I’ve been pinning mason jar crafts like crazy on Pinterest this summer. Are you shocked to learn that I’ve got a thing for mason jars? (I’m so original, I know.) There’s a reason they are so popular – well, many reasons – they’re versatile, cute, durable, and cheap! Today I’ve got a roundup of neat mason jar crafts that caught my eye, and each of the bloggers who created these DIY projects has given permission for me to share them. I hope you’ll find some inspiration today!
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Mason Jar Crafts for Organization
Mason jars can make organizing your supplies that much easier. Whether you need to corral bathroom goods, office supplies, or kitchen items, grab a few jars and try some of these fun craft ideas.
How cute are the painted designs on these fruit-themed jars? Of course, the fabulous artwork sucked me right in! Sam’s tutorial makes this project seem doable, even for the less-artsy among us. I think I could pull this off, and I know some short people around here who would love to stash their art supplies in cute jars like this.
Here’s a clever project to create your own mason jar canisters. Paint the jars, attach cute knobs to the lids, and boom! – you’ve got some lovely new storage containers. I’m thinking about making these for our kitchen with leftover knobs from our DIY kitchen reno.
The next two projects are both cute bathroom organizers. First, you could gather a collection of mason jars in different sizes, paint them to coordinate, and then fill with assorted bathroom items. Linda also provides directions to add a soap pump (look for it later in this post) and a grid for holding toothbrushes.
>> Read the instructions here. <<
Casey shares how to make this wall-mounted DIY mason jar organizer with hose clamps. One advantage to this project is that it frees up counter space, while adding original and functional decor to your bathroom.
Upcycled Mason Jar Projects
From tissue holders to soap dispensers, one of these upcycled mason jar crafts might be perfect for your next DIY project.
If you love the idea of a mason jar soap dispenser, here are directions and a video.
>> Check out Mason Jar Crafts Love. <<
Want to class up your Kleenex? This is a clever project, and you can dress it up with a cute phrase, if you have a Cricut. Or just paint a phrase by hand. One note – I appreciate that Gail explains how to roll and fit the tissues in the mason jar. It’s not as straightforward as you might think.
Mason jar planters are a great way to reuse your old jars. You could paint them with chalk paint and then pop in some succulents for a quick decor fix.
Or really make those planters work for you and create an herb garden. Add fun labels to identify your plants, either with paint pens or cute tags like these. Through this tutorial, Heidi also shares links to her directions for drying herbs. Save serious cash by growing fresh herbs AND making dried batches for the rest of the year!
Mason Jar Crafts for Outdoor Spaces
Here are a few neat ideas for turning mason jars into useful outdoor items. From lanterns to candles, these affordable projects will make your outdoor space both comfortable and pretty.
Whether you make this mason jar lantern with real candles or LED lights, it’s such a cute DIY patio light. The colored glass jar is a nice touch, too.
Another fun lantern idea uses tiny LED string lights to create a “firefly” effect in the jar. This is the closest my kids will get to real fireflies this summer, so I’ve got this craft on the docket.
Speaking of bugs, if you want to keep mosquitoes at bay, try making this beautiful, all-natural candle! This is a brilliant idea for a mason jar craft. If you make one, please report back on its effectiveness. (Don’t hate on me when I tell you that we’re basically mosquito-free in Colorado. One of the upsides of a super dry climate is few bugs. But that includes fireflies…) However, I might make one just because it’s so pretty.
How to Paint Mason Jars
PAINT. So many options. Pinterest is filled with directions on painting mason jars, but I like this simple tutorial from Planning for Keeps. Basically, paint them with chalk paint and then lightly sand the raised edges if you want a distressed look. (You can also use chalk spray paint as suggested in the mason jar canister project, above.)
Supplies for Mason Jar Crafts
I usually buy mason jars by the case at the grocery store. You can find them in the baking aisle with canning supplies, and they often have the best prices. To order online, Target has better prices on most styles than Amazon, and they now sell a cute vintage-looking aqua quart – check it out below! I’ve also found vintage jars at thrift stores, so keep that in mind for future, when we’re not hiding out at home. If you want to order jars online, here are some options:
If you buy a case, but you only need one or two jars, there are a million other uses for mason jars. We use the 8 oz size for our kids’ drinking glasses, which we have in two patterns, so we can always tell them apart. I brew iced tea in a half-gallon jar throughout the summer and it easily fits on the fridge door. Also, I always have a few of the quart-size jars on hand for flower vases, storing homemade granola, and mixing up DIY cleaning supplies. Endlessly useful!
As for specific supplies for these projects, I encourage you to click on the links to each craft. These bloggers will appreciate your purchases through their affiliate links, since they’ve worked hard to create and share clever DIY projects. (FYI – when bloggers use affiliate links to products, they earn a teeny tiny commission from sales that originate from their links. Making purchases by clicking through a link shows that you appreciate that blogger and her hard work. We all thank you for your support!)
Mason Jars – All Day, Every Day
What’s your favorite use for mason jars? Drop a comment below! Thanks for reading and have a great week, friends!
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