7 Creative Uses for Mason Jars

Put extra Mason jars to good use with these simple DIY projects.

Mason jars are a hallmark of Southern culture, but they can be used for so much more than just canning peaches with your grandma. Here are seven of the most creative ways to turn the humble Mason jar into something extraordinary.

7. Soap dispensers

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Looking to add some Southern charm to the kitchen or bathroom? These Mason jar soap dispensers are incredibly cute and easy to make. Pinner Listotic found the crafty idea from Liz Fourez’s blog, Love Grows Wild, and it costs less than $20 to make this reusable accessory – even less if you already have Mason jars on hand!

6. Wall organizer


What a great way to use up some of the extra Mason jars lying around the house and clean up clutter in the process! DIY Playbook’s video tutorial couldn’t be easier to follow, and the whole process only takes about 30 minutes once your piece of wood is stained and ready to go.

5. “Glow in the dark” fairy jar


This one is perfect for moms with young kids. While little girls might call this a “fairy jar,” YouTuber Brooke Mahan from What’s Up Moms and her 2-year-old son likes to use the light as a replacement for a campfire or catching fireflies when he’s playing games. The project is as simple as cutting the ends off a few glow sticks, so moms or babysitters on the go can still have fun with this craft.

4. Prism light

prism light
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This gorgeous prism light will look like it came from an expensive home décor store—nobody has to know how simple it was to make! The idea comes from the bloggers at DIY Ready, and the soft glow of the candle inside the jar adds the perfect amount of ambience to a cozy, romantic dinner.

3. Terrarium


Teach your kids about nature – or just get back in touch with your earthy side – with this simple Mason jar terrarium from HGTV. As an added bonus, this craft is “dirt-cheap” (pardon the pun) and only requires you to purchase whatever plants you choose to showcase in the jar.

2. Tiki Torches

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Put a twist on the classic Mason jar lantern with these fun tiki torches! Pinner Kathy Woodard found the idea on The Frugal Homemaker and posted it to her own blog, The Garden Glove. They make a great addition to any patio party or even just around the garden—plus they only take five minutes to make!

1. S’mores

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This delicious treat is sweet but not too rich. The Mason jar puts a slightly more grown-up twist on the classic childhood favorite. Cooked up by Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town for her show on Great American Country, it’s the perfect dessert for those chilly spring or fall days when you’re longing for summer but just can’t build a fire.

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7 Creative Uses for Mason Jars