expensive and if I do this again I’m going to use regular cheap food coloring and see if it works as well. I used the glossy finish ModPodge, mainly because it was the only one I had in my house. I’m sure glossy or matte would both work well in this case.

To begin I microwaved 3 tablespoons of water for 30 seconds. Then I added a lot of food coloring (as you can tell by my picture). Finally, I mixed in quite a bit of ModPodge. I didn’t actually measure how much ModPodge I added, I just poured it in until I felt it was enough, but I’d guess it was between ¼ and ½ cup. I mixed it together really well until there were no more clumps of ModPodge left.

Then I poured some of the mixture into one of the jars and put the lid on tight.

I rolled the jar around until the entire inside was coated with the mixture. Then I dumped the excess mixture back to be reused and let the jar sit upside down on a paper plate for several minutes. I did this with four jars and was able to use the same mixture because you end up dumping so much of it back out each time.

After they had sat upside down to drain for a while, I preheated the oven to 170 degrees (the lowest setting on my oven) and let the jars cook for about 20 minutes. When I took the jars out, they were wonderfully tinted. The tint is really light and subtle, but if you wanted it darker you could repeat the process once the jar was cool. My only complaint was that some of the mixture pooled in the bottom of the jars and got really nasty looking while it was cooking, so when I decorate with these I’m going to have to make sure I always have something covering the bottoms. I’m pretty sure you could avoid this by letting it drain for a little longer than I did.

I’m really excited about these jars because since they’re see-through, I can decorate by putting things inside them. Marbles, flower petals, or similar things can be put inside the jar and still look decorative. Or the jars can be used as flowerpots, wooden spoon holders, pencil cup, or really anything. And since you’re tinting them, you can pick which colors will best match your existing décor.


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