Mod Podge and Food Coloring Make Beautiful Reuse Music Together

 

I am loving the pastel colors of these spring time lanterns - a little reuse project I have been playing around with lately!

The secret to all these lovely colors!  Mod Podge colored with a bit of food coloring!

I had a couple little stamped jars on hand and I got to thinking, if I colored them, they would probably resemble some of the vintage glass pieces that belonged to my great grandmother. 

So pretty on a spring brunch table set with vintage glass dishes.

 I wasn't sure whether to use acrylic paint or food coloring so I tested both. I selected Outdoor Mod Podge because I wanted to be able to use the candles and lanterns outside on the patio but for inside use, regular Mod Podge will work just as well.

I tried out red acrylic paint first, adding just a tiny bit to a brush full (about 2 teaspoons) of Mod Podge.

Hummmmm...  not too crazy about the brush strokes.

Maybe a bit of bubble wrap would add a more even texture.

Y-U-C-K   Not at all what I was looking for! 

Now to test the food coloring.

The Outdoor Mod Podge seemed to be a little thicker than the regular Mod Podge, so I decided to add a bit of water to thin it out thinking it would go on a little more smoothly.

I followed the same procedure as I did with the red, brushing it on then using bubble wrap to create texture.

Oops!  That wasn't what I was after either! The watery Mod Podge gathered into little concentrated dots of green.

But - I liked the transparency so I mixed up some undiluted blue colored Mod Podge, brushed over a jar and then stippled it all over with the end of the brush.  I worked really hard at covering the surface as evenly as possible.as I stippled. Once dry, the result was a lovely, transparent almost smooth surface.

Noticing that the pattern on the green jar resembled my drinking glasses, and having just had good luck with the stippling on the blue jar, I mixed up some undiluted green colored Mod Podge, added another coat to the green jar and stippled evenly over the surface.  When dry, it looked perfect!  I really like the dot pattern that still shows under the second application.

Red and yellow make orange!  And I wanted an orange candle.  I used one drop of red and one drop of yellow in about a tablespoon of Mod Podge.

After brushing and stippling, I decided to try to create a little different texture pattern and swirled the brush tip in circles.

These two images of my orange jar really show how much change takes place when the jar dries. It looks opaque and not terribly pretty while wet.  It's a trip watching the colored Mod Podge change from opaque to transparent as it dries.

The problem with the Acrylic paint colored Mod Podge is that it remains opaque.

I was able to line these up in a shaft of sunlight so you could see them better!

A cluster of colorful candles is lovely inside too!

I washed off the "red acrylic" disaster and reapplied Mod Podge colored with red food color. 

And look at my lovely little lavender jar!  Two drops or blue and one red in a couple teaspoons of Mod Podge did the trick. 

A second, thicker application of lavender added to the bottom and blended up toward the middle while the Mod Podge was still wet created a pretty variation in color intensity.

Now I am headed over to Goodwill to find a couple flower vases to color!

 A TUTORIAL FOR THE HANGING SYSTEM RIGHT HERE!

And if you love playing with Mod Podge as much as I do - you might be inspired by checking out some of these crafty tutorials!

Mosaic Easter Eggs!

Turn old books into beautiful and handy wall storage

Make Mod Podge film leaves to decorate fall vases or candles

Mod Podge - hugely helpful while making Christmas angels

Turn a large gourd into a fall themed pinata

ADDED OCTOBER 2012:  Good news - Mod Podge is available world wide!  Here is a link to assist you in finding a store near you.

Plaid International Locator

 

@ Sasha in Sweden... You can

@ Sasha in Sweden...
You can substitute PVA glue for Modge Podge with similar results. PVA glue is the plain white liquid glue that children use for craft projects.

Thank you for adding this

Thank you for adding this information for Sasha.  I just didn't know how to respond to her. 

Several people have written to tell me that they are unable to get mod podge in their country so I am delighted to  know of an alternative product to suggest.  You have been a huge help to all of us.

What a great idea. Beautiful

What a great idea. Beautiful too! Thanks for sharing.

These are beautiful! I love

These are beautiful! I love how you showed your successes, as well as your initial attempts!

I want to make these too!!!!

I want to make these too!!!! But what is Modge Podge? I wonder if we have an equivalent here in Sweden...?

Thank-you for this wonderful

Thank-you for this wonderful idea, my 8yo daughter and I had a blast making them tonight as a Mom/daughter craft night :)

Thanks for this! I finally

Thanks for this! I finally broke down and bought some mod podge just for this project, and am painting every glass surface I can :). I make a swirled effect by twisting my paint brush. I was going for aged glass, but the resulting pattern is quite nice.

I applied straight strokes to a thin flower vase (the ones that you see by the millions in thrift stores). I LOVE the change a little color makes. I will be buying three or so more so I can paint them different colors, and maybe put one big white flower in each vase?

Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

great ideas... and so easy to

great ideas... and so easy to make... Fantastic!

Love this idea and your

Love this idea and your beautiful blog! So creative! I reposted today on my blog here: http://www.lovelyandgracious.com/2010/04/start-saving-your-old-spaghetti...

These turned out great!

These turned out great! Thanks for the excellent instructions.
(see my result here: http://www.thebaylors.org/michelle/2010/04/antique-glass-in-15-minutes/)

Loooooove this!!! They are

Loooooove this!!! They are so beautiful and delicate looking :) This is going straight to the top of my Craft To Do list. Thanks for the tutorial!

This is a fabulous idea,

This is a fabulous idea, Pam!
I love the different effects, too... so clever :)

these are so cute. what a

these are so cute. what a great idea. i can't wait to show these to my brides...a combination of candles and flower vases would be really awesome!

This is such a great idea!

This is such a great idea! It looks easy and I think it's something I can do! :o)

What a lovely job on those

What a lovely job on those bottles..I love the lanterns in their transparent hues..way to go!

These are so purfect. I too

These are so purfect. I too have the colored glass from Jim's grandmother. I love candles, guess what I'll be doing this week. I've been wanting to craft, thanks for the idea.
Take care and have a great and blessed week.

I have some jars on the

I have some jars on the windowsill in my kitchen with tealights inside. I put some ribbon on them, but something is still missing. This might be it! Thanks!

I love this! and I have all

I love this! and I have all the supplies right here in my home!

Hi Pam - What a clever idea,

Hi Pam -
What a clever idea, I have many of these jars around and am just starting to plan my outdoor decorating scheme. These will look divine.

Oh wow Pam, these are

Oh wow Pam, these are gorgeous! I love the light springy colors you came up with. Just beautiful. Your tutorials are always so great. I love all the pictures. I'll be linking.

Thanks for this idea, its

Thanks for this idea, its fab!

I have made some of these today. I used the above suggestion to use crackle medium first.

Mine are here:

http://creativeflourishes.blogspot.com/2010/04/pre-journalling-coloured-...

Thanks again,
Nicky (from UK)

And to think I almost spent

And to think I almost spent $1 a piece on some pink mini lanterns at target - I put them back because I noticed the color was scraping off. These are so much prettier, practically free, and I've been saving all of my cool shaped jars because I just knew I was going to find something great to do with them! Thanks for the awesome idea!

What a wonderful idea! I

What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to try this out myself.

This is so clever! I love

This is so clever! I love the vintage feel to these. Brilliant idea! I never knew they made outdoor Modge Podge. I'll be adding that to the craft list. Love how the colors turned out and your photos are wonderful!

Oooh and I spy a sweet mushroom in that top photo! :)

Enjoy your weekend!

I am going to try this with

I am going to try this with the glitter Mod Podge! This is so awesome. I was waiting for some expensive or hard to find ingredient for the project, but no, I can do this, too! Very creative. Thanks.

The glass your grandma had

The glass your grandma had and you are coping is called depression glass. People bought it at the grocery stores, usually using stamps collected. You reproductions are beautiful. Thank you.

Beautiful and then some! And

Beautiful and then some! And so simple! I've shared with all of my readers- Reuse Jars for Springtime Lanterns.

Oh I am so doing this! I have

Oh I am so doing this! I have been saving all sorts of different sized jars and these will be so pretty in our yard. Thanks for sharing this idea!

I'm absolutely loving this

I'm absolutely loving this idea!! I'm on the hunt for some jars so that I can make these for my kitchen!! I featured this on my friday favorites
http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-favorites_09.html

This is such a great way to

This is such a great way to reuse all the jars ready to recycle. Thanks for a pretty way to light up the side porch!

Great idea and great

Great idea and great tutorial, Pam! Problem is, no mod podge here. I'm guessing it's something like Elmer's glue. Going to have to try it with the glue and see how it comes out. Thanks so much for the great step-by-step process!

These turned out really nice.

These turned out really nice. I was worried after the first picture. These would be so whimsical as fire fly catchers... the light would flicker through... Ohhh... almost like a dream.

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Wowwww..that's so beautiful.

Wowwww..that's so beautiful. What is Mod Pod anyway? Can't figure it out, but you really do a beatiful art :) I especially love the look through direct sunlight, looks like there're fairy lights on the bottom of the jar :)
Splendid..

Mariana

What a great idea to use food

What a great idea to use food coloring! I don't know that I would have thought of it. The candle holders look GREAT! Thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial! Kelly

p.s. I came over via BeDifferentActNormal

This is so cool! Thanks for

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing all the steps in the process - it's so neat when bloggers take the time to do that! I know how weird it is to take pictures during every step of the process! I love how this turned out. It really does elevate those glasses-bound-for-recycling into almost heirlooms!

How pretty!

How pretty!

This is so awesome!!! TY

This is so awesome!!! TY TY!!!

Brilliant!! Beautiful, too.

Brilliant!! Beautiful, too. You could do the same sort of application to lights/lanterns you already have around the outside of the house; like coach lanterns, glass torches and so on.
How about adding a colourful border to glass panes in a shed or gazebo? Not enough to obscure the light source, but just around the edges to give glass the old fashioned look. Make patterns with stick on silver or copper tape, laid out in diamond patterns and then colour the diamonds to look like old glass. Or how about the edges of mirrors? Borders on glass photo frames? Glass viewing panes in front doors?
You could also experiment with etching paste in similar applications.

such beautiful photos and

such beautiful photos and great idea. I love the different sizes of glass jars, and keeping them transparent but still colouring them is a great idea! thanks for sharing!

Pam, Can you show me how you

Pam,

Can you show me how you made the handles....I love these! I knew I was keeping all those jars for a reason!

Thanks

Oh!!! These are so beautiful.

Oh!!! These are so beautiful. We made some lanterns out of jars with tissue paper Mod Podged to it and they were great for Halloween, but THESE, oh, these are so adult and beautiful looking. I have to make some...now to save the beautiful, unusual shaped jars!
Thanks for sharing this with us.
-Phyllis

Too cute!

Too cute!

Pam, those look fantastic!!!

Pam, those look fantastic!!! This is a terrific tutorial, and I love the "Yuck! Not at all what I was looking for" moments-- those are always easy to edit out, but its more truthful to leave them in, since those moments are always a big part of crafting!
Well Done!

Love that idea! Don't know

Love that idea! Don't know why I never thought of tinting Mod Podge with food color, but it looks just like glass paints, for a fraction of the price, and as customizable as you want it to be.... fabulous!!!

Wow, that is beautiful. What

Wow, that is beautiful. What a good idea, this is totally going on my crafty pile. Thanks for sharing (and doing a lot of the experimenting work!)

Oh! That is so fun! I am

Oh! That is so fun! I am going to post a link to that on my blog so my readers can come and check it out!

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