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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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Lillie

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

does this work the same and would it be safe to use alcohol ink/dyes? i have alcohol dyes that i use for resin making and i want to use them for the jars but want to make sure it’s still okay

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

Yep! Alcohol inks would work great!

Courtney

Monday 7th of November 2022

Sorry if someone has asked already. Are these safe for candles? Like if I did a glass votive and then put a tea light inside would the Mod Podge burn/ come off the inside?

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

If you put the Mod Podge inside, use an LED tealight. You can get them at the dollar store. It's non-flammable but it will melt.

Joni Terens

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

I love this craft! Any suggestions for tracing the design on the outside of a glass lamp or bottle? There isn’t a way to tape design inside.

Jeanne Peters

Monday 20th of June 2022

What color (s) did you use to create the amber color?

Amy

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

4 drops red, 4 drops yellow, and 1 drop blue food coloring per 1 T of Mod Podge. You can add a little bit of water to thin it for pouring.

Kenda King

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Can I tint glass jars that I’m going to store olive oils and vinegars in?

Amy

Monday 6th of June 2022

You can - but you would want to paint the outside! You don't want it to be in contact with the fluids.

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