March 26, 2012

Dyed Mason Jars

This started out as a project gone awry.

The idea is a great one, and it looked SO easy, but DANG the drips really don't disappear.

Essentially, you mix water, food coloring, and Mod Podge together, and coat the inside of the jar.  Let the jar dry and voila!  But my streaks really did not disappear.  I let them dry longer, as recommended.  In the oven.  For 2 hours!  No dice. 

So I figured it was too watery and tried a few different tricks.  My jars are really dark, but I LOVE them...

The only spots that are 'drippy' are around the lids, which is fine, because they'll be covered.  By lids.

Here's what a did differently than the instructions:
  1. I used no water.  I mixed food coloring directly into the Mod Podge.  The food coloring was watery enough that it allowed the Mod Podge to roll around inside the jar just fine.
  2.  I mixed the coloring and Mod Podge in a seperate bowl, then poured it into the jar.  Otherwise you end up with white globs on the bottom of your jar.
  3. I kept the jars upside down for the entire drying process.
  4. I let them dry in the oven for 2 hours.  Seriously.

I had a little coloring left over, so I used a paint brush to apply the remaining coloring to some smaller jars.  They're streaky too.  Seems like you really need a very thick coat of this stuff to keep it from being streaky.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried this yet, but that sounds like a pain of a project. I like how your dark jars turned out. They are really pretty.