DIY Mason Jar Manicure Set & Lantern

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It’s teacher appreciation gift time…again!  This time, it’s for my daughter’s three preschool teachers.  Can you believe her school isn’t out for the summer yet?

Since I had recently purchased a box of Mason Jars, I thought I’d try and make a gift for her teachers using the jars.  I had seen these cute manicure sets on Pinterest and since her teachers are young and fashionable, I decided to make them each a Mason Jar Manicure Kit.  But why stop there?  I realized that if I just added some wire and a candle, the Mason Jar could also be used as a hanging candle holder.  Yay!  Two gifts in one!


Mason Jar Manicure Kit AND Lantern


Mason Jar Manicure Supplies Tidbits&Twine

I gathered my twine, wire and Mason Jars together.  Then at the last minute, I decided to add a metal rimmed tag (left over from my Memory Jar project), some ribbon and a piece of scrap fabric (left over from my Restoration Hardware book cover knock-off project).


First, I traced around the lid on the fabric.

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After cutting out the circle, I used glue dots to adhere the fabric to the top of the lid just to give it a more decorative look.

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Next, I wrapped the wire around the rim of the jar (making sure that it was underneath the lip and secured tightly) and then created a handle for hanging.  Tip:  Use a heavier gauge wire than what is shown here.  I used what I had on hand, but wish it was a bit less pliable.

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The last step was to add all of the items to the jar.  I purchased everything except the colored nail polish at The Dollar Tree.  I thought these items were super cute and very economical considering I have three gifts to make.  With the money I saved on the supplies, I splurged on the polish and bought Essie, which is my favorite brand.

Mason Jar Manicure Set Tidbits&Twine


I took everything out of the packages so that it would better fit.  I ended up putting the small bottles of nail art into tissue paper and tying it with twine.  A few cotton balls and Q-tips for filler and the gift was ready to go!

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So by day, it’s a Mason Jar Manicure Kit, but at night, it magically transforms into this hanging lantern!

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A BIG thank you to my husband for helping me set up this shot and waiting with me for the sky to change color!

Mason Jar Candle Lantern Night Tidbitts&Twine


DIY Project Recap


Here’s a recap of what I used to make this gift, as well as the specifics of what I included in the manicure kit:

  • Mason Jar
  • Twine
  • Wire
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Glue Dots
  • Candle
  • Nail Polish
  • Top Coat
  • Emery Board
  • Nail Clippers
  • 8 Small Bottles of Nail Art
  • Tweezers
  • Toe Separator
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Cotton Balls & Q-Tips


  • Easy peasy!

Total Time:

  • 15 Minutes

Total Cost:

  • About $13-$14 (this includes the more expensive nail polish)


Fingers crossed that they like their gifts!  NOW summer can officially begin for us!


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10 comments on DIY Mason Jar Manicure Set & Lantern

    • Tidbits&Twine
      July 12, 2013 at 7:46 AM (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I hope her teachers liked them!

  1. shantybeauty
    July 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM (3 years ago)

    wow awesome great idea thanks for sharing………..

  2. Julie
    July 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM (3 years ago)

    I have a jar of pickles my bff gave me.. I think I will do this and give her the jar back.. what a clever idea.!

    • Tidbits&Twine
      July 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM (3 years ago)

      Hi Julie – I hope your friend likes the gift!

  3. Kendra
    July 24, 2014 at 10:43 AM (2 years ago)

    I loveeeeee this idea it’s good for Birthdays, Christmas and for end of the year teachers and friends

  4. Mel
    November 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM (2 years ago)

    Where did you get the cute clippers with the daises on them ?

    • Tidbits&Twine
      November 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi Mel – I think I got them at CVS!

  5. Cécile
    May 2, 2015 at 12:58 AM (1 year ago)

    I love this post! I’m living in France and I dońt know where i can find mason jar :(

  6. Pintrist Girl
    October 19, 2015 at 1:58 PM (1 year ago)

    Such a great idea! Definitely doing this for a room decor idea and gift! Love the mason jar idea!❤️💅


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