Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? Even if crafting isn’t your favorite hobby, you’ll probably embrace any opportunity to save money, space and some serious hassle.
Mason jars can help organize your kitchen, brighten up your porch, decorate for the season and more — which is why Mason jars need to be the next must-have for your home and your life.
Keep reading for 14 mason jar ideas you can start today.
1. Nontraditional spice rack
Spice cupboards can become a real horror between the little bags, the odd-shaped containers and random food particles that end up everywhere. Ditch the messy cupboards and opt for Mason jars. They’re inexpensive, practical and super-easy to restock.
“No more peering through lids to guess what’s inside a jar,” notes Faith Durand, executive editor of The Kitchn. “They stack well, if necessary, and they are easy to refill — I take my jars down to my local co-op and refill them from the bulk spice area for a fraction of what it would cost at the grocery store.”
2. Distressed shabby chic
No need to break the bank at your nearest Home Goods when you can make your own elegant home decor for just a few dollars.
Here’s what you need for shabby chic Mason jars:
- 3-4 Mason jars, any brand
- Acrylic paint in desired shade (tip: purchase a white acrylic paint if you plan to use different shades of the same color)
- Small paint brush
- Emery board
- Flowers (real or fake!)
Simply paint your Mason jars (two coats works best) and let them dry overnight. The next day, use an emery board to create the distressed look around the letters, corners and rim of the jar. Decorate with flowers or twine and place on a bookshelf, dresser or table. Boom — you’re bohemian.
3. Porch lantern
If you don’t have a source of light on your porch or patio, Mason jars can light up your entire outdoor pad in just a few steps (and at very little cost).
Fill the Mason jars halfway with sand, pebbles or water and then place LED tealight candles inside. No lights? Use glow-in-the-dark paint on the jars or go solar. Laura from Finding Home Farms suggests purchasing solar lid lights to brighten your walkway, which are reasonably priced on Amazon.
4. Office assistant
Mason jars make the perfect organizing tool for home office supplies – especially because they’re more aesthetically appealing than disorganized tools in a junk drawer. HGTV suggests making your own Mason jar cubbies. Place small items like paper clips, rubber bands, scissors and writing utensils in labeled jars and keep your office clutter-free.
5. DIY seasonal decor
Whether it’s time for trick-or-treating, spring fever, snow globes or red, white and blue, Mason jars help decorate your home in a simple and cost-effective style. With just three Mason jars, Mod Podge, leaves and a sponge brush, you can create autumn Mason jar candle holders. Alicia and Geneane from Spark and Chemistry have the full tutorial here.
6.Rustic wedding detail
Trim some of those wedding expenses by using Mason jars to decorate on your special day.
Here are a few rustic but elegant DIY ideas:
- Lace mason jar centerpieces (instead of flowers from a florist)
- Signature cocktail glasses instead of renting glassware. Check out Chandra Fredrick’s post from Oh Lovely Day for some inspiration.
- Reception or ceremony decor: hang from branches and doorways
- Escort cards made with chalkboard paint
7. Smoothie blender
We all know Mason jars make great smoothie glasses, but did you know they can also transform into the ultimate smoothie blender? Turn your Mason jar into its own single-serve Magic Bullet by unscrewing the blender pitcher from the cap, adding in the necessary ingredients and screwing on the mason jar.
“The end result is a quick way to swap out the pitcher from your blender for single-serving, no-mess drinks, sauces and soups with super-quick clean up,” writes Alan Henry, editor of Lifehacker. Just screw on the cap and you’re out the door!
8. Cupboard organizer
Ditch the oversized bins and cardboard boxes taking over your cupboard space and store your cereal, granola and favorite snacks in Mason jars. Not only will you save big on space, but you’ll keep your food fresher, too.
9. Bathroom organizer
If you lack sink or shelf space in your bathroom, Mason jars offer unique, on-the-wall storage to keep your necessities organized (nobody likes the look of those plastic Q-tip containers or oversized cotton ball bags, anyway.)
Find a wooden plank (1 x 6 will do) and purchase four hose clamps, wood screws and picture hangers. Screw in the four hose clamps to the wood and size them according to the Mason jars. Place two picture hangers on the back of the board, and hang in your bathroom! Fill with Q-tips, face wipes, toothbrushes, makeup brushes or anything that’s essential to your morning routine.
10. Indoor garden
“There is always a bit of a scramble to find enough small containers to transplant the many herbs growing on the back porch,” laments Mick Telkamp, HGTV contributor. “Growing herbs is a no-muss, no-fuss solution and an easy choice when they’re a part of your kitchen routine.”
To start your own Mason jar herb garden:
- Place small rocks and gravel in mason jars to prevent damage from excess water.
- Fill each jar with potting mix to 1-2 inches below the rim.
- Transplant herbs or plant seeds and pack the mix firmly around the roots.
- Label jars for your convenience and place in your kitchen!
Don’t use a ton of herbs? Create your own terrarium instead.
11. Utensil caddy
Whether you’re hosting a family get together, planning a backyard barbecue or finally getting your kitchen in order, Mason jars can help organize silverware or plasticware for meal time.
Simply label the Mason jars, dress them up accordingly and organize spoons, forks, knives and napkins in the jars. It appears more aesthetically pleasing and certainly beats piles of utensil clutter!
12. Craft dispenser
Mason jars can help keep your craft room tidy by storing everything from twine and yarn to buttons and pins. Twine collections tend to tangle easily, making them perfect candidates for organized Mason jar storage.
“Putting one tiny spool in a 32 oz. mason jar would look ridiculous, and putting multiple spools in at once would be a hot mess,” notes Elaina Sullivan, DIY expert and blogger for ‘A Casarella. “That was until I found a way to keep several spools organized inside the jar. With a little creative thinking and a trip to Home Depot, I came up with the perfect solution.”
Here’s how to organize your craft room with Mason jars:
- Thread a bolt through the center of the daisy lid.
- Flip the lid and place a spool of twine and a washer on the bolt.
- Add a nut at the bottom of the spools to keep them from falling off, and voila!
13. On-the-go food storage
There are tons of incredible meals you can make in a Mason jar – such as parfaits, casseroles, desserts and salads. Packing a to-go Mason jar salad is an easy way to transport a vibrant, veggie-heavy meal without worries of dressing leaking into your bag. However, the assembly process is crucial to keeping your salad fresh and crisp.
Layer 1: The dressing.
Layer 2: Hearty vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli or carrots. This shields the dressing from the lettuce.
Layer 3: Pasta, grains or quinoa.
Layer 4: Protein and cheeses.
Layer 5: Lettuce, nuts and seeds.
14. DIY air freshener
Soothing fragrances can help calm the mind and ease anxiety after a long day. Instead of purchasing aerosol sprays or expensive candles, harness the power of smells you love using Mason jars. Place coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, infused tea bags or fresh petals in Mason jars and you’ll have your home smelling like happiness in no time.
Lemon rosemary is a popular favorite: fill the jar with water, lemon slices, a few sprigs of rosemary and ½ tsp of vanilla. Let the mixture simmer and it can be used for several days.
Think outside the jar!
Organizing your home with Mason jars is a great way to save on budget, space and time. What are some of your favorite ways use to mason jar ideas for your home? Let us know in the comment section below.