Mod Podge and Food Coloring Painted Glass


Beautiful painted glass using only Mod Podge, food coloring, and dollar store glasses.  It doesn’t get much easier!


Painted glass using mod podge (or Elmer's glue) and food coloring!  |



Have you seen these beautiful sea-glass-looking candlestick holders around Pinterest?  The caption claimed it only takes Elmer’s Glue and food coloring.





They’ve been on my to-try list for a long time, so I finally decided to give it a shot.  Unfortunately, it’s one of those oh-so-sad dead links on Pinterest, so I had to search around for another tutorial.  I found this tutorial for using a similar technique to get antique looking blue mason jars using Mod Podge (which I had) instead of Elmer’s glue (which I didn’t).   I thought this technique would make great votives, and I had some baby food jars laying around for just that purpose, so I gave it a go.


Baby food jar FAIL



Yeah.  That didn’t work very well.  I was excited when I started painting – the colors were brighter, it looked awesome.  Then it started to drip.  And drip, and drip.  And not dry.  I tried getting as much of the excess mixture out of the jars, but since I was painting the inside it would collect inside the tip curvy part and just keep dripping, no matter what I did.  I tried letting them drip out upside down, and that was mildly successful (the green ones) but they looked awful around the top.  Needless to say I was very disappointed ..but not ready to give up!


I bought some dollar store stemless wine glasses, thinking they’d make great candle holders.  This time, I decided to paint the outside in super-thin coats, and let the brush strokes show through…basically a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality.  Here’s a little step-by-step sequence of the process:


How to make painted glass using mod podge and food coloring.  So easy!  |


Step 1:  Gather your materials.  Whatever glass you’re painting, Mod Podge (or Elmer’s Glue), food coloring, and a paintbrush.  (If you want to avoid the brush strokes, a foam brush might work.)

Step 2:  (not pictured) Mix up your food coloring and Mod Podge to your desired color.  I used about 2 spoonfuls of Mod Podge and 4-5 drops of blue food coloring.

Step 3:  Paint a VERY THIN layer of the mixture onto the outside of your glass.  Use long, straight strokes of your brush.  WATCH FOR DRIPS!  Make sure you brush them out before it dries…and it dries quickly!

Step 4:  Allow to dry (about 5- 10 mins) and then repeat step 3 to add another coat.  You can see in the third picture of the sequence above that by the time I had finished the first coat on my last glass (left) the first glass (right) has already dried enough for me to start the next coat.  I did 3 coats total – you can do as many as you want to reach your desired level of opacity.  It dries MUCH clearer than it looks when you first put it on.

Step 5:  Allow to dry completely (I let mine sit overnight, just to be sure.)  DO NOT GET YOUR GLASSES NEAR WATER!  Mod Podge is water soluble.  Remember my baby food jar fails?  I just filled them with water, let them sit for a minute or two, then the paint peeled right out.  If you drip water on your glasses, they’ll get ruined.

Step 6: Display with pride!


Painted glass using mod podge (or Elmer's glue) and food coloring!  |



I took the photos on our back deck, but won’t leave them there, since I’m sure I’ll forget about them and leave them out in the rain.  But, these will be the perfect addition to our screened in back porch.  They look lovely when lit at dusk!


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27 Responses to Mod Podge and Food Coloring Painted Glass

  1. Sarah D says:

    Beautiful! I am currently helping plan a Beach themed wedding for later this year…something like this would GORGEOUS at the reception!

  2. I love this idea! I think it would be a fun little activity for summer break kids, too. :)

  3. They are so pretty!!!

  4. I would never have thought to use food coloring ;-) They turned out beautiful – I especially like the marks which the brush made ! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

    • Meredith says:

      I’m excited to try some new combinations of food coloring, too…I think pink or blue-green would be lovely too! Endless possibilities!

  5. Virginia says:

    I’m glad you stuck with it! The glasses turned out great!

  6. Wanda says:

    Those are so pretty. Sometimes it just takes trial and error. Thanks for posting yours and giving the scoop on this cool technique. They will look stunning lit at night. Stopping by from Trans. Thurs. Have a lovely week. Blessings! Wanda

  7. I have those pinned too! Thought it might be too easy to be true! LOL! But they came out great! Maybe I’ll try it and use a round foam brush to paint on dots or something like that… Thanks for sharing! :-)

    • Meredith says:

      I thought about doing dots on the next ones too, I think they’d be super cute! AND the glasses are from the dollar store, so you can do a bunch however you’d like without spending much at all!

  8. Michelle says:

    Very pretty! How funny, I have a similar project in my Pinterest files as well. That particular post suggested using Mod Podge Gloss so I am wondering if that makes a difference? Thanks for sharing this and it encourages me to give it a try.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  9. Thanks for sharing! I love the way they turned out!

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  13. Katie says:

    Lovely candle holders and I’m so glad you didn’t give up at the fail stage of the project! Bummer the baby food jars are “wasted” or did you find something else to do with them? Thank you for sharing at A Crafty Soiree. I’ve featured your project this week, it’ll be up tonight at midnight. I hope you come see it and share more of your crafty creations.

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks so much, Katie! And the baby food jars weren’t ruined…I just filled them up with water and let them sit for a few minutes, then the mod podge peeled right out! So they are sitting and waiting for the next project, haha.

  14. Babs says:

    Who knew Mod-Podge and food coloring could look so amazing! Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting from Anything Blue Friday.

  15. Katie says:

    After the modge podge completely dries, should they still not touch water because I was thinking of making them into a vase to put flowers in?

    • Meredith says:

      Yeah even after it dries, if it gets wet it will peel right off, so you’d have to seal it with something else to be able to use it as a vase. If you were really careful with the water, you could paint the outside of the vase though!

  16. Michelle Rice says:

    Im wanting to do this on some old beer bottles. For a n edging In a flower bed that I got from pinterest…Would a clear coat work to protect from the rain?

    • Meredith says:

      Hm, I’m not sure…honestly, I’ve never used any kind of clear coat before, so I don’t have much expertise there! It might work…you’ll have to try it and let me know!

  17. Meegan says:

    Thanks for letting me share this tutorial of your beautiful blue votives on I’ve Got The Monday Blues, today!
    Your votives are gorgeous! Love it!
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  19. Nanci says:

    I’ve been looking all over for votive holders in fall colors, to use my battery-powered tea lights. I’ll just make my own! Thanks.

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