Creative, Fun Things to Do with Mason Jars


Whether you are organizing, decorating or even preparing gifts, there are so many different ways to use mason jars. Take a look at our list of great ideas.

Unique Lighting

A few years ago when my husband and I were redoing our kitchen we wanted a unique light fixture above the sink. Mason jars were the answer! We found an old fence stretcher to use as the base and hung the lights on wrought iron hooks.

Mason jar lighting for the kitchen

An Oil Lamp

Take an empty mason jar and fill it up two-thirds of the way with lamp oil, place a cotton wick in the jar and secure the lid, leaving the jar to sit for about an hour before lighting. Nail a hole into the lid to pull the wick a quarter of an inch out of to light.

A Match Holder

Take the top of the lid off and replace it with sandpaper. One way to do this is to use the canning ring with the flat lid. Using the flat lid as a template, cut a round piece of sandpaper the same size as lid. Fill the jar with matches and you are ready to go!

Wall-Hung Bathroom Storage

Pipe clamps and metal picture hangers attached to a piece of wood can hold the mason jars on the bathroom wall for additional storage.

Children’s Crafts Storage

Store children’s craft items in the jars. You could include things like, glue sticks, crayons, stickers, beads and ribbons. Glue plastic animals to the lids and have fun painting them.

Yarn Dispensers

Drill a hole in the lid of the jar. Drop your ball of yarn in the jar and pull the end through the hole in the lid. This will help your yarn to stay tangle free.

Pizza in a Jar

Layer your favorite pizza toppings or ingredients into a jar and save to bake whenever you feel like a pizza. The jars can be baked provided they are submerged in a deep baking dish filled with water.

Magnetic Spice Racks

This works well with mini mason jars and if you have a stainless steel theme going, it’s ideal. Fill the jars with all the spices you use, place labels on them and glue magnets to the lids so they stick to the magnetic backing.

Button Storage

Nails the lids to the bottom of a wooden shelf and fill the jars up with buttons. Then screw the jack back onto the lid. This would also be a great way to store pasta.

Painted Vases

Fill the jars with some acrylic paint and leave the paint to dry out. Alternatively, spray paint the insides for vibrant candy-colored vases. You can also paint the outside of the jar with some glitter and put battery operated LED lights inside.

Candle Holders

Fill jars with pebbles or sand to help keep candles in place. You may even like to float tea lights in water in the jars.

Make a Soap Dispenser

A pump from a regular soap dispenser can be placed through a hole in the lid. Check out our selection here.

Replace a Broken Blender Jar

A lot of the blender detachable blades screw right onto the jars with a small mouth.

Update Your Wall Sconce

Use a mason jar as the globe. Even if you have a jar that doesn’t quite fit, a lot of light fixtures allow screws you can use to tighten it to the shade.

An Office Supply Organizer

Glue a couple of jars together side by side for a funky office supply organizer. Use hot glue to glue the jars together.

Make an Air Freshener

Poke holes in the lid of the jar and fill with your favorite essential oil and baking soda.

No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

In the jar, mix together rolled oats, milk, Greek yogurt, chia seeds and any sort of sweetener or fruit you like. Shake the jar up and place in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to two days.

Our Fun DIY's pinterest board has a few ideas as well. Check it out!

With this must versatility, what's not to love about mason jars? Take a look at Primitive Star Quilt Shop’s range of decorative and plain mason jars.

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