5 ways with mason jars

Upcycling mason jars has been a trend for a few years now, and knowing how to use them to their full advantage is a great way to create some cute DIY décor or personalise a gift. If you’re drowning in jars, check out five of our favourite projects.

soy candle

Scented candle

Not many things create a calming atmosphere like a scented candle, but did you know that you can create your own pretty easily? All you need are the right tools and you’ll be able to mix up an array of delicious smelling candles for your home or as gifts. Some of our favourite scents:

  • cappuccino
  • strawberry
  • lavender
Make your own candle

Desk terrarium

Desk terrariums are a great way to liven up your work space or your home and the best part is, you don’t even need a green thumb to keep them alive. There are a lot of different ways to create your own mini garden but here is one that we love.

These also make great gifts so if you are overflowing with mason jars, whip up a few for your friends and family too.

Make your own terrarium
mason fairy light

Fairy light lamp

Perfect for a backyard, wedding or as a gift for a tween in your life, these fairy light jars can be made for under $10 and take a few minutes to put together.

  • Mason jar
  • 1m or less solar fairy lights – white or colourful
  1. Charge solar lights in the sun for 24 hours
  2. Place lights into the jar
  3. Wrap excess wire around the rim of the jar


Mason jars are an inexpensive way to display a beautiful bouquet of flowers. If a plain mason jar just isn’t going to cut it on your table, here are a couple of quick ways you can stylise your jars with spray paint.

  • Spray paint them with matte colours to suit any home decor
  • Wrap rubber bands around around the jar in a pattern. Spray paint the jar in a bold colour and remove the bands once dry
  • After spray painting, use some sand paper and lightly sand the paint for a distressed look
mason lights

Light fixture

A cute way to update your light fixtures for cheap is to replace the shades with mason jars. We love this quick and easy upcycle from Rachel Ray.



  1. Jaqui Dyne October 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Oooh I love the fairly light idea! This could make my back yard look so pretty…what an awesome and cheap idea!

  2. Jen Wiig October 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Love the make your own candle!!! Of course…would make for an aqesome xmas gift too esp as theres coloured Mason Jars too…im so going to do this for gufts…love!!!
    Really like the Fairy lights too such good ideas! Ive got about 10-12 mason jars I was given and had no idea what to do with them all so glad i read this

  3. Vikki Sainsbury October 27, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I love Mason jars! Great ideas – the only thing I use them for currently is for my 4 year olds hot chocolate drinks haha

  4. Gabriella Monaghan October 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Some good ideas for little Christmas gifts. Makes a change from the homemade baking and pictures in frames haha

  5. Sarah Blair October 16, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I hate waste and love to make old things into new things! There are some great ideas here!

  6. Kym Moore October 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    The terrarium is such a cool idea! I have seen them with seed fairy lights before. They look amazing on the table at Christmas ❤️

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