Simple DIY: How to Tint Bottles and Jars

Here is one of my favorite, SIMPLE Craft/Decor tips… How to Tint Bottles and Jars with Mod Podge, Water, and Food Coloring. My sweet hubby started his new job today after having a month off. Although his time off was some of the best days EVER for our family, without a doubt he was ready to jump back into the “real” world!  Why!?!? Here’s one reason: his sweet wife sent him on errands like this…

Tint Bottles and Jars

‘Honey, would you mind going to this address to pick up a box on a random front porch, a Freecycle pick up?!’

Usually, he rolls with it, but picking up a box of used beer bottles totally weirded him out!  A cycle through the dishwasher and a bit of goop be gone for the labels and I was ready to craft!

You can use any jar for this tutorial!  Mason jars used to come in all kinds of pretty colors: blue, green, and amber – I love that I can duplicate this look real easily!

Microwave 3 Tablespoons of water for 30 seconds, then add a lot of gel food color and dissolved FULLY.  Next, add 1/2 cup of modpodge to the blended food coloring. And again, mix REALLY well.  At this point, you can add more color for a more vibrant color, just be sure that you mix it really well If there are any air bubbles wait for them to subside before pouring into the bottle.  The color on your bottle will be reflective once dry and not seem as deep as when it is in your measuring cup!  I used a whole LOT of color as you can see below.  {I think the gel food color tubes work BEST.}

Mix the mod podge solution with a regular spoon or knife.  The beauty of working with water soluble glue is that clean up is a breeze!  {Big B was a huge help with this project and he stayed totally clean!}  Pour some of the mod podge into your bottle….swirl it around to cover the entire glass on the inside…then pour the excess back into your mod podge mixture.

Start with your lightest color, then deepen your color with progressive bottles so that you can have varied shades of blue bottles.

Put a piece of aluminum foil on a plate then cover with several paper towels and allow the bottles to drain for a five minutes.</>

I wanted a contrast color, too so I added yellow mod podge to one of my bottles.

After the bottles drain on the counter upside-down for like, 5 minutes,I set it on the counter, upright and wait about 5 more minutes, allowing the extra paint that did not drip out to settle on the bottom.  Jars and bottles with a flat edge along the bottom will work the best for this technique.  The bottom of my bottles have a little excess modpodge.  If you try to tilt the jar again and pour it out, you’ll end up with streaks along the sides of the bottle.  For me it wasn’t a big deal…but I added a pic so you can see if it’s something that would work for you.  Here’s a pic so you can see what I mean…

Place them in the oven on a low rack, being careful not to tilt them while moving them. Set the oven to it’s lowest temperature and place the jars on a low rack in the oven.  I set my oven to 170 degrees and left them in the oven for 20+ minutes, until dry—transparent. (Make sure the excess on the bottom has fully dried, too, before tilting the bottle).  Use a hot pad when you remove the bottles, they will be hot!

Remove from the oven and cool.  Remove the gummy texture from the top of the bottles.  If you prefer a darker color, do it again in the same jar…just be sure to cool the bottle first.  If you need to use the bottles/jar for something new, soak the jar overnight with a few drops of dish soap and lots of hot water.  The longer you let it soak, the easier it will be to clean.

And here they are complete…not perfect…but totally adorable! I LOVE these bottles inside my newly painted crate!  Next Post: where I’m placing this cute crate with bottles!

Click here to see where this beauty will go in my house! 

UPDATE to How to Tint Bottles and Jars: Waterproof Option- “I was going to suggest to readers that process, I do the exact same process except paint the outside with the mod podge mix, I have done all colors and I have them sitting in my bay windows, they are beautiful and I can use as flower vases if I so choose or add water for other uses, the heat from the sun does not seem to bother them either. So go ahead paint the outside and follow Aimee’s directions, you will be pleased with your results!!!”  ~Shay Potter

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  1. Kristine Cosgayon says:

    I do not have an oven. Is there an alternative?

  2. Dolores says:

    Colors are very translucent. Any suggestion on the modpodge to water ratio that might make it a bit more opague?

  3. Livi says:

    I tried this once before and I didn’t really fancy the end product, but the thing is, I LOVED how the bottles looked before I put them in the oven. How do you think it would work if I just left the bottles out to dry and skipped the heating up step?

  4. Hi, Aimee ~ These look great! And I swear just the other day I was on Pinterest and saw some beautiful tinted bottles and thought, “I need to figure out how to do this.” And here you are with a helpful, detailed tutorial. I love when things happen that way! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mahima says:

    Heyy I collect bottles and I’m totally stunned by this beautiful tinting technique of yours. My concern is that waterr based glue and the food gel colour might not be available here. Is there a substitute ? Or could you give me the exact names of the materials so that I can look them up online.

    • Elmers glue with water to make it a little more runny should work!!! XO, Aimee


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