There Are Creative Ways to Use Mason Jars in Every Room of the House (2022)

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The Country Chic Cottage/Freutcake

Mason jars: They’re not just for harvesters and weddings anymore. Yes, you can still use mason jars when your garden is ripe, and you need to preserve, jelly, and pickle your favorite fruits and vegetables (if you do, you are certainly welcome to drop off your extras with us.) And of course, they still provide the casual-but-elegant vibe for centerpieces and favors at shabby-chic weddings.

But mason jars can do so much more, too. That’s because they’re endlessly versatile, and you can use them — and their components — in every room of your house. Turn them into indoor planters and vases, or outdoor bird feeders and citronella candles. Use them to organize your beauty supplies, your spices, and all the bits and bobs in your sewing room. Keep a couple extras in the kitchen as a baking dish for the best single-serve dinner roll you’ve ever eaten — or even a makeshift tart pan. You’ll never run out of uses for them. That’s because mason jars are the perfect size to hold just the right amount of something — it’s not too much or too little — and you’ll always have an extra corner here or there to stash them in. (And, if not, give them as gifts!) Take on one of these mason jar crafts, and you’ll always have a space for everything.

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Sprinkled and Painted

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Mason Jar Succulent Garden

Whether you plan to line them on a shelf or give them away as presents, it's easy to custom-paint a few mason jars to match any décor, and then fill with easygoing plants.

Get the tutorial at Sprinkled and Painted »

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Freutcake

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Colored Mason Jar Vases

Did you know you can color your own mason jars? Dye them with the help of Mod Podge (gloss finish), a little food coloring, and your oven. Fill the finished product with fresh flowers.

Get the tutorial at Freutcake »

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Love Grows Wild

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Mason Jar Beauty Dispensers

Add a vintage touch to a shabby-chic bathroom with these pretty-yet-functional containers.

Get the tutorial at Love Grows Wild »

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Camille Styles

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Mason Jar Herb Holder

If you love to bring the outdoors in, then take a stab at this hanging herb garden. Here's what you'll need: wooden board (this one was rescued from the site of a torn-down home), mason jars, an assortment of hangers, and basic tools. Add the finishing touches with chalkboard paint and chalk.

Get the tutorial from Camille Styles »

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Resourceful Gals

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Mason Jar Lantern

Transform a wire bail mason jar into a tableside lamp! You'll need some (surprisingly inexpensive) hardware supplies: a shade holder, bushing, candelabra socket, light bulb, and cord with clicker switch. Optional: spray paint and patience.

Get the tutorial at Resourceful Gals »

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Fellow Fellow

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Mason Jar Candleholders

Fashion a set of charming candleholders with scraps of thin fabric, craft glue, and a small paintbrush. For safety, illuminate the jars with battery-operated tea lights instead of candles.

Get the tutorial at Fellow Fellow »

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The Country Chic Cottage

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Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Outfitted with chicken wire, a Mason jar keeps toothbrushes upright (the best position for drying) and prevents them from touching each other (and swapping germs).

Get the tutorial at The Country Chic Cottage »

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Craftberry Bush

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Mason Jar Sconce

Together, simple hardware — a pipe clamp and a hanging hook — can breathe new life into this wooden plaque (snagged at the dollar store). Just fill the sconce with beach souvenirs like shells and a starfish.

Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush »

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Very Allegra

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Mason Jar Manicure Kit

This is the perfect gift for your nail art-obsessed friend. Or, make one for yourself so your acetone, nail files, and fave polish are always handy.

See more at Very Allegra »

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Hometalk

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Mason Jar Lid Plant Label

Turn your mason jar lids into shiny new plant labels for your garden! They're elegant and they'll help you locate your eggplants.

Get the tutorial at The Prudent Garden »

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One Good Thing by Jillee

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Mason Jar Nail Polish Remover Kit

Instead of spending $10 or more on a store-bought version, create your own nail-polish remover kit with products you probably already have around the house.

Get the tutorial at One Good Thing by Jillee »

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Christina Lane

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Mason Jar Tarts

Mason jar lids are like little tart pans, which is where Christina Lane, author of Dessert For Two, got the idea for this chocolate caramel treat. You can play around with the fillings: Substitute jam for caramel, or cookies for graham crackers.

Get the recipe »

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The Kitchn

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Mason Jar Mini Blender

Your blender's blades will probably fit right into an empty jar, so you can whip up solo servings of smoothies, or skip dirtying the blender's container when making sauces or soups to save for later.

Get the tutorial at The Kitchn »

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Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Grab two mason jar lids, and drill a few holes in one, for this party trick: Shake drinks with a regular lid, and switch to the perforated one to strain into glasses.

Get the tutorial at Frock Files »

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Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt

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Mason Jar Salt Holder

When you've emptied a Morton Salt container, reserve the lid to retrofit a canning jar with the handy pourer. You can use it to dispense salt, sure, but also try filling it with spices, grains, or even glitter in the craft room.

Get the tutorial at Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt »

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Little House Living

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Mason Jar Birdfeeder

A mason jar fits perfectly in the middle of a small, round chicken feeder. Storing seeds this way will keep your feathered friends visiting all season long.

Get the tutorial at Little House Living »

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All Things Heart and Home

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Mason Jar Outdoor Chandelier

Give your backyard a beautiful finishing touch with this rustic "chandelier." Fill a few mason jars with white string lights, and let the lanterns light up your night.

Get the tutorial at All Things Heart and Home »

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Creating a Life Now

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Mason Jar Hanging Candles

Or, for a different take on a chandelier, hang mason jars from a 5-foot-long board. These mason jar tea lights are easy to unscrew, allowing you to swap out the candles. This outdoor chandelier was assembled using a hole-saw bit and an electric drill. If you don't own either, borrow the tools from a friend or rent them from a home improvement store.

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Marty's Musings

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Mason Jar Citronella Candles

Use your mason jars to ward off pesky insects, and pretty up your patio while you're at it.

Get the tutorial at Marty's Musings »

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A Casarella

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Mason Jar Twine Dispenser

Mason jars are great for storing crafting knick-knacks like pins or buttons, but they're even better for twine — this DIY project makes it easy to dispense twine from the spool.

Get the tutorial at A Casarella »

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Raising Up Rubies

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Mason Jar Spice Rack

Keep your many miscellaneous spices organized with labeled mason jars. If you coat the lids in chalkboard paint, finding the bay leaves will be a breeze.

Get the tutorial at Raising Up Rubies »

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Mason Jar Tissue Holder

These are glassier and classier than the default cardboard tissue boxes.

Get the tutorial at Landeelu »

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The Anderson Crew

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Mason Jar Sewing Sorter

Turn your mason jar into a craft-lover's catchall. Wrap a fabric square around a ball of stuffing and tuck it into the lid insert. Fill the jar with buttons, pins, or other DIY essentials.

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Liz Marie Blog

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Mason Jar Bathroom Storage

Cotton balls, swabs, and cosmetic sponges aren't the most attractive beauty products. But that doesn't mean you can't store them in a totally unique way. This one-of-a-kind storage solution uses mini mason jars, pipe clams, and a slim board to corral all that clutter.

Get the tutorial at Liz Marie Blog »

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Domestically Blissful

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Mason Jar Toothpick Dispenser

Use a hammer and nail to punch a few holes through a mason jar's lid. Fill it with toothpicks and shake it to dispense a couple (and reduce the risk for a mini game of pick-up sticks).

Get the tutorial at Domestically Blissful »

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Courtesy of Food and Other Stuff

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Mason Jar Salad

We're getting hungry just looking at these bountiful beauties. For salad enthusiasts, there's an entire book filled with easy, on-the-go recipes.

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Courtesy of Simple Bites

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Mason Jar Single-Serve Dinner Roll

Who knew mason jars offered the perfect portion size for a delicious dinner roll? Bread-lovers out there — this one's for you.

Get the recipe at Simple Bites »

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I Heart Naptime

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Mason Jar Scrub Storage

Use a mini jar to hold your DIY beauty treatments. You can even print your own pretty labels and gift them to friends, or display them in your bathroom.

Get the tutorial at I Heart Naptime »

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The Burlap Bag

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Mason Jar Matchstick Holder

Secure a piece of sandpaper under the lid ring to create a place to stash and light matches. (Note: Don't do this if you have kids at home.)

Get the tutorial at The Burlap Bag »

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