How to Color Glass:Technique Numero Uno

Let me tell ya learning how to color glass was like a life-altering event. Mmmkay, maybe that's a bit dramatic but f'reals my old vases never had it so good. As some of you may know I've we've been working on a living room facelift for the past month or so & now that the walls are painted & the big furniture decisions have been made it's time for the really fun part; accessorizing! 
After giving it probably way more thought than it deserved I decided I wanted a little vase of flowers to place on the new coffee table I recently up-cycled & distressed {a project I hope to share with y'all soon!}
In typical fashion I planned on scouring our local Home Goods but it pained me, like pesky- brother- forehead- flick type of pain to have to buy another darn vase. Over the years don't most of us tend to rack up quite a collection of vases & glass jars? It's like the step before we become an old, senile cat lady. 
Don't say I didn't warn you.
I wondered if there was a way to dye glass & off to Google I went.
I came across a few tutorials but decided to use the technique Craftberry Bush did for her DIY Blue Mason Jars, mainly because her jars were the color I was aiming for.
To get the look you'll need:
Glass Vase or Jar
Paint Brush
1 tsp of Mod Podge Gloss Glue
1.5 tsp of water
 3 Drops of Food Color {may vary}
After cleaning & drying your glass vase or jar stir all of your ingredients together.  The amount & mixture of your food color will vary depending on what color you are aiming for.  I was going for the teal effect so I used 3 blue drops mixed with 2 green drops of food color.

Now you can either use your paintbrush to color the inside of your vase or do as I did and take the lazy way & just turn the vase on its side in a rotating manner until the paint/glue mixture has coated the whole inside of your jar.

Set the jar upside down on some paper towels in order to allow the access mixture to drip out. Turn right side up & let jar air dry.  Do the Macarena or clean house {haha clean house...that's funny} because seriously peeps it takes a few hours.
The color will continue to become more see through as the vase dries resulting in what I consider to be very pretty & inexpensive accents for your home.
Oh the possibilities! Think of all the different colors you can experiment with. Seriously, I now want to dye all of my vases to go in all the different rooms of our house.

Little FYI, if you plan on using water in your vase you'll want to paint on the outside of the vase as this technique is not waterproof. It's kind of like the Wicked Witch of the West. Water equals melting & peeling. Not pretty at all.
And in case you couldn't tell, I had a lot of fun with this project! So much so that I actually played around with the mixtures & came up with another glass coloring technique that I'll be sharing soon. 
I actually find it interesting that when grabbing for props for above tutorial wouldn't you know it I grab wine corks? Wink.

Have a great Wednesday my lovelies!


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28 comments

Lindsay said...

Oh my goodness, is it really that simple?? I am SO doing this asap. Thanks for sharing!

Tonia L said...

Beautiful! Last night before bed I was thinking of a project I want to do and wanting this EXACT tutorial to help do it! So a big thanks to you!

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

Get out! This is the coolest thing! And I have all the ingredients to make my own RIGHT NOW!! Yay! Thanks so much for sharing!

Denise Pacurar said...

What a lovely idea! I love the color you chose!! I usually just spray paint my vases but I like how this dries and you can still see through the glass!! Thanks for sharing the DIY!

<3 Denise

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BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

You make it look so simple...and what a beautiful end result!

Kelly @ The Fit For Life Wife said...

Thank you for reminding me that I've been meaning to try this technique! We just redid our living room and I have some old vases laying around that I need to paint for accents. :)

Erin @ Chronic Christian Crafter said...

I TOTALLY LOVE this!!! I'm going to save for future use! Thanks for sharing! Love the color you chose as well!

Mandy said...

Great idea! Love the idea of the clear glass rather than the matte.

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Now how'd you get so smart!? I love this idea!!! Tucking this one away... ;)

Elle Sees said...

i was literally talking about this method earlier this morning with a friend! she was wanting to do something all complicated, and i was like, just mod podge and paint it!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

So pretty and vintage-y looking!! Great tutorial girl! I want to try this out!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I have that exact vase! So it ends up clear like that? Shoot, I gotta try this!

Sarah said...

Wow Jen! That's such an easy project! And it could totally change the look of a room! Oh I can just imagine the possibilities! I'd totally go for pinks and purples! I can't wait to see your other technique!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very cool project. Thanks for sharing.

Tonii said...

Bless you Jennifer! :) I literally have a cupboard FULL of glass vases just waiting for a facelift. You are awesome!

Sara said...

Great DIY!

Tamsyn said...

I love this!! I'm going to do it this weekend, I hope mine turn out as gorgeous as yours did :)

Lauryn Clemmer said...

this is awesome. i would LOVE for you to link this post or any other posts you want to my weekend link party http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/04/spread-love-link-party-6.html it opens at midnight tonight, hope to see you there!
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Love Sweet Love said...

Hello smartest girl I've ever met. I cannot WAIT to try this idea, Love love!!

Ruth said...

This is a great project. I love it. Can't wait to try it.
Ruth

Lindsay said...

Hello! I featured this today from my Show & Share party! Thanks for sharing, I appreciate you!

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Stacey said...

I love this idea!'
So much so I am featuring this project - stop by and see and grab a bitton while you are there!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sarah said...

Oh I love this! You have so many adorable projects! I would love for you to stop by my link party
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Marie said...

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Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

I love doing this! I've done it with white bottles--really creative I know but they were so much fun to do. These are a gorgeous color for sure! I am inspired to give it a go with some fun colors.

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Really creative. This can be a real nice present.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I am sorry, I am confused. Does it come out clear like that? Because that is what you show in the final images but then you say it is opaque which does not mean see through. I would LOVE to make it see through like this but I need a little clarification please. Thanks!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Hi Anonymous, I emailed you my response but not sure it made its way to you. Anyways, you are correct, I must have been snoozing when I wrote this. As the picture shows in the end result the glass is see through:) Hope that helps!

Talking to myself is no fun & borderline crazy, however, please note if your email isn't linked to your account, I have no way to reply back. Insert sad face. Feel free to leave your email in your comment so we can chat and I can answer your questions!

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