22 Creative & Decorative Uses for Mason Jars

I currently have an obsession with Mason jars.  They are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, entirely practical and yet decorative, too!  I am amazed by how many uses there are for Mason jars!  I recently finished a Teacher Appreciation gift using Mason Jars as Manicure Kits AND Lanterns.

Mason Jar Candle Lanterns Tidbits&Twine 3

Originally invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, these jars are also referred to as Ball jars (after the manufacturer), fruit jars or glass canning jars.  While originally intended to preserve food during the home canning process, today, Mason jars are widely used for crafts, storage and other decorative purposes.

Here are 22 of my favorite stylish, creative and decorative uses for Mason jars.



1. Clear Glass Vases

I love the simplicity of this beautiful flower display


To create the look of Casual Elegance shown above, pair a rustic mason jar with a formal flower arrangement


A beautiful use of lemons as a vase filler for a pop of color!


2. Painted Vases

Simple flowers in a painted jar give a bit of pop to the vase for added interest.  Click the image above for a DIY tutorial on painting Mason jars.



3. Collections

Mason Jar Collection

via Poppy Talk

A beautiful way to organize and display small collections


Decorative Storage

4. Pantry

A great way to organize dry goods to keep them fresh.  See below for a link to FREE printable labels.


5. Bathroom

Whether hanging on the wall or sitting on the counter, Mason jars are great for storing bathing supplies such as soaps, cotton balls, toothbrushes and swabs.


6. Office Supplies

Decoratively organize pens, pencils, rubber bands and more!


7. Crafts

Keep track of craft supplies in Mason jars with chalk painted lids for easy labeling


8. Flatware

Use Mason jars to organize flatware for a party or picnic


Antique flatware on display


 A casual elegant centerpiece created with vintage flatware, roses and linen.



9. Food

Make ahead recipes using mason jars


10. Gift Sets

A manicure kit AND lantern all in one!  Click here to learn how to make this gift set.


A self-contained sewing kit


11. Drinking Glasses

Paired with paper striped straws, Mason jars make beautiful drinking glasses.


I LOVE vintage French bottle drying racks, and here, one is used at a wedding to hold Mason jar drinking glasses for guests.


12. Soap Dispensers

Click the image above for a DIY tutorial on making your own Mason jar soap dispenser.



13. Herb Gardens

A wall-mounted herb garden display


14. Terrarium

Terrariums are quite popular right now and can be made with even the simplest of containers!



15. Candle Holders

A simple way to use tealights, votives or other small candles


16. Single Light

Click the image above for a DIY tutorial on making your own Mason jar pendent light.


17. Chandelier


18.  Frames

Paint the lids and use them as frames for small photos!


Parties & Weddings

19. Candy Display

Mason jars make cute displays for candy at parties


20. Wedding Bubbles

Fill them with bubble solution and use them at weddings.


Memory Keepsakes

21. Photos

A beautiful photo memory keepsake


22. Memory Jar

Although I used a jar from Ikea, you can use a Mason jar to create a Memory Jar.  Click here for a tutorial on creating your very own Memory Jar.


I love it when I find simple items with decorative uses!  If you have a favorite use for a Mason jar not listed above, leave me a comment and let me know!


PS – Here are links to two of my favorite FREE printable mason jar labels.

Pantry Labels 2

Pantry Labels


18 comments on 22 Creative & Decorative Uses for Mason Jars

  1. laura@printing-instagram
    September 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM (4 years ago)

    Hey my name is Laura and I Blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I just want to let you know I love the idea of the photo in the jar! Such a neat idea!

  2. Monica
    July 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM (3 years ago)

    Love, love, love the pantry labels, how do I order a set?

  3. Kelly
    July 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM (3 years ago)

    Thanks so much for including my painted jars :)

    • Tidbits&Twine
      July 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM (3 years ago)

      Hi Kelly – Of course! They’re beautiful!

  4. sook
    December 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM (3 years ago)

    wow wonderful idea and decoration. today I learned a lots of things and I do it myself right way. thank you so much.

  5. Tye
    January 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM (3 years ago)

    Maybe my boys (hubbies & 16yr old son) will appreciate being more organized-lol

  6. Maggy
    March 25, 2015 at 12:24 PM (3 years ago)

    I stumbled across this while looking for ideas for a BBQ themed party, the lemonade and even the lights are perfect! It in nice because some of the crafts can be reused for a Country Western or Rustic themed event as well. There are always extra mason jars in the house after we buy pasta sauce and salsa, so we wouldn’t even have to buy too many (which is always a plus)!

  7. Gwen B
    November 20, 2015 at 12:10 PM (2 years ago)

    I too am obsessed with mason jars. I collected the vintage green and blue ball jars, and now I found the purple ones! How great would those lilacs look in a purple mason jar? thanks for all the great ideas.

  8. masonjarcandles.org
    February 19, 2016 at 3:50 AM (2 years ago)

    wow I need to try some of these. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. dml
    April 25, 2016 at 8:03 AM (1 year ago)

    love your ideas

  10. Mary
    February 28, 2017 at 6:26 AM (7 months ago)

    I can’t find the link for Mason jar labels


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