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Mason Jar Crafts: 60+ Unique Ideas You’ll Have to Try

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.

Mason jar crafts

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 Decor

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. If you feel that way too you’ll love our Christmas mason jars, by the way.

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!

Painting Mason Jars

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 made for glass. This means the paint needs to be an enamel or multisurface paint. You should definitely make sure to clean the jars before painting if you want it to stick.

Get my best tips for painting on glass.

You can also DYE mason jars with Mod Podge and drops of food coloring. Learn how to do that here. I also have a post so you can learn how to Mod Podge on glass.

Mod Podge is an acrylic product so it works with/over the top of acrylic paint just fine. You can also use chalk paint or milk paint. You’ll see some painted mason jars in the projects below. We have a guide on how to paint mason jars you’ll definitely want to reference.

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 60+ unique ways to decoupage mason jars. Which one inspires you the most?

If you love crafting with mason jars, this is the ultimate list of ideas! Pick your favorite and get creative. Decorate for gifts or for home decor. All of these are easy enough for beginning crafters.

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 comments – especially if you’ve done something new that I’ve never seen!

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 :)