I haven't had much time for crafting recently, but before some of the chaos started, the boyfriend and I were working on re-doing my little crafty space so I wanted pretty storage containers for my newly done craft area!
There are a couple of methods for this and talented ladies that have made some GORGEOUS jars (some of my favorites are these from momtastic, these from the life of a sippy cup mom, and these from not just a housewife) but I went with the thrifty Mod Podge + food coloring method because I already owned all of these things (so the project was FREE for me)!
- Glass (mason) jars
- Food coloring
- Paint brush
- Mod Podge (Glossy)
- Newspaper to cover your work space!
- Disposable cup for mixing
After you gather your supplies, you want to mix up your Mod Podge and food coloring. I played around a bit and used maybe a tablespoon of Mod Podge and then put two drops of the neon green into the Mod Podge and stirred it up in my Solo cup (yup, I'm sophisticated like that).
The food coloring was actually leftover from when we really needed to make pink for the boyfriend's grandmother's pig cupcakes and cake (for her birthday)... so it was all neon and that's how I ended up with these colors (that look pretty different from those I've seen elsewhere)! (And I totally wanted a little baby whale cookie... so cute!)
Anyways, everything I read said to take your brush and just paint the mixture on the inside of the glass (it's no longer a jar you can put food into and drink out of, but that was fine for me) and then just turn the jar upside down to dry...
The jar looks pretty dark and not translucent at all when it's still wet like this, but as it dries, it turns more translucent. I played with my colors a bit and was trying to get more of a sour apple color so I tried one jar with two drops of green/yellow food coloring and another with three drops...
You can see how different they turn out (much darker color with more food coloring). Somehow I don't have a picture of the 2 drops of green jar once it dried, but they look different, I promise.
I eventually turned my jars right side up so they could dry because after about 24 hours, they were still wet and everyone else's online seemed to be dry in an hour or two. After I turned mine around, they dried within an hour or so and I excitedly put some supplies into some of them...
I made some blue jars and then added some green to the blue food coloring mixture to get the more aqua-ish color you see here (on the left).
Together, I think they look GORGEOUS! In real life, you can't see the brush strokes - I'm just so close with the camera lens and so focused, have so many lamps on so that you can see the detail, that they look a little more "imperfect" in these pictures.
Once I put supplies in them, labeled them with washi tape and Sharpie, they looked perfect!
I just LOVE them. They took so little time to make (WAY less than an hour if we don't count the drying time) and not even much Mod Podge or food coloring... all three of these aqua-ish ones were made with barely a tablespoon of Mod Podge and maybe 2 drops of green food coloring and 2 drops of blue and I know I still had more left over to make more jars if I wanted!
I definitely encourage you to try these out - so easy and I just love the result! It makes me so happy to look up and see my little painted jars!
I'll be linking these up to some of my favorite conferences and you should be sure to check out the Pick Your Plum giveaway and enter if you haven't already - entries close Tuesday 11/22 at 11:59pm EST!