Mason jars are one of those items that are so incredibly versatile. From crafts to decor and life hacks to gardening tips, mason jars are seriously handy—and made for so many things other than jams or pickling food! Keep reading for some DIY inspiration.
Here are 60 brilliant ways to use mason jars around your home
You’ll be wondering where these have been your whole life!
#1 Sewing kits
Use a mason jar to store all of your sewing needs! Stash your thread, needles, scissors, buttons, and more. The best part? It’s glass, so you can see exactly what you’re searching for. Add the pincushion on top and you’re good to go! Here is the full tutorial.
#2 Hand-poured candle
Mason jars are the perfect item to use for making homemade candles. Use essential oils to create your favorite scents. These make the perfect gift too! Find out how to make your own here.
#3 Spice shakers
Create adorable spice shakers to help organize your pantry and making cooking a breeze. You could even add labels or ribbons afterward to identify what’s inside. Want the tutorial? Find it here.
#4 Soap dispenser
With a simple modification of the lid, you can have yourself a farmhouse-chic soap dispenser for your kitchen or bathroom. Joanna Gaines would be so proud! Here’s how to make your own.
#5 Toothbrush and toothpaste holder
Take the mason jar into the bathroom with this clever craft. Again, with a small tweak to the lid, you have a stylish toothbrush and toothpaste holder that can be thrown in the dishwasher when it needs to be cleaned. Here’s how to make one.
#6 String lights
Turn your backyard into a whimsical landscape with mason jar string lights. You can use lights or candles to create dreamy outdoor decor with mason jars! Find 10 ways to do it here.
Do you use matches often? Store them in a mason jar and turn the lid into a striking surface for convenience lighting. Too cute! Find out how to make one for your home here.
#8 Dual-purpose picture frame
Who doesn’t love an item that serves dual purposes? Like this awesome craft! Turn a mason jar into both a picture frame and a vase! You could put flowers inside, burn incense, or store fresh herbs! Here’s the tutorial.
#9 Mason jar lid coasters
The jars themselves aren’t the only things that can be used for fun crafts. The lids can be transformed into coasters for your coffee and end tables! Put in your favorite photos, patterns, or fabric for a personal touch. Here’s how to make them.
#10 Pour spout mason jar
Keep the mason jar in the kitchen and make it an awesome container for storing spices, sugar, salt, pepper, and more! Then, add a pour spout for easy use. It’s so easy to make, here’s how.
#11 ‘Stained glass’ mason jars
With just a couple of supplies and tools, you can transform an ordinary mason jar into a beautiful faux stained glass vessel. You can use it as a vase, candle holder, and more. Here’s the tutorial.
#12 Chalk paint mason jars
Chalk paint is so fun to use! It comes in spraypaint form so it’s super easy to apply too. Spray it on mason jars to give them a rustic-chic look that’s perfect for home decor. The Painted Hinge has the tutorial.
#13 Photo lid magnets
These adorable magnets make a wonderful gift idea or just a sweet craft to do with the little ones. Use family photos to create magnets from mason jar lids! Find the step-by-step instructions here.
#14 Mason jar magnetic storage
Save counter space by ‘hanging’ mason jars from magnetic lids! This awesome idea is perfect for every room of the house, especially the bathroom and kitchen. Great for craft supplies as well. Find out how to make them here.
#15 Pencil holder
Keep your office or kids’ desk tidy and organized with a little help from mason jars! Transform them into cute pencil holders that can be painted in any color, with any pattern, or any texture. Here’s how.
#16 Air freshener
Create a homemade air freshener to keep your home smelling fresh. You can place these in every room of the house including closets and cabinets. Use different essential oils to promote well-being! Here’s the tutorial.
#17 Glittered jars
Who doesn’t love glitter? Glitter makes everyone happy! So why not have glitter displayed in your home via some mason jars? Dazzle them up then use them as a flower vase, craft supply holder, utensil holder, and more. Here’s how.
#18 Cupcake liner storage
Do you love baking? Perhaps you know someone that is an avid baker! This DIY idea is absolutely adorable for the baker in your life. Use mason jars to store colorful cupcake liners.
#19 Crocheted covers
If knitting and crocheting is one of your hobbies, use those skills to crochet covers for mason jars that take them to the next level. These are beautiful not only for decor, but you could use them to store knitting needles! Here’s the tutorial and patterns.
Want to take your arts and crafts up a notch? How about transforming a big mason jar into a lamp?! These would love beautiful as an accent piece in the living room or as a bedside reading table. Here’s how to make it.
#21 Pencil sharpener
Since you’ve already used a mason jar to create a pencil holder, why not pair it with an adorable mason jar sharpener? You’ll just need to modify the lid and the jar will catch the shavings! Here’s how to make your own.
#22 Herb garden
What’s great about mason jars is that they’re the perfect vessel to use for just about anything – as you’ve seen from previous slides! Another way to use them is to create an indoor herb garden. It would look gorgeous in your kitchen! The tutorial can be found here.
#23 Cooking utensil holder
Many people like to keep their cooking utensils at arm’s reach, storing them on the countertop. Add some personality to the utensil holder by painting a big mason jar and using some twine, ribbon, or string. Here’s a tutorial.
#24 Travel savings bank
Dream of going on that tropical vacation? Help reach your goal by making a piggy bank for your travel funds! Little by little and day by day, you’re closer to that beach and those palm trees. Here’s how to make one.
#25 Lid bird feeder
Once again, here’s another craft using just the lid! Another wonderful perk about this craft is that you get to feed your backyard wildlife like squirrels and birds. How cute! Here’s how to make your own.
#26 Snack packs
This quite possibly might be the best mason jar hack yet. Using empty, clean apple sauce cups, you can create on-the-go snack cups to store chips, dip, veggies, pretzels, cheese, and just about anything with the help of a mason jar! Here’s how to make one.
#27 Tissue holder
Mason jars with a modified lid can practically become just about anything. The proof has been in the past and coming slides! Create an adorable tissue holder for your home with a few basic supplies – here’s the tutorial.
#28 Carpet freshener dispenser
Replace the regular mason jar lid with a clean parmesan cheese lid and you have yourself a great carpet freshener dispenser. Now you’ll just need to grab some baking soda and essential oils and you’re good to go! See the full instructions here.
#29 Candy dispenser
If you like working with wood, you’ll absolutely love this craft and so will your kids! You’ll need some tools (like a saw, drill, nail gun, and sander) but the final result is totally worth it. Create your own with these instructions.
#30 Twine dispenser
Working with twine is great when it comes to crafts, but it can become tangled or unraveled with the slip of a hand. Keep your twine tangle-free by making a twine dispenser with a small mason jar. Here’s how.
#31 Hanging bathroom organizer
If you love farmhouse style decor, this is the perfect project for your bathroom. Organize cotton swabs, cotton balls, makeup brushes, and more with this adorable DIY idea. Here are the instructions.
#32 Salt and pepper shakers
These salt and pepper shakers might be the cutest craft for the kitchen. You could also store these right on the dining room table, your guests will love them. Plus? They’re so simple and easy to make – here’s how.
Bring a little nature indoors with this precious mason jar terrarium. They also make wonderful gifts for birthdays or housewarming. Get creative with the types of plants you use! Here are the details.
#34 Drink tumbler
Everyone loves a drink tumbler! You can take your coffee or tea on the go and the lid prevents the contents from spilling. Create your own adorable mason jar tumbler with a couple of supplies – here’s how.
#35 Spice drawer organizer
We’ve shown you how to organize spices in other ways with mason jars, but this one is for those with a spice drawer. Every time you close the drawer, spices can roll and around and become unorganized. Keep everything neat with this project.
#36 Salad-on-the-go container
Keep your to-go lunches healthy by making layered salads in mason jars! Keep the dressing or oil on the bottom first layer so it doesn’t make the rest of the ingredients soggy. Genius! Here are some yummy recipes.
#37 Gold leaf mason jars
Keep it simple and add some gold leaf to a mason jar to instantly transform them into a stunning vase or candle holder (or whatever you’d like!). Head to your craft store for a few supplies and you’re good to go – here’s how to make your own.
Who said chandeliers had to be crystal and overly fancy? You can make a rustic chandelier using some electric wiring, some basic supplies, and mason jars to make it! Here are the full instructions.
#39 Party favor holder
Offering party favors at your next get-together will make all your guests so happy! Use mason jars to store the party gifts like candy, small trinkets, tiny booze bottles, homemade goodies and snacks, you could even make little ‘kits’! The options are endless! Here are 30 mason jar party favor ideas.
#40 Tea light holders
Use sand, marbles, beads, crystals, rocks, and gems to create pretty tea light holders around your home with small mason jars. You could customize them for themes and holidays. Here’s how.
#41 Banana bread in a jar
Give banana bread in a jar as a gift or make it for your family with this fun edible craft. All of the dry ingredients are stored in the jar, just add the wet ingredients, stir, and bake! No mess created! Here’s how to do it.