How to Make Tinted Glass Home Decor

Posted by Morena Hockley
Turn plain glass jars into beautiful decorative accents when you tint the glass and add embellishments.

I spotted some beautiful vintage-looking glass bottles at a home decorating store recently. I was drawn to the beautiful colors of the glass and the interesting juxtaposition of the tiny frame with the brightly colored bottle, and I knew I wanted to try to make my own. This project is really easy to make, and there are lots of colors to choose from, so you can make them match your own home decor.


  • Glass Bottles
  • Tinted Mod Podge in various colors
  • Mini Frames
  • Mini Spools Lara's Wood 0.5 x 5/8in Spools
  • Chalk Finish Paint (white)
  • Advantus - Tim Holtz - Ideaology -Ephemera Pack - Thrift Shop
  • Glue gun
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Vintaj Key Blanks (or other key charms)
  • Twine

Pour a generous amount of tinted Mod Podge into the cleaned glass jars. Swirl the Mod Podge around inside the jar, and turn the jar upside down over a plastic cup so the excess drips out. You can save the excess to use for another project. Allow the tint to dry. It takes a little over 24 hours to dry completely. I set my jars outside in the sun to speed drying time.

Use E-6000 to glue a mini spool to the lid of the jar. Let it dry. Once it has dried, paint the lid and spool with white chalk paint. Since my frames were not completely white, I dry brushed some brown stain on the lid to make it match the mini frame's shabby chic appearance.

Trim and glue an image from the paper ephemera pack to the mini frames. Use hot glue to attach the frame to the mini spool.

Wrap a piece of twine multiple times around the neck of the bottle. Tie a key or key charm onto the twine.

These charming little bottles would look so cute on a vanity, don't you think? Mine are going on the bookcases in my living room. They'll add a pretty spot of color to my dark wood shelves. Where will you display your bottle art? Have fun crafting and creating!