19 Ingenious and Practical Mason Jar Crafts and Transformations

The Mason jar is perhaps the simplest most accessible and most versatile item that one can use in DIY projects. It can be repurposed in tons upon tons of interesting ways, some more obvious than others. The idea basically is you can always find something cool and useful to do with Mason jars so just keep a few around in case you get an idea. We’ve actually prepared a bunch of examples for you today so let’s see if any of these are to your liking.

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Mason jars are almost exclusively used for storage but that can take lots of different forms. This for instance is a Mason jar wall organizer. You can make something like this for your kitchen, bathroom or any other space that needs a bit of extra storage on the wall. All you need for this project is a piece of wood, some leather straps, upholstery tacks, a hammer and some jars. Three jars seems to be the magic number here but you can use as many or as few as you want to.

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Here’s a great idea for some cheap and interesting Halloween decorations: turn jars into mummies. You can make a bunch of them and you can use jars of different shapes and sizes. Decorate them with gauze wrap or anything similar that’s thin and stretchy. Make sure the material you use is not totally opaque so a bit of light can also get through.

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Mason jar votives are also super easy to make and require very few supplies and little effort. The idea is to spray paint the jars and to use painter’s tape to create a pattern or a design on them for the light of the candle to pass through. This copper spray paint looks very stylish but of course you can use other colors as well.

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You can also use Mason jars to create beautiful centerpieces. The jars themselves don’t need to be the center of attention. You can use one or two as vases and fill them with beautiful and colorful flowers. Others can serve as organizers and storage containers for cutlery, straws and everything else. Tie ribbon and twine around the jars and decorate them a bit so they look lovely without standing out too much.

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A different idea is to turn Mason jars into light fixtures. It’s not as difficult as you may think and it can look really charming. This Mason jar ceiling light is perfect for this cozy little corner space. They really brighten up the area and you can position them at any height you want to. You can also add more pendant lamps or use a single one if you prefer a simpler look.

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Simply spray painting a Mason jar or part of it can be enough to change it into something beautiful and super versatile that can be used as a vase, storage container or something completely different. Use painter’s tape to create cool geometric designs on your jars. We really like how simple these painted jars look and also how elegant they are, even though they’re still nothing but decorated jars.

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There’s also a cool and pretty simple way to make a Mason jar desk lamp. The jar wouldn’t serve as the lampshade but it would instead be the base of the lamp. It would be nice to paint the entire jar so you don’t see the wiring inside and also to add a bit of color to your design. You’ll also need to drill a hole into the jar for the wire to pass through and the lid is also necessary at the top and it can be painted too to match the jar.

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Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that turn out to be the most brilliant. For example, turning a Mason jar into a soap dispenser is such an easy thing to do you’re probably wonderful why you haven’t done it already. You can use a pump from another soap dispenser and glue onto the lid. As for the jar itself, the design possibilities are numerous but we suggest sticking with a simple look and just spray paint the jar in a nice color.

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Now let’s go back to the idea of Mason jar centerpieces and check out a few ways in which you can decorate the jars. If you’re going for a rustic look, it would be nice to wrap some twine around the center of the jar and then tie in an ornament which could be something super basic like a silver washer. You can add some details if you want to and come up with different patterns and configurations to make each jar look special.

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Another really cute idea is to turn a jar into a beautiful lantern which you can hang outside, maybe on your deck or porch or in the garden. Use a piece of twine to make a little handle for the jar and some lace or ribbon to decorate the jar on the outside. Then put a candle inside and you’re done. You can have several of these Mason jar candle lanterns, each with a different design. Also, you can use battery-operated candles to avoid any possible fire damage.

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Mason jars can also help you display some of the souvenirs you brought back with you from the beach. It can be as simple as filling the bottom portion of the jar with sand and then adding a few shells, sea glass and other things on top. If you want to you can also decorate the jar with some ribbon and make a cute hanging tag. Check out diys for more details and inspiration.

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You can also use jars in ways that make it less obvious. By that we mean even completely hide the jar and although it would be an integral part of your design it won’t stand out. A good example is this beautiful vase. Making something like this is rather simple. Take a bunch of paper straws and glue them around the outside of the jars, then add a cute little ribbon around them. You can find additional details and instructions on diyncrafts.

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Let’s talk about the whole decorating process a bit and include a few more specific details and ideas. As you know by now, simply decorating a Mason jar and making it look more pretty is enough to give it a completely new identity. If you like the rustic style as much as we do, check out this project from diys. It shows exactly how this beautiful jar was decorated using jute twine, burlap and lace trim and some thin white ribbon.

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Isn’t this chicken vase adorable? It’s really cute and funny and like all the other projects on this list it’s made out of a Mason jar. First the jar was painted all yellow, then the eyes and the beak were painted on it, some twine was wrapped around the rim and finally the bow with the little ladybug in the middle was added. If you want more details you can head over to diyncrafts.

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Mason jars can also be turned into flower pots. A cool idea could be to make an herb garden and it would be super easy and cheap if you just use some jars you already have. Put some pebbles at the bottom for drainage, add soil and seeds or plant already grown herbs. You can then keep them on the windowsill in your kitchen. The idea comes from hellonest.

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There’s also a really nice project featured on craftsbyamanda which makes use of Mason jars in a very interesting way. These jars were turned into beautiful luminaries and they’ve been decorated with crocheted doilies. This gives them a rustic look and also means you can repurpose a bunch of old and outdated doilies. Lace would also work as a decoration.

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Here’s a little something that you can do for Valentine’s Day. You need four Mason jars, some paper doilies, burlap hearts and wood letters: L, O, V and E. The doilies are used to decorate the jars but also to make beautiful and colorful paper flowers that you can fill the jars with. Make a little bouquet for each jar and display all four of them in a row. More details about this project can be found on designimprovised.

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Remember the very first project on this list? It was an organizer made using Mason jars. Here’s a similar version of that but this customized specifically for the bathroom. It’s like a small brushing station with one jar for each member of the family. The wooden back panel is decorated as well with white vinyl letters. You can also use a stencil and some spray paint for that. This project idea comes from craftsbyamanda.

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The last project we want to show you today is also the cutest of them all. Check out how adorable these things are. Each jar has been turned into a unique storage container for school supplies and each has a different design. It’s all done with paint, tape, paint pens and card stock. You can come up with your own cute designs inspired by cartoons or entirely original. All the details you need can be found on colormadehappy.