One of the many DIY projects I worked on for our wedding included making coloured glass jars. I used these as vases and put (fake) tealight candles inside them. I had everything I needed so they cost me nothing! It was a great way to recycle glass jars too.

You’ll need:

  • Glass jars and/or bottles (The bottles in the picture were already coloured)
  • Mod Podge
  • Water
  • Food dye
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper
  • Baking paper
  • An oven
  • Oven tray

The process was super easy, but can be messy. You’ve been warned!


In a container mix some Mod Podge with food dye. Only add a few drops at a time until you make a colour you’re happy with.

Then add about half as much water. Stir to a nice runny consistancy.



Ooh swirlyness!

When you have the colour you desire, pour some of the mixture inside a glass jar and swirl it around to cover the whole interior. This can get messy trying to colour the top lip of the jar so try it over a sink or outside.

Place the jar upside down on the newspaper to drain excess liquid. This can also get messy. You may need to change the newspaper a few times. Admittedly i didn’t actually have newspaper.. so I used paper towels and some brown kraft paper I have on a never ending roll.

Continue the process with each jar.



Leave the jars for a few hours until all the excess liquid has drained. Turn jars the right way up and put then in the oven at about 200 degrees for about 45 mins to an hour, when the colour has turned clear.


When fully cooled I also played around with twine, charms and beads. Pictured here is twine and a piece of an old belt.