How to color glass jars

Updated March 23, 2017

Modern stained glass artists use the stained glass technique on three-dimensional objects, including jars. However, the stained glass technique is typically done on flat panels for windows. You can also create beautiful and colourful stained glass jars and use them for a bouquet of flowers, as a pencil holder, for candles, or for decoration in your home. Making coloured glass jars is a simple art project for kids and adults to enjoy.

Plan what kind of design and shapes you would like on your glass jar. Make the "lead" or outline for the shapes to create your glass jar work. To make the lead, pour one part of acrylic paint into the squeeze bottle of white. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a small stick.

Sketch your design on your glass jar using a white board marker. Then outline the design onto your glass jar with the lead that you just made. Allow the outlines on the glass jar to completely dry.

Make a homemade glass paint. Squeeze white glue into your paint palette. Add a few drops of food colouring into the glue and then mix. You can also buy ready-made glass paint as an alternative.

Paint in between the outlines of your design. If you see paint bubbles or if the paint recedes, apply another coat of paint. Once your glass jar is painted completely, allow the jars to stand for approximately 30 minutes or until dry. Add flowers, pencils or whatever you desire to the jars.


Keep the jars away from moisture because the glass paint recipe is water-based.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar
  • Acrylic paint
  • White glue
  • Food colouring
  • Clear glue
  • Palette
  • Paintbrush
  • Washable marker
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