Painted Mason Jars

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.
A little mini neon rainbow!

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!


  1. So cute. I need to do this soon. I have so many mason jars that need a little something.

  2. Love how they turned out! Might have to give this a try myself. Been saving up jars - for what I don't know. Just couldn't bear to get rid of them!

  3. These look AWESOME - I am going to make some for an outdoor wedding! Thanks so much for sharing how you made them. Pinned and new follwer!
    Visiting from Tatertots & jello

  4. These are SO nice, and I hadn't seen this idea elsewhere. Thanks for sharing. I stopped over from The French Country Cottage.

  5. I have been painting mason jars and vases this fall, love the look of them. But I love that these are translucent! Hopped over from TT&J!

  6. These are so awesome! And I have never seen neon food coloring!!

  7. I love your color choices. My students always enjoyed the neon food coloring when I made salt water for a few of my labs. I also love the name of your blog!

  8. Very cool. I love those jars and the colors are just lovely. Thanks for sharing the How-To!!!

  9. Hi, Mel

    Great idea. I love how they turned out.


  10. Mel these are really cute! I could totally see these working with candles. All those colors all lit up and pretty... I am going to have to make some, stat!

  11. So subtle but so pretty! I love it. Great idea, and great job!
    I'd love for you to link up to my Fresh Linky Party!!

  12. Great idea! I'm such a dunse I never would have thought of adding food coloring to ModPodge. What a neat product ModPodge is. Thanks for sharing.

  13. They do look pretty cool, even if your lighting is all off ;) Great tutorial, can't wait to try it! Thanks for linking up with us!

  14. Very cute and all easy to find ingredients :) Yay for an easy, inexpensive, quick project - I need more of those!!

  15. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! (I'm also including red for the holidays)

  16. These jars turned out great! I've seen other jars but they always use special paints that I don't have and don't want to buy. This is perfect!! I have everything on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I LOVE this! This is perfect:) I am seriously loving your post! It is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable ( I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

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  18. Those are so cute. I just made candles in jars and I bet they would look adorable painted. Maybe the paint would do some cool things when the wax melts too. Hmmm. thanks!

  19. very creative! love the look to all of them!

  20. These are fabulous. I love MP and these glass jars look great (love blue and green together). Have to try this one. New follower. Linking up via A Diamond in the Stuff.

  21. genius! so creative and I am totes doing this too! thanks for the idea!

  22. so so so LOVE 'em! we are featuring this on the blog, facebook, twitter and pinterest today!

    have a lovely weekend!

  23. Cute, squatty little jars! Great use of red cups too!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  24. These are really cute with the different colors. Since I already have the supplies, I'm going to try this with my jars. Jars make great containers for organizing small items. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Super pretty, I especially love the blue and green ones. They look beautiful in the summer on my deck!

    Thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday #10, and stop back tomorrow to join this week's party!

  26. Finally a project that really IS easy..can't wait! I know what I'm doing this weekend! Thank-you!

  27. Great idea! If you are painting the inside of the jars, can you use them as vases? Or would it be better to paint the outside of the jars if they are going to be used to flowers?

    1. I'm not sure, Lindsay... I would guess you'd want to paint the outside to help the color stay, but I haven't tried it and don't know how easy it is to keep the outside dry so the color doesn't run. But if you make some, I'd love to see them! : )


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