Short on time for the DIY projects you love? These ten ways to repurpose your mason jars are not only fun, but they are also quick and easy.
We love the look, mason jars are rustic, recycled, and kitschy-cool, the perfect compliment to your kitchen or shelves. Mason jar projects are fun, and many are fast, too.
At some point, most of us find ourselves cruising craft stores, Facebook for-sale chatrooms, thrift stores and yard sales with an eye for the perfect repurposing materials. That bag of Great Aunt Helen’s fabric samplers and un-realized quilting squares? SCORE.
But nothing is really quite as exciting as a bunch of mason jars, the differing colors, shapes and *gasp* the LIDS are there! And if they aren’t, lids are cheap and easy to find at Walmart, Amazon or your local crafting or canning store. From the super simple to the visually complex (but so simple to put together) holiday centerpieces or decorations, mason jars get your creativity flowing.
Mason Jars: A Star in any Good DIYer’s Crafting Closet
Using a few tools, and other easy to find supplies that most DIYers already have on hand, you’ll quickly take your jars from boring to beautiful. We have ideas for your kitchen, your pets, your porch, your teenagers, and even your bathroom. From terrariums to soap dispensers – the possibilities are pretty much endless. When it comes to doing it yourself, mason jars are one of the most adaptable things you can have in your crafting supplies.
5 Quick, Easy, Beautiful, and Usable Mason Jar Rehabs
1. Portable mason jar drink container with straw lid.
Mason jars make great drink containers. as shown in the featured photo above. That’s What Che Said says all you need is: A jar, lid, 5/16 rubber grommet, power drill with a 3/8″ drill bit. Then you simply drill a hole in the lid, and pop the grommet in. You can also paint your lid, but if you do, you’ll need to hand wash it after use.
Oh, and don’t forget to have something an inch or more thick to put under the lid while you’re drilling. You’ll also want to have some straws on hand, like these fun, rainbow striped ones from Amazon.
Here’s a video with the instructions.
2. Succulent planter.
Use small mason jars, especially those neat looking jelly gifting jars, to create succulent planters. It takes almost no time at all! Using a clean jar, soil, some small rocks on the bottom of the jar, and a small succulent, you have a great looking mini-planter. You can always paint the outside of the jar, or apply chalkboard stickers to label them or remind you when to water.
Image CC by CC BY-SA 2.0, by Stacie DaPonte,
3. DIY Oil lamp.
All you need is a clean jar, a lid, something to punch a hole in the metal lid, oil lamp oil, and a cotton wick. Clean your jar, then punch a small hole (a Phillips head screwdriver – the cross one – and a hammer works great for this) in the center of the metal lid. If you punch from the bottom, the small “teeth” pointing up will help your wick not slip down. Push the wick up through the hole about a quarter inch, fill your jar 2/3rds with oil, and close the lid. Let sit for at least an hour before lighting. (based on suggestions by Raised in Cotton)
You can also make the easy candle holders seen in the image above. Wrap 14 gauge crafting wire around the jar, under the threads, leaving a hanging loop across the mouth of the jar, about 4 inches tall. Add tea candles, and you are all done.
4. The perfect pincushion/storage jar.
Easy as pie! All you need is a piece of durable fabric, some pillow filler or foam, and a mason jar and lid set. A hot glue gun also comes in handy to cover affix the your fabric to the flat metal portion of your lid. First, cut a piece of fabric that covers your filler and wraps about an inch around the flat lid portion. Glue the fabric in place, or simply push the lid piece into the ring piece to hold it in place. Screw the lid on the jar. You now have a pincushion and storage jar.
5. Antique “lace” storage jars, vases, or “junk catchers.”
This one needs a place you can safely spray paint, spray paint in your favorite colors that will adhere to glass (read the can to be sure) and some netting. Fishnet, fishnet stockings, scrap lace, anything that will create a “netting appearance” when you spray it. Spray your jars well, over the netting, but don’t allow the paint to form drips – that is too much paint. Allow to sit for a few seconds to a minute, then remove the stencil. Allow drying time for about 24 hours.
6. Mason Jar cocktail shaker.
What could be a more perfect complement to your mason jar glasses set at your next get together? You can buy a specialty straining lid for your mason jar, or simply use a Philips head screwdriver to poke several holes in an inverted V shape along one edge of the flat part of the lid – make sure it isn’t under the cap part. Use two lids one for shaking and one for pouring, or cover the holes with your thumb, and you can shake your cocktails like a pro and pour right from the jar.
The video below shoes you how to make a great DIY cocktail shaker with a mason jar, a drill, and two lids.
7. As a Decoration
There are a few ways to use mason jars as decorations. The first is dressing them up for holidays to make your home ready for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Fourth of July, or thanksgiving.
Mason jars are also fantastic for making special occasions even more beautiful. So many things can be done with them, including spray painting them the color scheme of the party, using them as cups for various drinks, using them as placeholders for flowers, and using them as candle holders or straw holders.
The possibilities are truly endless for how you can dress up (or dress down, depending on the party) a mason jar to make it fit into your wedding, birthday party, an anniversary celebration, or sweet 16.
These little jars are very in and “hip” right now, meaning people love the sight of them. They are also classy and timeless, not to mention inexpensive.
5 Family Projects Using Mason Jars
DIY can be your escape from the day, or it can be a time to bring the family together. If you are looking for a few projects that you can do with kids even as young as 5-9 or your preteens and teens, we have them for you. These are a little more time intensive, depending on the age of your kids, and require more set up.
Yes, Mason Jars For Kids: Piggy Banks
Age group: 5-9
- Plastic Mason Jars (if at all possible, or thick glass for “on the shelf” use)
- Mason Jar Lid, with a coin-sized slot, punched out (Easily done with a hammer, block of wood and a flat head screwdriver or punch)
- Drop cloth or plastic bag to protect your working surface
- An apron or oversized shirt, one you won’t miss when ruined
Plus, any combination of the below, or your own art-supply ideas!
- Finger paints
- Contact paper/labels
- Markers for use with the contact paper
To make a piggy bank with your youngster, first, make sure you won’t regret the project. Use a cheap plastic tablecloth, or even a trash bag taped to your work surface to protect it from spills, drips, and whoopsies. Your child will pick up on whether or not this is “fun,” from you – and disasters have a way of making things not fun.
Second, make sure all your supplies are laid out and ready to go. Walking away to get the lid you left in the other room may be all the time needed to have a major clean-up on your hands! By, “ready to go,” we also mean make sure that the parts of this your child can’t do yet – such as marking and “cutting” a hole for coins — is done before you start. Small kids get bored easily and have a short attention span. Now, you have everything laid out, let them get creative!
After the “art” is done, affix a label with their name, and then you will have a piggy bank that they made themselves. Or, you can try the piggy bank project below with mason jars, felt, pipecleaners, and fabric glue.
Kids Mason Jar Terrarium DIY
Age group: 9-12
Supplies List: A wide-mouthed mason jar, decorative rocks, sand, soil, small plants, a long-handled spoon, some figurines or small plastic toys. This is a basic list, of course. Get creative!
Instructions: Create an awesome micro-climate in a mason jar! Your young kids will love to watch this tiny world they created, just be sure not to overwater.
6 Fun Room Decor DIY Projects with Mason Jars Your Teen Will Love
Age group: Teens, (yes, teens!)
Supplies List: Mason Jars! Everything else depends on your project, and your kid, which may include:
- Chalk Paint
- Specialized mason jar lids (or a lid with the center punched out and a soap pump)
- Puff paints
- Electric or small tea candles
- Salt, sugar or creamer
- Crafting letters, stickers, or stencils
- Plant food or soil
- Labels or chalkboard stickers
- Anything your teen actually wants to use to transform their jars
Instructions: For this one, we’ve gone straight to the source, because teens tend to have their own language. Consequently, the way we frame things as “cool” really falls short of the mark for them. If you have a teenager that you’d like to get involved in a family DIY project afternoon – why not try one of these?
There you have it, ten easy, fun, and useful do it yourself mason jar projects that you can probably do with stuff you already have on hand.
Featured image: CC 0 Public Domain Pixabay via Pexels.