Mason Jar Crafts and Décor: Ideas and Inspiration
The Mason jar has to be one of the most useful inventions on the planet. They are not used for just canning and preserving foods anymore. Nowadays Mason jars are used and re-used in tons different creative ways. One of the most common ways to use Mason jars is by turning them into clever and functional décor pieces and using them to make other clever crafts. They are also used quite a bit now in weddings for centerpieces and things like that. The wonderful thing about Mason jars is they are almost a dime a dozen. You can find them at lots of different places and even buying them brand new, the price is fair. Old Mason jars work just as well as new ones and that is a huge plus for all of us bargain crafters. If you happen to have lots of Mason jars with missing lids, you can actually purchase a box of new lids for them. I've always had an obsession with Mason jars so I wanted to find some cute ideas online and share them with everybody. Doing this helps to inspire me, just like it helps inspire the readers.
Mason Jar Facts
- Mason jars were created back in 1858 by John Landis Mason, a Tinsmith in Philadelphia.
- Mason jars are made of soda lime glass.
- Ball and Kerr are the most popular brands of Mason jars in the US. They are both part of the Jarden Corporation.
- Antique Mason jars have sold for up to $30,000. The value of antique Mason jars depends on the age of the jar, rarity and the condition of the jar.
- Most Mason jars that are not clear are colored a light aqua. Other more rare colors are amber, dark green, blacks, cobalt blue and milk glass.
Mason Jar Twine Vases
The Mason jar twine vases pictured above I found at Vickie Howell. These are easy to make and you just might already have the supplies in your home to make one. To me these have a warm and rustic feeling. Use bright colored flowers or even pastels.. any flowers would look great in these. Notice the ribbon around the tops of the jars! I can picture groups of these on a table in a home or maybe at a wedding, one on each table stuffed with gorgeous white flowers. She actually made these with old used mason jars. Isn't it neat how you can take something used and make it into something that is so impressive? So dig out those old Mason jars and hop on over to her site for the tutorial.
Country Living shares the tutorial for this beautiful beaded vase. If you have some beaded bracelets or necklaces and a jar, you already have what you need! Just wrap them around the jar and viola! I love projects like this. It's genius!!
Mason Jar Bouquet Holders for Weddings
These mason jars are actually holding the bridal parties bouquets during the wedding reception. Notice the name tags on each jar. After the reception, the girls can grab their Mason jar bouquets and go.. What a neat idea! merrimentdesign shares the How-to. This project is inexpensive and very easy... Just think of all the different ways you could do your own Mason jar bouquet holders.
Painted 'love' Mason Jar
This is genius!! All you need is a glue gun (with glue, of course!), spray paint and a Mason jar and you can make a jar just like the super cute one on the right that says 'love'! You could make several of these, saying whatever you want them to say in all kinds of colors. They are made by using the glue from the glue gun to make a raised surface which will stand out after the jar is painted. Writing with the glue isn't hard to do and it's easy if you make a mistake, just try to use cheap glue sticks and if you mess up, peel it off and try again. I found this at pure and noble. Be sure to have a look at her Pinterest pic she found.... it's some vases that used puffy paint to achieve the same effect and the results are really impressive! I'm sure puffy paint will work on the jars too.
Fabric Covered Mason Jar Vases/Candle Holders
The possibilities are endless when making these fabric covered jars. Think about all of the different colors and patterns of fabrics out there! These were made to be votive candle holders but I think they would look beautiful as vases, too. Another thing you could do is add wire and make them into lanterns. The light will glow through light colored fabrics and I bet they would look amazing hanging from branches of a tree at night. If you would rather use your jar as a vase or if you will be using a flame-less candle inside your jar, you could add raffia or ribbon around the top rim of the jar. I found this at fellowfellow along with a very nice, photo illustrated tutorial.
Lacy Mason Jar Vase
Two words- Shabby Chick! I love feminine look of this pretty lacy vase.. and what is even better is how easy they are to make... you just wouldn't believe it! This beautiful jar can double as a candle holder or a vase. I also think they would be perfect for use in a wedding with the white color and the feminine look and of course you could do them in different sizes. You could even customize them to match your wedding colors and just think how inexpensive these would be to make- especially if you need a lot of them. See the tutorial plus tons of other beautiful pictures at Michaela Noelle Designs.
Primitive Apothecary Jars
I love everything about these primitive apothecary jars made from Mason jars. I love raffia because it has such a rustic look to it. I love the black color of these and I bet the candles have such a pretty glow at night being nestled in the raffia. I am in LOVE with these.. I have to make some for myself! For the tutorial and lots of other pretty photos go to A Diamond in the Stuff.
Decorative Apothecary Jar
Shanty 2 Chic has the tutorial for this gorgeous decorative apothecary jar... I LOVE the shabby chic/rustic look of it, especially the burlap and cross! Honestly, if I did not know better, I would have thought this was purchased in an upscale boutique somewhere! It really is impressive and I can't wait to do one of my own. Actually, I'm thinking about a group of three of them different sizes.
Candy Anyone? Wow, these are really bright but I love them and I think the color is perfect for candy jars. These were actually made with salsa jars but you can do the same thing with Mason jars. The jars are actually sitting on a set of painted candle holders with the lids painted to match. I think they are really cute just how they are but adding some green knobs on the top of the lids would be really cute too. For more details read the how-to at This Old Chair.
Floating Cranberry/Candle in a Mason Jar
Looking for a fresh, unique decoration idea for your next dinner party, event or gathering? This floating candle in the Ball Mason jar with the leaves and cranberries is so pretty! This particular one was made for decoration around the holidays in wintertime but I can't help but think that there must be some kind of floating berries/fruit or flowers that would work out for spring and summer. This one I found at Botanical PaperWorks along with the simple tutorial.
Starfish Candle Holder
As you know, embellished Mason jars make nice candle holders. I found this one at The Inspired Room along with the how-to and it's easy peasy. Candle holders like these would be perfect sitting on a table outside on a patio or on a table on a balcony overlooking the beach. If your décor style is coastal you could put a group of them in the bathroom on the edge of the tub or on a table in the living area or bedroom. A group of them made using different shells would be nice, too.
I love the magical atmosphere that hanging lanterns create at night. These would be gorgeous sitting on a table, lined up sitting on the ground or hung up on tree branches in the back yard at night. These have beads strung on the wire but you could do your own embellishments or use different type beads if you wanted. As I always say, the possibilities are endless. For a nice glowing fairy-like atmosphere, you can also make lanterns that glow with different colors. If you wanted to decorate the rims of the jars with raffia, ribbon or something like that, remember that flameless tea lights are available and they are relatively inexpensive. I found these pretties at Sun Hats & Wellie Boots and she shares the how-to as well.
Mason Jar Floating Candle Centerpieces
I love running into simple and easy to make designs that really pack a punch without costing a fortune. When I look at these simple yet elegant floating tea light candles in jar, I think about shabby chic, rustic style with a touch of real elegance. They just look like they would really create an atmosphere of warmth and a feeling of being at home. Just like the lacy jar vases above, these would be fabulous for use in weddings too. I found these at Emmaline Bride.
Mason Gumball Jar Gifts
What a cute gift these gumball jars would make for teachers, Sunday school teachers, friends, students, neighbors or anybody, really! Jars with lids, gumballs, ribbon and some paper for the tags is all you would need to make these little cuties. Just think, you could change these up according to the holiday to give as gifts. I love doing cute packaged gifts like this. I found these at 2 Clever Blog. She has a photo of some more gumball jars she made which have red ribbon and cute patterned lids on them.
Fire Fly Mason Jars
These jars were actually made for using in an Enchanted Forest themed wedding. Doesn't that sound magical and beautiful? Why didn't I think of that when I got married!! They remind me of the fireflies that I have fond memories of seeing when I was a child. I found these along with many, many stunning photos of the wedding décor at Swashbuckle The Aisle and she was also gracious enough to share the tutorial. These could be used for decorating your home or patio too. Another idea is making one for a little girls fairy themed room. She could use it for a nightlight or even for a little boy, too.
What a beautiful way to display your photos! I love the look of this. I am picturing a group of jars, big and small all grouped on a shelf. Smaller photos could go into smaller jars and larger photos in large jars. I think a group of them all mixed up would really look nice. These particular ones were used in a wedding for vintage wedding décor but these would be great for an anniversary party, too! I found these at Style Me Pretty.
Mason jars make great journal jars. In case you do not know, a journal jar is an embellished jar with strips of paper inside with writing prompts written or printed on them. The strips can contain inspirational quotes, thought provoking questions, questions about your life or family or any other idea you may have. The way it works is you take a piece of paper out of the jar each day and write an entry in your journal after reading the prompt on the strip of paper. The pretty journal jar pictured to the right is one I found at musings from mommy land. Her journal jar focuses on telling your own story with family and personal history. She has shared a wonderful tutorial along with lots of great question ideas for writing prompts. Once you make the jar all you need is a spiral notebook, journal or composition book to write your entries in. A journal jar along with a matching embellished journal would make a great handmade gift for someone special!
Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
How neat are these?! You can use Mason jars to make soup dispensers and you will NOT believe how easy they are to make. I mean, it's mind blowing! You could make them from any jar really, as long as it has a lid. I actually like the look of them without any label but if you want, you could whip up some cute labels for them. These would make great handmade gifts, too. See the super simple tutorial at House of Noise...I mean boys!
P.S. This one has me so excited that I'll probably be dreaming about soap dispensers tonight :)
Thank you for reading my Mason jar crafts and décor hub! Hopefully some of these lovely Mason jar crafts have inspired you to do some of your own glass jar creations :)