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Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial PART 1 {Tinting & Breaking Jars}

I’ve been holding out on y’all on our backsplash for the upstairs bathroom. It took me much longer than I thought (mostly because of my back), and I had some major setbacks. BUT IT’S DONE!

DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial {Sawdust and Embryos}

It’s made from broken mason jars! I love that it feels creative and abstract… and brings even more character to the bathroom!

DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial PART 1 {Sawdust and Embryos}

Today I’m going to show you how to dye your own Mason Jars to look like the tinted vintage jars from the old days. I was going to use the real thing… but those suckers are hard to get your hands on when you’re actually looking for them! And I didn’t realize this, but they’re actually antiques! So they go for about $5 bucks a pop unless you find ‘em at a garage sale (which totally happens, but not when I want it to)!

So let’s get started!

DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial (Sawdust & Embryos)

Start with a slew of clear mason jars! I wasn’t sure exactly how many I would need for this project, so I threw in some spaghetti jars I had in the recycling bin. For this particular project, it doesn’t matter.

Dying Mason Jars {Sawdust and Embryos}

You’ll want to order some of this stuff. It’s called Vitrea 160 I only purchased the dye, but I would recommend getting the thinner as well. Even though it’s water-based dye, I think using water as a thinner may have contributed to some minor drippage. It wasn’t a huge deal, but just something I would try next time.

Dye your own mason jars {Sawdust and Embryos}

Now here’s where I have some regrets. If you do this one simple thing (that I thought of too late) you’ll save yourself a MAJOR headache.

BRUSH THE DYE ONTO THE INSIDE OF THE JARS.

I just assumed that the dye was permanent since you ‘bake’ it and since it claims to be dishwasher safe. But that is not the case. It will scrape off. So DO NOT paint it on the outside of the jar.

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If I had done that simple thing differently, I would be MUCH happier with my project (you’ll see why in Part 2 of this tutorial). Please don’t let this fiasco inhibit you from trying this, because it could be really amazing. Part of being a DIY blogger is making mistakes so YOU don’t have to! Your welcome.

It’s like the turquoise god’s were punishing me for not continuing my Turquoise Fast.

Dye your own Mason Jars {Sawdust & Embryos}

Next up? Pop those bad boys in the oven! (specific directions on the bottle)… I just let the jars cool in the oven overnight, because I didn’t want to mess with hot jars.

Tint your own Mason Jars! {Sawdust and Embryos}

If you’re just dying your jars to use as decoration… you’re done!

Tint your own Mason Jars!(Mason Jars that were Dyed for Wedding Centerpieces)

But if you’re going the long haul and want to make a killer mason jar mosaic backsplash… READ ON!

I hauled them out to the driveway in a laundry basket, laid out an old sheet, and gathered my supplies (baby monitor optional).

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I lined up all my jars on the bedsheet…

Tinted Mason Jar Backsplash {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then covered them with leftover bedsheet (to prevent glass from flying), and started popping them with a hammer! This part is FUN!

Broken Mason Jars into MOSAIC BACKSPLASH! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, I put on some rubber gloves and started sorting. There will be some good size chunks that need another tap with the hammer. And there will be a lot of pieces you don’t want to use (like the bottoms of the jars and the neck). I had a laundry basket for castoffs, a 5-gallon bucket for the good pieces, and an extra jar to hold all the little shards that need to be disposed of.

Using Broken Mason Jars to make a Mosaic Backsplash! {Sawdust and Embryos} Broken Mason Jars into DIY MOSAIC BACKSPLASH! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Did you know that when you’re making a mosaic, your pieces are called ‘Tesserae’? You can use broken china, shells, stones, beads… anything! There’s your vocabulary lesson for the day.

Check out my sweet Tesserae!

Broken Vintage Mason Jars (used to install a MOSAIC BACKSPLASH!) sawdustandembryos.com

CLICK HERE for Part 2 of this tutorial!

DIY Mason Jar Mosaic Backsplash Tutorial PART 1 {Sawdust & Embryos}

If you haven’t already, come check out our other projects we’ve done in the master bath so far!

Building the Custom Vanity

Installing the Faucet

Vanity Paint Treatment

Custom Bathroom Vanity and Butcher Block Counter {Sawdust and Embryos}_thumb Simple Instructions for Installing a Vessel Sink Faucet {Sawdust and Embryos}_thumb Glossy Butcher block counter with rugged dru-brushed base {Sawdust and Embryos}_thumb

Click HERE for Part 2 of this tutorial!

 

  • http://homemadeocean.com/ christina @ homemade ocean

    Oh my GAW….so pretty!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00324423642715912745 Amber Wulle

    They also make new ones for those not wanting to paint. But they are a little pricier (and much pricier than used glass.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Jar-Heritage-Collection-Bands/dp/B00B80TJX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369852168&sr=8-1&keywords=vintage+mason+jars

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03526599120576043850 Crystal

    the back splash is the best part. It really stands out.

  • http://sandpaperandglue.com/ Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    HOLY AWESOME SAUCE BATMAN! I love it… what a tease not telling us the whole process yet :) Can’t wait to read the rest!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00240909416987012627 Judith Riggs

    Wow – that is INTENSE. I did a similar kind of backsplash in my kitchen… http://riggshomeatlast.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html

    Should I tell you that you can buy the already broken glass? I bought tons of it from a nice lady on Etsy for my kitchen.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05865636505385830199 Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      That’s good to know! I probably still would have done it this way… because I like to do things myself instead of paying money. PLUS, breaking the glass was about the easiest part of this whole project. Installing it with tile adhesive and grouting is very labor intensive!

  • Renee

    Very cool! Had no idea you could even dye mason jars. Will have to tuck that little tidbit of info away for a later project! Can’t wait to hear “the rest of the story.”

  • http://www.daisiesandcrazies.com/ Cindy

    Oh, my lord!! GORGEOUS!!!! xo

  • Anonymous

    Well I love the back splash idea and it looks really nice, but why red with the blue? I’m not digging it overall. It looks modern with the sink but then turns old with the wood counter & base. Mary in NY

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04860629422660803067 Sweety Pea

    Oh wow so beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04860629422660803067 Sweety Pea

    Oh wow so beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15346489781800426249 Lyndsey

    you are so awesome! Seriously, I love your blog and your style. But I think this is the first project of yours that I really want to try myself. it may take two years however…

  • Anonymous

    I love your creativity…how you are not following trends but setting them! I just wish I could like the color of the cabinet more…the red/brown combo just feels garage mechanic to me. I would love it white and clean in my bathroom, especially with the blue mosaic. But, it’s your project – so love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03387624199394139191 Suzanne Martin

    Looks absolutely fabulous. I just painted the window panes on my front door (9 lite) with a mixture of white glue and food coloring for a sea glass look. I love it so much I want to do more! A tumbler for the broken glass would be just the ticket. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful ideas.

    • Sybil

      do you have a photo of the window panes you painted?

      • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

        Sybil, we didn’t paint any window panes… just mason jars and spaghetti jars. But I think window panes would totally work. It would just be hard to know which side of the glass you painted after it’s broken because the glass wouldn’t have a curve to it like a jar does.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03387624199394139191 Suzanne Martin

    Looks absolutely fabulous. I just painted the window panes on my front door (9 lite) with a mixture of white glue and food coloring for a sea glass look. I love it so much I want to do more! A tumbler for the broken glass would be just the ticket. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  • http://www.interiorsbykenz.com/ Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz

    You are so brilliantly creative!!! I would never in a million years think of doing this. This is purely beth-a-licious. I love it so hard!

  • Anonymous

    I love love love the tile. The whole thing feels so light and ocean inspired until you get down to the painted cabinet. Curious to see how you tie them together. Part of me is hoping you will change your mind and paint the cabinet a crisp white or deep ocean blue.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely beautiful, I love the blue, I’m going to buy that stuff and make my own blue jars. Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas for those of us who don’t have the imagination like you have. I know it can’t be easy keeping up with this blog when you have two little love bugs running around all the time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05701086852040674247 Brooke

    SO beautiful!!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the tile… don’t love it with the cabinet. I would have gone at least something closer in the brownish/blue family with that red to tie it into the wood countertops and tile. Personally if I had to choose what colour to paint it, I would have gone a crisp white with antiquing, but it is your bathroom so if you love it then that is all that matters!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04772108923310716128 Maite – vitoma

    Excelente idea, queda precioso.
    Saludos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02790090460718170544 LaurenMarie

    How Amazing is this!!! Oh my I can’t get over how it combines my love for mason jars and awesome back-splashes! I would have never thought of this and it is so cheap! Thanks for the step by step and it turned out wonderful. I only wish I could talk my husband into doing something like this for our downstairs bathroom!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingbeautiful19

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08759381338600787625 Angela Cody

    I agree, I loveeee the back splash and the counter top, but not so sure about the red/orange in the base cabinet with the aqua. AMAZING idea though with the backsplash!!

  • Dani

    This looks great! I love the vibrant blue, it’s amazing! I’m trying to find this dye, and the link to it directs me to a RAINBOW of differ glass dye!! What was the specific color/ item number?
    Thanks so much!!
    Dani :)

    • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Dani we used the color Turquoise!

  • http://www.kristendukephotography.com capturing joy with kristen duke

    WOW!!!! How did I miss this???? Oh yeah, I hardly read my friends blogs b/c I write one. Anyway, this is FAB! Soooo, I don’t have the pin it tool bar on my mac, and I don’t see a way to pin it in your post, so will you pretty please get a plug in so i can do that. I haven’t been able to install the pin it on my computer…..;(

  • http://momhomeguide.com Lauren

    Really cool! I love how your DIY backsplash looks. I have one question, though: do you find that any of the edges are sharp in your backsplash? (That’s the only concern I have about doing this project!)

    • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      There were a couple pieces of glass that stuck out a little further and had sharp edges, but we just took a metal file to them and filed it smooth. We LOVE our mason jar backsplash! It was so worth all the work!

  • Theresa

    This is breathtakingly beautiful!

    maybe I missed it, but where did you get the dye? was there a link?

    • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/ Bethany @ Sawdust and Embryos

      Theresa we did a whole post on dying the jars. There’s a link to it at the beginning of this post. Hope this helps!

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