Give a mason jar a frosted surface with white glue and food coloring. Use your transformed jar to hold makeup brushes, cut flowers, paint brushes, or pencils.

How to make frosted jars with glue and food coloring

Today I am excited to show you how to do it how to paint a mason jar and give it a matte finish with white glue and food coloring.

I came up with this idea a few weeks ago when my daycare children were making votive candle holders out of small glasses. In places where the glasses were coated with glue but not covered with tissue paper, the glass seemed to have a “matted” effect.

I thought if it was that easy to leave a frosted finish on the glass I would add some food coloring to the glue to see what would happen.

matt painted glasses white background

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To paint a mason jar with a frosted effect:


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  1. For each glass, squeeze a few teaspoons of white school glue into a small cup or bowl.
  2. Stir in 2-3 drops of food coloring or a dab of Wilton glaze gel.
  3. Add a few drops of water to thin the glue slightly and stir until smooth.

Glue and pink food coloring

3. Use a foam or sponge brush to spread a thin layer of colored glue over your glass. Smooth out the glue as you go to remove brush marks.

How to paint a mason jar - step one, smear the jar with colored glue

4. Let your glasses dry before putting pens, pencils, brushes, etc. in them.

green-blue and purple jars painted with glue and food coloring

NOTE: Remember that your matte finish is all glue and water, so your paint coating will not be waterproof. But these jars are perfect for storing craft supplies and would look lovely on a desk with pens and pencils on it.

painted frosted glasses dark counter

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