How to Make Inexpensive Blue Mason Jars at Home
Blue mason jars are great decorations for outdoor weddings, Easter brunches, birthday parties, or pretty much any outdoor event during the spring and summer. Placing wild flowers, tulips, daffodils, etc, in them and using as table décor can create a very nostalgic southern spring atmosphere.
The problem that most people run into is that they can be hard to come by if you don’t feel like spending 5-15$ per jar at a craft store or antique shop. The best solution I’ve found for this is to get your own clear standard mason jars and make them yourself. This ends up being much less expensive. It also gives a much more homey rustic appearance.
First, find the standard clear mason jars.
Antique canning jars, old spaghetti sauce jars, specifically classico pasta sauce, old milk jars in your grandparents attic, and craigslist are a few suggestions for finding jars. If all else fails, Michael’s is a good place to find some relatively inexpensive ones. Michael’s also sells premade blue mason jars, but again, they tend to be much more expensive than the clear ones.
Once you get the jars, here a couple ways to get the blue coloring.
Fill each jar full of water and add 3-4 drops of blue food coloring to the jar. Let the jars sit overnight and the glass will take on a pale blue coloration when you pour out the water. This is great for a one day event, as the flowers you put in them will absorb the blue from the glass toward the end of the day. The petals may even show a hint of blue, which can be kind of neat looking. This method allows for even symmetrical transparent blue coloration in the jars without streaks from brushing or painting. The best thing is that it is very cheap!
The other method for a more permanent and lasting blue colored Mason jar is using glass paint. For transparency, Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints are one of the best options out there. These can also be found at Michael’s or online. There are over 160 different colors designed for glassware, vases, lamps and windows. For blue, they have a pale blue, metallic blue, turquoise, and a few others. These colors really take advantage of surrounding light and come in 45 ml bottles or 20 ml squeeze tubes.
When going this route, simply place the mason jars upside down on a towel and use a small fan brush to apply the glass paint to the outside of the mason jar. Use long strokes to avoid seeing brush stroke marks on the finished product. Also, use water to thin the paint based on how heavy or dark you want the coloring to be.
Let the jars sit and air dry from some time, then place them in a cake pan and bake them in the oven on low heat for an hour or so.
Good luck on creating your own blue mason jars from scratch.