Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DIY: Tinted Mason Jars

With the freedom of summer days comes the daunting task of how to fill them all. Well, what better way to spend a day than with a super fun and super easy DIY?! The mason jar has become one of the most trendy household items. They are used as drinking glasses, vases, decorations... basically anything imaginable. Today, we show you how you can make these fun summer items totally personalized by simply dyeing them! Follow these 12 easy steps and you will be on your way to total mason jar supremacy.  

Just look at how cute the final product is!!!

What You'll Need:

Clear Mason Jars
Paper Bags or Newspaper (to cover your surface)
Food Coloring
Dishes (for mixing coloring) 
A Fork or Small Wisk
Gloss Modge Podge
A Large Bowl
A Baking Sheet
Wax Paper
Gloves (optional)

Step one: Cover the surface you are working on with a paper bag or pieces of newspaper. Then, fill each of your dishes with 1 tablespoon of water. You should have 1 dish per mason jar you are coloring. You can wear rubber gloves to protect your hands as food coloring stains everything.

Step two: Put 4-5 droplets of food coloring into each dish of water to make the colors of your choice and mix thoroughly. 

Step three: Pour one of the water-coloring mixtures into your first mason jar. 

Step four: Add a few tablespoons of modge podge into the mason jar until you arrive at a thicker - liquified state. Mix thoroughly.


* The coloring-glue mixture should now be the consistency of pancake batter. Make sure the mixture is the general color you want your jar to turn out to be. If not, add more food coloring and mix. *

Step six: Swirl the mixture around the mason jar for 1-2 minutes, or until the entire jar is covered with solid layer of coloring. Be sure to do this over a bowl, as the mixture will spill out of the jar. 

Step seven: Set the mason jar aside, upside down, on a paper bag or piece of newspaper. Repeat until each mason jar is colored.

Step eight: Let jars set on paper bag for 30 minutes.

Step nine: After the jars have dried, cover a baking sheet with wax paper and transfer the mason jars to the wax lined baking sheet (placed upside down). Set oven to "warm" setting.

Step ten: Put in oven for 10 minutes.

Step eleven: Finally, flip jars so they are right-side up and put them back into the oven for 30 more minutes (or until all glue has disappeared).

* All the streaks should have faded from the glass. When you are left with a clear, colored surface (as seen below), you are safe to remove the mason jar from the oven *

Take them out of the oven and voilĂ ! Now you have pastel-colored vases to hold beautiful flowers or fancy table decorations - your choice! :)

Truly Yours,

P.S. "A home should be a distillation of your interests, of who you really are." - Rafael de Cárdenas

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