Mason was a young inventor who came up with the concept of a metal screw-on lid in 1858. The threaded neck on glass jars that we take for granted today was once a major innovation. Mason's developments made preserving food at home much easier and made the jars reusable. Despite the fact that Mason sold five of his glass canning jar patents in 1859, his name had staying power. The mason jar is the common name for glass home canning jars to this day (source).
As promised, here is the jar tutorial some of you had requested. I do however have to share some good news and bad news about this particular DIY. Would you like the good news or the bad news first?
In the spirit of optimism let's start with the good news...
The jars, in my humble yet clearly biased opinion, turned out pretty fantastic. Take a look...
I like the contrast of the yellow flowers...
...and the rustic feel of the cement wall behind them.
I decided to make some light shades and some darker ones.
I had painted and aged this little stool last summer.
You will need:
Mode Podge or White Elmers' glue
I experimented with several ratios of glue, food colouring and water and believe the magic ratio to be: 1 tsp of glue : 3 drops of food colouring : 1.5 tsp of water. But you might want to try different ratios and see what you results you prefer. Obviously the more food colouring the darker the jar will be. In order to make a turquoise shade you will need two drops of blue and 1 drop of green.
|In a small bowl, place the glue, food colouring and water|
Mix together with a brush.
This amount is sufficient to cover three jars if you are
using the brushing method (yes, there is another method)
Using even strokes, brush onto jar from top to bottom and being careful not to go over it too much or the glue will start to clump together (this part is a little frustrating until you get the hang of it). The streaks you see when the mixture is wet will be almost invisible if done correctly. This is where patience comes in.
The bottle dries in minutes but during my experiment, I placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds on low to expedite the drying time. I added an extra coat to the neck of the jar and at the bottom of the jar. If you look at a real vintage jar, the accumulation of colour seems to be at these two spots.
I also tried a different method by pouring the
mixture into the jar and shaking the contents
until the jar was completely covered.
Turn the jar upside down and allow the residual mixture to drip onto the lid or paper towel. Once it stops dripping, remove the lid and allow to dry. The results with this method is a little cleaner but it will take several hours to dry and some of the jars had drip marks :o(
Which brings me to the bad news: you can wash it off and start over! These jars - although pretty to look at - are not practical for every day use as the paint will peel off.
Good news: IF you decide to follow the brush method and paint the jars from the outside, there is nothing stopping you from using these jars as vases so long as the water is poured carefully inside or you can always use these or these and avoid the risk.
Bad news: If you like the darker shaded jars, well, I found that the darker the shade I used, the more visible the streaks were.
I encourage you to experiment and have fun with these...
Some more good news: I found that the longer the jars have been around the more resistant to peeling they get. I can't have enough of them. I am a little obsessed with jars right now...
I hope you found the information useful and just in case you want to research this further, I found some other links to help you along the way; Here is a tutorial I found (just when you thought you were the only one who had ever thought of this, someone else has already done it before; the life of a DIY blog). I also found this tutorial, which uses a more permanent method with actual glass paint. But if everything else fails, go here and purchase the real thing!
As always, thank you for stopping by. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know and I will respond to you as soon as I get a chance.
Please have a peaceful week!
I displayed some of the jars in my french vintage basket (for a DIY of the basket go here)