• DIY-Tinted Mason Pinch Jars

    by  • July 25, 2013 • DIY Crafts • 13 Comments

    I love anything old and vintage, if I wasn’t a neat-freak I would probably become a hoarder of all things antique.  I love collecting things as I find them, then turning them into useful objects. These DIY tinted mason pinch jars are a great example and are very easy and inexpensive to make!

    Here is what you’ll need:

    • Small Canning Jars
    • Chalkboard Spray Paint
    • Foam Paintbrush
    • Food Coloring
    • Modge Podge
    • Parchment paper or wax paper
    • Oven- preheated to 150 degrees.

    Directions: Tinting

    1. Remove all lids from jars, set aside.
    2. Place 1/2 tablespoon Modge Podge into a small cup, then add 3-4 drops of desired color food coloring. Mix both together with spoon.
    3. Use a foam paint brush to apply mixture to the outside of the mason jar, painting on as evenly as possible. I used 2 coats of mixture to attain the green color you see pictured above.
    4. Bake in a 150 degree oven for a minimum of 10 minutes.
    5. If at 10 minutes the inside of the jar looks streaky or wet, bake longer at 5-10 minute intervals until dry and streak free.
    6. Set aside to cool. Usually about 30 minutes.

    Directions: Chalkboard Tops- Outdoors Only

    1. Remove lid insert from lid itself (small round disc that pops out of jar top) and bring outside.
    2. Place lid insert on cardboard or other non-porous item like drop cloth or a tarp that you don’t mind getting paint on.
    3. Shake chalkboard spray paint vigorously, and read directions on back of can to see how far away you should stand when spraying.
    4. Spray lid insert, working from top to bottom. Spray as evenly as possible.  If you make a mistake, you can always apply a second coat (which I recommend anyways).
    5. Allow to dry, 1 coat generally takes 2-3 hours.
    6. Apply a second coat if needed. I recommend.  Allow to dry.
    7. Once the lid insert is dry, place it back inside the lid then screw lid onto tinted jar and voila! A tinted mason pinch jar!

    These jars make really cute gifts for any occasion and they also look great around the house.  Tinting mason jars is also a great way to get a vintage look. Below you will see another jar I created for a table centerpiece. I purposefully did not drain the jar before baking so I could get the streak effect. I was going for a nautical, beach sort of look.  All I did was add sand and shells from the beach, then lit a tea light and placed it on top.

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    13 Responses to DIY-Tinted Mason Pinch Jars

    1. September 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Those are beautiful and certainly worthy of use AND decoration. Thanks for sharing….pinning this so I can use it in my bathroom remodel.

      • Ashley B.
        September 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Thank you :)

    2. September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I love collecting mason jars. I use them actually for cups for me and to store supplies or food etc. What a great idea to tint it. Would this be safe for food storage after tinting??

      • Ashley B.
        September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

        For food storage you would need to tint the outside of the jar. Tinting the inside is not safe for food storage. Simply use a separate container to mix same amount of modge podge and food color, then paint the outside and bake per original directions :)

    3. September 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Such a neat idea!! Might do this for Christmas presents! :D

      • Ashley B.
        September 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

        Thank you :) They would make great Christmas Presents!

    4. September 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Such an Awesome idea!

      • Ashley B.
        September 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Thank you so much :)

    5. September 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I think these are beautiful! And I do love the idea of using them for gifts. Once they are baked, can you put a candle in them or would that ruin the coloring? I’m just thinking that a candle inside with the colors would be really pretty!

      • Ashley B.
        September 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        Cathy, thank you and yes- you can use candles inside. I would stick to contained tea lights, or a votive contained in a separate holder then placed inside the jar.

    6. September 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      So easy and inspirational!
      I am going to attempt it myself!
      Thank you so much, Ashley!

    7. September 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

      I have been wanting to make colored jars for awhile but this is the first time I have seen it done with Modge Podge. I like the one with streaks

      • Ashley B.
        September 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

        Thank you very much :)

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