I love to craft with recyclables AND I’m a big fan of Mod Podge, so this how to tint glass project is a really fun one for me! Tinted glass is beautiful, but expensive – so why not make it yourself for a fraction of the cost? Learn how to tint glass in just a few easy steps with Mod Podge Sheer Colors. Keep reading to learn how I used a recycled apple jug to make my own version of a $159 Pottery Barn product.
- Recycled Glass Bottles or Clear Mason Jars
- Mod Podge Sheer Colors
- Maple Leaf Garland (optional)
- Small Pumpkins (optional)
Step one. If using a bottle with a label, soak it in hot water for at least 10-15 minutes to loosen the label. Scrub the label off with a scouring pad. Resistant residue can be removed with Goo Gone or a bit of cooking oil. Make sure the glass bottle is clean and completely dry before moving on to step 2.
Step three. The photo below shows what the Mod Podge looks like when it’s still wet. The color is not transparent at all. Set the project aside to dry. Drying time varies based on the size of the project, but it takes at least 1-2 days to dry, and longer for bigger projects. I found that placing the bottles in a sunny location speeds up the drying time. Once it’s dry, the color will be transparent and the glass will appear tinted.
Larger bottles, like this Pottery Barn inspired jug, make great stand alone pieces. This faux wine jug would look great as above the kitchen counter decor. Smaller pieces can be arranged to make tablescapes or mantle decor.
I tinted two wine bottles orange and painted a tomato sauce bottle gold to create this centerpiece. Wrap a bit of twine around the necks of the bottles, arrange them on a wood disc, and finish it off with some fall foliage to create a pretty fall tablescape. When Christmas rolls around, tint bottles red, and there’s even pink tint for Valentine’s day.
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!