Give Mom a great place to store her Mother’s Day bouquets with a colorful vase. Learn how to tint mason jars in this easy DIY tutorial!
As a colorful Mother’s Day gift for grandma, the boys and I made some tinted mason jars. How to tint mason jars is actually incredibly easy for the kids to do!
Last summer, my sister-in-law and a bunch of us girls colored mason jars for her and my brother’s wedding. I called her for a quick refresher of how to do it.
This is one of our 10 non-flower crafts for mom for Mother’s day and it’s so simple!
What you need to tint your Mason jars:
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- Mason jars or other glass jars, bottles or vases
- food coloring (we used McCormick Neon Food Coloring for these)
- Mod Podge or school glue
- a tray or sheet pan
- small dishes to mix the glue in
I love when I have everything in my supply cupboard already!
Mod Podge would be the only thing I don’t have in stock all the time. This time, I did happen to have some on my shelves.
But, like I mentioned, school glue works too for this, just add a bit of water to it.
Easy DIY for How To Tint Mason Jars
First, the boys mixed their own colored glue.
I dumped some Mod Podge into glass dishes. Then they added food coloring of their choice and stirred it up.
They got right to painting the mason jars. They can paint either the inside or the outside for this craft, it doesn’t matter.
Henry painted the inside of his first jar.
We poured a little of the colored glue into the glass jars and swirled it around to cover the entire inside and then let it drip out.
Your child can also reach inside with a paintbrush to swipe on the color. Just be sure to get all the nooks and crannies!
George painted the outside of his.
He turned it upside down to paint the bottom of it.
George wanted to use all three colors of glue on his jar, which is just fine.
I just made sure to tell him to keep them separate on the jar or all three colors together would probably make brown. He was very careful to paint the colors next to each other and not mix them all together.
I encouraged them both to get creative and paint with multiple colors to see them marble together.
On their second jars, they each tried painting their jar the other way.
George painted the inside of this one, and Henry painted the outside of his jar.
Finishing Your Mason Jars:
As for the finished product, I think they both look the same, whether they were painted on the inside or out. However, you can feel the glue mixture on the ones that were painted on the outside.
If you prefer a smooth finish, go with painting the inside.
I was hesitant to have the kids do it that way, I thought it would be hard for them to reach in with the paintbrushes. But neither of them had problems.
But they also did the inside on the wider mouth Mason jars.
It’s always nice to see them being creative side by side.
They were even getting along. For the most part.
They had a little argument over the blue paintbrushes because somehow there ended up being three of them and George thought there should only be one.
Learning how to paint Mason jars was super easy!
After the jars are painted, they have to drip, especially the ones that were painted on the inside. So we tipped them over to drip for awhile.
The one good thing about the kids painting the inside of the jars is that I could write on the bottom of the jars with permanent marker the date and their initial so I knew whose was whose.
We really should have let them drip for a good hour or so, but we were in a rush and it was only a few minutes. (Hey, we were going to go roast hot dogs and s’mores on an open fire!)
Then I popped them in the oven at the lowest temperature I could, 175°F, for about 10 minutes. The jars were still upside down.
Then I turned them over and baked them for another 20-30 minutes or so. Make sure you use oven mitts to flip the jars!
I took them out and we went to roast our hot dogs while they cooled off.
They turned out so pretty with marbled coloring.
I can see a few thick spots though, so I do think that if I let them drip for a while longer before putting them in the oven, it would be a more even coating.
They still look pretty awesome though and I’m super excited to give these to Grandma for Mother’s Day.
Now we just have to decide what we want to fill them up with! Any suggestions?