Mason jars are the darlings of the Pinterest/DIY world. Here are some new and tested ideas for this versatile trend.
I have been saving baby food jars for a year now, thanks to my new baby nephew. I always think it’s a shame to fill the landfill with glass, and since my nephew lives in a tiny town that does not yet recycle glass, I made it my mission to use his leftover baby food jars. Small jars always come in handy for buttons, and you never know when you’ll need an extra button. I wanted to incorporate jars into a shelf project, to get them up out of the way in our sewing room, but also so that they contribute to the organization of all of our “stuff.” First, I marked the bottom of the shelf for all of the jar lids, also marking where I wanted the hole for the mason jar vase (see the flower on the left side?). Next, using a small hole bit with the drill, I drilled a hole where the mason jar vase would be, with help from my dad of course (thanks Dad!). Then I drilled into the lids (two holes per jar), and screwed the lids into place. The baby food jars and the large mason jar are easily twisted off to place anything inside. I love that the hardware of the project gives the appearance of natural wood, metal and glass so that the accents and contents provide the perfect pops of color.
Calli, fashion director
I love using mini mason jars as storage containers. There are so many things you can do to fun up a simple jar, but one of my favorites is the paint dipped look. To achieve this dipped look, simply brush two coats of acrylic paint on the bottom section of the jar. If you want a crisp line, you can tape off with masking tape before you paint. I’m using my jars for office supply and bar cart storage—I love the pop of color they provide. You can also use them for candle votives. The options are endless!
- Two mason jars with lids (or any matching jars)
- Drill with 1/8 in. drill bit
- Glue that adheres to metal
First, glue the tops of the lids together and let them dry overnight. Second, mark the middle of the lids with a sharpie and using the 1/8in. drill bit, drill a hole all the way through the adjoined lids. Third, fill one of the jars about three-quarters full with sand. I decided to use cobalt blue sand for a pop of color! There are many sand color options at your local craft store, so have fun with it. Once you’re done adding the sand, put the lid on the jar with the sand and twist the empty lid on top securing the jars together. I decided to add another texture and pop of color by wrapping the middle (around the lids) with turquoise jute. You could also spray paint the lids as another option to add color! Once you’re done you have a unique and custom hour glass. Make sure you time the sand so you can actually use it to time an hour!
To begin, press round stickers onto the jar and then apply two coats of spray paint and primer. After it dries, remove the stickers and apply two more coats of a clear acrylic matte spray on the jar to achieve the frosted finish. Add a strand of lights and voila! A cute night light with just the right amount of glow!
You’ll need a mason jar, citronella or lamp oil and a lamp wick (1/8in.). I tested multiple different wicks and oils, including olive oil and canola oil. I wanted to make a mason jar oil lamp using supplies I already had around the house, but when I used these oils, my lamp flickered out almost immediately.
You need a citronella oil (like those used in tiki torches,) or a lamp oil. When I used Firefly Simply Pure paraffin lamp oil with citronella, which I purchased on amazon.com, my lamp burned for 30 minutes straight before I blew it out. And, it should last hours.
I also had better results using a lamp wick instead of a regular candlewick. Lamp wicks are thicker and absorb the oil better.
The simplest method for constructing your mason jar oil lamp starts with drilling a hole in the lid with a 1/8in. drill bit. Then, pull your lamp wick through the hole, until about a 1/2in. pokes out. Fill your mason jar with oil. Then, drape the lamp wick in the bottle and secure the lid. Let the wick absorb the oil for 15 minutes, and then light it and enjoy!
You can also add a nozzle to the top of your mason jar oil lamp, like I did. It’s not essential; it’s just a little more stylish. For full instructions on how to make a nozzle, visit redleafstyle.com
Kirsten, Red Leaf Style
For this easy and cute project I picked out two of my favorite fabric prints I had on hand. I inserted one into the jar to cover the tissue and because it would be easy to change the look out later. For the top, I trimmed the fabric to fit the lid, then cut an “X” shape for the tissue to pull through. Screw the lid over the fabric and voila, you’ve got an easy way to hide your tissues and can change the look whenever the mood strikes.
My projects are typically kid friendly because I love getting my son involved in creating. Now that I’m the mother of two, of course I had to make two projects! First, for my outer space-loving Kindergartner I made a star in a jar. He’s always telling me about the size of stars and facts about galaxies. So I snagged a jar with smooth sides, sprayed hairspray inside and shook ultra fine glitter in “gunmetal” all around the inside. The glitter has a really great texture that resembles billions of stars during the day, but when the lights go out, a battery-powered candle illuminates from the inside, like a bright star growing and glowing in a galaxy far, far away.
My daughter’s new nursery has a jungle/forest theme with lots of wildlife, light green walls and lots of wood. I bought some faux grass in the hobby section of the craft store, and placed it in the bottom. Then, I took some colorful butterfly stickers, attached them to some fine gauge wire and secured them in the grass by bending the bottom of the wires. You could use any kind of animal and habitat, which makes this project really fun for kids!