It’s been quite busy. My feet still recovering, caring for a newly neutered dog, and traveling up and down California are just the points that stick out at the moment. It goes without saying that I have not had the time to sit and blog. Because it’s technically still fall, I am putting up my autumnal themed post despite the overwhelming pull towards the Christmas season.
It always baffels me how beautiful the color orange appears to me during the autumn season. It’s not one of my favorite colors, but during this time of year I let it take presidence in my wardrobe and crafts. I assume most of us do the same. If you remember my Thirfty Thursday post about my sweet garage sale finds, you’ll recall the large glass jar from the photo.
I was thrilled to notice the cornucopia with fruits and veggies in the center and the words “golden harvest canister” written around it. Could I find a more perfect jar to dye orange for the fall?! After reading up on a few tutorials I found online via Pinterest, I decided to try out a few methods.
To color dye/tint glass jars (or whatever glass item you have in mind) you will need these supplies:
-ModPodge (store bought or DIY)
-container to mix modpodge and food coloring (I used plastic cupcake holders)
If you have not heard of Pinterest, I highly recommend joining. It is such an incredible website to organize all things you like and see online. Basically, it’s a virtual pinboard. You can find just about ANYTHING including tutorials on how to make your own modpodge. You can join on your own but it takes some time to get on. If you like, you can send me your email address and I can send you an invite to allow you to begin right away. I friend of mine sent me an invite almost year ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since!
Step 1: Lay out the paper bag, cardboard, or whatever your preference to work on.
Step 2: Mix modpodge with food coloring. Depending on how much you need and the depth of color you want this part is trial and error. I poured enough modpodge to fill the cupcake container half way and added 3 drops of red food coloring and 1 drop of yellow food coloring. I was going for a deep orange color.
Make sure glass jar is clean and dry. Begin painting outer surface in long smooth strokes. If there were no lettering or images protruding on the outside surface this would’ve been the way I left the jar. However, the colored modpodge kept collecting and bubbling so I started over. (The best thing out this project is you can use water to completely remove the colored modpodge)
I had the sponge brush on hand to see if it would help create a smoother appearance. It did, but it also created streaks. Not entirely horrible looking, but this still wasn’t the look I was going for.
Third time is the charm! I decided to mix up more colored modpodge and swirl it around inside the jar. You can use paint to do this too but it will dry and remain as thick as it was when wet. Once colored modpodge is dried it becomes clear and leaves on the colored tint to the glass.
After covering the entire inner surface of the jar, I turned it upside down to drip dry for about 30-60 minutes.
Turn jar right side up and allow to dry this way for another hour or until modpodge becomes clear. You can use a wet cloth/paper towel to remove any pain that seeps onto the outer rim.
**Remember modpodge will come off with water so DO NOT add water to jar unless painted on outside**
That’s all there is to it! I absolutely love how this came out! I even added a ribbon with pumpkins to the mouth of the jar as an extra touch. Some fun flowers or perhaps dried wheat would be perfect to place inside.