DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

I have been working tirelessly on making my little 10′ x 10′ craft room/home office well organized. That may not sound like much but let me tell you, it has been a severe pain in the neck. My father has plans to  help me build shelving which is going to help immensely, but while we managed to get the wood cut, some hernia thing popped out of his chest and the project has been delayed. At least until parts get surgically sucked back where they belong.

In the interim I have decided to work on a container system. Little blue plastic tubs with hand written masking tape identifiers are stacked sky high. We have everything from “elastic”, “patterns”, “random paint”, to “origami paper”. Basically I went to the store and purchased 28 little tubs, 8 medium sized tubes, and 10 large tubs, opened them up and laid them around the house and took every stick of everything out of this room and traipsed around my house dropping magnets into my new plastic magnet tub, glitter into my glitter tub and so on. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample of what one side of my hall looked like:

unorganized craft tubs

You had to step over tubs to make it into any of the 3 bedrooms or the bathroom. Bigger boxes overtook my bedroom, the guest room and the living room. It was absolutely nuts.

What I learned is that while I have a ridiculous amount of crafting stuff, some of it isn’t enough to warrant a tub. That is when I started saving every glass jar that came through the front door of this house. And I started eating jelly like a maniac – all in the name of an organized crafting/working space. So now my jingle bells and buttons can live comfortably in a glass jar instead of a huge tub that could be used for my stash of fishing line that I have somehow managed to acquire.

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Not only are these jars functional, they are totally gorgeous and that means a lot to me. Whether yours are for storage or for decoration purposes, you just have to rinse out that spaghetti sauce and get after it. Please note, however, these are NOT safe for drinking or as vases with water inside – plastic stems ONLY.

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

For this project you will need:

  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Liquid food coloring (I used neon colors)
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl(s)
  • Spoon(s)
  • Oven
  • Cookie sheet lined with wax paper
  • Paper towels

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Take a dollop of gloss Mod Podge and place into your bowl. Add about 10 drops of food coloring and mix well.  Add a few spoonfuls of water and mix until the mixture is still thick but considerably runnier – like a melty milkshake.

Just so that you know at this point in the game, you’re adding white that is going to turn clear to the mix. If you want to gauge the color, look more closely at the color of the food coloring. Granted the darker the mixture the darker it will inevitably come out, but take that into consideration. If color is imperative, I’d highly recommend doing a single tester and modifying your mixture for the real deal.

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Pour your mixture right into the bottom of your jar. Twist, turn and roll the jar around until the entire inside is well coated with your Mod Podge mixture.


Allow the excess to run off back into your bowl. Wipe any large globs off of the rim and turn upside down onto some paper towels so it will finish coating (with extra pooling on your paper towels). After 5 minutes, pick up and move to a clean spot on the towel. After another five minutes, turn upright and place on your wax paper covered cookie sheet.

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Here are my jars filled with the wet Mod Podge mixture. If you like this look, you can achieve a finished product like above using acrylic craft paint instead!

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Set your cookie sheet onto the oven rack and turn the oven onto 200 degrees.  Leave in until all of the Mod Podge inside turns transparent. These have been in the oven for about 45 minutes. You can see that the green ones on the left are practically done but some of the others have a long way to go. Check on the jars every 15 minutes and remove as soon as there is no more opaque liquid in the bottom.

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Allow to fully cool and then you can start using them for storage or decoration!

DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)

Just remember, if you want nice, dark colors go kind of heavy on the food coloring! Have fun!!!


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A crafter since her earliest years, Allison spends a little time every day making something. She crafts, sews, paints, glues things onto other things, and is a firm believer that a life spent creating is a life worth living. Visit Allison's blog, Dream {a Little} BIGGER.

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39 Responses to “DIY Craft: Bright, Colorful Mason Jars with Mod Podge (tutorial)”

  1. #
    Melissa — January 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Those are so awesome! I am going to make these this weekend. The colors are just amazing. Thanks for sharing this!


    • Allison replied: — January 15th, 2013 @ 10:24 am

      I’m so glad, Melissa – let us know how they turned out!


      • Melissa replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

        They turned out just beautiful! I can’t believe how easy it was. I purchased some battery operated tea lights that have a timer to go inside mine. They are so fun to make and easy. I am not a craft person really, I’m more into cooking. This was fun and I am going to definitely make more of these. Thanks for such a neat idea!

        • Allison replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

          You are incredibly welcome. I’m so glad that they turned out well for you! I love the idea of the lights. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t color up way too many jars the past few weeks. Now I’ll have a cute way to use them!!!

  2. #
    Lisa — January 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    These are fantastic! I have a nice collection of clear glass jars to do more than decoupage with my 3yo now…

    BTW, what temperature do you set the oven? Did I miss that?


    • Allison replied: — January 15th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

      Hey, Lisa – set your oven to 200 I’m sure I missed including it. Best of luck!


      • Lisa replied: — January 18th, 2013 @ 3:08 pm


      • Janet replied: — December 19th, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

        how much mod podge and other stuff, would you use for say a quart jar? I’m afraid of adding to little of stuff or too much I want the most for my money.

  3. #
    Joyce — January 17, 2013 at 3:49 am


    Nice work here. I am just not sure of my bottles are safe inside the oven. Are they like pyrex? Or can I just let it dry naturally out in the sun for a couple of days? Please help!



    • Allison replied: — January 17th, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      What kind of bottles are you using? Since the oven is set low, at 200, you shouldn’t have a problem with most glass including pop bottles, beer bottles, canning jars. If you want to be extra safe, you can put the glass into a cold oven and have the glass gradually heat with it. On one of my jars I pulled it out before the bottom was completely transparent and it is still kind of opaque – this makes me think that you might encounter the same thing if you dried your bottles without the heat of the oven. Best of luck!


  4. #
    Tami — January 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE these! I have 3 pendant lights in my living room, and instead of the “modern” glass shades on them, I’m thinking large canning jars instead, and coloring them like this would be PERFECT! My only question is, do you think any heat from the light bulbs would hurt this finish???


    • Allison replied: — January 17th, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      Hey, Tami – I did a little research and found that a 60 watt bulb will reach a temperature of 260 degrees. Since it’s not that far off of the temperature that we set the Mod Podge I would think that it would be okay but that isn’t considering heat accumulating. However, if you cut the bottoms of the jars so that the heat can escape, I think that you wouldn’t run into any problems at all. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!


  5. #
    BrooklynBeka — January 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Has anyone tried coating the outside of the jars instead so that they could be used as vases? I thought I read somewhere that you can paint it on the outside…?


    • Allison replied: — January 18th, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      I haven’t tried coating the outside but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let us know if you give it a go!


  6. #
    Sheena Tatum — January 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    How cool are these? Totally pinned ‘em.


  7. #
    Julie Jones — January 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    This is so cool! I definitely will be doing this!! at some point… LOL Yes, I’m one of those pinners..
    Fun though!


    • Allison replied: — January 18th, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      I am one of those pinners, too!


      • Julie Jones replied: — January 27th, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

        Well I made it! You can check out my blog post about it by click my name. Thanks again for the inspiration. This was definitely a “Nailed it!” episode!

        • Mom Spark replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 9:02 am

          I loved the color you chose and they turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your project on Mom Spark!

  8. #
    Mimi — January 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Those are really pretty, love the colors!


  9. #
    Ellen Christian — January 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous.I always wondered how people managed to tint their Mason jars. Now I can give it a try!


    • Allison replied: — January 19th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      It looks so much more difficult than it actually is, doesn’t it? Glad to have been a help!


  10. #
    Nancy Peterson — January 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I love these so much! Thank you so much for sharing! Beautiful!


  11. #
    Dawn — April 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Would I be able to substitute the gloss Mod Podge for the matte Mod Podge? I only have matte kind at the moment. :) Thanks!


    • Allison replied: — April 15th, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

      Hi, Dawn – the reason you use the glossy is so that it is transparent when dry. The matte will have a frosted look and will be kind of opaque when dry. You can use the matte, but will have different results. If you do go matte, could you let me know how it turns out? Thanks!


      • Dawn replied: — April 15th, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

        Ok, that’s good to know! Thank you…I will definitely give you feedback if I decide to try the matte. :)

  12. #
    Renee Landry — April 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hey I love this idea but I want to use them as vases, will the mode podge hold up to water?


    • Allison replied: — April 17th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      Unfortunately Mod Podge is water soluble, but there are glass paints available at craft stores that should work. I have used Pebeo Vitrea with good results and I believe that Martha Stewart has a good glass paint out now that wouldprobably be a bit easier to find at traditional craft stores.


  13. #
    Juliana — January 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I had a good experience in working with glass colors; but was not aware of that I can use them for jars even. I love using colors in interiors so going to give this idea a try. Thanks for sharing.


  14. #
    kell — February 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I just started crafting this afternoon… this is a perfect craft for me to try next, i’m hoping I don’t mess it up!


    • Mom Spark replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:56 am

      Good luck!


  15. #
    Stop-Pedaling — September 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Its such ass you read mmy mind! You appear to know so
    much aout this, such as you wrote the ebook in it orr something.

    I feeel that you just can do with a few % to drive the meswsage house a
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    A great read. I will definitely be back.


  16. #
    cathy — December 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    for some reason mine just didn’t work, i love crafting but not very good at it so i thought this couldn’t go wrong, maybe i’m just not cut out to craft :(



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