Mason Jars Decor
I have a love affair with mason jars — vintage ones and new ones. Can’t get enough of them.
Mason jars were invented and patented in 1858, and have been used for canning and storing things for 160 year, but we obviously use them for decor just as much nowadays.
Here are 7 easy ways I use to decorate with mason jars in our home, the Blue Cottage.
They come in handy for so many uses: decor and storage and organization.
Mason Jar Twine Dispenser
This is a cute way to display and store twine or ribbons: in mason jars.
You can use any size or color of mason jar to make this dispenser. Simply place the yarn into the jar, replace the lid with a piece of thin fabric or burlap, cut a little hole in the center, and stick the yarn through it before you screw on the lid ring.
Or, use a thick nail to make a hole in the center of the mason jar lid, put the twine through the hole and the twine into the mason jar, and then crew the lid close.
As you can see, I added a piece of lace ribbon around the top of the lid to dress it up some more. This also makes such a cute gift.
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Vintage Mason Jars Collection
You can find vintage mason jars with zinc lids in antique and thrift stores or at flea markets — or if you are lucky, Grandma’s pantry.
They look beautiful all by themselves. I have a collection of blue vintage Ball jars with zinc lids and they make a statement on our white kitchen counter and my office.
Mason Jar Vase
I own many vases, but I always seem to use the same one: a vintage Ball mason jar.
The blue color pops and is so cheerful, and this large mason jar usually is the perfect size for any flower bouquet.
An arrangement of several small mason jars, new or old, would also look cute. You could use three or four and wind twine around them to hold them in place to make one larger vase with several holes to fill.
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I had to make one for my son: a mason jar soap dispenser filled with LEGOs.
What an easy DIY idea, plus such a simple way to get the kid to want to wash his hands more often!
I used Ball jars in the blue color, but you could also use the green or clear ones.
Putting a hole into the top of the lid doesn’t take much skill — you can find the easy instructions here — and then you just add a pump to the lid, and the soap and LEGOs to the mason jar.
I assume your child already has LEGO and you can just grab a handful to put into the soap dispenser, but if you don’t, here is a small set of LEGO:
I usually save and reuse the pumps from shampoos, etc., but if you need to buy plastic pumps, here you go. They also sell pretty stainless steel one.
Or make the project even simpler for yourself and buy these:
Mason Jars for Food Storage
I prefer to store things in glass instead of plastic, and I like that I can see right away what’s in the jars.
I use these mason jars every day, and they are easy to reach sitting in an open shelf on the kitchen counter.
Mason Jar Pendant Light
Once I bought the mini pendant light kit, it took only minutes to make this mason jar pendant lamp.
Making the hole into the lid (I traced the circle outline on the lid and hammered nail round the circle into the lid until the circle came out) was easy and it literally only took me five minutes to make this lamp. Here is the full tutorial.
Consider the size of the bulb you want to use — make sure it’s not too large for the jar to avoid possibly overheating, and add extra holes to the top of the lid for ventilation.
Mason Jar Candles
I like making my own candles with soy wax — they make wonderful gifts.
I use this organic soy wax – it’s no-toxic and burns for many hours.
Once you’ve made them, you can decorate them for all kinds of occasions. I used tin tags and paper tags for different ideas, and even a colorful T-shirt for the lid fabric.
Make sure the fabric is thin enough so the lid ring will screw closed.
Here is the full tutorial for making mason jars candles.
There are only seven uses for mason jars. I hope this post gave you a new idea how to decorate with them, or store items in.
What’s your favorite way to incorporate them into your home — for storage, crafts, and gifts?
You can find tutorial for the mason jars candles, lamp, and soap dispenser by clicking on the photos or the links.