Like everyone else, you have probably wondered what you can do or make (Christmas presents) with a glass Mason jar. Lucky for you, you are about to see 22 creative (and easy) crafty ways to turn a plain old Mason jar into a really cool gift that anyone would love.
Mason jar crafts and gifts have come a long way since the original cookie, brownie, salad, or soup layered mixes. Pull out your paint and get ready to have some fun; you can trace designs, make your own patters, paint names, favorite quotes, or if you are using them for storage, paint what will be stored in it. You can even turn a Mason jar into an aquarium or snow globe; that’s a pretty cool Christmas present to a kid!
Mason jar Christmas presents are always treasured gifts. If you buy someone a book they have been wanting and also make them a Christmas Mason jar craft, which will be more memorable? Just like the next door neighbor kid that draws you a picture, a gift made with your hands while thinking about the recipient will be cherished the most.
Have fun, be creative, and make something really neat for that dear friend or family member,
Mason jar aquarium
To make a Mason jar aquarium, here is what you need: 1. Mason jars 2. Blue food coloring 3. Filtered water 4. Aquarium plastic figurines 5. Aquarium rocks and plastic plants (you can buy these at any fish or pet stores) 6. Blue and white glitter (optional, but very cool) 7. Glycerin (optional – this makes the glitter move more slowly when you shake the jar). Put props in the Mason jar then fill with the blue (mix the food coloring into your water) water.
Bright spring vases
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause and yes readers, it is perfectly fine to give spring/summer gifts at Christmas. Paint the Mason jars in bring glossy colors. Slip a cylinder of Styrofoam in the jar and insert fun summery artificial flowers.
Country decor with a flair
This one is so easy, the kids could do it. In fact, have the kids go out and pick up small pine cones, or acorns if small pine cones are scarce. Get golden start ornaments at the dollar store and hang them with twine around the rim of the jar. If you are making a couple, place some evergreen spruce in between the jars.
Beauty supply holder
This is a great idea for the men folk to make for their ladies. Bracket a few masons jars onto a piece of board (painted in a nice girlie shade to make your gal smile) and place it on the wall where she gets her self all dolled up. It is not advised to hand it to her as a board with mason jars bracketed to it. You have to decorate it and make it pretty for her.
The kids will love these! What you’ll need: Mason jar, glow sticks, loose glitter, scissors. How to Make It: 1. Cut your glow sticks in half and drain the liquid into the bottom of the Mason jar. For thicker sticks, cut in the middle. For thinner sticks, snip multiple times as they don’t release liquid as well. Do this carefully! 2. Dump loose glitter into the Mason jar with the glow stick liquid. 3. Screw on the Mason jar lid securely, then shake well. 4. Turn off the lights and check out your creation!
Felt piggie bank
To make a felt piggie bank: Use pink felt to wrap the jar. Make a slit in the lid to insert money, then use felt and other materials to finish decorating the pig. If you are feeling a bit daring, instead of a pig, do a dog, cow, or even a cat.
Sanitizer or lotion pump
A Mason jar is the perfect size for a hand sanitizer or lotion pump. Pop a pump in the middle of the lid and fill with whatever you want. Paint the Mason jar if you want to, or just leave it as is. A cute idea: Make a little sign and hang it with twine around the rim with a message like: ‘don’t be a dirty birdy’ for the sanitizer or ‘skin smoother’ for the lotion.
Winter scene snow globe
Making a winter snow globe can be lots of fun for the kids and the adults. Use a small branch to create a tree and glue it to the bottom, as well as the deer. They have a snow mix at your local craft supply store and it looks even more magical when you toss in some silver glitter.
Turn a plain old Mason jar into a beautiful candle holder. Paint, with a very small detailed brush, a crochet design or lace pattern. You can make a very big and loopy designs as well, this is your project, so do what comes naturally (or easy).
Making a sewing kit is a great gift idea for ladies of any age. The jar can hold spools of thread, tape measure, pins, etc. Pop the center of the lid out and put in a cloth covered Styrofoam ball to create a pin cushion. Top with additional pins.
Elegant lace candles
Elegant and Mason Jars don’t usually appear in the same sentence; however this idea brings the two together. Wrap and adhere a lace doily around the Mason jar with a this ribbon or twine tied into a bow around the rim of the jar. Place a votive inside and you have a very pretty candle.
It’s always handy to have a supply of matches on hand for candle lighting or grill lighting. All you need to do is replace the center of lid with a very fine finished sandpaper and place matches in the jar. For the crafty people out there, you could paint a fireplace or grill on the side of the jar.
Floating candles are always a fun way to decorate. To make this one, place greenery at the bottom of the Mason jar, then fill the jar 2/3 full with water. Top with a single layer of dried cranberries with a floating candle in the middle
Don’t by trail mix or a snack mix, make it yourself. In a big bowl mix: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, pretzels, raisins, nuts, cranberries, and other dried fruit. Pick and choose what you prefer. Give it all a big stir and start filling you mason jars with your homemade snack mix
Mason jar cup holder
Make a cup dispenser is probably the last thing you would expect to see on this list, but here it is! Wide mouth mason jars are perfect for holding cups in the beverage line of your holiday party. Tie a ribbon around the rim of the jar with a color of the current season. They work great to hold utensils as well.
Say ‘thanks’ with a Mason jar cookie mix
This is the same concept as the layered cookie ingredient Mason jar; however for these you will want to adhere a label of thanks. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it is just a gesture that will keep the recipient smiling.
Hot cocoa mix layered in a Mason jar
When it’s time to pull out The Polar Express DVD, this gift is the perfect accompaniment. Layer your hot cocoa Mason jar with instant hot cocoa mix (or make your own with unsweetened cocoa, powdered creamer, and sugar), marshmallows, and a crushed up candy cane. Perfect for one of those long winter nights.
Soup in a jar
To make layered dry soup jars just layer your dry soup ingredients. Make a label listing the wet ingredients and directions. Cover lid with a pretty swatch of fabric. Make sure the seal is tihgt and this soup jars can last for quite a while your shelf.
Mason jar with cookie recipe
To make a cookie Mason jar, layer the dry and solid ingredients. Make a label listing wet ingredients and directions. Cover lid with a pretty swatch of fabric cloth. Secure the lid with a rubber band.
Jar of soup labels
Once you layer your ingredients and seal the top, you need to create a label for your mix. This is a great example for labels to attaching to any “mix in a jar” present. You can print them out on paper and attach or print them out on name badge stickers that will stick to the jar.
The perfect lemonade or iced tea glass
In the summertime, there is nothing better than than a cold glass of sweet iced tea or lemonade; well, that is if you are drinking it out of a glass Mason jar. These fun glasses are simply to make. Most discount stores have replacement lids for Mason jars to make them into a lid with a straw.
Daily salad lunch- Start with your sturdy ingredients and layer each ingredient. Add the lettuce last. Layered roughly in this order: Radish, carrot, cucumber, celery, green pepper, apple, shallot, sport peppers, and lettuce. If your jar starts to look like it is getting full, do not worry; you have tons of room left and you can push the items down when you add the lettuce. Before adding the lettuce, shake the jar to settle the ingredients and fill in the gaps between layers. When you are ready to eat them, dump them out into a large bowl. At this point you can toss in a protein like hard-boiled eggs, chick peas, grilled chicken, or shrimp. These last for a week in the fridge, so you can make all your lunches on Sunday with a variety of different fruits and vegetables.