Mason Jar Projects part 2

Happy December, everyone! I am so glad finals are over and I can rejoin you all in the land of the living!

As promised (a LONG time ago), here is a brief how-to on DIY colored jars. 


This method is the simplest and the most effective I've tried (and believe me, I've tried a LOT of methods). Before you get started, make sure you know what you want to do with your lovely colored jars. If you intend to use them for flowers or anything that needs liquid, I suggest method #1. If it is for tea lights or light-catching loveliness, go with method #2. Also know what sort of finish you'd like, clear or frosted.


  • Jar or other glass vessel
  • Mod-podge (note the finish when you buy, matte will give a frosted look and gloss a clear look, I don't recommend the "glitter" version for this project, but I don't know your life.)
  • Food coloring
  • Sponge brush
  • Parchment or wax paper

Method #1: For liquid

  1. Mix one tablespoon of mod-podge and a few drops of food coloring. This is enough to do a couple small jars.
  2. Use the sponge brush to apply the color mixture to the OUTSIDE of the container in smooth, even strokes. Don't forget the bottom and the rim. Note that while this will allow you to use the vessel to hold water but does NOT make it food-safe.
  3. Let it dry upside down on parchment or wax paper for at least a couple hours, maybe overnight. As a life-long mess-maker, I didn't do this. Don't be like me. 
  4. Ta-dah! Best part is, if you don't like the way it turned out, just soak in hot, soapy water and poof! No more color.

Method #2: No liquid

  1. Mix one tablespoon of mod-podge and a few drops of food coloring as in method #1.
  2. Use the sponge brush to apply color on the INSIDE of the container in smooth, even strokes. Be sure to pull any extra out of inner corners and crevices.
  3. Let dry upside down on parchment or wax paper. Definitely a few hours, probably overnight.
  4. Woot! Done. 

I love this because it is SO simple and inexpensive. It's a great way to repurpose all kinds of thrift store finds and to change your color scheme without a bunch of time, money and hassle. And so pleasant on my kitchen table!

How's everyone's holiday eating season going? Hope it's not sugary enough because have I got the treat recipes for YOU! Just you wait...

As always, can't wait to hear how you like this how-to! Share your projects on social media with #bettybetatester!