There’s something nostalgic about those little glass jars, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the stamped glass or that we associate them with homemade jams, jellies, sauces, and pickles. Or maybe we just remember seeing them in our parents’ and grandparents’ kitchens. Whatever it is, Mason jars just have a…certain something. I think that’s why they’re so great for crafting. They add instant charm!
The other thing I love about Mason jars is how durable and versatile they are. They can withstand heat and cold, which means that when you make something from a Mason jar, it can last for a long time, as long as you don’t drop it on the floor!
Whether you’re an avid thrifter or just love canning, chances are you’ve got quite the stash of Mason jars. Here are 5 beautiful ways to craft with your reclaimed Mason jars.
>>Next: Dye your Mason jars.
1. DIY Dyed Mason Jars
Colored Mason jars are much harder to find than the clear sort, and they’re often more expensive. Luckily, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks for colored vintage Mason jars. All you need to dye your own are non-toxic white glue, food coloring, and a little water. Easy peasy, and the results are just lovely!
>>Next: Create sand art.
photo by Becky Striepe
2. Sand Art
Remember making sand art at little local fairs when you were a kid? I bet your kids would dig it just as much as you did! Mason jars are the perfect receptacle for your colored sand masterpiece. Your kids will love making their own colored sand and layering it into your reclaimed Mason jars. The tutorial below doesn’t get into how you make colored sand, but it’s super simple! Just crush a bit of sidewalk chalk into a big bowl of playground sand, and mix until the color is distributed evenly.
>>Next: Make an educational seed starter.
Photo by Julie Finn
3. Mason Jar Seed Starter
This is probably the most involved project in the bunch, but you get to use chalkboard paint, power tools, and watch your seedlings grow! Mount reclaimed Mason jars on a homemade chalkboard, and you can sprout seeds in them! This is a great way to get kids involved in gardening. They can watch the roots grow in the jars until your new plants are ready to transplant.
>>Next: Homemade air freshener.
photo by Becky Striepe
4. Homemade Air Freshener
Store bought air fresheners are bad news. Instead of “freshening” your rooms with nasty chemicals, you can make your own, all natural air freshener and even customize the scent! Instead of a laundry list of mystery ingredients, this DIY air freshener contains just baking soda and essential oils. The Mason jar is a perfect receptacle!
>>Next: Create a Terrarium.
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5. Mason Jar Terrarium
Bring a little green into your home with a sweet Mason jar terrarium. Just layer rocks, a bit of potting soil, and moss, along with any miniature decorations you like. Mist your terrarium with water once or twice a week to keep it fresh, and it should last you for ages. You can find moss at your local florist, if you aren’t able to find it out in the woods. There’s a variety called cupcake moss that’s popular for terrarium-making.
Have you done any fun Mason jar crafts? Share your ideas in the comments!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Brandon Giesbrecht