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!

To tint mason jars, you’ll need three supplies:

Mod Podge

food coloring


Mix food coloring with a tablespoon of water into individual ramekins.

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Add a few tablespoons of mod podge into your mason jar or directly into the food coloring/water mixture.

Add one ramekin of color into the jar and spin the jar around to cover the inside of the jar.

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Twist the jar to coat the whole inside with the mod podge/food coloring mixture. Pour the excess into another jar or into a ramekin.

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Let dry upside down on paper.  Let them dry for about 30 minutes this way.

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Place the jars face down on top of wax paper and a cookie sheet into an oven preheated to 225 degrees. Let dry upside down this way for about 10 minutes and then flip them over and let them dry another 20-30 minutes.

When the jars are done, they’ll look clear and the mixture should lose most of the streaks. If there are still streaks, let them dry in oven longer.

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When I did my first round, they were a little too light.  So, I did another round, with MORE drops of food coloring this time!  I’d recommend you just squeeze the heck outta that food coloring {like 10-15 drops} to make the tint that much darker!  Below is after the second round!


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About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

99 thoughts on “How To Tint Mason Jars

        1. Thanks for that recommendation. I want to store handsoap and lotions in these. should I also color the outside rather than the inside?

      1. 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.

        1. 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! 😉

          1. 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!

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

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

          4. 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!

          5. I love your ideas. I think these jars would be so pretty in my pantry or on the counter instead of canisters. If concerned about anything touching the rim, you could make the color mixture in a tall cylindar and dip the jar up to the bottom of the area that the lid will cover, do not flip to dry.

          6. Well the thing is Mod Podge isn’t safe for using it on things that will have liquid or foods in them that are being consumed by humans. Also we have mason jars that have handles and ARE meant for drinking!

    1. 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.

        1. I bought dishwasher safe modge podge in hopes that it would be able to hold water as a vase for just one day… then I don’t care what happens … how did yours turn out ?

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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???

  4. 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!!!

    1. 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..

      1. 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?

      2. Hello, I have the oven now with their second coating. I noticed when Iapplied the second coating the first coating was crackling. ? Did that happen to yours or do I need to wait longer for them to cool.

          1. They were crackle, but not in a cute way. They were also sticky? I definitely didsomething wrong somewhere. I will try again and let you know.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

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

  8. 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. 😉

  9. 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.

  10. I haven’t tried these yet but I’m excited to, and I was wondering why you didn’t mix the mod podge right into the water and food coloring mixture before you poured it into the jar. Would that prevent streaking?

      1. Cool, thanks! Planning on combining this with another great Pin I saw, a mason jar soap dispenser. (Painting the outside of the jar with the tint.) I’ll let you know how it turns out!

        1. Turned out great! Went for the lighter look with a classic vintage mason jar blue, and they look really good. We’ll see how it lasts since it’s on the outside and I anticipate washing soap off of them from time to time.

  11. I’m making dishsoap dispensers out of mason jars. If I tint the jars, on the outside, will the tinting wash off from getting occasionally wet?

  12. I want to tint some in all different colors and use them as a hanging light for my outside screened room. Hopefully the light bulb will not hurt them.

  13. Yours turned out beautifully! I have tried this twice and keep getting streaks by the mouth of the jar and gluey junk around the lip of the opening. Any suggestions?

  14. I followed the directions to a T and mine ended up looking absolutely terrible 🙁 not sure where I went wrong. I used dishwasher safe mod podge and normal food coloring frops, and a mason jar.

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