Mason jars aren’t just for preserving fruit.
Pinterest is swarming with intriguing crafts involving Mason jars, so I decided to take on a do-it-yourself stained jar tutorial, which Pinterest linked from www.sixsisterstuff.com.
I channeled my inner Martha and spent nearly two hours staining six jars. The project requires Mod Podge, food coloring, water, a small bowl, a spoon, a cookie sheet, an oven and some light patience.
The Mod Podge was the biggest annoyance of the project, since it’s a sticky, glue-like substance that somehow got all over me, my counters and my oven. Beware. Also, the jars’ stains ended up being lighter than I hoped. I would double or triple coat the jars with the stain prior to baking in the future.
Overall, the project was easy, fast, cheap and leaves you with adorably-colored jars that can spice up any space.
Step 1: Mix four tablespoons of Mod Podge, a general amount of food coloring and two tablespoons of water into a small bowl. Stir until the coating is smooth.
Step 2: Pour the coating into the jar. Turn the jar until it’s fully coated.
Step 3: Place the coated jar upside down onto a cooking sheet and bake for three minutes at 200 degrees.
Step 4: Turn the jar right side up and continue baking for another 30 to 35 minutes.
Step 5: Remove jars from the oven and let cool. Enjoy the finished stained jars.