As rustic-inspired design makes a comeback, mason jars have become the new “it” home accessory. There are literally hundreds of ways to use your mason jars, and another few hundred ways to decorate and dress them up! Read on for five of my favorites.
1. Glitter Jars
My first favorite mason jar craft is a glitter treatment from the brilliant minds over at Lilyshop. All you need is your favorite color of glitter and Mod Podge. It’s so easy! Combine 1 inch of Mod Podge and a decent amount of glitter in the bottom of the jar. Stir it up with a popcicle stick, and using the stick, swirl it up around the sides a little. On a paper plate, turn the jar upside down so the glittery Mod Podge drips down the sides. The dripping should take about an hour. After the glitter has fully dripped down the jar, turn it right-side up and let it dry until the Mod Podge is clear!
You can use these for anything! They make fabulous paint or make-up brush holders or you can stick a votive candle in the bottom for a great light!
2. Festive Holiday Decorations
Another bright idea for mason jars comes from Crafts By Amanda. She turned a collection of jars into cute Halloween luminary display. Use acrylic paint in your favorite Halloween-y colors to paint up the outside of the jar. Once the paint is dry, use a Sharpie to design scary faces on the outside. Let the marker dry, and then spray the jar with Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Gaze. Once they are totally dry, put a votive candle inside.
These can be made with layers of white, yellow, and orange paint, too, to look like candy corns, or paint them like Christmas trees for the holiday season!
3. Fun Fabric Jars
Use fabric and Mod Podge to add bright and colorful flair to your jars! Start with a layer of Mod Podge and then wrap fabric all the way around. Seal the seam with a little Mod Podge. Fold the fabric down into the mouth of the jar and seal it with more Mod Podge. To dress up the mouth, you can hot glue on some cute trim or a complementary fabric.
These are great for storing office supplies like pens and pencils, scissors, or paperclips!
4. Tinted Mason Jars
You can create a neat tinted effect by dyeing jars with food coloring and Mod Podge. All you have to do is mix the color in with a little of Mod Podge and pour it into the bottom of the jar. Swirl it up onto the sides and then turn it over to drip down. The rest of the steps are just like the glitter jars. The only difference is that when you’re done, you’re left with a lightly tinted jar instead of a glittery one.
These are popularly used as centerpieces with a simple flower arrangement in it. The best part is that you can do any colors you want to match the scheme of the party or room!
5. Creative Caps
This is less of a treatment as it is a great way to cap off your jar! Did you know that the green lid from the Kraft Parmesan sprinkle cheese will fit a standard mason jar? This is super helpful if you want to mix up a batch of homemade carpet powder or dry and mix your own Italian seasoning herbs.
Another great cap is the top of a salt canister. Using an Exacto knife, remove the top of a salt container and trim to the same size as the jar. Using the screw-on ring that comes with the jar to hold it on, you have a mason jar with a pour spout. It’s helpful if you want to make and store your own bath salts or hold a collection of seed beads! Want to add a fancy touch? You can even decorate these tops with paint or cute fabric cut to size.
What are some of your favorite mason jar craft projects?