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Altered Mason Jars

Updated on July 31, 2013

Altered, by definition, means "to change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way." This project series is going to take you through the repurposing of a group of mason jars that I discovered I still had amongst my craft supplies from a previous project. You'll see that the designs will start rather simply and become increasingly more intricate as my skill level increases.

I have an ample supply of old sheet music, scrapbook paper, keys that go to nothing I currently own, ropes and ribbons, jewelry supplies and fabrics. At some point during this project I intend to visit the local scrapbook supply store, where the owner sells all sorts of vintage findings, from jewelry to household sundries. She is sure to have the perfect items fo my altered jars. Other ideas are holiday themes or memorial jars honoring family members who have passed on. The possibilities are truly endless.

As with all of my crafting projects, it is my goal to always create one-of-a-kind finished pieces with instructional guidelines. I do not like everyone to have identical necklaces or tabletop centerpieces. Similar is ok, but identical...no. You can buy those at any retail store. I want to create something that's never been seen before. I desire to put my own personal touch on everything that I design, while providing the directions for others to make their own.

With that being said, I also want to announce in this public forum that mistakes are ok when you are crafting. Mistakes have often led me to discover wonderful new techniques. I love to document my mistakes and tell others about how seriously I've messed something up. Sure, most of the time we laugh about those errors hysterically, but I've also learned valuable lessons from them. Never be afraid of a faux pas during a crafting session.

Treasured Love Mason Jar

  • Pint Mason Jar
  • Sheet Music
  • Jute Twine
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Mod Podge
  • Jewel Accessories
  • Lace Doily
  • Battery Powered Votive

Treasured Love Mason Jar
Treasured Love Mason Jar
Gather up all necessary supplies.
Gather up all necessary supplies.
Lightly cover the jar with spray adhesive, place the lace doily as desired and allow to dry.
Lightly cover the jar with spray adhesive, place the lace doily as desired and allow to dry.
Tear sheet music to include select lyrics and apply on top of doily with Mod Podge and allow to dry. Wrap with jute twine and secure with a knot.
Tear sheet music to include select lyrics and apply on top of doily with Mod Podge and allow to dry. Wrap with jute twine and secure with a knot.
With a single length of jute twine, attach a jewel accessory on one side.
With a single length of jute twine, attach a jewel accessory on one side.
Attach another jewel accessory on the other side with an additional piece of jute twine. Clean off any excess glue or spray adhesive, insert the battery votive and enjoy!
Attach another jewel accessory on the other side with an additional piece of jute twine. Clean off any excess glue or spray adhesive, insert the battery votive and enjoy!

Chained Down Mason Jar

  • Pint Mason Jar
  • Jut Twine
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft Ruler
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Jewel Accessories
  • Jewelry Chain
  • Jewelry Beads
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Jewelry Tools & Findings
  • Lace Doily
  • Battery Operated Votive

Chained Down Mason Jar, illuminated
Chained Down Mason Jar, illuminated
Gather up all necessary supplies.
Gather up all necessary supplies.
Spray the bottom of the jar and adhere the doily, securing with a double-wrapped strip of jute twine. Allow to dry.
Spray the bottom of the jar and adhere the doily, securing with a double-wrapped strip of jute twine. Allow to dry.
Tear a piece of scrapbook paper using a craft ruler, or freehand if you prefer, and adhere to the jar using Mod Podge.
Tear a piece of scrapbook paper using a craft ruler, or freehand if you prefer, and adhere to the jar using Mod Podge.
Cut a piece of jewelry chain and affix around the jar neck, complete with findings on the ends.
Cut a piece of jewelry chain and affix around the jar neck, complete with findings on the ends.
Using jewelry beads and wire, create dangling ornaments of varying lengths to attach to the chain around the jar.
Using jewelry beads and wire, create dangling ornaments of varying lengths to attach to the chain around the jar.
Insert the battery operated votive and enjoy!
Insert the battery operated votive and enjoy!

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      Karin Barga 4 years ago from Southern Ohio

      Thank you so much! These have been fun and I look forward to exploring more options with them.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love the mason jar photos. Beautiful and unique art