Turn Old Jars Into Pretty Colored DIY Votives

DIY tinted votives | Hello Natural

After learning how to tint glass, well, let’s just say that no glass container in the house was safe. And as someone who has a really hard time throwing out jelly and spaghetti sauce jars there were a lot! Add a couple of pretty glasses picked up at the thrift store and my colored glass might now qualify as a “collection.” Maybe addiction is more appropriate!

It’s easy to make a bunch of these all at once. They make the perfect way to brighten a table or illuminated a walkway for a summer’s evening soiree. (Don’t you love that word?)

recycle glass into colored diy votives

How to color glass supplies | Henry Happened

Supplies needed:

  • A glass container – old jam jars, thrift store glasses and mason jars work great.
  • Gloss Mod Podge
  • Food coloring – make more color varieties by mixing colors together.
  • Water
  • Gold Sharpie paint pen

Recycled Glass Votives | Henry Happened

This uses the same steps as with the beach terrarium. First, combine 1 tablespoon gloss Mod Podge with 1/2 tablespoon water in a small cup. Add 7-9 drops of food coloring and mix well. Pour the mixture into the glass container and swirl it around until the inside is completely covered. Pour out any excess liquid and wipe the edge of the rim. Repeat for each glass. Let the containers dry for at least 45 minutes and then bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour. After the glass has cooled, you can add designs and patterns to the outside of the glass with a paint pen.

DIY Painted Glass Votives | Henry Happened

I love how all the colors look lined up together. Yep, I feel a soiree coming on. :)


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  1. Denise says

    Can you put candles directly into the painted jars or will the glue melt or burn ? I really love the look of the tinted glass and would love to use these for a party but don’t want to end up in flames ;)

  2. Lovin says

    Can I place any kind of votive candle or jars in oven? I looked it up online and all answer say that it has to be oven safe. Want to try this but I’m afraid of breakage. Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks

    • gerbermom says

      Hmm, I’m not sure about what constitutes as “oven safe.” My glasses were no specific type – most were from thrift stores – and they all worked fine. Just bake on a tray in case there happens to be breakage.

  3. Tina says

    Are the jars waterproof using this method? I really want to make a soap dispenser for my daughter-in-law, but it would have to be waterproof. So far, I haven’t found a way to paint or color the inside of jars and have them still be waterproof. Thank you.

  4. says

    What CAN’T you use ModPodge for? I have a jar and I use it for just about everything it seems. These are so pretty and vintage-y looking!

  5. says

    I love this idea! I’m getting ready to move and just packed up a box of old spaghetti jars to donate, but now I’m going to make these votives. They’ll be so cute in my new place! Thank you! :)

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