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 or even wood glue.

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.

I also find using the spray adhesive method the glitter sheds more even with several top coats.

Materials

 Jar

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 like chunky glitters.

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.

You can use paper plates/sponge brushes like Life With Lori, she ‘tried it’! 🙂

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.

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

Related: 4 Ways to Prevent Glitter Shedding

DIY glitter mason jar tutorial.

Time for 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. Rust-Oleums clear enamel top coat is what I use a lot.

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.

I have also used gloss Modge Podge for a top coat, works well. Dont put on too thick because it can haze in spots, a nice even thin coat works. A bit of water so its more runny helps with hazing as well.

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.

Pink and gold ombre glitter vases.
pink and aqua jars glitter mason jars

Glitter ‘dipped’ style. I just brush panted the top.

Dipped gold glitter mason jar.

More glitter from my upcycled light bulb ornament.

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Some other colors of glitter! 😀

Glitter mason jars.

Check out this post on Shutterfly, mason jar ideas! My glitter jars were included. 🙂 https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/mason-jar/

 You can buy glitter almost anywhere. Craft stores, Walmart, dollar stores, even drug stores. I have some of my Amazon Affiliate links added in the post. I also Affiliate with Bulk Glitters.

So, what are you glittering? Cause you know you can glitter anything! 😉

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Comments (102)

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    10/03/2019 at 1:35 am Reply
  2. Nelofar Shaik

    Your jars look tremendously great. I simply loved them and wanted to try. I ended up with the wrong spray paints I guess. They dint turn out like yours. Yet, other techniques filled the right space.
    Thank you for sharing

    08/24/2019 at 11:59 am Reply
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  4. Tracy

    Love your jars. My question…can I make make candles with the spray painted glitter jars?

    04/28/2019 at 10:56 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Ive only burned a tea lights and it was fine but a full on filled candle I dont know. You’ll have to test it. 🙂 Burn it in a safe area like outside.

      05/08/2019 at 1:32 am Reply
  5. virginia cromwell

    just wondering what kind of paint you used to spray your jars with

    03/11/2019 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Ive used Rustoleum, Krylon and Valspar. You can use any brand of spray paint. 🙂

      03/12/2019 at 1:39 am Reply
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  10. Oksana Karpov

    Your jars look great! I started making a glitter jar but it seems that the modpodge I was using dried so fast that the glitter is not sticking to every part of the jar. I tried to do it quickly but it did not work out. Could I apply more of the normal modpodge or maybe the modpodge sealer to get more glitter to stick?

    12/24/2018 at 6:03 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you! 🙂 You can go in and touch up the spots. Ive done the same thing sometimes! haha. Just make the layer of glue a bit thicker so it doesnt dry so fast. If its fine glitter you can just do another whole layer. Chunky glitter doesn’t work as well for a second layer…

      12/26/2018 at 1:43 am Reply
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  12. Nyla Azam

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I’ve had a lot of fun putting glitter on the mason jars for my daughters birthday! I applied a first coat of Mod Podge gloss luster, and it comes on white. Does the white disappear as it dries? The jar looked beautiful with the glitter on it, and now it looks like I spread glue on top of the glitter.

    10/25/2018 at 2:27 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Yes the white will disappear. Maybe it was too thick?

      10/27/2018 at 12:54 am Reply
    • Nyla Azam

      It did – it took about an hour but it did disappear. Thanks!

      10/28/2018 at 3:46 am Reply
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  15. Essence

    How much litter does it take to do one jar, I want to do at least 6 but I don’t know how much glitter to buy.

    07/18/2018 at 3:08 am Reply
    • Kelly

      You wont need much. This size glitter will do at least 20 pint sized jars. Glitter Sample

      07/18/2018 at 1:33 pm Reply
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  18. Court

    Once you have put the clear coat on would you be able to use these for a candy bar? Or would they not be food safe?

    03/10/2018 at 3:48 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      They would be fine as long as no glitter gets in that jar. Id skip glittering the rim area.

      03/11/2018 at 1:30 am Reply
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  22. Elizabeth

    Hey there! LOVE this idea! Am thinking of making small reindeer glitter jars for treats at the holidays – if I want to make 36 of them and they are about 3″ tall baby mason jars, how much glitter should I get!? I have NO clue and don’t want to over or under buy!! Help!!

    11/13/2017 at 9:47 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      It will depend on the size of the glitter. Something this size, use 2-3. Just take back one if you dont open it. I have found the brown I linked below at Walmart too.

      Brown Glitter

      11/22/2017 at 1:50 am Reply
  23. Heather

    Do you think these jars with glitter would work to make mason jar candles in? Or with the top coat would it be a fire hazard?

    10/29/2017 at 8:38 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      I try to stick to flameless candles but I have used tealights with no issues. 🙂

      11/22/2017 at 1:56 am Reply
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  25. Benazir

    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 ??

    08/03/2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      08/04/2017 at 12:33 am Reply
  26. Emma

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

    07/29/2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      09/20/2017 at 6:00 pm Reply
  27. Oh my god, this is sooo cute and absolutely lovely. How can any girl resist glitter decorations?? *–* Love it.

    07/13/2017 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you. 🙂

      07/24/2017 at 4:21 pm Reply
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  30. 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??

    06/14/2017 at 9:49 am Reply
    • Kelly

      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! 🙂

      06/17/2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
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  33. Trisha

    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!

    05/01/2017 at 6:46 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      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!

      05/01/2017 at 8:45 pm Reply
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  35. I love these! I’m a glitter fanatic! Lol. This looks like a simple way to make these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    03/30/2017 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      03/30/2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
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  40. OMG, I really love it! I want to do this!! <3
    #fromBrazil

    01/31/2017 at 5:12 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      01/31/2017 at 10:20 pm Reply
  41. kristina

    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?

    01/05/2017 at 4:47 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      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. http://kastyles.co/valentines-day-mason-jars/

      01/06/2017 at 12:25 am Reply
  42. Trisha

    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!!

    12/15/2016 at 8:53 pm Reply
  43. I love this and don’t think it’s for kids at all. I want one and may make one.

    12/09/2016 at 6:51 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      12/10/2016 at 2:37 am Reply
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  46. Oh, I love the colors & the pictures are gorgeous!! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    11/18/2016 at 7:07 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! Thanks for poking around. 😀

      11/29/2016 at 4:00 am Reply
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  50. Julia Crutcher

    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!

    10/16/2016 at 4:55 am Reply
    • Kelly

      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…

      10/16/2016 at 2:07 pm Reply
  51. Lisa cole

    What top coat brand works best??x

    09/25/2016 at 6:56 pm Reply
    • stylingny

      Clear gloss Valspar or Rustoleum. 🙂

      09/25/2016 at 10:59 pm Reply
  52. Renita Patrick

    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?

    09/08/2016 at 5:35 pm Reply
    • stylingny

      Im not sure, try searching Google glitter frames. 🙂

      09/22/2016 at 1:30 pm Reply
  53. Karen H

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

    Thank you!

    07/14/2016 at 2:51 am Reply
  54. Karen H

    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!

    07/14/2016 at 2:43 am Reply
    • stylingny

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

      08/03/2016 at 2:51 pm Reply
  55. Tracy

    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 ♥

    07/13/2016 at 12:41 pm Reply
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  57. Emilia

    Does it matter what type of glue

    05/02/2016 at 9:17 pm Reply
    • Kelly

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

      05/02/2016 at 9:41 pm Reply
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  71. 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! :((

    03/13/2015 at 11:53 pm Reply
    • 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

      03/14/2015 at 12:02 am Reply
  72. 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?

    03/13/2015 at 6:10 pm Reply
    • 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. https://www.etsy.com/listing/92861251
      You might like this shell pink they have too. https://www.etsy.com/listing/91541736

      This seller also Swoon Party Shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/170584344

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

      03/13/2015 at 6:41 pm Reply
  73. Beautiful tutorial! Your photography is to die for and the jars too! Shared on pinterest.

    01/22/2015 at 10:43 pm Reply
    • Thank you so much Nessa! 🙂 I love the color of that glitter!

      01/23/2015 at 12:03 am Reply
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