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How to Color Glass with Mod Podge

Use food coloring and Mod Podge to tint any glass the shade you want – this tutorial on how to color glass is amazing, and really easy!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never Mod Podged before or have little crafting experience, you should have success with this project.

Use food coloring and Mod Podge to tint any glass the color you want - this tutorial on how to make amber glass is amazing!

Learn how to make amber glass with a simple tutorial. Did you know that you can add food coloring to Mod Podge to make amber glass?? Yes, you can.

And you can use said food coloring/Mod Podge mixture to create a stained glass look on mason jars, like Carolina did. She’s going to have amber jars as one of the centerpieces at her wedding, and what a great budget way to do it.

Follow her tutorial to stain glass any shade that you like. Learn how to color glass with Mod Podge by reading her instructions below.


Faux Colored Glass. One of my wedding centerpiece elements will be amber glass jars. I chose amber to coordinate with the traditional brown glass of beer bottles.

Of the many Mod Podge and food coloring methods around, I chose to follow the tutorial at Carolyn’s homework because she had done some protocol troubleshooting.

For coloring, I started with the “light brown” recipe on the back of a food coloring box and tweaked it several times to get the right color.

Even with Carolyn’s instructions, it took S-I-X attempts to get my colored glass to look presentable. I didn’t even take a picture of the first attempt (the Mod Podge never dried!)

How to color glass mason jars

Amber Glass Attempts

Dyed glass with Mod Podge

No brush marks, bubbles or crusty goop! Here’s what I did below.

Amber Glass

Ingredients

  • Glass Bottles
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Food Coloring
  • Wax Paper
  • Teaspoon
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Baking Pan

Total Cost = $4

If you have jars, Mod Podge, and food coloring on hand – this could be a free or very cheap project for you! I highly encourage you to save glass jars from the recycle bin just for this purpose.

Let’s get into the how-to. *You may notice the tutorial pictures are pieced together from different jar “attempts”!

Dye Mod Podge with food coloring
Coat jar with Mod Podge

Have you found a good mason jar painting method? I’d love to know in the comments! Enjoy!

How to color glass with food coloring and Mod Podge
Yield: 1 jar

How to Color Glass

How to color glass mason jars

Learn how to tint glass using Mod Podge and food coloring! You'll be able to dye glass any color you like with this tutorial.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Dry Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Glass jar(s)
  • Mod Podge
  • Food coloring

Tools

  • Bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Wax paper (to cover work surface)

Instructions

  1. Clean the glass jar with soap and water or rubbing alcohol; let dry.
  2. Add two heaping tablespoons of Mod Podge to a container.
  3. Add 8 - 10 drops of food coloring (you can mix colors) plus 1/2 teaspoon water and mix well.
  4. Pour the Mod Podge into the jar and swirl to coat. Place upside down on your work surface to let drain. Allow to sit until all excess Mod Podge is fully drained.
  5. Turn over and allow to dry for 24 hours. Alternatively, you can place in a 200 degree oven and bake until dry (do not leave unattended).

Notes

The more thoroughly you mix the food coloring, the less streaking that will occur in the finished product.

If you notice the Mod Podge mixture doesn't reach certain areas of the jar inside, you can use a paintbrush to assist.

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Bryan

Saturday 19th of August 2023

Jars came out great until I added water after they dried and the jars became cloudy. Jars were heated at 200 degrees for 90 minutes, and the water was added several hours later. Any suggestions?

Amy

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Hi Bryan! Did you add water to the interior of the jars and dye the interior of the jars? If you're going to add water, you have to put the Mod Podge on the outside, or add a separate vase to make it a double hurricane: https://betweennapsontheporch.net/pottery-barn-knock-off-double-bowl-hurricane-easter-tulip-centerpiece/ Any acrylic product is going to be activated with water sitting on it!

Mash

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

We made these im amber and purpley pink for my wedding and they looked lovely. Unfortunately they got totally messed up in the July sun. They looked all milky again and the colours totally changed. The ambers went a neon greenish/yellow. Just a warning to anyone else plans to do the same as us!

Amy

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Hi Mash! Yes you would have to use Mod Podge Outdoor with UV protection - or something else with UV protection! Mod Podge doesn't have it with the exception of that one formula.

Cathy

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Rewrite, I plan on using on mason jars with fairy solar lights. Will the modge podge melt in the hot Florida sun?

Cathy

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

I want to do this to Madonna jars and then add solar fairy lights. Will they stand up to the heat from being outside in the hot Florida sun, or will it melt.

Ladonna

Tuesday 30th of May 2023

I'm having problems with bubbles when I'm using modge podge, food coloring for stain glass. I'm using a toothpick to spread, but still getting bubbles and they won't come out. Any suggestions?

Amy

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Hi Ladonna! Hmmm - it's probably a good idea to join our FB group if you can: https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftywithmodpodge I'm not sure what the problem could be. You can leave after you ask the question!

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