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Last Updated on January 8, 2020 by Katherine

I love mason jars, mainly because they are relatively inexpensive to obtain and are quite versatile (I did a post earlier about them, which you can read here). This time around, I wanted to share some updated decor ideas with you. I particularly love mason jars for decor crafting because they can add instant polish to your space and make unique gifts. This post includes some Christmas and Halloween options as well as just some general everyday type ideas. All of these crafts are luminaries, but you can adapt these designs for things like storage jars and the like.

Fall Stencil

To complete this craft, you just need a mason jar, craft paint, brush and a stencil!

I initially found this idea on Create Craft Love, and it could be easily adapted to a common type of decor with the right stencil and color. I was feeling “autumny,” so I went with a deep red and leaf design. All you need is a stencil of some kind. I used an actual leaf from my yard, but you can create your own quickly enough with a piece of paper and drawing on the design. You can also create a stencil using paint, Canva, or any number of programs. I used a cardboard stencil, but if I were going to do it again, I’d totally use painter’s tape or a vinyl sticker (so much easier!).
Once the stencil is attached, you just pick your favorite craft paint and get painting!
You will want a smooth-sided mason jar, though, at least one side where you can stick the stencil on and paint. Then you need some standard craft paint, and perhaps a sealer once finished to make sure everything stays on if you want it for outdoors.
My leaf jar is all done and ready for showing!

Spooky Jars

All you need is a mason jar and some children's tights. You'll simply need to cut the pantyhose down so it wraps nicely in the jar. The light is a little hard to see, next time I'll take a night picture with it!

The Mad House is where I found this idea, and it is SO cute! All you need is some children’s Halloween tights (they work best because of the size) and a glass jar. You can use tacky glue or tape to secure the tights onto the jar as well, but it’s totally optional!

Frosty Sayings

All you need to get started is some frosted spray paint, mason jars and letter stencils

I found this idea with The Budget Decorator. This is another one of those crafts that can be every day or even a Halloween or Christmas. It depends on the words you spell and what knick-knacks you plan for the jar. I haven’t decided yet what I want for my hope jars, so they’re a bit plain.
I used painter's tape to stencil my letters!
I used painter’s tape to create the lettering and carefully used an Exacto knife to shape my letters. You can also use vinyl stickers or letter stencils.
These make beautiful luminaries!

Snowy Escape

Everything you need to make your very own snowy jar!

This mason jar craft is a Christmas one, but it’s beautiful. A Pumpkin and a Princess found a lovely way to craft for Christmas. I had some leftover Epsom salts and was wondering what I wanted to do with it, and I thought this would be perfect.
I used a paint brush to spread the glue over the jar and then dropped the epsom glitter mix over top.
The result is a lovely snowy jar and I quite like the look!
Once the glue is dried, I recommend a sealer and then dress with a lovely wintery bow!

Mason Jar Luminaries Are Easy to Make

There are vast amounts of different crafts using mason jars out there on the world wide web. I’ve shared with you my four favorite luminary crafts, and I hope you’re suitably inspired. All of these crafts took less than 30 minutes to make (each jar), then you just mainly need to let things dry. They are all quite affordable as well; each one depending on what materials you’ll have to go out and buy, would be around $10 or less. You can find mason jars at your local Wal-mart and most of these materials as well (or at the Dollar Store).

I hope this article has inspired you to go out and create some fantastic mason jar luminaries! I would greatly appreciate it if you could share this post on social media and pin it to Pinterest! Spread the word!

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Next week, I’m going to show you some ideas on how to make multi-strand necklaces. Until then, stay crafty my friends!

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