How To Tint Mason Jars

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Mason jars are all over the place lately, and when I saw tutorials for how to tint mason jars, I just had to try it out for myself!

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  1. They are so pretty! Thanks so much for the fun tutorial!

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you store edibles in these or are they just for decoration

      • If you wanted to use for edibles, paint the outside instead. This occurred to me AFTER doing them on the inside!

      • No, this is not possible.
        If you paint the outside, people’s mouth will still touch the outside of the glass.
        These cannot be used for food (not even if painted on the outside.) The only colors that can be used with food have to be acid based inks. Adirondack inks are the only ones I know of that are okay for food.

        • Gabi Taylor says:

          Food coloring is FOOD COLORING – LOLL – hence, “OK for food.” 😉 Besides, what are “people’s mouths” doing on the rims of mason jars in which I store all my dry goods like many different types of beans, rice, flour, cream of wheat, macaroni, shells & other pasta, all of my spices/seeds/herbs, et al. Get those people’s mouths back where they belong!… on the edges of glasses & cups! 😉

          • funny stuff! It’s not the food coloring that’s the problem, but probably the Mod Podge… But yeah, I used them for decoration and pretty organization!

          • Kahie Bass says:

            LOL Gabi Taylor ! I’m with you though seriously… why would anyone’s mouth be on the outside of a storage jar?

          • Anonymous says:

            In the south,…..we drink our “suthon tea” in a mason jar. Just ta let cha know!

          • In Texas we use mason jars for lots of stuff to include drinking tea out of. When I am out doing yard work I fill mine with cold iced sweet tea put the lid on (to keep bugs and dirt out) and the wrap it in foil to keep it cold!

          • the foil is so smart!

  2. stephanie says:

    Do you think it would be safe to use a tea light candle in afterward? I wonder if it would ruin it.

    • Anonymous says:

      You could also use battery tea lights

    • Gabi Taylor says:

      Figure it this way: If 225 degrees in the oven didn’t ruin them — 😉 — a little candle certainly shouldn’t, right? … provided the flame doesn’t get so close to the class that it might singe it.

  3. Stephanie, I wondered the same thing, but you know, it can’t be near as hot as the oven, and so it’s fine!

  4. Can they be washed?

  5. They look so great when they are tinted too.

  6. thegunnysack says:

    I love all of the colors! I want to make some for my windowsill. Pinned!

  7. This is awesome! I’ve always loved colored mason jars, and this is great to try myself. Thanks for sharing.
    Get Busy Living blog

  8. lorijohnston836656258 says:

    Thanks for your tutorial. I’ve been wanting to make some of these but had forgotten about them.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

    • Lori,
      That’s how I was! I had seen it appearing on Pinterest, and finally remembered that I’d wanted to make them! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Is it safe to drink out of after? :)

  10. No, this is more of a decoration! :)

  11. Love your tinted jars! I’ve painted jars before but haven’t tinted any yet. Thanks for share how to. Pinning!

  12. Melanie these are super cute and I absolutely love the baking twine around the tops; so fun! They look great both ways too lighter and darker!

  13. Wanting to do this for table centerpiece as a vase. will it hurt to put water and flowers in it? meaning will the water change the tint? thank you for the post!! can you please reply to my email, thank you!!!

  14. Can you put food in them still???

  15. I have these HUGE mason jars that I just found for .59 each. I might tint them – they look really sweet! I like both the light and the darker… pinning. Julia

  16. I LOVE what you have done. You should come show off your creativity at Craft Frenzy Friday! It won’t be a party without you!

  17. Could you put water in them after or would that cause the tint to wash off? Because I’m going to make a snow globe jar and want to tint the jar but I’m not sure if it would wash away with water inside. Thanks for the great blog post!

    • FABULOUS IDEA – Going to use these to make Christmas terrariums with my grandsons for gifts. I spent way too much time in life working and cleaning – you have the right idea – it goes quickly – stuff the dust and enjoy life!

  18. Love this!

  19. Love this idea! so cool

  20. I love these and this is easier then a post that I pinned yesterday. I can’t wait to give it a try. I’m pinning.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  21. Hi, I just tried these jars, I’ve been so excited to do it and when I took them out of oven, there was really no color to them???

  22. Would you recommend using regular white glue as an alternative for mod podge?

  23. I love the tinted jars!Thanks for the tutorial!

  24. Anonymous says:

    It doesn’t hurt the oven to do things like this? I’ve heard so many different things, like keep your crafts in toaster ovens and not in the oven you use to make food… any suggestions? Thanks! Love this idea!!!

  25. Couldn’t you find a way to apply the tint to the outside and therefore still be able to use them as drinking glasses?

  26. This way sounds so easy! Thx for sharing!

  27. Can you use food in these? I want a blue mason jar and have been looking into staining one myself.

  28. I am planning on making them into candles, hopefully the tint will stay on! :)

  29. this was disappointing this does not work…

    • I’m sorry to hear you didn’t have luck. I’ve done this same thing twice and it’s worked for me. I’d be happy to look at the steps you took and offer suggestions – if you even feel like trying it again..

  30. Are they left in the oven the last 20-30 min?

    • yes, they are. Sorry that wasn’t more clear!

      • The Mod Podge says it is non-toxic. Why then wouldn’t they be able to hold food and drinks. I went through this whole process so that I could store food in them and didn’t know they weren’t meat for food. Why are they not meant for food?

  31. Really like your version. I featured this post on my post Spring Inspiration as my wild card pick of the week. A pick that is not from a link party.

  32. Love this! I tried it with just the food coloring and water and it didn’t tint. I see Mod Podge is the key but is the tint permanent?

  33. Whitney says:

    I am planning my best friends bridal shower and want to do the purple for drinks! How should I do them? I know not the inside but would it be safe todo the outside all the way to the top? Or should I do it just below the lid line? Great tutorial!

    • So, I would say outsides, up to lid line- but others have commented saying that MOD PODGE is safe for food, so maybe it’s FINE? I am by no means an expert on anything FDA standards, so I don’t want to make any statements like that?!!? Maybe I’ll do some research and update my post with what I find out! Oh, to find the time!

    • Lisa Matthews says:

      Maybe you could tint most of the way up then tie or hot glue a pretty ribbon to cover the edge of tint line. I have bought some trim at Hobby Lobby that is a double layer of rhinestones. That might bling them a little and hide the glue.

  34. michelle says:

    is there any way you could use acrylic paint with this?

  35. Michelle says:

    Can you mix paint with mod podge? To color it? I am new a just researching haven’t tried this yet thanks

  36. In the south we drink our “suthon-iced-tea” out of mason jars. FYI!

  37. CASEY cRAFT says:

    I was wondering how you would tint the outside of the jars?

  38. These are so cute! I’ve seen them on Pinterest before, but I really liked the lighter colored ones. That’s actually what caught my eye for your post.

    I have a question, after these are baked (cured? set?) in the oven, can they be used for food or as vases? I’m already not so great at keeping flowers alive, and don’t want to go killing them off any quicker than normal. 😉

  39. I would like to use them as patio lights, will the heat from the bulb melt the color away?

  40. Thanks so much! This was so easy and fun to make. At first I was skeptical, but after baking them they really took on that stained glass look.


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