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May Day, Tinted Jars, and More

Some years ago, on a beautiful spring morning, my children and I woke to discover that a sweet neighbor had left a paper cone hung with flowers on our front door. We wondered what the occasion might be, and then realized that it was May 1! Not very many people still celebrate May Day—but what a pleasant surprise that was!

I decided to try my hand at creating a May Day favor, and began with a sturdy cardboard cone. I covered it with strips of our First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper and Mod Podge, then attached ribbon by punching holes in either side of the cone with a Crop-a-Dile . After threading the holes with 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, I was ready to decorate. With May Day, the sky’s the limit as far as whimsical floral decorations are concerned. Go crazy! My decorations were fairly simple, but one of these days I plan to create a more elaborate, fanciful version May Day favor!

Want another way to deliver May Day flowers? Try tinting a glass jar using Mod Podge and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills. (I used Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Ink Refill for this project.) The process is easy and the results are spectacular.

  1. Add a few drops of Classic Stampin' Ink Refill to about 1 Tbsp. of water. (I used Rich Razzleberry for this project.) Mix with a spoon until blended.
  2. Pour about 2 Tbsp. Mod Podge or white glue into a clear jar; add water and ink mixture. Stir.
  3. Swirl mixture in jar until the sides are completely coated.
  4. Turn jars upside down on newspaper for about ten minutes, then place right-side up to dry for several hours or until clear. To speed drying, put jars right-side up on waxed paper (on a cookie sheet) in a slightly warm oven (about 180 degrees) for 20–30 minutes or until completely clear.

Tip: Don’t put liquid in the jars as it will rinse off the color. I filled one of my jars with white sand and artificial flowers and the other with white sand and a flameless LED tea light. The latter was not May Day-esque, but still looked cool!

Finally, for May Day—deliver real flowers . . . ! (I gathered these in a field north of Stampin’ Up!’s home office.) Just decorate your flower jar with 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Linen Thread, some buttons and tags—and you have the perfect May Day gift! (You’ll see a Mother’s Day tag on this one—from the Wonderful Mother Stamp Set. I wanted to give you an idea for that special day, too!)

Cindy B.
Staff Writer


  • Bobbie

    Apr 26

    i am making 3 stained mason jars, and putting a picture of each of my 3 Grandsons. I am going to glue the jars together. I have not figured what I am going to glue the jars to, as of yet. Either a Black Chalk board. I am going to mail it to mr Son and Daughter-In-Law, in FL.

  • Betsy Dixon

    Apr 26

    I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to try it....they are beautiful and unique!!! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

  • Carolyn

    Apr 26

    When you said you put real flowers in the last one, was it untinted?

  • gabriela valverde ly

    Apr 26

    it is interesting

  • Christine Hess

    Apr 26

    I painted the outside of the jar and let it air dry, put some rub on Decorations onto it, and made a soap dispenser for my bathroom.

  • Roberta

    Apr 26

    I have done so much with these wonderful old friends, always wishing I could find other colors for special projects. Thank you so much!!!

  • Bobbie Bryant

    Apr 26

    Great idea.I will try try this.

  • Susan

    Apr 26

    I think this is so creative. I can not wait to try your steps and creat some tinted bottles. Thank you.

  • Elena López

    Apr 26

    Thanks for Sharing

  • Jeanne

    Apr 26

    I have a piece of glass for small coffee table, I would like to color dark gray {smoke} If you can give me idea Please email me.I would Greatly Appreciate it.

  • Ruth

    Apr 26

    This is a beautiful and easy idea to make such wonderful containers for all sorts of applications. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kay Wood

    Apr 26

    What a great idea. I am going to try this very soon.

  • sandee

    Apr 26

    whats the point if you cant put a candle or water in it?

  • marianne

    Apr 26

    that looks really cool.i think im going to try that.

  • Sharon Saxon

    Apr 26

    thank you for a great idea . the ink refils that are discontinured will work great for a fun ideas and gifts.


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  • Tresai M.

    Apr 26

    So very cute

  • connie niffen

    Apr 26

    I loved all these ideas and will try them all but am not going to wait tell May I will use these idea's to brighten a friends day any time

  • Nancy

    Apr 26

    I wonder, if you coat the outside with the mixture... You'll be able to put water & fresh flowers inside

  • carol

    Apr 26

    love those!

  • Trish Aaron

    Apr 26

    love it all!!!