Hey, so I am back as promised with a tutorial on how to achieve the colored bottle/jar look.
You will need:
- Glass bottles/Jars
- White glue (like Elmer’s) or Mod Podge
- Food coloring
- Lots of paper towels/rags
- Clean the glass bottles thoroughly and remove labels and any sticky residue. Just soak them in hot soapy water for a couple of hours. Most labels come off easily. You can use an old toothbrush to scrape off stubborn ones.
- Dry the bottles completely.
- Mix a little white glue (or Mod Podge) with food coloring of your choice in a small bowl.
- Pour the glue mix into the bottle and swirl it around. You can add a few drops of water, if you find it to be too thick.
- Pour out the extra glue mix back into the bowl. Place the bottle upside down on a paper towel/rag/dish to get rid of all the excess glue mix. If you use a dish, you can collect the glue mix and use it again!
- Have fun and experiment with the colors and ratios. I did a green bottle and a blue bottle. I had a lot of leftover glue, so I combined the blue and green and ended up with a sort of turquoise color.
- Let them dry completely, preferably, overnight.
- Once dry, bake the bottles in an oven at 250 deg.F for about 30-40 minutes. The bottles will be really hot when they come out of the oven. Take care to place them on a cloth pot holder or trivet to cool.
- Enjoy your beautiful creations. Mine had some drip marks. But I think they really add to the charm!
Here they are in sunlight. Pretty pretty!
Once I started, I just couldn’t stop! So, I hunted around for some small jars to color.
I even dabbed some color onto the bottom of two clear glass saucers!
Like I did earlier, I painted the outside of a small jar and baked it. This gives a more matte finish to the bottle.
Though the swirling method is time-consuming and messy, the bottles are prettier! I am loving the various shades of green and blue!
The bottles now hold some fake flowers as photo props. I can’t wait to get some real ones to put in them!
So, what do you think?
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