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Creative Uses for Mason Jars

Updated on March 11, 2015
Get creative with your mason jars
Get creative with your mason jars | Source

Are you looking for something to do with all those mason jars you have laying around the house? Or simply looking for a fun, easy, and inexpensive project? The possibilities for how to repurpose, reuse, and craft mason jars to give them new life are endless! Why not try one of these creative ideas, below!

Lamps, lanterns, and lights

Mason Jar Lamp
Mason Jar Lamp | Source

Lighting up your mason jars is easier than you think!

To create a lamp:

  1. Look for a canning jar lamp adapter in any local craft store – they are quite popular and readily available. Simply follow the instructions in the adaptor, attach it to the top of the jar, screw in your bulb and attach your favorite shade.

  2. Now comes the fun part! Fill the jar with whatever you want! Beans or coffee would go great for a kitchen motif, seashells for the bathroom or sea-themed bedroom, or even use small Christmas bulbs or tinsel for the holidays!

For a quick outdoor light or craft decoration, light up jars using LED or solar lights:

  1. You can find mini LED lights or solar lights that look like a tea light candle in most craft stores.

  2. Glue the back of the light to the inside top of the lid.

  3. Turn the light on (or if it’s a solar light, wait for it to charge and turn itself on when the sun sets) and watch the glow!

If you want to create a more permanent lighted structure, you can use your jars to create chandeliers and permanent lighting fixtures:

  1. Simply cut a hole in the lid of the jar just big enough to fit over the small end of your light bulb.

  2. Stick the light bulb through the hole and screw it into the socket. Then slide the bulb into the jar and screw tight.

  3. For a unique look, use different colored jars like blue, green, and clear, or tint your own in your favorite colors!

Bird Feeders

Hang mason jars from the trees
Hang mason jars from the trees | Source

Even though Mason jar bird feeders may look complicated, they are one of the simplest crafts to make using your jars.

  1. Buy a metal chick feeder – they come in all sizes and you can find them at farm supply stores.

  2. Fill your jar with bird feed.

  3. Flip your jar over and twist it into the feeder until it stays put.

  4. It will slowly trickle the bird feed into the metal chick feeder.

  5. Drill a hole into a small plastic saucer and attach a place a 2-sided metal hook through the hole.

  6. Hot glue the saucer to the top of the jar.

  7. Attach a wire or string through the hook.

  8. Hang the feeder from your favorite branch or awning and enjoy the bird watching!

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Flower Vases

Who says you have to use a formal vase to display your flowers? Using mason jars will give your flowers a more casual look with a homemade touch. The possibilities are truly endless when creating vases out of your jars. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Wrap a piece of burlap around the center of your jar. Glue on some buttons or tie a simply ribbon bow across the burlap for a simple, but elegant look.

  • Tie a piece of twine or small rope around the neck of the jar, then pop your flowers inside.

  • Spray paint the jars in your favorite colors or to match your décor, let them dry overnight, then use them to display your flowers.

  • Create stripes or chevron patterns on your jar vases by covering part of the jar with masking tape in the pattern you desire, then paint the non-taped areas. Let dry and peel off the tape to see your pattern.

  • Tie a key or an old jewelry pendant under the lid of the jar with a piece of string or ribbon for an old-fashioned vintage look to compliment a wild flower bouquet.

  • For vases to hold flowers at a baby shower or wedding reception, buy remnants of different patterns of lace and wrap them around the outside of the jars, affixing with a dot of hot glue.

In-a-Jar Mixes

In-a-jar mixes using mason jars
In-a-jar mixes using mason jars | Source

Looking for an inexpensive gift to give out to teachers, bus drivers, neighbors, coworkers, or secret Santa during the holidays? In-a-jar mixes are the perfect, low-cost solution that are great for a variety of personalities – because who doesn’t like a sweet treat?

  1. Find your favorite recipe – brownies, cookies, hot cocoa, or a warm tea mix.

  2. Pre-measure the ingredients then neatly layer each ingredient in the jar so you can see each layer (for example, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt then add that layer to the bottom followed by a layer of cocoa powder, then chocolate chips, etc.)

  3. Once all the ingredients are neatly layered in the jars, screw the top on.

  4. Make a card that says the name of the recipe and include the recipe and baking instructions.

  5. Punch a hole in the card, string a piece of ribbon through, and tie it around the rim of the jar.

Utensil Holders

Using your mason jars as utensil holders will give the perfect touch to your summer picnic, BBQ, or potluck. This look works best if you have 2 – 3 different sized jars. Group the jars together and use each jar for a different utensil – forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, etc. – making it easy for your guests to grab their silverware, load up their plates, and enjoy a great meal.


Mason Jar Terrarium
Mason Jar Terrarium | Source

Turn your jars into a natural retreat that you can enjoy on your desk at work or in your home office to create a sense of serene calm.

  1. Add some dirt to the bottom of the jar and plant a small plan.

  2. Add some rocks or moss for decoration.

  3. Screw on the lid and poke a few holes in the top to keep the moisture in but not suffocate the plants.

  4. Give your terrarium some water each day so your plant will thrive.

For other terrarium ideas, try adding sand, rocks, and moss; sandy soil and a cactus; or dirt with a variety of succulents. To keep it interesting, tilt the jar when adding the dirt, soil, or sand to build up different levels.

Snow Globe

Create a snow globe using a mason jar
Create a snow globe using a mason jar | Source

This is a great craft not only for the holidays, but for all winter long. You can even create “snow globes” with seasonal themes or for spring and summer holidays.

  1. Fill your jar with water and add a few drops of glycerin.

  2. To the water, add in a couple spoon fulls of glitter, confetti, dried flowers, or anything else that would look pretty floating and not disintegrate in the water.

  3. Glue a figurine (snowman, Christmas bulb, small plastic toy) to the underside of the lid using a waterproof glue.

  4. Once glue dries, screw the lid onto the jar.

  5. Tip the jar over, give it a shake and watch your snow globe shine!

Bathroom Accessories

You can even repurpose mason jars for handy uses in the bathroom! Check out this video below to learn how to create your very own Mason jar bathroom organizer.

I Love You Jar

This is a great idea for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or any time you want to tell your honey how much you love him or her.

Homemade I Love You Jar
Homemade I Love You Jar | Source
  1. Using stationary paper, cut up 10, 20, or however many slips of paper you desire – each one will represent 1 characteristic or aspect of your partner that you love.

  2. Write down one thing you love about your partner on each slip of paper.

  3. Folder the slips of paper in half and fill the jar with them.

  4. Attach a ribbon around the neck of the jar with a note that says something like “10 Things I Love About You,” “Love Jar,” “Love Notes,” etc.

  5. Then present it to your lover for him or her to select a piece of paper from the jar each day to read about all the things they are loved and admired for!

Have you found a creative use for mason jars? Share your creative ideas in the comments!


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    • DealForALiving profile image

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      These are some great ideas, especially the snow globes and bird feeders

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      4 years ago from USA

      I love your creative ideas for using Mason jars! Anyone owning some of the old blue Mason jars will love finding uses for them that will show them off. I like the idea of making up mixes and packaging them in clear jars as gifts, too. Great photos! Voted up and shared.

    • WheelerWife profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Mmm - salsa!! Yes, so many great ways to reuse jars - both edible and non-edible ways :) I always seem to come across the blue Ball jars in antique stores - they sell for a pretty penny! thanks for stopping by

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I grew up with Mason Jars. Mom canned a lot! Now, we get beets and salsa a couple times a year from a sister-in-law is the only time I see them. But, we get them back to her to reuse… so they come back full. Love your craft uses, though. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)


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