DIY Glitter Mason Jar Tutorial

DIY Glitter Mason Jar Tutorial

Who doesn’t love glitter? Well, its a love hate thing because its messy! Ha ha. Glitter mason jars or adding glitter to a frame, a nic nac, burned out candle jar, wood, and so much more is pretty easy. 🙂

There are many existing tutorials but, here is my experience with glitter and mason jars! Well, really just glitter, Ive used glitter on many surfaces. Ive done some testing and used a few kinds of glues & glitters…

Are you ready to glitter a jar DIY style? You can use any jar not just a mason jar. Or maybe glitter a frame? Ok, lets get to it!

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial. Glitter jars DIY style.

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Im doing this tutorial with Elmers Glue-All. Ive used Modge Podge and spray adhesive, both work. Ive been using the Glue-All though, its a better price over Modge Podge. I buy it by the gallon now!

Love the stuff! I like Modge Podge but, it is more pricey when you just need some ‘basic’ crafty glue.

I’m sure you can use plain ole Elmers.

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

I wasn’t a fan of the spray adhesive, it never really ‘dries’, it can also come out clumpy, and the over spray… sticky mess it makes! I stick to the brush and glue. I’ll eventually do a post on using the glitter sprays. Update: Spray Glitter VS Loose Glitter.




Paint brush

Newspaper- Sheet of paper

Gloss top coat

Container for glue

Glue: Elmers/Modge Podge

Optional: Spray paint

Ok, spray paint a base coat in your choice of color. This is optional, you can just do it on plain glass. I have a pink jar done, its a ‘dud’ jar I wont use so I’m salvaging it with glitter for this tutorial. Ive tried it with and without painting the jar.

You can do this with acrylic paint but I was not a fan, its just not as smooth as it is over spray paint or plain glass. The glue seemed to drag and bubble on the acrylics. While it worked its just, eh. I used it for my Snowmen mason jars.

With iridescent glitters the base color shows through so you can have some fun with colors doing your glitter jars.

This jar I’m using a dusty rose colored chunky glass glitter. I’m a fan! This chunky glitter and the fine glitter are my favorites.

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

Ok spread out the newspaper in your work area. For this tutorial I didn’t use it, it just wouldn’t look as pretty for pictures! Ha ha. I usually use newspaper because you know, its gets Everywhere! LOL.

Lay a sheet of paper under your jar on the newspaper. I do this to catch most of the glitter so I can pour it back in the jar. Make a light fold on one end of the paper when you are done and its like a pour spout right back into your glitter container.

Related: Loose Glitter vs Spray Glitter

I poured some glue into a 4oz mason jar as shown above. Its easy to use the brush and dip to apply the glue this way.

Grab your brush and paint an even coat of glue on the entire jar. Make sure you get into the crevices of the lettering. Light handed even brush strokes work best. Its okay to be semi thick, just not too thick so its dripping.

You can see the glue coating in the picture below.


Next pour your glitter on the mason jar. I do back and fourth even sprinkling the best I can, its glitter, its has a mind of its own… Fine glitter, dump a bit heavier to have a nice even coverage.

This chunky glass glitter covered nicely and rather quickly because of its weight and size.

I don’t like the roll method in a container, with some glitter it can create flat spots and that’s A Lot of glitter! LOL.

How to make glitter mason jar tutorial.

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

After you’ve covered the entire jar with glitter, tap the jar on your glitter catch paper a couple times to let some loose excess fall off. Let it dry for at least an hour or two then lightly brush the jar with a paint brush or any brush.

Do this lightly so you don’t take chunks of glitter off with the brush.

This will help minimize shedding removing loose glitter before you top coat. This is fall off from just a few brush strokes. Add back into your glitter jar!

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

After the glue is dried and you’ve done your shedding brush down, top coat. They have glitter top coat which is just a gloss top coat in a smaller can for more money!

You can use any clear gloss top coat.

I’m personally a fan of Valspar clear gloss or Rust-Oleums clear enamel top coat. Rust-Oleum is stinky and will take longer to dry but, its a real nice hard gloss finish.

I just love Valspar top coats, they have a mist like spray, no caps, and smells better.

Top coat at least three to four times to minimize shedding and give light washing’s. You want to do five or six, go for it, the more coats the less shedding. It will also last for years because of the top coat.

Related: 25 Spray Painting Tips

The finished jar. 🙂 Perfect teen or tween gift. What teen doesn’t like glitter?

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

Some other glitter jars. Glitter ‘dipped’ style. I just brush panted the top.



How about some gold! 🙂

Dipped gold glitter mason jar.

More glitter from my upcycled light bulb ornament.


Some other colors of glitter! 😀

Glitter mason jars.

Check out this post on Shutterfly, mason jar ideas! My glitter jars were included. 🙂

Little update. I know many of you find my post from Pinterest. I just want to thank those the use the ‘Tried it’ on Pinterest. Id love for any of you to share your projects!

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  1. Hey Kelly .. it’s urgent!!
    The gloss spray isn’t available in my country .. I have this crystal clear enamel from rust oleum which gives a glossy finish. But the thing is it says it’s applicable on wood and non ferrous metal. Glass surface ain’t specified. So can I use that or not for my glitter vase ??

    1. You can use that, its more or less the same thing. 🙂

  2. I love this idea – definitely going to give it a try. How much glitter did you use per jar?

    1. Depends on the glitter, glitter goes a long way. haha

  3. Oh my god, this is sooo cute and absolutely lovely. How can any girl resist glitter decorations?? *–* Love it.

    1. Thank you. 🙂

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  5. Wow amazing. Will going to try it soon. I want to know that How will glitter bulb look like, when I switch on the light??

    1. Thank you. Im not sure on that Ive only glittered burnt out bulbs. Maybe with and low wattage bulb that doesnt get real hot? Might look fun! 🙂

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  8. Hi, you’re website is so helpful! Thanks so much for posting so much awesome information. I just painted 9 mason jars with rustoleum gold spray and I plan to put gold glitter around the bottom. I already did one had. I’m finding the glitter is constantly shedding. I saw in your information, you recommend the glitter be sprayed to protect it. My concern is that I will get that spray on the rest of the har which I paired gold. Also, I’m wondering how to pack the jars once the glitter is on. I need to bring them to my parents 50th anniversary party. I know the gold will chip of the hard hit each other but I’m concerned about losing the glitter or ruining it. Any advice riyals be so helpful. Thanks so much!

    1. For ‘dipped’ with glitter protect the painted area and just clear coat the glitter or you can use some sort of other paint on clear coat or using gloss finish Modge Podge.

      Id wrap each jar in something like towels, paper towels, tissue paper etc. You can also make card board slits to place between jars so they dont clink together. Just wrap and handle carefully and you should be just fine. 🙂

      Hope that helps!

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  10. I love these! I’m a glitter fanatic! Lol. This looks like a simple way to make these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you! Me too! haha. Thanks for stopping by. 😀

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  15. OMG, I really love it! I want to do this!! <3

    1. Yes, make it! Come back and share it. 😀

  16. Love these…i’m doing disney themed centerpiece mason jar lights…question, if i used the spray paint and the glitter…do you think you’d still see the LED lights inside? or would it be too dull?

    1. Sounds so fun! It will be dimmer for sure I would just use glitter only. 🙂 You could try something like my heart glitter jar at the bottom of this post. Its painted and glittered.

  17. I am currently working on som of these gold dipped mason jars for my upcoming wedding! I’m having trouble finding the right gold color that isn’t dull or too copper or too yellow!! I love this color of gold spray paint & glitter!! Can you tell me specifically what brand of gold spray paint this is? I’ve found that there are multiple “golds” for certain brands, but that the picture on the front is different…could you specifically tell me what brand, color, & if you know, the picture that is on the spray can? Thank you SO MUCH!!

    1. Hey! That is Rust-oleum gold, you can check my Gold Spray Paint post, I show a bunch of golds. Hope this helps. 🙂

  18. I love this and don’t think it’s for kids at all. I want one and may make one.

    1. Heck yeah!! 🙂 Come share a picture or post when you make it! 😀

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  21. Oh, I love the colors & the pictures are gorgeous!! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for poking around. 😀

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  25. Hi ! I found your blog while looking for spray painting tips. I’m painting a number of jars and a couple large lanterns for my upcoming wedding next month. After reading a couple of your posts, I do have a few questions.

    Based on your “best gold” post, I like the color of the Rustoleum gold. You mentioned that top coat dulls the shine and if we top coat, just add another coat of gold to add the shine. But if I don’t top coat, is the gold going to tarnish and show fingerprints, etc ? Which way do I go ?? Top coat or no coat?

    I’m also interested in glitter spray that lives short of a sheer glitter finish … what are your thoughts on brand? I may look at some gold / iridescent .. endless options!

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. The gold will just tarnish as you cant protect it… boo I know. Those shiny metallic finishes are best not handled often. You want the yellow gold just go for it! Easily use a gloves when packing them up/set up for wedding at your venue.

      Speaking of, when packing wrap everything or whatever so the jars/lanterns dont clink or rub together during the drive, they can chip/scratch. 🙂

      If your looking for a light glitter coat use the sprays or if you are looking for glitter thats not so ‘chunky’ use some fine gold glitter with the glue method.

      Noting, with the glitter sprays, they tend to blastout of the can! haha. Just be careful first try, dont be like me and blast it all over! LOL. The sprays can clog too.. I have a love-hate relationship with the sprays…

  26. What top coat brand works best??x

    1. Clear gloss Valspar or Rustoleum. 🙂

  27. I love the pink color in your article…it’s exactly what I was looking for. Want to do frames for my daughter’s baby shower. Would prefer not to have to do it myself. Any idea where I could purchase this item?

    1. Im not sure, try searching Google glitter frames. 🙂

  28. How do I receive your email updates? I couldn’t find where to do that. And do you have a FB page?

    Thank you!

  29. That’s a beautiful jar… I’d use it, especially in my bathroom, and I am definitely not a ‘tween!

    So is that regular glitter or glass glitter?

    Thank you!

    1. For the tutorial jar its glass glitter, while I love it Id recommend basic glitters. 🙂

  30. These are fantastic! I’ve failed miserably at my glittering projects, so I’m super excited to try your method. Thanks so much! Gotta love that Bling ♥

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  32. Does it matter what type of glue

    1. I wouldn’t think so. Ive used Elmers, Modge Podge, and Wood glue! Just what ever you use make sure its dries clear. 🙂

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  46. Thanks so much for all the info Kelly, I really appreciate it!! Michaels doesn’t carry a lot of the glitters I used to buy, so frustrating! :((

    1. You’re welcome. Micheal’s has been a downer lately. The one near me moved location into a big mall! Now I wont go and neither will my crafty friends… Its been the ‘talk of the town’! LOL

  47. I love the color you used! I’ve being searching hi and lo for dusty rose glitter. Do you mind if I ask, where you got it? Also, does painting the jar help with the color of the glitter?

    1. I bought the glitter at Micheal’s. It was on clearance so I don’t know if they carry it anymore…. Its Recollections brand though.

      You dont have to paint the jar. I like to though. More for iridescent colors because the paint shows through. I couldn’t find mint green glitter so I painted the jar mint and used an iridescent white glitter so it looks like mint glitter. 🙂

      I found some glitter like that from an Etsy seller, 32 North Supplies.
      You might like this shell pink they have too.

      This seller also Swoon Party Shop.

      I hope that helps! 🙂 If you have any other questions let me know. 🙂

      Kelly Styles recently posted: Gold Glitter Mason Jars
  48. Beautiful tutorial! Your photography is to die for and the jars too! Shared on pinterest.

    1. Thank you so much Nessa! 🙂 I love the color of that glitter!

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