Mason Jar Crafts: Homemade Milk Glass

Make homemade milk glass with this Mason jar craft. This easy craft is great for kids or adults and just takes a few minutes.

I like to store things in Mason jars, but sometimes the things I store in them are ugly. The answer? I made faux milk glass using nothing more than household paint. The results are pretty and concealing at the same time.

How to Make Homemade Milk Glass

  1. Pour about a cup of household paint (latex or water-based) into a clean Mason jar.
  2. Then, you rotate the jar to coat the inside of the jar with the paint.
  3. Once the inside is fully coated, pour out the rest of the paint.
  4. Let the jar dry over night, and bam! Milk glass.

What is Milk Glass?

Milk glass is a type of opaque or translucent glass that appears white or off-white, resembling the color of milk. It gained popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries and has been used to create various decorative and functional glassware items, such as vases, dishes, bowls and lamps.

The glass gets its characteristic milky appearance from the addition of various opacifiers or coloring agents, like tin oxide, bone ash or arsenic, during the glassmaking process. These additives scatter and diffuse light, giving the glass its distinct opaque or semi-opaque quality.

Milk glass can be found in a variety of patterns and styles, ranging from simple and understated to more intricate and ornate designs. Some manufacturers became well-known for their milk glass production, such as Fenton, Westmoreland Glass Company, and Anchor Hocking.

Today, milk glass is still collected and appreciated by vintage glass enthusiasts and collectors. It continues to be a popular choice for those seeking unique and classic glassware items to display or use in their homes.

 To learn more about milk glass, visit the National Milk Glass Collectors Society’s Website.

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