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Mason Jar Crafts: 20+ Unique Mod Podge Ideas

Do you love mason jar crafts? I’m obsessed with the countless ways to decorate jars; here are some Mod Podge mason jars I think you’ll love.

18 Unique Ways to Decoupage Mason Jars

Are you wanting to decoupage mason jars? Of course you are – they are all the rage right now! There are so many things I love about mason jars, and one of the biggest is that they are really easy to craft with.

I’m talking about instant gratification. I’ve done a few Mod Podge mason jars and loved the results.

Mason Jar Crafts

A lot of people are intimidated by working with glass of any sort, but there’s no reason to be. It’s basically the same as working with other craft surfaces, you just have to be more careful since the likelihood of breaking is obviously increased.

Mason jar crafts are perfect for decor and gifts – those are my two favorite uses. Making decor with mason jars is pretty awesome, especially when you can dig jars out of the recycling bin (hello, free!).

I also love giving gifts in mason jars because the packaging is also the gift. Me likey giving and receiving mason jar gifts.

Preparing Mason Jars for Crafts

Before you get started, remove labels from the jars using one of our DIY sticker remover methods.

Mason jars tend to get greasy fingerprints on the outside from so much handling, so I always recommend washing them with a mild soap and water and letting dry. You can also use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean the glass if you need.

Do you want to make your own sticker remover? Here are ten options for making a non-toxic, DIY sticker remover. You likely have all the ingredients on hand!

You can paint mason jars before decoupaging over the top. If you use any sort of paint, it should be either a spray paint (like a primer) or an acrylic paint.

You can also DYE mason jars with Mod Podge and drops of food coloring. Learn how to do that here.

Mod Podge is an acrylic product so it works with acrylic paint just fine. You can also use chalk paint or milk paint. You’ll see some painted mason jars in the projects below.

Mod Podge Mason Jars – Which Formula?

You can use just about any Mod Podge formula with mason jars. Glass is shiny by nature, so Gloss is the most commonly used on mason jars for most people. However, you can always use the Matte or Satin formulas if you are looking for a bit of a different finish.

Using Tea Lights

You can absolutely use tea lights with Mod Podge mason jars – real or battery powered. Just keep in mind that the Mod Podge should be on the outside of the jar if you are planning on using real tea lights.

The glass will act as a barrier and, while the jar might get a little hot, it’ll be fine and nothing will melt (PS – Mod Podge is non-flammable, but it can melt when exposed to direct flame or heat).

darting paper on mason jars
Photo courtesy of The Creative Place

Special Techniques

Remember that both the tops and bottoms of mason jars are curved. If you are going to Mod Podge mason jars completely from top to bottom, you’re going to need to place darts in the paper or fabric (similar to a sewing pattern).

To adds darts means to cut a triangle in the paper or fabric and then fold over. You can see in the image above.

Do you want to color mason jars with Mod Podge? Get our colored mason jars technique here on the blog. It’s a fun one.

Besides the above, there’s not much else you need to do besides experiment and have fun! Putting Mod Podge on a jar is simple, and there are a lot of options.

In fact, here are 18 unique ways to decoupage mason jars. Which one inspires you the most?

Decoupage Mason Jars

1. Epsom Salt

DIY epsom salt luminaries

Ginger used epsom salt and stenciling to give a festive holiday feel to her mason jar luminaries. What I love about these mason jar lights is that they’re great for beginners; no previous crafting experience needed!

2. Fall Gift Jars

Fall gift jars

I used fabric squares to decoupage these jars, then add some fun embellishments with Mod Melts.

3. Sheet Music

mason jar makeover with sheet music

Use strips of sheet music or book pages to decorate the outside of a mason jar – perfect to make a pretty vase for a party centerpiece or wedding.

4. Fall Leaf Luminaries

Real fall leaf luminaries for autumn

Use real leaves and Mod Podge to decorate lanterns – which cast a pretty glow when lit up.

5. Patchwork Paper

mod podge mason jars

Ashley attached the scraps of paper using a sewing machine, then decoupaged directly to the jar. This paper piecing method is so unique and I love it for Mod Podge mason jars.

6. Mason Jar Succulents

Use chalk paint and Mod Podge to create these gorgeous DIY mason jar succulent pots for spring. Perfect for a kitchen windowsill or a seasonal mantel!

Use chalk paint and Mod Podge to create these gorgeous DIY mason jar succulent pots for spring. Perfect for a kitchen windowsill or a seasonal mantel!

7. Glowing Maps

Map Mason Jar Lantern

Hang mason jars with this unique lantern idea! What places are special to you? Add maps to the inside of a mason jar for a unique look (plus only use a battery powered tealight for this project).

8. Painted and Glittered

mason jar crafts with paint and glitter

This project is so versatile – paint the jars any way you like, then add glitter to the base with Mod Podge. The bolder, the better!

9. Etched Lace

Decoupage mason jars

Use etching medium, Mod Podge, and lace to make this pretty display of decoupaged mason jars. Great for vintage or shabby chic decor.

10. Beach Glass

Beach Glass mason jar lanterns

Use glass paint to create these mason jar lanterns with a faux beach glass theme. These look gorgeous with tea lights inside!

11. DIY Mason Jar Night Light

This DIY mason jar night light can be made on a budget - and your kids can help. The glitter is so sparkly and fun for night time!

This DIY mason jar night light can be made on a budget – and your kids can help. The glitter is so sparkly and fun for night time!

12. Fabric Scraps

Fabric covered mason jars

If you have boring jars and some leftover fabric, you can decoupage jars just like Amanda did.

13. Pink Vintage

Pink mason jars with Mod Podge and food coloring

Linda dyed her jars with Mod Podge and food coloring, and also aged the lids with a few ingredients.

14. American Flag DIY Lanterns

Easy American Flag Mason Jar Lanterns

These American flag DIY lanterns are perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day! This project is super simple and inexpensive. Make these mason jar lanterns in just a few minutes.

15. Photo Mason Jar

Mason jar photo frame

Add a photo to the outside of a colorful mason jar for an alternative to a frame – then add stencils or Mod Melts to the top for embellishments.

16. Denim Look

Denim mason jars

Use Rit Dye with Mod Podge to give a denim look to mason jars.

17. Tissue Paper Luminaries

DIY mason jar luminary

Make this pretty jar with tissue paper and the pattern of your choice. I absolutely love the shapes that were chosen for these decoupage mason jars.

18. Solar Light

Diy solar light from a mason jar

Combine Mod Podge and drops of food coloring to dye the jars – then add solar lights on top. What a perfect garden decoration, or for a walkway leading up to a house.

19. Mason Jar Christmas Gift

Mason jar Christmas gift

This DIY Mason jar makes the perfect gift for coworkers, friends and family – and anyone can do it, even if you don’t have previous crafting experience.

20. Chinese New Year

Turn regular mason jars into a fun Chinese New Year craft with tissue paper, paint, and Mod Podge. These are perfect for a themed party!

Turn regular mason jars into a fun Chinese New Year craft with tissue paper, paint, and Mod Podge. These are perfect for a themed party!

20. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason jar soap dispenser

Learn how to make a mason jar soap dispenser the easy way! Even if you’ve never used a drill before, this project is easily achievable for beginners.


Which of these mason jar ideas is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Want to see our tips for crafting with mason jars in video format? Click PLAY on the video in this post to see them!

Have you tried any of these decoupage mason jars? I’d love to hear in the projects – especially if you’ve done something new that I’ve never seen!

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Linda @ Mason Jar Crafts Love

Thursday 6th of March 2014

Thank you so much for including my Mod Podge pink mason jars here!!!

:) Linda

Denise Key

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

These are beautiful! Love to mod podge mason jars these just gave me some new ideals! Thanks for sharing!

Creative Mind

Tuesday 18th of February 2014

so much fun! cute ideas :)

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