Get over 40 ideas for mason jar Christmas crafts – perfect for holiday decorating or gifting! These are inexpensive and easy for beginners.
This Christmas, give your loved ones a gift they’ll appreciate for years to come: holiday crafts made with mason jars! If you’ve never tried mason jar Christmas crafts, I’m excited to share tons of project ideas with you. From decorations to candy dishes, there are plenty of ideas that will make any home merry and bright!
Mason jar crafts are the perfect way to bring some holiday cheer into your home. I’ll be honest, they are perfect for gifts as well, especially when you don’t know what to get someone (it happens!). With so many different options from which to choose, you’re sure find something perfect for anyone on your list.
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Christmas Mason Jars
Before we jump into the craft ideas, I wanted to walk you through the three steps of mason jar Christmas crafts. This is why I love these types of projects so much – they’re easy! You’ll prepare the jars, decorate them, and then fill them up.
Prepare the Jars
No matter what paint you decide to use, you’re going to need to begin by cleaning your glass jars. Now, I’ve used mild soap and water and that works fine. BUT I find that the best chance of getting your paint stick comes with using rubbing alcohol.
You’ll want to take a cotton swab or pad and clean the outside of the jar. This step is crucial if you want the paint to stick.
You are removing oils from fingers – oils that repel paint. That is why you are cleaning the jars in this manner. Get more information in my post about how to paint mason jars.
Paint and Decorate
After you clean the jars, you’re going to paint them. There are a few types of paint you can use, but my favorites are chalk and glass paints. Here’s more about them (I also have a complete guide to painting on glass):
Chalk paint – what I love about chalk paint is that you can paint it directly on glass without a primer. You’ll still need to clean the jars, but then you can paint the chalk paint right on the glass. It’s perfect for distressing and layering. Just let the first layer dry completely before adding the second layer.
Glass paint – made specifically for glass. Once you paint it on, you’ll likely bake it to cure. This usually involves baking for 20 – 30 minutes at 350ºF. Make sure to read the label for curing instructions.
Of course some jars are decorated with Mod Podge, and others aren’t decorated at all and just filled. But usually there is some kind of frills, even if it’s just wrapping around the top band of the jar!
Fill the Jars
The last thing you need to do is put whatever it is in the jar you’re going to, which are most commonly candy or baked goods. But you can add just about anything depending on the size of the jar. I’ve seen people add socks, nail polish, makeup, slime, gift cards, small alcohol bottles, small tools, tea/coffee, and more. Get creative!
Are you ready to check out the ideas? Keep on scrolling to get them, and then let me know your favorite in the comments!
Mason Jar Christmas Crafts
Mason jar crafts are all the rage this holiday season, and with good reason! They're inexpensive, easy to make, pretty to look at, and versatile. I've gathered up some of my favorite mason jar Christmas craft ideas for your crafting pleasure.
These glittered mason jar vases are an inexpensive way to dress up your Christmas tablescape without breaking the bank. The best part about this DIY is you can use these mason jar vases year round - not just during the holidays!
Add Christmas cheer to your gifts this year with these mason jar mulling spices. All you need is a clear jar and some cranberries, rosemary twigs, dried orange slices, and a few other simple supplies. Kellie also provides a free printable!
Food based Christmas gifts are always a favorite of mine. These cinnamon honey butter jars make a pretty presentation when you add a little bling to the jars, and pair with homemade bread, pound cake, biscuit mix, or even bagels!
I absolutely love striped mason jars! Kierste shows you how to make two versions for gifts - one as a soap dispenser and the other as a candy holder. She also offers free tags for you to download and print.
Some say gift cards are impersonal, but sometimes they perfectly fit the occasion! This is a way to make your gift card gift a little more personalized. Just fill a mason jar with homemade Christmas slime, add a gift card, and print out the free printable labels for an easy gift that every child will love!
I don't think elves get nearly enough crafting attention at Christmas! That's why I love Melissa's idea for an elfish mason jar gift! You can customize the color of your elf with the candy you use inside.
If you love decorating in rustic or farmhouse style, making your own red truck snow globe is a fun way to add some Fixer Upper charm without having to go searching for the perfect holiday decorations in the store.
Create mason jar Christmas crafts that look beautiful on your table for a holiday centerpiece. Easily customize your colors and designs, but I just absolutely love the shades of blue in this project! You can use these all winter.
This Santa jar craft will leave you feeling merry and bright this holiday season, especially after adding the striped ribbon and buttons! Perfect for the beginning crafter who wants to make a cheery gift or decoration.
It's time to get festive with these cute Christmas mason jars! They're perfect for kids of all ages. It's a great family project this holiday season, and you can choose between Amber's Santa, reindeer, and snowman designs.
Of all the mason jar Christmas crafts I've listed, this has to be the most straightforward one of them all! The assembly of the candy canes and tree clippings is about as easy as it gets - and really beautiful!
Mason jars are useful for holding a variety of things - including gift cards! The recipient will think they got candy or a food item until they pick it up and unscrew the lid. Then they can reuse the jar too!
If you have a die cutter, it's so easy to make these silhouette stickers that add a window to mason jars - and turn them into beautiful luminaries that decorate your home! I love the addition of beans as a base for the candle.
Sometimes when you're giving a gift you're just looking for a cute seasonal topper - so that the recipient can still see what's in the jar. This snowman is so cute I can hardly stand it. I'd love to do a Santa version too!
Malia took mason jar Christmas crafts to a whole new level with her faux "tree!" Perfect for using the large mason jars that come in green. I love how she added lights and sprayed them with snowy spray paint.
If you need a super last minute gift that will give the recipient a hassle free morning, these shake and pour pancakes are perfect! Cindy even has a free printable label! Just head to the grocery store and you'll find everything you need.
As far as I'm concerned, plaid works from fall all the way through the end of the year! That's what I love about this jar . . . you can make a few of these for your home and you'll have pretty decorations for several months.