88 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars
Seeing is believing, and what I have to show you will definitely make you a believer— a believer in your ability to make beautiful and useful items out of glass jars.
When I started my search for creative projects, I really didn't think I'd find many unique ideas, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found projects for every type of container: baby food containers and half pint, pint, and quart canning jars, not to mention jelly, salsa, and peanut butter jars. Below, you'll find a large collection of photos and ideas to choose from. Scroll down and follow the links to the specific instructions.
Don't throw out that jar— read on for many ideas for creative re-use!
Instructions for the chandelier shown above can be found at Sunset.
1. Raised Letters
Make a cookie jar or a personalized vessel to hold just about anything. This would be a great gift idea for a teacher, mom, dad, or friend. Use one word or a saying to express your feelings for the recipient. All you need is a container, a glue gun or some raised letter-shaped stickers, and some spray paint. Visit the Lettered Cottage to see how really beautiful and simple this project is.
2. Etched Drinking Glasses
You don't need to know how to etch for this project, you just need to brush on some etching solvent. Especially nice is the fact that these are washable, not just for looks. See how to make these by visiting A Beautiful Mess.
3. Vintage String Holders
This is a perfect way to keep string balls from getting all knotted up. And they are so cute! It looks like they're sucking up a long string of spaghetti. A great project for kids, too. Find the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
4. Crocheted Jar Cover
T-shirt yarn is used to make these crocheted covers that look like little sweaters. You can easily make your own t-shirt yarn using any old or unwanted t-shirts that you have on hand. The crochet pattern is found at LVLY. It's a very easy project and so cute with the added ribbon.
5. Snowman Luminary
This little snowman actually looks cold with his fluffy snow finish. Put a battery-operated candle inside and it glows! Safe to use anywhere in the house or hang on the tree. Go to Club Chica Circle for the tutorial to make this winter luminary. Remember, snowman are appropriate all winter long.
6. Pumpkin Jack-o-Lanterns
If it's possible to think of a pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern as being "elegant," then that is what I'd call this decoration. If you're looking for an alternative to carving pumpkins this year, consider this craft project for your Halloween party. Find the tutorial at Chica Circle.
7. Sequin-Enhanced Vase
A surprising addition to the regular Mason jar vase: Beautiful sequins make an understated and unique decoration for a wedding reception or holiday party. Don't the sequins glisten like little bubbles? Find the tutorial at It All Started with Paint.
8. Cranberry Glass
I think these are so elegant looking they give any jar a makeover appropriate for a wedding. You'll find the directions for this project at home.work.
9. Starry Night Luminaries
You'll find the tutorial for making these at Shabby Creek Cottage. They suggest using the luminaries as wedding decorations. That would be beautiful! I think they would also be very nice, and appropriate, for Christmas decor. This is a very simple project that even young kids will enjoy.
10. Tissue Decoupaged Bottles
Do you want to add a bit of color without a lot of expense? These tissue paper decoupaged bottles will add the colors that you want in your decor with very little time. You'll find the tutorial at Crafting a Green World. So simple and easy, but a beautiful addition to any room!
11. Hanging Mason Jar Pendant Light
Would you believe that this is an upcycled old bathroom vanity light strip? If you love this, you can find a used vanity light strip at a garage sale, flea market, or thrift store and make your own quite easily. The instructions are found at REMODELaholic.
12. Turkey Jar
Not only is this little turkey a nice decoration, it can also hold candies or nuts as a party favor. Find the tutorial at About Family Crafts.
13. Penny Lanterns
Here's a great idea for using some of the pennies you no doubt have collecting in a pile somewhere because it's too much hassle carrying them with you. These little lanterns are very attractive. Find the instructions at DIY ShowOff.
14. Sea Glass Votive
Make an elegant votive by following the tutorial given at a Pumpkin & a Princess. Two or three of these sea glass votives in different shapes and sizes would be gorgeous. If you don't have sea glass, consider using shells instead.
15. Wind Chimes
You'll find the tutorial at Saved by Love Creations. I'm really impressed with the look of this wind chime. Any beads might be used here, along with old necklaces or bits of metal.
16. Gift Purse
What a unique way to give a gift. Think of all the little gifts that would made even more thoughtful in this type of wrapping. Find the instructions at In My Own Style.
17. Cluster Lights
You can easily make this attractive cluster light by going to HomeTalk for the tutorial. This would be a beautiful addition to a patio or porch. I can even imagine it used as a Christmas decoration by adding a holiday-colored ribbon and greenery.
18. Village Silhouette
This is such a simple but beautiful idea for a Christmas centerpiece. It really does make you feel like you're looking at Christmas' past. Find the tutorial at Shabby Art Boutique.
19. Elegant Cloche
Transform any old container into a tiny bell jar to showcase any collection or curio. Get instructions on how to make a cloche at Four Front Doors.com.
20. Jar of Fireflies
Make catching fireflies super easy by assembling this container of faux blinking bugs. Glow-in-the-dark paint and some buttons give you the look of fireflies without the chasing. Find the tutorial at By Stephanie Lynn.
21. Screen Wrapped Luminaries
At Lowe's, you'll find instructions and a photo of these luminaries along a walkway. Just beautiful. These would be outstanding made with small jars and flameless candles, arranged together in a table centerpiece.
22. Mason Jar Oil Candle
These lovely, festive oil candles would make excellent Christmas decorations or gifts. You'll love the choices you'll find when you go to Recycle Reuse Renew Mother Earth Projects for the tutorial.
23. Spouted Lid
This is such a great idea, it's amazing that I haven't seen it before....using a spout from a salt container to make a spouted jar! This site, the Cheese Thief, tells how to affix the spout on the lid and also shares a recipe for Thai fried garlic.
24. Washi Tape Vases
With the huge variety of washi tapes, you can make anything from elegant vases for a wedding to patriotic vases for a picnic table. Find the tutorial for making vashi tape vases at HomeTalk.
25. Grape Gem Wine Bottle Vase
If you go to the Crafts USA site for the tutorial for making this from plastic leaves and purple glass marbles from the craft store, you'll also find a video tutorial.
26. Chalkboard Wine Bottles
This would be a unique way to give a gift of wine, or maybe a jug of homemade beer. Very classy-looking. The directions can be found at Doodlecraft. Notice the personalized words and messages on the bottles.
27. Chalkboard Jars
A great idea for a wedding, but also for a child's birthday party. Afterwards gift them to the guests. For the directions for this cool project, go to the 26 AND NOT COUNTING site.
28. Redneck Wine Glasses
Leftover jars with stems glued on? How fancy! I suggest using E6000 adhesive and this poem on the tag: Hez'nHurz Whine Globets: Ben wonerin wat to gitcha; An notnoin wat wood fitcha; Dezideddeez whine globets; Wit hapinez wood hitcha!; Find the step-by-step instructions at Krafting with K.
29. Wall Rack with Jars
So very simple to make and so many possible uses for this project. Put this rack in the craft room, sewing room, garage, or bathroom. Use it for spices or dried goods in the kitchen. The options are endless. Go to Weeping Cherries for directions. I love the shabby chic look of this project.
30. Etched Glass
This is a beautiful look that would be appropriate so many times of the year, or even to display on a mantle or shelf. The directions for this project can be found at Factory Direct Craft.
31. Etched Tea Lights
To get that frosty look, you can use some clear Valspar frosting spray paint. Check it out at Recaptured Charm.
32. Mason Jar Mayhem
Learn how to make these beautiful hanging lamps using red glass gems by going to It All Started with Paint for instructions. These are absolutely stunning!
So simple, and yet so attractive. These ghosts would be a nice table decoration for a large party. They are inexpensive and easy to make. You can find the instructions for making at No. 2 Pencil.
34. Light Fixture
This is a very attractive look. It would work well lighting the patio on a warm summer evening. Make that patio party special for you and your guests. The directions can be found at Design Sponge.
35. Oil Lamp
Simple and rustic. Freshen the old idea of gas lamps with a new twist. Go to Raised In Cotton.
36. Turkey Treat Holder
This makes a nice little container for treats for a party or for the school kids. Kids absolutely love making these and taking them home. Go to Kids & Glitter for directions.
37. Candle Holder
The little glass flower pots that you can purchase fit perfectly inside the top of a regular-sized jar opening. Lots of opportunities here. Go to the Eyeballs by Day, Crafts by Night site for directions.
I can't wait to try this, I can think of all sorts of desserts to serve in them. Or you could do a mini pot pie if you want something savory. Plus, you can prepare ahead of time and then freeze so you have a reserve of mini pies on hand for whenever the mood hits you! Go to Our Best Bites to find out how to make these.
39. Mummy Beverage Holder
These cute mummy jars could be used as beverage holders, candy holders, candle holders or any number of other uses. Find the tutorial at It All Started With Paint.
40. Repurposed Containers
What a beautiful way to repurpose jars and make them useful and attractive at the same time. Go to Yesterday on Tuesday for instructions.
41. Mesh Votives
All you need for this project is a stainless steel or copper scrubby and some glue. I made these to give as gifts and everyone who received one was so amazed that they were just jars covered with a scrubby. I used half pint jars, unwound the scrubby, and cut it in half. One half of a scrubby fit over without having to put a base on it. I just turned the edge up once on the bottom and hot-glued it in place. On the top, I turned the edge down twice and spot glued it. I added a fall leaf and a raffia bow to the top edge of the votive and put in a no-flame tea light. My favorite flameless tea lights have a cool white flame and have an on/off switch for longer life.
42. Gaston Chaissac on Glass
We do this project in an art class at school and the 5th graders just love it. For the directions and to see some pictures of the students' work, go to Kids & Glitter.
43. Floating Candles
What could be simpler than this? So easily put together, but a very elegant look. Go to Emmaline Bride.
What a cute Halloween craft. These would make inexpensive party favors for a Halloween party. Go to Mason Jar Crafts for directions.
45. Stained Glass Votive
Puffy paint and glass paint are used to make this beautiful stained glass votive or container. Go to First Palette for instructions.
46. Frosted Solar Lights
These frosted lights are beautiful. I can imagine them looking great during the day and especially at night. For directions, go to Put it in a Jar.
47. Painted and Frosted Votives
It takes a few steps to achieve this look, but it is well worth the time. For instructions, go to Something Turquoise.
48. Faux Sea Glass
I love this soft faux sea glass look that doesn't take much, just some Elmer's glue and food coloring. Find all the instructions for this project at Meaningful Mama. I notice in this tutorial it says to paint on the inside of the glass, but other places I've seen to paint on the outside. I think I'd do the outside so I could fill it with something wet (since Elmer's is water soluble).
49. Luminary Ghosts
These ghosts aren't terribly scary, but they are cute and easy to make. Go to Crafts by Amanda.
50. Enameled Bottles
Easy and dishwasher-safe! The directions can be found at Woman's Day.
51. Tissue Mosaic Lanterns
This is such a simple and easy project, but look how beautiful it is. These can be used year-round. For directions, go to Kirsten Rickert.
52. Magnetic Spice Jars
What to do with all those baby food containers? This is one genius answer. Not only are the spices at your fingertips, they are very attractive. Go to Dav.i.son to see how.
53. Christmas Containers
You'll find the instructions and an address for the vinyl letters on Super Saturday Crafts.
54. Handpainted Glass
They look like stained glass! Fiind instructions at Mommy Labs.
Just look at what beautiful containers you can make using scraps of paper, lace trim, buttons, and other embellishments. So many of these items you already have in your home. Find out how at Make the Best of Things.
56. Leather Jar
Everything goes in cycles and this craft is no exception. This 1970s-inspired craft is just as surprising and useful today as it was back then. All you need is masking tape and shoe polish. See The Craft Floozy.
57. Frosted with Epsom Salts
This beautiful frosted glass is made of epsom salts. For directions, go to Crafts Be Amanda.
58. Little Luminaries
I think baby food jars would work for this also. For directions, go to Favecrafts.
59. Frosted Mason Jars
Happy Hooligans has all the instructions you'll need to make these.
60. Snowman Candle Holder
A pattern for the face is included in the directions at Crafts 'n Things for this cute snowman.
61. Photo Frames
You'll find the directions for these at the Photojojo website.
62. Waterless Snow Globes
A set of these would look so nice displayed on an end table, library table, or mantel. Although these aren't filled with water, you can do so if you use a hot glue gun to affix the tree to the lid— when the glitter swirls around, it looks magical. Find out how to make them by going to the Anyone Can Decorate site.
63. Playroom Storage
I love the idea of using miniature animals or even soldiers or dolls on storage containers in the playroom. These would make an excellent gift or craft project for a child's party! Use clear plastic containers for safety. Go to House to Home for instructions.
64. Mason Solar Lights
Can you imagine these solar lite mason jars decorating your party table on the patio? Go to Garden Therapy for the instructions.
65. Painted Vessels
Beautify any jar so you can proudly display it in your kitchen. Go to Repiny to find a super easy-to-follow tutorial.
66. Yarn or Ribbon Dispenser
Go to P & G Everyday and find six other craft ideas, as well.
67. Moroccan Lanterns
Dimensional gold puff paint is the secret ingredient for turning plain old jars into jewel-toned treasures. Go to Design Sponge.
68. CD Lid on Painted Jar
At Our CD Crafts Weekend you'll find out how to shape CDs for votive lights and for a lid for a jar. A very simple and fun craft project for you and the kids.
69. Etched Canisters
These are pretty enough to have sitting out on the countertop. Martha Stewart has the instructions.
70. Waterless Snow Globe
This is really a pretty snow globe and it has the added benefit of not using water. Go to Freebie Finding Mom for the instructions.
71. String of Pumpkin Lights
I love these. Go to Jeanetics.
72. Knotted Hanging Lanterns
I love the macrame look of these knotted hangers. The tutorial at Martha Stewart also has pdf sheets of the different knots to make following the directions really easy.
Include a display of witch's potions in your Halloween decor. Here's the instructions for How to Make Potion Bottles.
74. Bottle of Light
It always surprises me how much lit jars can hold a person's attention. I wonder if it's because the glass seems so much clearer when lighted from the inside. Go to Design Mom.
75. Paint a Glass Jar
This site, Lisa Liza Lou has a great tutorial on how to paint a shaped glass jar. The pictured tutorial shows how to tape the jar before painting. A very nice tutorial.
76. Tinted Jars
This is a very interesting way of tinting jars to give them a vintage look. Amazing really. Find out how to tint jars by going to Creative Little Daisy.
77. Amazing Solar Lights
These are probably my favorite solar lights because I love the bright colors. Find the directions for making these solar lights at The Hand Me Down House.
78. Covered in Fabric
Depending on the bride's chosen colors, this would be a great table decoration idea. Not too expensive and yet very elegant looking. Go to Martha Stewart for instructions.
79. Butterfly Feeder
A butterfly feeder is a great addition to the back yard. Not only are you entertained with the flittering little creatures, you also get to feed them and enjoy their beautiful colors. Go to Mother Rising to see how.
80. Glowing Snowman
Another really cute snowman to make. Go to dot com Women for instructions.
81. Decorated Vessel
I think this would be a great craft to do with the kids using beads, coins, shells, seeds, dried beans or grains, dried pasta, or whatever else you have around the house. The directions can be found at Squigly’s Arts & Crafts.
82. Crochet Cozy
Dress up plain containers by crocheting a beautiful cozies for them. You'll find instructions on the Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart site.
83. Soy Candles
The tutorial at Something Turquoise includes a recipe for making the soy candle and also a template for the decorator lid. A great gift idea!
84. Apothecary Jars
These apothecary specimen jars are fabulous. Just change the color of the ribbons or the items inside for the different seasons and holidays. Go to the See Jane Blog site.
85. Wall Vases
Use these as vases or fill them with dirt and plant succulents. See Craft-O-Maniac to find out how.
86. DIY Bank
87. Hurricane Candle Holder
88. Faux Mercury Glass
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