Ways to Use and Decorate With Mason Jars in the Kitchen: Fun Easy Ideas and Tutorials

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Mason jars are all the rage these days. From food storage to herb containers to soap dispensers, there are a wide range of decorative and functional ways to use mason jars in your kitchen without breaking the bank. Whether you have a massive collection of Ball jars or you're just starting to explore décor or storage options for your kitchen, mason jar projects are a great option.

The glassware that I collected for my flower vases including clear and blue mason jars.
The glassware that I collected for my flower vases including clear and blue mason jars. | Source

I used this set of blue Ball jars for my floral display.

Where can I find mason jars?

If you don't have mason jars on hand and are interested in using them in your kitchen, check one or more of the following places.

  • Big box stores. Most big box stores have canning jars in their kitchen sections. During spring and summer, you may also find them in a seasonal canning display.
  • Big box craft stores. As mason jars are so popular right now, it's not hard to find them at major craft stores. Look in the glass section where you find vases and other jars.
  • Thrift / secondhand stores. If you're in the market for mason jars and you go to thrift or secondhand stores on a regular basis, check the kitchen section for jars.
  • Amazon and eBay. Both Amazon and eBay have single jars and sets of jars available. If you're interested in a specific type of jar, such as wide mouth jars or blue jars, shopping one of these sites may be your best bet.
  • Garage sales / Craigslist. Garage sales and Craigslist are very hit or miss for specific items like Ball jars. However, if you keep your eyes open, you may be able to find some for next to nothing.

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I used fake flowers for my vases, but of course you can use real flowers, too.
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I used fake flowers for my vases, but of course you can use real flowers, too.
I used fake flowers for my vases, but of course you can use real flowers, too. | Source
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Flower Arranging - Simple Mason Jar Centerpiece

Vases for fake or real flowers

Recently I made my own kitchen display with assorted clear and blue glassware, including mason jars, and fake flowers. I featured it in the first five photos above. If you want to make a display of this nature, you can decide which types of glassware you'd like to use and whether you want to display real or fake flowers. I opted for fake because I'm not much of a gardener, and I'm always paranoid that my cats are going to eat indoor plants and get sick. The possibilities for this type of display are endless because there are so many kinds of glassware and fake flowers. It isn't hard to match your display to your existing kitchen scheme.

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Pesto.You can store layered ingredients in mason jars for easy food prep.
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You can store layered ingredients in mason jars for easy food prep.
You can store layered ingredients in mason jars for easy food prep. | Source
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Storage ideas for your FOOD STORAGE - part 2 Great for PREPPERS!

Storage / dispensers

  • Food / spices. You can use mason jars for storing virtually anything from staple ingredients to snack mixes to pre-made lunches for work. Many people also like to use them as spice storage. Self Reliant School has some great information about food storage. There lots of options for labeling your mason jars including chalkboard labels or chalkboard paint and decal transfers.
  • Utensils. Do you like to keep frequently used utensils out on the counter? Being able to grab them as needed can make food prep go more smoothly. A mason jar provides an elegant and compact yet practical storage solution. If you're looking for utensil storage inspiration, check out homedit.
  • Soap. A mason jar soap dispenser is a fun way to add a rustic / country touch to a kitchen. As long as you have the right components, this project comes together in mere minutes. Liz of Love Grows Wild shares two different tutorials for soap dispensers.
  • Salt shaker. There are two ways to make a mason jar salt shaker. The first is to poke holes in the top of a lid. See an example at The 36th Avenue. The second is to fit the lid with the spout from an old salt shaker. Check it out at Listotic. You can apply this shaker concept to other spices as well.
  • Matches. A mason jar with a striker on the top is such a simple idea. If you cook outdoors on a regular basis and/or like to light candles around the house, it's so great to be able to take the matches and the striker with you in one durable container. Some people use the matchbox itself for the striker (see A Foothill Home Companion) while other people use sandpaper (see 17 Apart).

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Link for the full collection of photos with step by step directions below.Mason jars with handles are perfect for on the go beverages.
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Mason jars with handles are perfect for on the go beverages.
Mason jars with handles are perfect for on the go beverages. | Source

How To Make A Mason Jar Planter : Budget Savvy Diva

More kitchen mason jar options

  • Growing herbs / small plants. For many people, growing herbs in the kitchen is convenient. They can pick the herbs that they need when they need them, and they don't have to worry about transferring them indoors and outdoors for different seasons. If you're sold on the idea of growing herbs or other small plants indoors year round, you may want to think about installing mounted planters to save on counter space. The biggest key for growing herbs successfully is following the directions on the seed packages. Pick up a few additional tips from Amber of Averie Lane and get mounting instructions from Stacy of Not Just a Housewife.
  • Backsplash mosaic. Using broken mason jars to make a mosaic for your kitchen is time consuming but produces a beautiful, one of a kind aesthetic that you'll enjoy for years to come. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 for the backsplash tutorial from Sawdust & Embryos. She installed her backsplash in a bathroom, but the process is exactly the same for a kitchen.
  • Lighting. People use mason jars for lighting with regular sized incandescent bulbs as well as smaller light bulbs and candles. It's up to you to determine which type of lighting will best fit your existing space. If you'd like to make Geneva Vanderzeil's hanging lights with rope embellishment as pictured above, check out her step by step photos on A Pair & A Spare. Kathy at Decorating Your Small Space also has a great round up of mason jar lighting ideas.
  • Travel mug. The Original Cuppow is the product of choice for turning a mason jar into a travel mug these days. If you simply want a top with a straw opening, tops with holes are also available for purchase (search "mason jar straw lid") or you can alter an existing top. Charlene of My Frugal Adventures has a tutorial for the lids while Tasha of A Little Sweetness shares a simple, temporary covering idea for parties.

This series of vintage Ball jar photos would be perfect for a vintage or rustic themed kitchen.
This series of vintage Ball jar photos would be perfect for a vintage or rustic themed kitchen. | Source

Mason jar accessories and other décor

If you're going with a mason jar theme for your kitchen, you may want to think about adding other accessories and décor that don't necessarily feature actual mason jars. For example, a photo series of vintage Ball jars above the sink or a set of mason jar measuring spoons can be a great addition to the room.

  • Etsy. There are hundreds of mason jar wall art pieces available on Etsy including photographs, graphic illustrations, watercolors, oil paintings, and more. Many of the prints are offered as downloads, which means that you can purchase and print them at home, often for $10 or less.
  • World Market. Currently World Market sells mason jar cookie jars, small and large vases, measuring spoons, measuring cups, utensil crocks, and spoon rests. [Note: Stock last checked February 2015. Availability is subject to change at any time without notice.]
  • Towels. Debbie of Confessions of a Plate Addict has a simple tutorial for mason jar tea towels using iron-on transfer paper and flour sack kitchen towels. You can also purchase mason jar towels from The Coin Laundry via Scout Mob.

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Shelves vs. mounting

You may have noticed in the above examples of mason jars in the kitchen that some people use shelving to display their jars while other people use mounting (i.e. wall mounting for flower containers, ceiling or wall mounting for lighting). It's up to you to determine what makes the most sense for your particular project and your kitchen layout. For example, if you don't have a lot of available wall space for mounting, it may be better to purchase a small set of shelves that can sit on the floor.

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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you so much Rose for this fantastic, creative hub. I just love mason jars. My daughter is using them in her new Rustic Living store here in Idyllwild, Ca. She has made the cutest lights using mason jars. The entire store décor is rustic so they fit in perfectly.

I'm going to copy your idea for flower vases in my small bedroom. They're just adorable!

To say that you have endless talent is an under-statement. So, I voted Up and UABI and will share and pin.

Audrey


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I neber buy mason jars, get them from empty mayo jars, i like your tips


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

Anyone interested in how to write SEO-friendly articles should read yours, Rose. Very well done! Mason jars are harder to find these days. I think more people are turning to canning than in the past....a rotten economy will do that. :)


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

What a surprise use for lighting. All very good suggestions. Thanks for sharing your creativity.


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Audrey, I'm sure that your daughter's mason jars are just lovely and so perfect in her rustic themed store! When you get your vases up in your bedroom, please send me a picture. I'd love to see them. Thank you so much!

peachpurple, mayo jars are a great option for glassware projects!

Bill, thank you! That means a lot. Mason jars are also VERY popular for crafting these days. My local Target has an end aisle display with mason jars, and it's almost always cleaned out or nearly cleaned out.

MsDora, I know, I never would have thought of mason jars for lighting myself! Thanks!


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Clearissa 21 months ago from Cary,NC

I am a mason jar junky. I use them for all sorts of things craft and storage projects. Good article.


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's awesome, Clearissa! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

I love mason jars, especially the blue ones. Thank you for sharing the great ideas here. I love the look and I live in the country, so these would be perfect for my kitchen. They are so versatile!

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I agree about the blue! Mason jars would be an awesome addition to your kitchen. Thank you so much, Faith!


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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I'm hooked on mason jars. Love your Hub. ^+


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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

Very creative and some great suggestions!

The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the details and the helpful tutorial. Voted up!


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Patsybell and ChitrangadaSharan!


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Kate Worthy 21 months ago from Miami Beach, FL

Personally, I love the idea of mason jar planters.

I never thought about going beyond using them for storage and kitchen stuff. Thanks for the neat idea!


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I'm glad that you were able to get some new ideas from this article, Kate!


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Claudia Mathews 21 months ago

It never fails to amaze me what imaginative people can create. I adore the idea of making lighting using mason jars. I think that's a project for my endless list of to dos!


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I agree, Claudia! Sounds good with the lighting! Have fun.


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MonkeyShine75 21 months ago from Los Angeles, California

So kewl, this is a great project. I'm going to try to put some together because they're beautiful. Thank you for sharing

I voted it up


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randomcreative 21 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, MonkeyShine! Have fun!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 20 months ago

Loving the red and blue display! How bright and cheerful. I have a couple of mason jars but have been seeing them more and more in stores. These ideas are great. I might have to get in on the trend! Nice hub.


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randomcreative 20 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! I know, they're very popular right now. You'll have to let me know if you decide to make mason jar display.

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