There are days when I want to do a little craft project, but I don’t actually want to leave my house to get materials. I scrounge around for things I have on hand and try to come up with something I can cobble together that doesn’t end up in a project that looks cobbled together.
My last home wandering tour resulted in these dyed glass jars. I always have cheap glass and multipurpose paint around the house, so I combined the two and brought some Spring into our house. There are various methods for dying glass, but I prefer this method because the end result is waterproof so you can use it on vases.
- Multipurpose craft paint – I used Martha Stewart brand because it was on sale when I was shopping. Just make sure the paint you choose says it can be used on glass.
- Acetone – This is in the nail polish remover section of any drug store. Side note: You can also use this to remove gel/shellac nail polish at home so you don’t have to go to the salon for removal.
- Foam Brush
- Disposable mixing cup – I used the bottom half of a rinsed out smoothie bottle.
- Paper Towels
- Glass jars
- Clean out your glass jars and let dry. If you want to make sure they are incredibly clean, you can swirl some rubbing alcohol inside and let dry. I didn’t do that, but more power to you if you do!
- Pour some paint in the mixing cup. The amount depends on the size and quantity of glass jars you are working with.
- Add acetone to the mixing cup and stir with the foam brush. Again, the quantity is totally dependent on the size and quantity of glass containers you are working with. Also, the more acetone you use the thinner your mixture and the more transparent your final paint look will be. Try to fully mix the concoction so that there are no paint lumps, as the lumps will stick to the sides of your project and make for a less finished look.
- Pour your paint and acetone mixture into your glass container and swirl it around, coating the sides.
- Pour any excess mixture either back into the mixing cup or into your next glass jar.
- Set your coated glass upside down on paper towels to drain and dry.
- Repeat with all your glass containers.
- At some point in the drying process, you might want to gently wipe the inner rim of your glass container so that the draining paint doesn’t pool and make a dark ring at the top of your jar.
- For this paint lining to be waterproof you need to either let it air cure for 21 days or bake it at 350 for 30 minutes.