Pink Vintage-Look Mason Jars

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I’ve always been fascinated by the lakefront.  Well, more specifically people watching along the lakefront.  Sure, there are families with kids with their chairs and umbrellas and tents and coolers. Settling in for day at the beach. Groups of teens clumped together gossiping and laughing and, well, being teens. But it’s the folks who don’t look ‘beachy’ who capture my attention …

and I always wonder, what’s their story?


Because, more often than not, they don’t  look comfortable at the beach.  They’re not dressed for the beach. They’re not toting beach toys or bags. They wander aimlessly.  Or sit on rock walls and benches and just watch …


And then, yesterday, the tables were turned. There I was at the beach. With my camera.  And my pink mason jars. And suddenly I was the subject of fascination. The ‘watch-ee’ versus the ‘watch-er.’  I was even approached. Questioned.  Photographed as I photographed my pink mason jars. With said photograph posted on Facebook!


But it was okay. I reveled in my 15-minutes of fame.  Because it was all in the name of this blog post.  This inaugural blog post to kick off Mason Jar Crafts Love!


I chose this pink mason jar project because when I posted a picture of pink vintage looking mason jars on the Mason Jar Crafts Love Facebook page, it was received with a ton of questions. Questions I didn’t have answers for. Until now …


Because now I’m going to share how I made these pink vintage-looking mason jars. Complete with aged mason jar lids.



How to Make Pink Vintage-Look Mason Jars


1. Gather your materials.

Mod Podge Gloss {make sure you use gloss} and food coloring.

 Pink Mason Jars DIY with Mod Podge and Food Coloring How To materials

 2. Mix up your ingredients.

I used 2-3 drops of food coloring per one cup of Mod Podge Gloss.

Pink Mason Jars DIY with Mod Podge and Food Coloring How To

3. Paint your mason jars.

I used a paint brush and gave the inside of each jar a generous coat.

Pink Mason Jars DIY with Mod Podge and Food Coloring How To-tutorial

4. Air dry.

I kept a close eye on them for the first few hours. Turning them upside down. And then right side up.  And then upside down again. Touching up with the paint brush when needed.


  {There are some tutorials that suggest heat setting by putting in oven at 200 degrees for about an hour; I tried. It failed.  I tried again. Failed again. So I went with  the air dry. Which took a few days. But it didn’t fail!}


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To age the lids, I started with sandpaper and gave them a good scuffing …




I first tried an apple cider vinegar and sea salt mixture.  I put it outside for a few days, but didn’t see any huge changes …




So I opted to try a water and bleach solution.  And let them soak for 20-30 minutes or so.


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Aaaah …. much better!

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So there you have it – an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make your own vintage-look pink mason jars.


 Do you have a mason jar project that you want to submit for a feature?  If so, yippee!  And if so, click here …





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  1. good…now we can stop wondering how you made those beauties!! 🙂

  2. Love your new site & you are so very talented! I will definitely be submitting a mason jar project in the near future. So glad I came across your blog. I’ll send you a note as soon as my post with your patriotic themed mason jars is live.
    Warm wishes~ Wendi

  3. So pretty! I didn’t even realize the lids had been aged until you started showing how you did it. Good to know! I picked up some of the blue jars at the grocery store the other day and thought “Oh, Linda would be so proud of me.” Ha ha! Haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do with them, but I know where to go for inspiration!


  4. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t know where to start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This site is totally….totally…..totally amazing!!!!!! I LOVE THE DESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You go girl!

    🙂 me

  5. See your shorter chubbier jar on the left in the front row? That’s me at the beach too. Short and chubby.

  6. Wow, such a striking color, I love it! Great tip on the water and bleach solution, that’s a new one for me, Thanks!

  7. So awesome! I love that they dried to such a dark colour – and who would’ve thought that bleach and water would distress those lids so quickly?

    Your new blog is awesome! Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  8. Stephanie Alphin says:

    Are these water proof?

  9. I LOVE the pink! I can’t believe it went from baby puke pink to hot beachy pink. I’m trying to do a beach theme in my house, I can’t do pink (I have a giant red sectional in my beachy-family room), but yellow could be fun 🙂

    The other day my husband and I were walking through a store and he pointed out the blue Ball jars. He said, don’t you have some of those? Yes, yes I do (and I had to resist the temptation to buy more since I let each of my kids have one to glitter up for their rooms!)

    • DO you have a suggestion for making a lighter pink? Slightly lighter-see through. I would like to fill with water and flowers for a luncheon. Is this recommended or with the water wash out the color?

      Thank you – great project!


  10. SPECTACULAR!!!!! This is gorgeous…fabulous…fun and…and…and…!!!!!! WOW!!!! Love it Love it Love it!!!!! Let the MASON JAR MARATHON BEGIN!!!!! : ) Wishing you all that is wonderful : ) hugs…

  11. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  12. What will happen if paint on the outside?

  13. Thank you for this great tutorial! I just did a batch today (prior to reading your entry) and had some issues with the oven method, too. I think I will leave my new “raspberry” ones out to dry like you said and see how that goes. Yours are STUNNING!

  14. Tina McBride says:

    Can you use them for drinking?

  15. Well, you got my number on this one. I love pink and mason jars, and you did such a nice job on these. No wonder you had interested onlookers at the beach.
    I’m new to your site, but I won’t be a stranger….love mason jars and doing interesting things with them. Thanks.

  16. Gorgeous, just had to pin this..
    Thanks for sharing.


  17. LUV your FB page and now your blog…can’t get enough of your pictures and ideas!!!

  18. I’m ridiculously excited for the new site!! I (obviously) was drawn by the pink jars on Pinterest, and the made the connection! Love your work with mason jars and will be sure to submit some of my (very amateur) projects soon :).

  19. So hot and bright… perfect for a beachy wedding or shower!

  20. Linda, I was just getting sick of mason jar projects when BAM – I saw your post on the tater tots and jello link party. I don’t think I could explain in words how excited I am about PINK MASON JARS wheeee! Thank you for rekindling my love of mason jars. I will be trying this one VERY VERY soon!

  21. Love these!!!! SO pretty!

    Stop by to enter my giveaway:

  22. Oh the pink is so gorgeous!

    I would love for you to link up at this and some of your other amazing mason jar posts at the Mommy Archive – we’re focused on mason jar crafts and ideas this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  23. THESE ARE DARLING!! I love them!… and I have to try these out! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  24. Michele says:

    Sweet jars! Pinned to my beachy board:) Stop by

  25. Very cute! I love the pink!

  26. These are so pretty Linda! I’m not a fan of mason jars…perhaps because they have been used and abuse all over the place and for everything! BUT having said that…the minute I saw yours I was WoWed!!! They are precious! Just love the project! You did a fantastic job and of course you picked the best color ever! You returned my faith in mason jars, lol
    Came to visit from Under the Table and Dreaming party, Have a Great WeeK

  27. Luann Sparks says:

    I love love the jars, but what can they be used for? Is it possible to put things inside without damaging the paint? Also can you store food items in them?

  28. Oh how pretty, such a fabulous color. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  29. Love the idea! Painted on the inside gives a natural look! Great job!

  30. I love this idea and tutorial, but i also love that you weren’t afraid to post your failed attempts and how you fixed them! good job 🙂

  31. Katee Forbes says:

    I love this! Is there something you can seal the paint with so they are able to be used safely for beverages?

  32. Hi Linda,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of pink crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  33. Love the pink and what awesome tips to do with mason jars! Thank you for sharing them.

  34. If I was to put water in after they are dry will the dye come off??

  35. Shelly Grantham says:

    I tried and got the color right. But I did the oven finish and they were streaky & some hlittle bubbles. Was this what happened to you?
    Going to try tomorrow and air dry.
    Would appreciate advice.
    Thank you

    • Hi there. Yes, the oven dry method can make them streaky. But the air dry method isn’t perfect either. I think that’s what makes them a bit unique. The imperfection. Unfortunately, you’ll never get them to look exactly like pink glass.


  36. Regina Plylar says:

    So Can these be used for drinking now?

  37. Love love this way hot I bet you can do red and green with glitter for Christmas .. I’m going to have to try this keep up the good work

  38. I wonder what would happen if you leave them outside. I am thinking doing some clear wine bottles with Red since I am having a hard time finding red bottles for an affordable price. Has anyone tried leaving them outside? Sealed so water doesn’t get in? Do they fade?

    • I haven’t tried leaving them outside, so I’m not sure. I think short time (as long as sealed) would be okay. My only concern would be condensation getting trapped inside. It’s worth a try, right? And then let us all know how this works ….

      🙂 Linda

  39. Hi, Linda! I love all your mason jar ideas and projects! I just wanted to add that if you want to be able to fill the jars with water for flowers, paint the outside of the jars with the mod-podge mixture. I have done this with a number of mine which I use as ” vases”. They have lasted for YEARS!!

  40. I love this idea and I would like to look around your website but you have SO MANY ADS it is the SLOWEST site I’ve been on in a long long time and I enter sweepstakes as a hobby and often have 20 tabs open with games for instant win contests and never have this problem. Blogs are usually a little slow and I tolerate it because I get great advice and I support you making money but when you load it up this bad it makes your blog unreadable for many. It took forever to even leave this comment so I imagine other people don’t bother but you need to know you took it WAY TOO FAR. Nevertheless, thanks for the great idea and if you fix your blog where it can be readable I’d love to come back and check out your other stuff. Right now I’m dreading going back up and seeing how many drops per cup you said again so I can close it out!


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