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4th of July Craft Idea: How to Tint Glass Jars

Here is a fun 4th of July craft idea! Tint glass jars in decorative patriotic colors like red and blue. These jars look superHow to Tint Glass Jars cute with white flowers.

Recycling glass jars like whiskey bottles and mason jars are a hot and frugal decorating trend. Color the glass using white glue and food coloring.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by gathering the materials you will need to color the glass jars. I used Elmer’s white glue and a generic food coloring dye.

4th of July Craft Idea


2. Use a disposable bowl and fill the bottom of bowl with white glue. I wanted the color to be dark and vibrant so I added 10 to 15 drops of food coloring to the bowl. Mix the food coloring with the glue.

Easy 4th of July Craft Idea


3. Use a foam brush to paint the glue onto the bottle. Completely cover the bottle with the colored glue.

Beautiful 4th of July Craft Idea


4. Let the jar completely dry over night. It will dry several shades lighter.

Glass Jars Crafts


5. Use other colors of dye and paint another bottle. I painted a mason jar red.

Easy Glass Jars Crafts


6. To make garland bows for the jars begin with patriotic wire garland and the Mini Bowdabra with Hair Bow Tool & Ruler. Cut 18″ of Bowdabra Bow Wire and fold the wire in half. Place the wire into the Mini Bowdabra.

garland bows


7. Using wire cutters cut a 6″ strand of garland. Place the garland into the Mini Bowdabra and use the ruler to form two 3″ tails.

Mini Bowdabra


8. Place the wire end into the Mini Bowdabra.

Bowdabra Bow Maker Tool


9. Fold the wire at the 3″ mark to make your first loop.

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10. Fold the garland on the other side to create a matching loop. Continue folding the garland wire to create additional 3″ long loops. Once you have created several cut the garland from the roll using wire cutters.


11. Scrunch down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

Mini Bowdabra Wand


12. Thread the two tails of wire through the loop.

Bowdabra Bow Wire


13. Pull the wire tightly.

Bow Wire


14. Bring the wire around to the back of the bow and knot it.

Patriotic Bow


15. Fluff the bow and separate the wire garland loops.

DIY Patriotic Bow


16. Use the Bowdabra Bow Wire to tie the bow to your tinted glass jar.

DIY Tint Glass jar


17. Design another simple garland bow using the Mini Bowdabra and Hair Bow Tool & Ruler. Attach that bow to the mason jar.

Tint Glass jar Tutorial


18. Display your tinted glass jars for 4th of July.

tinted glass jars for 4th of July


19. When the jars are filled with water the colors are extra vibrant and catch the sunlight. However, the glue and food coloring will run if you get them wet so be extra careful when filling them up.

DIY tinted glass jars for 4th of July

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