DIY Stained Mason Jars Tutorial

I have seen mason jars with this bluish tint all over the internet.  The only problem is, I can’t seem to find them in stores!  I decided to take matters into my own hands and dye them myself.


Here is how to stain a mason jar:

Supplies:  You will need a mason jar (I found mine at a craft store for $2), Mod Podge, food coloring, a paper plate and spoon, waxed paper and a baking sheet.

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 200° F.

Step 1:  Mix 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of Mod Podge together on your paper plate.  Next, add as many drops of food coloring you want until you reach your desired shade (I used 5 drops of blue food coloring for mine).

Step 2:  Pour all of the water and Mod Podge mixture into your mason jar.  Move your jar around making sure to coat the whole inside of the jar.

Step 3:  Pour all of the water and Mod Podge mixture out of your jar, making sure to coat the mouth of the jar.  Wipe the outside edge of your jar for any excess mixture on the outside.  Be sure to only have a thin layer on the inside of your jar, otherwise it won’t have an even color in the end.

Step 4:  Place the jar upside down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.  Put it in the oven for three minutes.

Step 5:  Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn the jar upright. Wipe rim carefully with a paper towel to remove excess water and Mod Podge mixture, then return the jar (upright) to the oven. Bake until the color is clear and beautiful, about 30-40 minutes.

You’re done!

Add a ribbon or flowers to your jar for some extra flair!

***Do not store anything you plan on eating in these jars, because the Mod Podge makes it unsafe!  You can use water in them for plants.***

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62 Responses to “DIY Stained Mason Jars Tutorial”

  1. I have made these myself, and I just love them!! I used Elmer's glue instead of the mod podge and I didn't even put them in the oven...they air dry just as well. I have also seen this brushed on the outside of the glass instead of coating the inside...that way the jar is still food safe. Just some extra tips I thought I would share. I made a lime green jar and a pink next project will be aqua...aqua seems to be the big color right now...and I am really starting to love it!!!
  2. Best tutorial for this I've seen so far! Thanks!! I have a few of the blue Ball jars - they quit making them in the 50s. I bought mine at an antique store for a friend's bridal tea, but they were (gasp) about $8 per jar!!! Staining them yourself seems like a way more affordable option!

    Fun fact, if you ever do come by the antique jars, you can date them by examining the imprint. Apparently some collectors are really serious about this, so it's easy to find online. One of mine is from the 1910s! Who knew?
  3. How is the coating holding up in terms of chipping and/or water immersion, i.e. flowers with water in it? I want to make some food safe ones with the color on the outside and give them as gifts, but have no idea how well they'd hold up. I know you haven't done the outside, but maybe I can get an idea by how the inside is holding up. Thanks
  4. Kristen Frankel
    Hey, I love this! I want to use it for jars I've been collecting and thought about placing strands of lights in each of them connected together. Is that safe? Can the heat of the bulb stay inside the jars for a long time without anything bad happening!? Thanks for the help! Kristen
  5. These bottles are not waterproof. If you leave water in them for several days the glue inside the bottles will come away from the sides and come off. Also when water is used, the appearance of them will look like a milky consistancy with whatever color you used. Once you get the water out and dry them again they don't look too bad, but just a thought if you want to use them for vases with real flowers.
  6. Karen Minor
    Love this. First time I tried this I messed up a couple of jars. Not having enough time to wait for the clean up, I boiled water & put dish soap in the jars waited 20 minutes. Then with a tooth brush loosened the glue from the whole jar & everything came out slick nothing down the drain.
  7. Just did 30 jars for quincenera and they came out gorgeous! Put water/deco beads in them and now they look awful. The water rehydrates the glue and now I have funky polka dots that vein out. Drying doesn't make it look better. It would look cool if these were in black or red for halloween. Wished I had known not to put anything water related in them before i filled them last night. We set up decorations tonight. Just wanted to pass along a helpful hint.
    • Hi Mor, I have no idea! I have never run into that problem. I am so sorry about that! You may be able to clean the glass with rubbing alcohol to try and get any films off the jar, but I am not positive what else would work. I am so sorry about that!
  8. Becky
    Love this, so very nice. However it does not hold up to water. I wanted to use these for a bridal shower with real flowers in it but all the coloring came off as soon as water hit it:( Very nice for decorative though!
  9. I made these following the directions. For 5 Tbsp Mod Podge, I had to use 40 drops of food coloring to get a strong color. I ended up baking them for an hour before the translucent came. The bad part about the whole process, around the inside rim of the jar is gloppy and looks terrible. I let them drain upside down for 30 min before baking in the oven. The jars themselves came out great with good color, but not sure what to do about the rims. I had intended on making these into Luminaries.
    • Carrie Haberkorn
      I have little bubbles all over mine, with two different batches. First batch I thought I may have use too much Mod Podge. I also thought I may not have drained the excess off well enough. With my second batch I used less Mod Podge and set and turned the jars upside down for almost two hours elicited with a couple crafting sticks. Still have bubbles all over. Any ideas?

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