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Ideas for Mason Jars: Creative Uses for Jars

Over 50 creative and inspiring DIY ideas for Mason Jars. Love these!

Any one who walks in our home will slowly learn my love of mason jars. They are so versatile, and my uses for Mason Jars range with everything from food, to decorating, to organizing and more.  I am sure that the owners of Ball could never have imagined all the “How to use Mason Jar” ideas we would brainstorm, and I didn’t even show one picture for the jewel of canning. :)

Months ago, my goal was to photograph 50 ways that I use mason jars around my home, but I realized that even though I decorate with them, drink out of them, store left over food in them, and use them as candle holders on a regular basis, there are so many more creative people than myself that went above and beyond to photograph some amazing ideas.

My desire is that you will be inspired with all these Mason jar ideas, and will never think of them the same way. Since I am a huge re-purposer, I have found Mason Jars to be a wonderful value. I often find them at yard sales and thrift stores for pennies on the dollar, but even at full price, they are a decorating steal.

Many of these jar ideas are mine (and some of mine, I have never gotten around to photographing), but for those other projects that I have shared, my hope is that I gave proper creative credit.

If you love mason jars like I do, and have a project on your blog or a photograph at home, please link to it in the comments. I will take that as an OK to go ahead and share your idea as well. I would love to do another whole post with all of your ideas.

If you LOVE Mason Jars like I do, please share this on Facebook or Pin it, so you’ll always have frugal decorating ideas at your fingertips.

Over 50 creative and inspiring DIY ideas for Mason Jars. Love these!My knock out roses are finally blooming and they put a smile on my face every time I look at them.

I’m peering at these Mason Jars sitting beautifully on my counter right now.

Over 50 creative and inspiring DIY ideas for Mason Jars. Love these!Pobke Photography [3]

I’ve shared often how I use all kinds of  Glassware to Decorate [4], and even did a silly video on it while I was at Goodwill a few years back. Let your creative juices flow and think outside the box.

While these Pottery Barn Mason jars came with a very hefty price tag, I figured I could do a look alike for a total of $3 ($1/jar.)

yazy jo [5]

Simply elegant, and wonderful example of creating a frugal tablescape.

Anthropologie – WOW!

[6]As much as I adore mason jars, I don’t think I could begin to tackle that huge Anthropologie project. Although, it’s very manageable on a smaller scale. You just need the jars, a hanging lamp kit and a ceiling light plate.  Instructions located here. [7]


Ideas for decorating above your doors. [9]


Since the Turquoise Ball Jars are so pretty as is, I have them on shelves that flank my kitchen sink on either side.

My Kitchen Corner Cabinet
This is what I am drinking right now as I write this post.
Drinking out of mason jars just makes me happy.
I always make candy centerpieces with mason jars.
This Licorice centerpiece is on my table right now. The chocolate is in my tummy.
[14]The tea lights that I burn at night.

pumpkin pie in a jar Pumpkin Pie (or any Pie flavor) in a Jar [15]How I love Baking Pies in any size jar [16] (recipe for Pumpkin Pie in Jar)

party drink ideas DIY Party Bar (Make Your Own Magic Bullet)

Serve Beverages in Mason Jars. [17]

They make everything more fun, and it’s a great Party Drink Idea when you use the DIY Magic Bullet below.

The kids can all create their own special concoction.

DIY Magic Bullet with Mason Jars DIY Party Bar (Make Your Own Magic Bullet)

Do you remember one of my favorite tricks?

Make your own Magic Bullet, just with a mason jar and blender.

Mason Jar Blender [17] (DIY Magic Bullet)

STrawberry Milk 500x375 Strawberry Milk Recipe (Great Gift Idea)

Strawberry Milk Recipe [18] (Great gift idea)


Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Recipe [20]

This tip has been working wonders in our home.

Put leftovers in see through mason jars, so they are much more likely to get eaten.

homemade granola Easy, Healthy, Homemade Granola Recipe

Healthy, Homemade Granola [21]

[22]Austin Gros Wedding Photography [23]

You know how much I love chalk board paint. [24]

Use chalk board paint on mason jars for cute party favor cups, organizing your pantry, or any where else you need labeling done and want things cute.


How cute are Lynn’s mini bread pudding desserts?

Banana Bread Pudding from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventure [26]

[27]At Lynn’s last BBQ, she didn’t have ramekins, so she served her custard in jars. [28]

Perfectly beautiful.

[29]For those that think mason jars only have a country and rustic feel, especially when using them for weddings, think again.

Here is a Mason Jar Champagne Tower [30].

[31]A Breakfast to Go idea for the wedding party. [30]Yogurt served in mason jars with granola to go.


Country Living turns a mason jar into a functionally cute soap dispenser.

[33]Ficker [34]

You all know how I love to paint glass. [35]Well, it’s absolutely no different with mason jars.

Mix and match spray paint for your perfect decorating color.


[37]One can find old frames for $1 at yard sales and thrift stores. What a great decorating idea to make a statement area in your home.

( I have this photo saved forever and looked for the original source. Please let me know if it’s yours. My apologies.)

[38]My niece shared this idea on her facebook page. As we plan for her wedding, there have been many mason jar ideas. For this, you break the glow stick in two and then dump the contents inside the jar. SO creative.


[39](Image: Chelle Paperie [40])

 Too many people underestimate the power of night time lightening. I believe in creating ambiance and this is an easy way.

This look is right up my alley, since I have 10 candles on our dinner table at any given time.

[41]Ken Kienow Photography [42]

[43]via flicker [44]

[45] Jenna Marie Photography [46]

[47]Gorgeous outdoor chandelier repurposing jars. Love the step by step tutorial. [48]

[49]Tumbler [50]

[51]When I was in LA, Savings did up our work tables with cute mason jar planters. It was simple, yet so homey.

[52]Jingle Bell Jar from The Inspired Room using Epsom salts and mason jar.

lemons in vase1 Brainstorming New Things For Our Easter Meal

From my table

[53]Ebay seller [54]who makes mason jar hanging lamps

[55]A really cute idea for creative bathroom storage [56]. Make your own Mason Jar storage board.
[57]Check out how sweet and simple this idea is of hanging mason jars on a clothesline. [58]
Simple, frugal and breathtakingly beautiful from Not Just a Housewife.
This is an amazing idea to showcase family photography.
Via Apartment Therapy [61]

[62]Creative , Pretty and Functional Work Space [63]

[66]Home Talk [67]

Phew, I am just tired thinking of all the great DIY projects I have ahead, but so inspired. Would you ever imagine all the ideas for Mason Jars? You’ll never have to ask how to use mason jars again.

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Thank you to the creators of the Mason Jar. Our great grandmothers’ thank you for lifting their load in house hold management, and this new generation thanks you for all the fun – times fifty. :)