Tutorial: Colored Faux Milk Glass Jars

I love the look of milk glass jars, and frequently use them for decoration because they match almost any decor! However, when you have white walls like I do, the white color of the jars is quite limiting. The solution: create my own milk glass jars in colors! The great thing about this project is that it takes about 15 minutes to complete, and can be done with materials that you probably already have around the house!


-glass jars of any shape and size

-several colors/shades of paint

Step 1: Make sure that your jars are clean and dry. I dug mine out of a dirt pile at Cline’s Antiques so they took some scrubbing!

Step 2: Select any paints that you want and do any mixing of colors that you wish. I used one teal color and added white to create different shades and give it more of a milk glass look.

Step 3: Place about a tablespoon of paint inside the jar. This amount will vary based upon the size of the jar, and don’t worry if the amount isn’t exact because you can always add more paint. Swirl this paint around inside the jar until the entire interior is covered. Once covered, any excess paint will need to be removed. Prop the jar upside down either over the paint container or a small dish to catch paint runoff.

Repeat with as many jars as desired, and allow jars to dry at least 24 hours before doing any major movements or placing anything inside. Have fun experimenting with different tones and colors! I know I did, and some of my jars (including those featured above) are for sale at Country Chic Antiques on Etsy!