Do you love mason jar crafts? I’m obsessed with the countless ways to decorate jars; here are some DIY projects using glass jars I think you’ll love.
Are you wanting to try some creative jar DIY ideas? 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 projects with mason jars and loved the results.
Mason Jar Decor Ideas
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 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.
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 multi surface 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.
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 jar decor. However, you can always use the Matte or Satin formulas if you are looking for a bit of a different finish.
You can absolutely use tea lights for mason jar lights – 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).
You can also use Christmas lights or fairy lights in your mason jar decor. They look great!
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 jar decoration ideas, this is the ultimate list of crafts! Pick your favorite and get creative. Decorate for gifts or for home decor. All of these are easy enough for beginning crafters.
Sheet Music Centerpieces
Make a mason jar table decoration using Mod Podge and some other simple supplies. Perfect for party or wedding.
Beach Glass Lanterns
Learn how to make DIY sea glass lanterns with glass paint and mason jars. These are really easy and make a big impact.
Chalk Paint Mason Jars
Learn how to paint mason jars with a matte finish chalk paint! This is a perfect project for farmhouse or rustic mason jar decor.
Mason Jar Sewing Kit
Learn how to make a sewing kit out of a jar - that you can gift! This is perfect for birthday, Christmas, or any other time you want to celebrate your sewing loving friends. Free labels included.
DIY Jar Wall Organizer
Mason jars are great for decorating around the home, especially for unique storage! Learn to make this wall organizer you can use in any room.
Mason Jar Night Light
Make this mason jar night light craft using a simple tutorial! This is a fun project for kids or adults.
DIY Photo Mason Jar
Applying a photo to a mason jar makes a great home decor display - just add flowers! Also perfect for a hostess gift.
Doily Luminaries for Decor & Party
Make gorgeous doily luminaries to dress up your home decor or to use as rustic wedding centerpieces.
Animal Topped Mason Jars
These topper mason jars are a great idea for all sorts of applications - kids' parties, room decor, craft rooms, and even gifts! Would I have these in my office? That too.
Herb Garden with Personalized Tin
If you've always wanted to start an herb garden, you can! It's easy to do in mason jars. This project also includes a personalized tray.
Mason Jar Table Lamp
I love that you can make these pretty lamps in any colors you like! Assembling a lamp is easy, and you're going to love trying this with a variety of jar styles and colors.
How to Tint Mason Jars
Learn how to tint mason jars with Mod Podge! It's very simple, and you can customize with any colors you like. Perfect for parties or gifts.
Mason Jar Candles with Lavender
Making candles in mason jars couldn't be easier or satisfying, especially when they smell good and look great too! These are great gifts; you'll want to make a ton of them.
How to Make Mason Jar Chimes
Try this mason jar to wind chimes upcycle, just in time for spring and outdoor decor. This project is a great stash buster for those beads and charms you’ve been stockpiling. There will be some cutting and drilling of glass, but don’t fear, you can do this!
Jars Etched with Lace
Use etching medium, Mod Podge, and lace to make this pretty display of decoupaged mason jars. Great for vintage or shabby chic decor.
Painted and Distressed Storage
The nice thing about this project is that you can do it with ANY size or number of jars you like! Make the type of storage that works best for you.
Mason Jar Candle Holders
Learn how to make a dyed mason jar candle holder the easy way - you can customize this project with any colors you like.
Mason Jar Herb Garden That Hangs
Bring the outdoors inside with this easy mason jar herb garden that you can hang. The vintage seed packets add a farmhouse touch!
Tissue Paper 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.
Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces
This DIY rustic mason jar wall sconce is a pretty way to add some coziness and farmhouse charm to any room. Keep them lit all day and night!
Fishnet Wrapped Mason Jar
There are beachy themed jars and then there are beachy amazing jars! I would say this project falls into the latter category. I simply love the fishnet wrap.
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.
Simple Jar Crafts for Summer
Follow this simple tutorial to upcycle a glass jar you have hanging out in your pantry! This summer craft is perfect for parties and picnics.
Patchwork Paper Covered Jar
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.
Faux Terrarium with Vintage Style
Learn how to make a faux terrarium using vintage glassware and succulents. Create unique and inexpensive home decor in a jar, in minutes!
Mason Jar Tissue Holder
More stylish than a Kleenex box, these mason jar tissue holders will look great around your home! They make perfect hostess or neighbor gifts too.
Mod Podge Fabric Jars
If you have boring jars and some leftover fabric, you can decoupage jars just like Amanda did.
Farmhouse Spring Jar Planter
Freshen up your home for spring with an easy farmhouse spring mason jar planter. The perfect way to add some spring color to your home!
Denim Look Dyed
Use Rit Dye with Mod Podge to give a denim look to mason jars. Easy and unique and great for gifts.
Simple Solar Light
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.
Pink Vintage Mason Jars
Linda dyed her jars with Mod Podge and food coloring, and also aged the lids with a few ingredients.
How to Make Citronella Candles
Are you sick of sitting outside and enjoying the out-of-doors with all of your insect friends? These are perfect for keeping the bugs away, and they look good too!
Match Storage with a Striker
Where is that book of restaurant matches? Who knows! Make sure you always have them on hand (and can light them) with this simple project. Great for taking camping.
DIY Mason Jar Vanity Light
Learn how to inexpensively transform a basic vanity bathroom light into a farmhouse style light using mason jars and spray paint. It's easier than you think!
Grab some map printouts and your Mod Podge, and make the cutest mason jar craft ever – a map lantern! This is such a fun and easy craft idea.
Rustic Vase Makeover
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.
DIY House Number Sign
Learn how to make a unique DIY house number from a wood slice and a mason jar – this is such a great home decor project, and on a budget!
Black Mason Jars
Learn how to make lace mason jars with a stunning black and white theme! Perfect for party or wedding.
Lace Jars for Party or Wedding
Make lace mason jars for a fun spring project! You can add lace to jars with Mod Podge for home decor or party/wedding favors.
Painted Welcome Sign
I am in love with mason jars so combining them into DIY home decor is awesome! Take a look at this painted mason jar welcome sign. This was a fun sign to make and can hang in your entry way to welcome guests to your home.
DIY Bath Salts in a Jar
Learn how to make DIY bath salts with your favorite essential oils and baking soda! Decorate the mason jar container and add a scoop for a unique gift.
Tinting Mason Jars with Mod Podge
Have you tried the Mod Podge Sheer Colors? They are so easy to use - make these simple, pretty tinted mason jars in just a few minutes!
DIY Mason Jar Utensil Caddy
If you enjoy eating outside during the summer, you're going to need a place for utensils, straws, and more. This caddy does the job and looks cute, too.
DIY Air Freshener Decoration
What is decor but also a lovely smelling air freshener? Why this mason jar, of course! I love the inconspicuous design, and it's easy to refill.
Handmade Fridge Magnets in a Jar
This is one of the easiest gifts you'll ever make! This jar includes handmade fridge magnets that take minutes to make. Simple and cute!
How to Color Glass the Easy Way
Learn how to tint glass using Mod Podge and food coloring! You'll be able to dye glass any color you like with this tutorial.
Mason Jar Bird Feeder
Do you love to watch the birds? The best way to attract them to your backyard is to feed them! Learn how to make your a cute mason jar bird feeder with this easy and inexpensive tutorial.
Easy Valentine Candy Jar Gift
Use Mod Podge and Duck Tape to create an easy valentine candy jar gift, with a chalkboard tag! Any skill level of crafter can make this.
Beach Inspired Mason Jar Craft
Decorate mason jars with broken seashells to create a beautiful beach inspired mason jar to use as wedding vases or luminaries. These would work with mosaic tiles as well!
DIY American Flag Lanterns
Use mason jars to create these cool American flag lanterns! Perfect for holidays or to celebrate your US pride.
American Flag Sand Art
Looking for easy creative jar DIY ideas for Memorial Day, Flag Day or July 4th? Create an easy sand art centerpiece using mason jars, colorful sand, and tealight candles. Kids will love helping with this project.
Jack O' Lantern Jar
If you love pumpkins as much as I do, this pumpkin mason jar is a perfect fall idea. This jack o’ lantern is really easy to paint!
Use real leaves and Mod Podge to decorate lanterns - which cast a pretty glow when lit up.
I love that these serve a dual purpose! Use these cool luminaries for Halloween decor and to light the path for trick or treaters.
These mummy mason jars are so fun to make for Halloween. Both kids and adults will love them! Learn how to make these jar luminaries in a few easy steps.
Christmas Vase for Farmhouse Decor
Learn how to make a mason jar Christmas vase by painting on glass! This is way easier than you think, and we've included a free pattern too.
Tree on a Car Snowglobe
Maybe you get your tree in a station wagon - but I love that Linda gets hers in a Jeep! This snowglobe is easy to create and is perfect Christmas decor.
Santa Mason Jar
Make a Christmas gift or unique decor with this cute Santa mason jar! It's really easy, even for beginning crafters.
Mason Jar Snowman
Make a mason jar snowman using simple supplies! This is a perfect Christmas craft to use for gifts or decor.
Mason Jar Christmas Gift
This DIY mason jar makes the perfect gift for coworkers, friends and family. Anyone can do it, even if you don't have previous crafting experience.
Learn how to make these easy Christmas luminaries from glass mason jars! All you need is some Mod Podge, epsom salt, and a few embellishments.
Snowman Hot Chocolate Jars
Learn how to make these cute hot cocoa snowman jars for Christmas gifts! Great for neighbors or hostesses.
Chinese New Year Lanterns
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!
Which of these creative jar DIY 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 jar decoration ideas? 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!!!
Tuesday 18th of February 2014
These are beautiful! Love to mod podge mason jars these just gave me some new ideals! Thanks for sharing!
Tuesday 18th of February 2014
so much fun! cute ideas :)