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.
- Remove all lids from jars, set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake in a 150 degree oven for a minimum of 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Set aside to cool. Usually about 30 minutes.
Directions: Chalkboard Tops- Outdoors Only
- Remove lid insert from lid itself (small round disc that pops out of jar top) and bring outside.
- Place lid insert on cardboard or other non-porous item like drop cloth or a tarp that you don’t mind getting paint on.
- Shake chalkboard spray paint vigorously, and read directions on back of can to see how far away you should stand when spraying.
- 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).
- Allow to dry, 1 coat generally takes 2-3 hours.
- Apply a second coat if needed. I recommend. Allow to dry.
- 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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