Detailed DIY Dying Glass Jars


I am getting married May 17th, 2014.

Taking pictures from wedding planning has been a blast but this will be about the only DIY project that I post BEFORE the wedding (Duh! I want there to be surprises for our guests!)

I have seen VERY many posts (Pinterest) that have done a DIY on dying glass jars but none of them have really EXPLAINED the whole process. They always end…”and it’s as simple as that” (or something along those lines). Well…..sometimes it’s really not that simple!!!

From planning to shopping, setting aside time, tips, and encouragement, this will be a step by step DETAILED process. Enjoy! 

1) START COLLECTING JARS EARLY ON. One plus of a long engagement (there’s not many hahah) is that I had about a whole year of collecting. If you don’t have much time, let your family and bridal part know so they can help you. ***I started cooking a LOT of Italian meals with pasta that need sauce*** I collected 61 jars of all shapes and sizes (granted, I bought a dozen of actual Mason jars that were on sale from Walmart)

2) PLAN A CRAFT DAY WITH YOUR BRIDESMAIDS/FRIENDS/FAMILY. I did this way in advance (I actually have a private Facebook group with my bridal party/wedding coordinator) We all can communicate fast and there’s no miscommunication. We set and exact day and time dedicated to just crafts.


  • – Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glossy Glass Paint ,45 Milliliter Bottle, Turquoise (I ended up using 1 bottle for 61 jars) ($9 AMAZON)
  • – Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paint Thinner, 45 Milliliter Bottle (I ended up using 2 bottles for 61 jars) ($9x$2=$18 AMAZON)
  • {I had to purchase these through AMAZON because The Michaels near me did not carry them}
  • – Plenty of old Rags that you are able to throw away afterwards
  • – Plastic Cup/Bowl for Dipping your rag
  • STURDY Plastic Latex Gloves
  • Something to Stir the paint (I used a plastic knife)
  • -Old Newspaper to cover whatever surface you will be using (unless you don’t care about it)
  • – Large Containers for Hot Water to place jars in (help get labels off)
  • – Stove and Pot and/or Teapot to boil Water
  • -Oven for Baking Jars
  • CLEAN towels for drying jars after dishwasher
  • Dishwasher for cleaning jars prior to dying
  • -Baking Sheet to place Jars on in Oven
  • -WD40 ($4) & Firm Scrubbing Brush to take off labels on jars
  • Knife for Scraping Labels
  • -S.O.S. Steel Wool Soap Pads to help scrub labels off
  • -Large Sheet or Towels For Drying and/or storing after dying
  • – 2 Folder Paper Signs Labeled “Baked” & “Unbaked” so you do not get your hard work misplaced

3) SOAK JARS IN BOILING WATER IN CONTAINERS. We are on a tight budget so buying mason jars or even pre-dyed mason jars were out of the question. Trust me, I did research and I think the people that do find good deals are just fortunate. Goodwill and Thrift stores were still overpriced for me. So, I did the extra work and incorporated getting what I needed for our wedding in my meal plan! 2 in 1 BAM! Woohoo!


You can set them in there the night before or early the morning you are choosing to start the process. Each label is very different and there is no 1 solution that works for all labels to come off. But soaking helped all my labels!

4) START SCRUBBING AND SCRAPING. After the jars had soaked, we sprayed WD40 on them and scrubbed using a firm brush and even those steel pads. Some were tougher than others. I kept the trash can close and a rag nearby to rub off what I had done. My brother had the fabulous idea of using a knife to scrape it off. With all 3 of these methods, we got our total 61 jars taken care of.



4) ONCE FINISHED, FILL UP THE DISHWASHER WITH ALL YOUR JARS TO REMOVE DIRT & FILM. Our dishwasher takes almost 2 hours so I had to incorporate an entirely different craft while this was taking place






8) THEN POUR THE THINNER. I ended up using twice as much thinner as the turquoise. Depending on what look you are going for, you can experiment. I thought this part would be the hardest to figure out, but because I was painting such a large amount of jars, I was always able to add more of what I needed.  Out of 61 jars, I have plenty of variation/shades. This did not bother me since it will be a rustic casual wedding and perfection wasn’t the focus.



  • The paint dries INCREDIBLY fast
  • Do not go in Up and Down directions. This will make it smear
  • Do the trunk of the jar FIRST
  • Then HORIZONTALLY rub the paint near the lip/top of the jar just to get the paint on the jar faster
  • Connect the 2 sections/angles of jar by rubbing THE WHOLE SURFACE of the jar vertically. If you take too long, it will create smudges (this will happen at first, so be patient with yourself, it’s OK)
  • Always use the same spot on your rag with the paint on it for during the wiping process. Smaller rags are best because they don’t hang/drag/get in the way of your work
  • If you mess up horribly (it happens haha), grab a paper napkin/paper towel or another rag, wet it and scrub/wipe off paint. It will come off pretty fast
  • Please note I did not paint the bottom & and you can’t really notice
  • You will ALWAYS be putting on more than you think you are. Less is more. If you are unsure, just place it right next to one of your clear jars

10) ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED ALL YOUR JARS, PLACE THEM ON OLD TOWELS/SHEETS AND LET THEM DRY FOR 24 HOURS PRIOR TO BAKING. (if you let them sit for longer than 24 hours, that’s totally fine. I had to wait until the next weekend until I had enough time set aside for baking)





11) ONCE THEY HAVE DRIED FOR 24 OR MORE HOURS, PLACE ALL THAT YOU CAN ON 1 BAKING SHEET IN THE OVEN {DO NOT PREHEAT} I placed them close together, but I made sure they were not touching.





  •    After I turned off the oven, I kept the door shut for 15 minutes.
  •   Then, I left it open for 10 or so minutes
  •    (THIS IS A PROCESS, I did this in between doing other little tasks at home)
  •    AT this point, they were just warm, and so I placed them on the towel on the “baked”   side
  • Any quick change in temperature will break the glass. Please set aside time so you can do this properly. It would be very sad to have all your hard work break because you were in a rush!

You made it. Hopefully this helps. My bridesmaids & and my Mom had a great time doing this together! Now that my jars are baked and waterproof, they are safely stored until Nathan and I’s big day arrives.



I am going for a more simpler look than this. There will be 3 or 4 single creme/blush blooms in each jar for our wedding instead.With of course, doilies underneath.

I won’t share the type of flowers, you will just have to wait for that 🙂


aqua jars

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

 Floral Design + Decor: Mindy Rice

Let me know if you have any questions/comments/tips!!!

{beauty tips & tricks}

Yay! I’m SO glad you’re here! I’ve put together just a few things I have learned along the way in the beauty world and industry. You may already know some of them (these will be VERY basic), and then again, there may be a few that you have not heard of yet or tried! Regardless, I use them all on a regular basis and maybe it can help you along your way! Everyone is different, so many of these tips are just my preference because they work for me. 

PLEASE NOTE: Several tips will include some very simple products that you can buy from Walmart/Target/Local Drugstore 

  • Jergans Daily Moisture Lotion  1) Use lotion before you put your make-up on if you have normal to dry type of skin. If you use primer as well, put the lotion on before your primer. Your make-up will last longer throughout the day because your make-up has something to attach to!

(Note: I wait several minutes between putting the lotion on my face and starting my make-up routine….brush your teeth or something in between!)

<—– I use this for EVERYTHING. I don’t spend extra $$ on face lotion because my face reacts to this brand/kind just fine.

  • DSCN0321  2) Speaking of brushing your teeth…. I use baking soda with my toothpaste to help my teeth stay white. Crest White Strips are expensive!! & this is just as effective….if you consistently use it.

I always dip my toothbrush with the toothpaste & water already on it in my container with baking soda in it (this is actually a soap dish [can ya tell?!?…..] from the $1 travel section at Wally World) Please let me know if you have a better idea!

Your toothpaste flavor will help the “taste” of baking soda.

  • Olive Oil 3) Use Olive Oil and cotton balls for bad cuticles/dry skin around nails

I work at a gymnastics gym… the combination sweat & chalk in the air and constantly spotting children on skills make my hands turn into hangnail city. No, but really.

My cuticles dry out VERY easily because of this. I put olive oil in a little shampoo container (again, $1 in the Walmart travel section) and use cotton balls to rub the oil all over my finger nails and cuticles. I let it sit for a few minutes and then I wipe off. I love it!!! Helps keep hangnails and dry skin AWAY!

  • wide tooth comb 4) Now this my friend…I beg you. Please invest in a wide-tooth comb.

I literally cringe every time I see someone using a smaller comb or brush on their wet hair. Your hair is 30%-35% MORE elastic (stretchy) when wet. When you pull on it, you are literally damaging and breaking your hair!

Pull out single hair next time you pop out of the shower. Pull on each end and see for yourself….

Be gentle. Use a wide-tooth comb. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Use a detangler if you need to.

  • argon oil   5) This is my absolute favorite product ever! Argon Oil (In Walmart @ Natural Hair product selection) It serves as a heat protectant (always a plus) and it helps moisturize those dry, porous ends. I am growing my hair out so this is huge for me. I also use a teensy weensy bit to contain stray hairs up top if I am going for a sleek, straight hair look. Mind you…a little goes a LONG way. If you get carried away, your hair will look greasy.
  • baby oil   6) BABY OIL! I use baby oil to remove my eye make-up. This is off brand for a little over $2  and it does the job AMAZINGLY. I actually saw my friend Jenny from college do this and I was hooked. If you have oily skin and are afraid of breaking out, just make sure you wipe your eyes (gently) afterwards to remove the oil (you have to do this anyway). Don’t waste money on those itty bitty amount make-up removers unless you have to have oil-free.


I use these little cotton pads to help me out with removing my eye make-up.  I buy them in bulk because I use them for SO many different purposes.

  • washcloth7) Protect your clothes prior to make-up by putting a washcloth or hand towel on the edge of your sink. I can’t tell you how many times I am wiping make-up off my clothes only to find that I have smeared it all myself (especially if you use loose powders)! Just take a quick second…save yourself some time…and put a towel there.
  • mascara  8) The best mascara I have ever used. Maybeline XXL Pro. 1 Side is for length (skinnier brush to reach those small, inner lashes) & 1 side is for  thickness (bigger brush). Once I find something I love, I stick with it and I have been amazed at how my lashes have responded to this mascara. Definitely clump free.
  • re-nu   9) Eye drops (you guessed it….$1 from Walmart travel section) for making your mascara last longer. Your mascara will almost always dry out before all of it has been used. Put 1, maybe 2 drops of this in there, put the mascara brush back in, rub it around (not too harsh though) and you are free to use it like normal.
    (TIP: my first use after I put 1 or 2 drops in is always a little funky, but after that, it works great!)
  • eyelash curler  10)  Put your eyelash curler under your blow dryer for about 5 seconds (any longer will be too hot!). Your hair is always a little easier to manipulate when it is under heat. The same applies to your eyelashes. Slip it under your blow dryer than use as normal (test with your finger first to make sure it isn’t too hot). Your lashes will stay in that position longer.
  • small comb

 11) Use a small-toothed comb when going for a sleek look using your flat iron . (Invest in one that is meant for heat or else it will melt and become disfigured….right before your eyes..literally!) I always have my flat iron in one hand with my comb in the other. I flat iron and than immediately comb. Repeat. This make sure all your hair is going in the same direction & prevents creases.

  • hair clips  12) Hair clips. Regardless of what hair style you are doing…make sure you section your hair. This may seem very basic but I still see people with pretty hair in the front and then…weird stuff going on in the back. Help yourself out and section it out.



I separate my crown area from my bottom half when flat-ironing. I pull half of my hair on either side of my shoulders, flat iron them separately from root to tip, and then pull them together in the back again to comb/blend.

  • blending 13) Blend your foundation to your neck and even your ears (don’t go crazy, but you may need to). I used to blend just below my chin around my neckline. Now I take that extra step that helps with a more natural look. If I skimp on this because I woke up late and I decide to wear make-up that day, it is the #1 thing people notice. Now, if you when you blend it like this & it is still not “natural” looking, then you may need to get a lighter shade.

14) I use these 2 products for my face. I switch on and off between them but these help my face stay clear from pimples and CLEAN. Even after I wash my face in shower, I will use one of these and my face ALWAYS feels so clean and refreshed!!



  • coconut oil 15) Coconut oil for at-home hair treatment. I use this every month or so to hydrate my hair. While argon oil has been wonderful for my ends and wispy hairs for daily use, I use coconut oil for an actual hair treatment (all natural). You can find it in the cooking section at your local store of your choosing. You need to melt it first so I always just let it soak (in the glass jar) in my sink full of warm/hot water. Liquid builds on the top and I comb it through roots to ends. I let it sit for 20 or so minutes and then I wash it out twice using shampoo. (I like to wrap it up using my clips and then put a shower cap on so oil doesn’t get on on everything). It is so shiny and soft afterwards!!
  • 16) Always do your touch ups after you have “finished” your make-up look.  By this, I mean removing make-up where it shouldn’t be. Generally, I have to……

1) Wipe off my mouth to remove any foundation that got on my lips. Any foundation is VERY noticeable for me                                          (I have naturally red lips).


2) Use my finger (I have found that it works better than any brush for this!) to blend my eye-shadow where mascara has messed it up. I wait a while after my mascara has dried. Sometimes I just do this in the car before I head out somewhere. By then, my mascara has definitely dried)



3) Use the leftover foundation on my foundation brush to ease my blush if I put too much on. (MY right cheek: Too Much, MY left cheek: After I fixed it) I don’t want to look like a clown! And hopefully you don’t want to either 😉


4) Use a Q-Tip and Baby Oil to take off  smeared mascara below my lower eye lashes


  • (17 I take these supplements/vitamins to help me stay healthy! And don’t forget to drink water! You have to work from the inside out. If you are focusing too much on the make-up and hair but then feed yourself junk and fill up on sugary drinks, you aren’t helping yourself out!


   1) Biotin helps my hair, skin, and nails grow faster and keeps them strong

    2) Just a basic Women’s Multi-Vitamin I take to keep everything balanced

    3) I’m not a huge seafood person, but the fish oils helps my joints stay strong and  healthy in the long run

  • 18) Plan NO make-up days! My fiance, Nathan loves them (And asks for them regularly!). Make-up and hair is fun, and I enjoy it- but  I have to make sure I don’t get so comfortable that I don’t like myself without make-up. Love the skin you are in and enjoy the natural look and feel (ahh, scratching your eyes without smearing ANYTHING- best feeling ever). If you are reading this and you don’t wear make-up that often or not at all, this seems silly, but if you love make-up- you understand!!!

Thanks for reading! I never thought I would ever put something like this together,and I definetely felt kind of akward taking pictures of myself for something like this but hopefully it was worth it- even if it was only 1 new tip that was helpful for you 🙂