As you may know, if there’s one thing we absolutely can’t get enough of here in the studio, it’s vintage jars! Most of our candles are hand poured into adorable Mason jars, and many of our antique candles are poured into old jars. Of all these rustic vessels, one jar that is always everyone’s favorite is the blue Ball jar used for antique candles! That stunning blue tint on these jars is so unique, and fits perfectly into every home!
For this next Mason Jar DIY, you finally won’t have to wait until the next Antique Candle Restock to get your hands on one of those gorgeous blue jars. Just grab your old candle jars and a few crafting supplies, and learn how to tint your jars that vintage blue!
What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candles (I used three 16oz jars), blue liquid food coloring, Mod Podge glue (I used the gloss version), small mixing containers (I used three for three different shades), wax paper for baking
1. Clean out your candle jars. You will want to make sure the inside of each jar is very clean and dry before you begin this project.
2. In your small mixing containers, add 1 tablespoon of clear water. I used small measuring cups, but even though the sizes are different, they have the same amount of water in each.
3. Add the drops of blue food coloring to each container and stir to combine. I used the size of the cups to mark different amounts of food coloring.
I used 20, 40, and 60 drops. The number of drops will determine how tinted the jar is, so you can adjust according to what you want. However, anything less than 20 drops is hardly visible, so I would use at least that much.
4. Add 1 tablespoon to glue to each jar, then add each food coloring mixture. Mix this up well inside the jar, but try not to mix it too fast to create fewer bubbles. At this point you will want to put something down to protect your work space.
5. Now, you’ll coat the inside of the jar. With the top of the jar over the mixing container, twist the jar so that every bit of the inside of covered in blue. I did this a few times just to make sure the entire inner surface got enough blue.
If you want to tint the rim of the jar, do this carefully while turning the jar and pouring the mixture back into the mixing container. Save this run-off, because you may want to reuse it!
6. Once the jars are coated on the inside, let them sit upside down for about 10 minutes in order to let excess blue drain out. In the meantime, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with some wax paper.
7. After 10 minutes, let your jars remain upside down and place them on the prepared baking sheet with wax paper. Put them in the oven and ‘bake’ them for 15 minutes.
Then, flip them right side up and warm them for another 15 minutes. Let the jars cool completely before moving on.
At this point if you’re happy with the tint of your jar, great! However, I thought mine could use a little more blue…
8. Once the jars are completely cooled, repeat the entire tinting process. For the jar with 20 drops, I simply created another mixture with 20 drops, for the 40 I created another mixture with 40 drops, and so on. If you saved your run-off from when you coated the jars for the first time, you could also just reuse the one for each jar!
Bake these jars just like you did before. Once they are cooled, they are ready to use!
I absolutely love these tinted Mason jars! They make the perfect vase to set in the window, to add as a décor piece on a shelf, or even as a table centerpiece at a rustic wedding!
If you love the Antique Candle Works blue Ball jar candles, now you can up-cycle all your old Mason jar candles to have the perfect tint to match! They are just too cute!
Do you love these crafts? Well we’ve got plenty more Mason Jar DIYs to keep you busy this summer! Projects perfect just for you, or to do with the kids! Check out some of our other projects we’ve done, and if you do this DIY or any of the others, be sure to post of picture for us to see in the comments below. We’d love to see how you repurposed your Mason jar!
Happy crafting friends!