Do you love mason jars? Are you looking for the best, most creative mason jar ideas for your handmade wedding, home, or just because? You’ve come to the right place! In the past, we’ve talked about mason jar escort cards, smores in a jar, mason jar gift ideas — even mason jar mistakes to avoid. Today, though, we’re bringing forth an entirely new batch of mason jar ideas + inspiration from all across the web. Many of these ideas are DIY projects, while others are handmade by talented artisans across the globe. Some mason jar ideas are taken from Real Weddings to inspire your own perfect wedding day look with a homespun, mason-jar-inspired charm. So, go ahead and order a set of mason jars (these are my favorite — but they’re limited edition!) because after seeing this list you’re going to want to get right to work. So, without further adieu, read on to see which mason jar ideas made the list. Which one will you create?
photo: anne skidmore
50 Best (+ Cheap!) Mason Jar Ideas
1. Mason Jar Drinking Glasses with Handles
Give guests a drinking glass right off the bat with mug-style mason jars! These mason jars with handles are easy to dress up: just add a tag + a bit of twine. Guests can sign their names on a simple tag so they know which one is theirs throughout the reception.
Beautiful image above and below by Anne Skidmore Photography.
photo: anne skidmore
2. Rainbow Cupcakes in a Jar
I LOVE these! Make rainbow cupcakes in a jar (+ add a wooden fork to each one) with this clever DIY spotted at Just Easy Recipes.
3. Shabby Chic Painted Mason Jars
I adore the beautiful beach-inspired shabby chic painted mason jars over at Beach Blues. Missy is amazing! Get yours here.
4. DIY Mason Jar Votives
Filled with fun fabric? Yes, please! Get the DIY by Fellow Fellow here.
5. DIY Bookpage Mason Jars
Create luminary jars with newspapers, pages from old books, and twine. Spotted at Arrow & Apple.
6. DIY Mason Jar Tumbler Lids
Learn how to make your own mason jar tumbler lids thanks to this clever DIY in only three steps! By Kristan Lynn.
7. Key Lime Pie in a Jar
Key lime + pie + mason jar? Um, yes please! By Kitchen Treaty.
8. Decorative DIY Mason Jar Lid
What a fun idea for a jar of honey! You can make decorative DIY mason jar lids using these busy bee charms, canning jars and a few other supplies from this clever DIY.
9. Use Cupcake Liners as Mason Jar Covers
Take a cue from Martha Stewart and cover your lids with cute cupcake liners + twine! Spotted here. Just add cute wrappers + twine!
10. Peppered Pineapple Jam in a Jar
YUM! Handmade + packaged in cute paper. By LA Farm Girl.
11. DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars
Did you know you can turn mason jars into mercury glass? Just add mercury glass spray paint! You can turn anything into mercury glass. I’m going to have to give this one a try! Via Katie’s Rose Cottage Blog.
12. Moroccan Inspired Mason Jar Lanterns
Light up the night with these Moroccan inspired mason jar lanterns! By LITdecor.
13. DIY FREE Printable Lid Covers
We love free printables! Check out these DIY free printable lid covers via The Pretty Blog (crafted for TPB by Sam of Elephant Shoe Love).
14. DIY Mason Jar Terrariums
We love these nauture-inspired DIY mason jar terrariums spotted here. What a cute idea for reception decor!
15. DIY Mason Jar Candles for Under 2 Bucks Each
Why spend a ton on candles when you can make ’em yourself? These DIY mason jar candles are designed to burn for around 50 hours and are UNDER two dollars each. Amazing. By Teotwawki Blog.
16. Mason Jar Lantern Light Strand
Pretty! By Treasure Again.
17. Solar Lamp Mason Jars
Turn ’em into solar mason jar lamps! By Treasure Again.
18. Tinted DIY Mason Jar Candles
This unique DIY at Something Turquoise shows you how to tint mason jars and add candles to them for cute favors!
19. Use a hot glue gun + paint for personalized jars.
LOVE this idea by Pure and Noble: just use a hot glue gun to write words on jars and paint over them with spray paint!
20. Ice Cream in a Jar
A sweet treat for guests: ice cream in a jar! Spotted here by City Cradle Design.
21. DIY Matchstick Favor
This idea uses this type of jar, but wouldn’t it make a great favor? Don’t forget to buy matches in bulk! See the DIY at It All Started With Paint.
22. Trail Mix in a Jar Favors
Buy trail mix in bulk, place in mason jars, add a cute tag, and gift to guests! Perfect for rustic weddings or a wedding in the woods. Spotted via Socially Circled.
23. Ginger Ale + Strawberries in a Mason Jar
Let guests make their own refreshing concoctions with a drink bar. This mason jar is filled with gingerale and strawberries. Yum! Photo via Tina Crespo.
24. DIY Glitter Vase
Create these chic DIY glitter vases with a tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion spotted via Pinterest. Photo by Alice G. Patterson.
25. Rustic Mason Jar Chandelier
What a beautiful chandelier! Now, if only I knew how make one of my own. Via Beth Helmstetter, photo by Jonas Peterson.
26. DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Drinking Glasses
Guests can take a mason jar drinking glass + write their name directly on it! Here’s how to DIY (+ it’s super easy!)
– just buy mason jars (or the blue mason jars, which I especially adore)
– add chalkboard label stickers
– provide guests with chalk or chalk pen marker to write their names
Some guests don’t like to drink directly from mason jars, so you’ll definitely want to include these!
photo by austin gros via style me pretty
(P.S. We also spotted these + wanted to share: you can turn ANY mason jar into a travel mug! Brilliant.)
27. Baby’s Breath Mason Jar Vases
For chic, inexpensive decor, just add baby’s breath and ribbon to jelly jars. Image via Catch My Party.
28. Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns from the Ceiling
This is lovely! Spotted at Vanilla and Rose Blog by Reed’s Bow.
29. 4-Minute Carrot Cake in a Jar
I LOVE Carrot Cake. (I recently discovered this and I’ll admit… it’s amazing.) For a DIY carrot cake in a jar, check out Prudent Baby.
30. Farm-Inspired Mason Jar Drinking Glass
Check out this mason jar drinking glass which is super easy to DIY. Just use jelly jars, heart paper straws, red and white baker’s twine, and a handmade tag. Voila! Instant farm-inspired rustic chic drinks. Spotted via Love Luxe Blog, styled by Always Andri, photo by Fanni Williams.
31. Display Flowers in a Vase
Use a frog lid which helps make flowers look perfect when arranged in a jar. Via Country Living At Heart.
32. Canned Fruit Mason Jar Favors
Do you can your own fruit? Give canned fruit as favors! Add cute labels to make it instantly giftable. Photo and tag spotted via Mud and Twig.
33. Cocoa in a Mason Jar Favor
A homemade favor ready for gifting! By Candivore Epice.
34. Cupcake Jar Wedding Favors
Get the full DIY from Liluna.
35. Jam in a Jar
Peach cobbler jam in a jar! Looks delish. Handmade by LA Farm Girl.
36. Cowgirl Cookies in a Mason Jar
37. DIY Mason Jar Oil Lamp
For a romantic glow at your reception, make these DIY mason jar oil lamps spotted at Raised in Cotton.
38. Mason Jar Flower Planter / Lantern
Use as a flower planter or lantern. Easy to hang, too! Via Sweet Tea Clothing Co.
39. Hanging Mason Jar Lights
Mason jar lights by Sweet Tea Clothing Co. Oh, and this cat is awesome by the way.
40. Candy Jar Favors
Fill a jar with salt water taffy, add a label, and gift as favors! It’s easy. Spotted via Boho Weddings; photo: Lace Hanky Photography.
41. “Snowy” Epsom Salt Mason Jar Lanterns
Winter wedding? Make a snowy effect with epsom salt placed in mason jars. Top with small pillar candles. Spotted via The Inspired Room.
42. Sugared Pecans in a Jar
YUM! By Pip and Ebby.
43. Caramels in a Jar
Get salted caramels to go in a cute jar by The Caramel Jar. I’ve tried them myself and they’re insanely good.
44. Succulent in a Jar
Go green! Gift guests with a succulent in a sweetly-sized jar. Spotted via Style Me Pretty, photo by Vasia Photography, styled by Le Soirees.
45. Sewing Kit in a Jar
Crafty-themed bridal shower? Gift these sewing kits as favors! By Mrs Izzy and Co.
46. Cinnamon Sugar + Popcorn in a Jar
A delightful tasty treat guests can make at home! Via Domestic Charm.
47. Mason Jar Vases with Flowers for Cake Table / Vignette
Use mason jars as thrifty decor! Spotted via Boho Weddings; photo: Lace Hanky Photography.
48. Mason Jar Dessert Bar Vessels
Display your colorful candies in mason jars at your dessert bar, like these gumballs featured at Catch My Party.
49. Mason Jar Maple Martini
Learn how to make ’em at Finding Home.
50. Add Flower Bouquets for Chic Centerpieces
Spotted at Elizabeth Anne Designs, photo by Jen Huang, flowers by Viburnum Designs.
About the Author
Emma Arendoski is the author of the ultimate wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding, and editor of EmmalineBride.com. Grab a copy of her book here! You can follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride.