Mason Jars: A Mom’s Best Friend

Honestly, what can’t a mason jar do?  I use them for canning (a new hobby I developed last year; posts on that to come in the future), storing leftovers, giving “cookie in a jar” gifts, organizing crafting tools in my craft room, planting herbs in the kitchen and so much more.  So when I saw Clinton Kelly’s “Craft Corner” on the Chew a few weeks back, highlighting everything you can do with a simple mason jar, I was smitten.  My favorite were his stained glass mason jars; I can’t take the credit for this idea but I did tweak it a bit, as one should do with all crafts to really  make them your own.

What You Need:

  • Any size and shape of mason jar you prefer; I like the Ball pint size best
  • food coloring of your choice
  • Mod Podge  decoupage
  • a toothpick
  • a popsicle or lollypop stick
  • glitter
  • thin floral or jewelry wire
  • a disposable paper or plastic cup (styrofoam will do but Mother Nature will hate you for it!)
  1. First, wash and dry the mason jar well.  Next, pour some decoupage paste into the paper cup- about a quarter of the way full per jar you will be staining.  You might not use it all, but when you are mixing colors it’s better to make extra rather than not enough and have your next batch not match properly.
  2. Add in food coloring one drop at a time and stir with the popsicle or lollypop stick until you reach your desired color.  If you want to get sparkly, sprinkle in some glitter (just a pinch!) here.
  3. Next, begin slowly pouring the mixture into the mason jar at an angle so it hits the sides instead of the bottom, about a spoonful or two at a time.  Rotate the jar around in circles so the mixture begins to coat the glass.  Allow it to drip to the bottom as well, but keep the glass moving to create a smooth finish.
  4. Continue to add more of the mixture to the glass until it is completely coated, saving the lip of the jar for last.  Use the toothpick to gently pop any air bubbles that didn’t come out with turning the glass. Sit the jar outside in a sunny and well ventilated area for several hours to dry.  *If you sit the glass on its bottom, expect some pooling of excess mixture at the bottom, resulting in a potentially darker bottom.  If you sit it top side down, the lip of your glass may have this effect instead… and be mindful of the surface underneath! That will be stained too.
  5. After your jars are dry, use the jewelry or floral wire to wind around the neck of the jar a few times for a decorative finish.  Bend the end of the wire into a handle and fasten to itself.
  6. Insert a votive candle for a candle holder, and voila! You’re done!

**These mason jars are not meant for food or drink after they have been decorated this way.  This is for decorative purposes only**

Here are two of mine, sans wire hangers as I decided to use them to hold craft tools.  Click here to see a YouTube video from The Chew’s “Clinton’s Craft Corner” segment where he demonstrates this craft (albeit not very well given the pressures of live TV).

Happy crafting!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 23:32:50

    Very cute! I would love to do some for flowers. Any ideas on how to do that?


    • Crafty Kristin
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 23:44:58

      Thanks Sarah! I would imagine the same procedure for decorating would be fine, but maybe you’d want to add a seal coat to the inside so that the color doesn’t seap when you put water in the jar (and so it doesn’t ruin your flowers). Krylon (the spray paint company) sells a great clear gloss sealer. Also, Ball sells a 32oz quart mason jar that might be better for a vase. Post a picture after you make it!


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