Make Your Own Blue Jars!!!

I know, I know. Another mason jar project :) I can’t help it! I have then on my mind with all this canning. I have now moved on to green beans. But I took a break to do this next project.

Blue jars can be hard to find and pricey. I like that I have figured out a do-it-your-self- version

I an LOVING how they turned out!!! Do you want to know how to turn a regular jar into a vintage looking blue jar???

Supplies Needed:

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*Crystal Gloss Enamels Paint

Mason Jars

Glazing Medium


I experimented with different amounts of each the glaze and the paint. The more glaze, the lighter the jar. Add them both to the jar. Swish it around until they have completely mixed together.

The slowly twist the jar while it is on its side until the paint has covered all of the jar. If there is a lot of extra paint/glaze you can pour it into another jar or into the garbage. I hold it upside down until it stops dripping. Then I wipe the top so there is only paint IN the jar and none on the outside. ***IMPORTANT*** After you have let it drip upside down and most of the extra paint has dripped out you need to set it on the counter and WAIT. You need to let the extra paint that did not drip out, settle to the bottom. I waited about an hour. More time wouldn’t hurt. I screwed up my one and only square mason jar ( :( ) because I was too antsy. If you stick it in the oven too soon it will start to get hot and the paint that is making its way down the side of the jar will harden in a wavy, drippy, pattern.

Like I said before, I tried different amounts of glaze and paint. The lightest one ended up not really working.  It just looked milky.

The you bake them in the oven at 200 degree F for 30 minutes. There are more (important) detailed instructions on the back of the bottle. Just follow those and you will be good to go!

Don’t they look amazing! The color is so even and it bakes so crystal clear! I love them. They will be making an appearance in my bathroom and office :)

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  1. says

    Wow..who would have though?! I love this idea and love you creative mind! You have the funnest blog ever..I look at it everyday! Thanks for the inspiration to try new things! I did a little project on a dresser(I got for free) It turned out pretty good! The dresser was free so I was thrilled! I wanted to glaze it like I learned from you, but I was a little nervous. If you have time ck it out and tell me what you think!!! Thank you:)

  2. JoDee says

    Great idea! I always look at those jars in the shops and just can’t make myself pay their prices, but this I can do. Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    If y’all don’t mind me asking, how much are the vendors charging? I have found oodles of blue jars at the flea market. By the time I bought these materials and new mason jars, I think I’d be back to the price of the blue/aqua jars. But I could be a lucky gal with a lucky flea market.

    You can see my blue jars on the first post at my blog.

    • Julie says

      FYI, I know this is old but vintage aqua mason jars are SUPER pricey if you don’t run across someone who is selling them and doesn’t know their value. If you look on ebay, most are going for 10 jars for over $100.

  4. says

    Stacy, these are absolutely adorable!!! They make we want to get my craft “area” (no chance of dedicating a whole room) ready and actually DO STUFF instead of just dream :D. I think they would make beautiful in a beach theme or in a blue garden (which I hope to accomplish next year) – you have a pin it link, I don’t yet have that account but I think i’m going to open one NOW ;D – thanks for contributing to my “i’mma make these one day list”.
    Best, Mercy of MB_WOO.MOM

  5. says

    I love, love blue glass and this is such a great idea! I had no idea you could make it from regular jars – I’ll be trying this for sure :) Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!

  6. says

    wow, great job! they look like the real things! love it.

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  7. says

    I love your blue jars so much! I’ve been looking for ways to bring color into our apartment. Someone suggested finding colored jars at garage sales but I never ran across any. I do have several regular mason jars though. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Melissa says

    Just out of curiosity… when you get them wet, does the glaze stay on?? Or will it wash away? I’ve loved the look of the ones that use elmers glue or modge podge, but it washes off… and I want to use the jars as vases and such! Thanks :)

    • Cheri says

      Melissa, I have been wondering the same thing. I would want to use mine for vases as well. Did you ever try it to see if the glaze stays on with water?

        • Stacy says

          I have used mine as vases. They are water proof. But when they are wet for a long time the blue turns opaque. When it dries out again it is clear again. I am thinking it is because of the glaze but I am not sure.

          • stephanie london says

            i have a tip to pass along. if you use mod podge dishwasher safe after then you can use them as vases without the worry of the glass coming back off after all the work and wait. hope this helps

    • stephanie london says

      mix mod podge dishwasher safe in with your gloss enamels and then it can be used like a clear glaze and even waterproof. hope this helps

  9. Kate says

    So you know if they are safe to use as water glasses once baked? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have these in my kitchen!!

  10. says

    this is fantastic…..but i challenge you to take it one step further to increase the versatility of the jar…what if you attached a loop to the lid or punched 2 holes in it and strung a string through to make a loop…then suspended the lidded jar and dunked it into another container where the mixed glaze was waiting…and then hung to dry…then removed lid and place in oven upside down so the glaze doesn’t stick to oven rack….that way the interior of the jar is left un-painted and you can add water for a vase, use for food storage…..worth a try!

  11. Roxy says

    I purchased the Same glaze you have in the picture. I don’t see further instructions for the baking part. What else has to be done besides the 30 min baking?

  12. says

    Did anybody ever figure out if you can put water in the jars as I wanted to use them for vases as well for my wedding. Everywhere i looked the kerr and ball blue jars are vintage and about $4-$5 each jar so this is a perfect alternative as clear jars are cheap. Also were there any other instructions after baking as asked above ?Thanks for your help!

  13. says

    Worth a try. I also have used and blogged about the glue and modge podge way of doing this craft. You are not able to put water in the jar, will wash out the color. I do question if this technique is used can you put water in the jar? Please update I am very interested. Great looking project!

  14. Katie says

    Ok, has anyone else actually done this? Cause I followed the directions exactly and it was a disaster! The paint only cleared on one side and on the other was still regular old paint – did not clear at all. We let them drip for an hour before putting them in the oven but the paint still caused quite a thick ring around the rim and was impossible to completely remove. Ughh…waste of lovely jars and time!
    Help! Would love to know what we did wrong.

  15. Julie says

    I have been testing this and the first time the color was perfect but didn’t let drip enough upside down and had sticky goop at bottom, it caused the glazed baked paint to peel off glass and come out. Second time I left too long upside down and too much came out, washed jars clean. Today I left them upside down about an hour then right side up another hour then baked 60 minutes to help set. Instructions say to cool with oven door open, did that too. One problem I’m having is that putting water in dried, baked and cooled jars causes milky fog to begin then the color just peels off like film. Tonight I’m leaving jars out two days after baking to see if they will set further. I may ask my ceramics friend if there is another mixing medium to use with glass paint to tone color down but that will set solid and can be used with water… If not I am going to mix and paint outside by hand and bake upside down.

  16. Julie says

    @katie there were quite a few acrylic paints that look the same, did you get crystal transparent glass type? I had to use brush and mix glaze and paint thoroughly at bottom of jar before twisting and covering inside.

  17. Julie says

    So I tested a theory and it worked nicely using same glaze and paint, I covered cookie sheet in wax paper, turned jars upside down, mixed glaze and painf in little cheap Tupperware and painted outside with nice sized acrylic paint brush, had to out in oven immediately because allowing dry time will cause streaks. I made sure to paint evenly and not leave thick paint anywhere. Baked at 200 for 30 mins and they are gorgeous. And I can put water inside for wedding flower centrepieces. Might still go find a spray on sealant to ensure outside stays set and sealed :)

  18. Josh says

    I saw this on Pinterest (of course) and thought this was a pretty neat idea. So I tried it and used different colors and thought I would use them outside with candles in them. I followed the directions but they did not turn out right. They are not transparent. They are still a solid color. They look neat, but not right. Is there something I am missing? Can anyone help?

  19. Charles Lee says

    it’s really good Idea! looks great! but I’m just curious what is going to happen if you use the brush and paint them outside of the jar. Is it safe to use these jars for food do you think? I think heavy painted one looks best!
    Thanks for sharing great Idea!

  20. says

    These do look amazing! I have seen so many knock-offs of this project in Blogland. But yours look the best, they are permanent (unlike the ones with Elmer’s Glue), and yours have the best quality and look the most like the real blue Mason jars!

  21. pat says

    Do you know if there is a way to remove the glaze if one wanted too? I have just bought this amazingly shaped glass vase. But it has some glaze on it that is scratched and I would like to try and do the mercury glass painting.

  22. says

    If you’re not going to fill them with water, I have an easy, cheap, even kid-friendly way to do this.

    Mix gel type school glue (the clear stuff) with a couple drops of food coloring and a little water to thin it. Pour it into the jar, pop on a lid, and roll it around to coat the inside. Take the lid off and pour out the excess, then set upside down on a cooling rack (Dollar Tree sells them 2 for a dollar) to let the rest drain out while it dries. You can put little battery operated tea lights in them or set them in a window. It’s really fun to make different colors for holidays. If you use regular white school glue, you get a really cool frosted glass effect too. :)

  23. Martha says

    You can also use food colouring mixed with mod podge gloss to get the same effect… and probably cheaper too! But love the way they look :)

  24. says

    I love the idea of glazing jars blue. I have quite a few glass jars sitting in my cupboard, and I know if I put a bit of effort into making them look nice I could use them as decorative vases. I thought it would be difficult, but I just need to go out and get the supplies. I do have a question as to whether it would stay if put through the dishwasher? If I glazed glasses, could I drink from them, would it be safe?