Tinting Bottles & Jars Tutorial

Here is one of my favorite, SIMPLE Craft/Decor tips…
How to Tint Bottles and Jars with Mod Podge, Water and Food Coloring!

My sweet hubby started his new job today after having a month off….
although his time off was some of the best days EVER for our family,
without a doubt he was ready to jump back into the “real” world!
Why!?!? Here’s one reason: his sweet wife sent him on errands like this…

You can use any jar for this tutorial! Mason jars used to come in all kinds of
pretty colors: blue, green, and amber – I love that I can duplicate this look real easily!

Using a pourable measuring cup, add three times as much modpodge as water {the water is used to make the glue a little easier to drip out before you bake…it also dilutes the color some…feel free to use less water for a brighter color}. Then add LOTS of food coloring! Regardless of how dark you go, the color on your bottle will be reflective and not seem as deep as when it is in your measuring cup! I used a whole LOT of color as you can see below.

Mix the mod podge solution with a regular spoon or knife. The beauty of working with water soluble glue is that clean up is a breeze! {Big B was a huge help with this project and he stayed totally clean!} Pour some of the mod podge into your bottle….swirl it around to cover the entire glass on the inside…then pour the excess back into your mod podge mixture.

Start with your lightest color, then deepen your color with progressive bottles so that you can have varied shades of blue bottles.

Put a piece of aluminum foil on a plate then cover with several
paper towels and allow the bottles to drain for a few minutes.

I wanted a contrast color, too so I added yellow mod podge to one of my bottles.

After the bottles drain on the counter for a few
minutes, set it on the counter upright and WAIT. You
need to let the extra paint that did not drip out,
settle to the bottom. I waited about an hour.

***If you put it in the oven when the excess mod podge
has not moved to the bottom already, it will start to get hot
and the paint that is making its way down the side
of the jar will harden in not so fun stripes!***

Then place them in the oven on a low rack,
set the oven to it’s lowest temperature and
place the jars on a low rack in the oven. I set my
oven to 170 degrees and left them in the oven
for 20+ minutes, until dry—transparent.

{Use a hot pad when you remove the bottles, they will be hot!}

Remove from the oven and cool. Remove the gummy texture from the top of the bottles. If you prefer a darker color, do it again in the same jar…just be sure to cool the bottle first. If you need to use the bottles/jar for something new, soak the jar overnight with a few drops of dish soap and lots of hot water. The longer you let it soak, the easier it will be to clean.