How to: Dye Clear Glass ANY Color (A New Technique)

created at: 03/20/2012


Update: We've tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here!

Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This treatment provides for more depth of color as well.

Head on over to our updated post to get more details! Vitrail glass paints start at around $8-$10 and come in lots of colors including (but not limited to): Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sun Yellow.

Buy Or DIY?: You can also buy colored jars on Etsy for $15-$30 to save yourself some time. 

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Zebbie on Nov 16, 2015:

She is NOT going to answe any questions because if you notice her "design folder" and BAM it's her Etsy site where she is selling this item.

Anonymous on Oct 26, 2015:

Mine have streaks. Any suggestions? Thanks!

beays on Oct 06, 2015:

Great idea, love it :) Just wondering if I can air dry the painted/tinted bottles as most videos i've seen are baked in oven? (I don't mind waiting for long hours)

DIY Maven on Sep 03, 2015:

@Anon, follow this link to My Design Folder.

Anonymous on Sep 03, 2015:

Reallly confused.  how do you see the directions?  

Rebecca on Aug 07, 2015:

What's the best way to stain with multiple color's? Is it possible? Thanks!!

Dee on Aug 03, 2015:

Can you PLEASE (x100) tell me how you got your jars to become so streak-free? I have tried mineral spirits, nail polish remover, to absolute no avail. Is actual acetone better than nail polish remover because of its concentration? Is there some sort of secret ratio? Can you please let me know? Thanks so much in advance.

Anonymous on Jul 29, 2015:

Mine looks super streaky.. what should I do?

marci on May 25, 2015:

I used the Vitrail paint with acetone and my mason jars are beautiful....thank u....next time I'll try the vitrea 160 paint and see how that goes but the vitrail worked great.  I think the only thing that I just love was they were a little darker then I wanted but I put lights in them and they are beautiful.


me on May 19, 2015:

does this paint gets scrached

Dami on Apr 21, 2015:

I did this and my bottles turned out great! Thank You!!! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/474074298251726606/

ziba on Apr 18, 2015:


I like to know about vitra glass painting.

Anonymous on Apr 10, 2015:

I have painted the inside of my bottles with craft paint and I want to use it to put teabags, coffie, sugar in. How do I seal it sothat it is safe for food

Liz on Jan 31, 2015:

I was to do a tall stem vase.  Do I just brush on the paint onto the stem with a foam brush?

Anonymous on Jan 12, 2015:

what spray paint is iti use to dip dye glassware?

Luga on Jul 09, 2014:

This is for Jodie: You can use metallic silver spray paint - it works great. Just don't spray to close, or you'll get drips. Move around the glass or put on a turntable (lazy susan) - and it also helps if you get one of those gadgets that you put on the spray can - it looks like a handle & you don't get paint on yourself. Your finger does not touch the spray nozzle.

Linda on Jan 14, 2014:

I want to antique my glass light fixture...don't think it can go in the oven  any ideas which product would work

Crystal on Nov 20, 2013:

Does this fade? Do you think it could work on glass beads for a custom chandelier...or would the heat/light fade it?

Kind thanks!

Deborah on Oct 11, 2013:

I have shopped everywere, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns. I can't find Pebeo Vitrea. I guess Amazon is getting my business! Can't wait to try this project.

Kate on Aug 29, 2013:

How do you get your bottles to look streak free? I've tried swirling and paint brushes but can't get a smooth finish

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