How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

  1. Glowing Photo Luminaries
  2. Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Mason Jar Luminary Tutorials
  3. mason jar diy: vases
  4. 36 Mason Jar Vases To DIY Today
  5. 1. Chevron Pallet Mounted Hanging Mason Jar Vase
  6. 2. Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase
  7. 3. Ombre Painted Mason Jar
  8. 4. DIY Gold Mason Jar Flower Vases
  9. 5. Embellished Mason Jar Vase
  10. 6. Painted Mason Jar With Daisies
  11. 7. DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce
  12. 8. Gilded Gold Mason Jar Vase
  13. 9. Easy Striped Mason Jar Tutorial
  14. 10. Monogrammed Mason Jar Vase
  15. 38. Oranges And Burlap Mason Jar Vase
  16. 30+ Creative Mason Jar Ideas For Your Home
  17. Looking for more mason jar ideas?
  18. Source: Living Well Mom
  19. Source: It All Started With Paint
  20. Source: Ka Styles
  21. Source: Mason Breakfast Jar and More
  22. Source: Modge Podge Rocks
  23. Source: Suburble
  24. Source: Averie Cooks
  25. Source: Blissful Basil
  26. Source: Iowa Girl Eats
  27. Source: Nosh and Nourish
  28. Source: Bless This Mess
  29. Source: Dream a Little Bigger
  30. Source: What’s Gaby Cooking
  31. Source: A Bubbly Life
  32. Source: Mason Jar Crafts
  33. Source: Momdot
  34. Source: Yesterday on Tuesday
  35. Source: A Piece of Rainbow
  36. Source: Little House Living
  37. Source: Michaela Noelle Designs
  38. Source: Michelle James Designs
  39. Source: The Country Chic Cottage
  40. Source: The Gracious Wife
  41. Source: 17 Apart
  42. Source: Eighteen25
  43. Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase
  44. Press Play for Video Tutorial
  45. Step 2: Cut a picture to size and attach to jar with painter’s tape
  46. Step 3: “Distress” the lettering on the jar
  47. Step 4: Seal the outside of the painted jar with clear spray paint
  48. Step 5: Place paper cup inside jar to hold flowers
  49. 22 Creative & Decorative Uses for Mason Jars
  50. 1. Clear Glass Vases
  51. 2. Painted Vases
  52. 3. Collections
  53. 4. Pantry
  54. 5. Bathroom
  55. 6. Office Supplies
  56. 7. Crafts
  57. 8. Flatware
  58. 9. Food
  59. 10. Gift Sets
  60. 11. Drinking Glasses
  61. 12. Soap Dispensers
  62. 13. Herb Gardens
  63. 14. Terrarium
  64. 15. Candle Holders
  65. 18.  Frames
  66. 19. Candy Display
  67. 20. Wedding Bubbles
  68. 21. Photos
  69. 22. Memory Jar

Glowing Photo Luminaries

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

When I was growing up, we had a formal dining room that was only used on special occasions Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  At one point I thought that was a really wasted use of space, but now looking back- because it was so special, that room was home to some of my most precious family memories.

  It’s the only room where we used  my great grandmother’s gold-plated china.  And where we sat on fancy padded chairs and got to drink sparkling cider and use the fancy butter knives.  It’s also the only room where every meal was eaten by candlelight- and it was magical.

  My parents would dim the lights and right before we started our meal, they’d light tall candlesticks and the little flickering lights would reflect off the crystal goblets and make everything twinkle.  My family meals now, even on special holidays, are much more casual.

  I purposely didn’t build a formal dining room, and sometimes we even use (gasp) paper plates!  However the one thing that I still love, is having flickering candles on the table.

Recently I was cleaning my garage and came across a big pack of vellum from my drafting days in college.  I was showing my kids how fun it was to color on it and how when held up to the window, it became translucent and let the light through.

  That’s the moment I had the idea for this project, and I love how they turned out.  This is such a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to create a personalized decor piece that’s perfect for a centerpiece during a special family meal, or just to enjoy at home.

  These would make darling gifts, too!

To make these, I used my photo printer to print some of my favorite family photos onto vellum.

  You  might have to experiment with your own printer to make sure it can print onto vellum, but most inkjet printers should work.  I’m using a Canon PIXMA photo printer and it worked beautifully.

  I even used the coordinating PIXMA Printing Solutions iPhone app and printed some shots straight from my phone.

So just print out a variety of photos.  If you’re using these as table centerpieces for a holiday meal, try highlighting your favorite moments from throughout the year.  Horizontal photos will work best since you’ll need the width to wrap around your luminary.

Next you’ll need some glass jars or vases.  Since nothing happening here has to be permanent,  you can do what I did and poke around your house to see what you can round up.  Glass mason jars, flower vases, and hurricanes work great.  Try however, to avoid irregular shapes.  Squares will work, but the very best is smooth cylindrical shaped glass.

Trim your photos to the proper height of your glass.

And then apply a piece of double-sided tape.  (I told you these were easy!)

Simply attach your photo to the tape.  For larger containers, you’ll need more than one photo to cover all of the sides.  Just have them meet right up in the middle of the tape for a seamless look.

And if you want, you can even attach a piece of washi tape for decoration.

The fun part is that these little luminaries look beautiful in broad daylight.  Set on a windowsill, the light pours through them and naturally makes them glow!

And if you’re Kate and me, and have a crazy obsession with scented candles, these little glass jars work beautifully for this project.  The lower the candle wax, the better, so if you’ve got some almost-empty ones, they’ll work perfectly!

Play around with a variety of sizes and group them together for a fun display.

The real magic happens when the lights go dim, and the candles start burning.  Place a few tea lights in your glass containers (I put several in my really jumbo ones!)

And everything will come alive with a flickering glow.

The soft light pours through the vellum and illuminates the photos, creating a beautiful work of art!

I used these at a dinner and they were the topic of conversation.  People couldn’t stop looking at them, and wondered how on earth I made them, and my kids especially loved seeing their pictures on there.  The best part was hearing them say things , “Hey, I remember that!  That’s from our trip to the beach!  Remember when….”

It’s such a fun conversation starter.  I could see these being so beautiful for a wedding celebration as well.  Can you imagine photos of the bride and groom all lit up?  You can also use a battery-powered tea light and use these for night lights!  I let my boys put on in their room and they loved it.

Start thinking about your own family memories you could light up! (Hover your mouse over the image below, to Pin it!)

Glowing Photo Luminaries
Tutorial by Our Best Bites

Supplies Needed blank sheets of vellum (available at craft stores)

photo printer (I used a Canon PIXMA)

double sided tape round glass hurricanes, mason jars, etc.

tea lights or battery powered candles

Use photo printer to print a variety of photos onto vellum.  Cut images to fit dimensions of your glass jars.  Use double stick tape to secure photos onto glass.  Place tea lights inside containers and light candles to make images glow.

Presented by Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One Printers. PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) lets you print photos or documents directly from select popular online Cloud services.


Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Mason Jar Luminary Tutorials

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

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It’s time for another round of Crafty Hangouts, which are short Google Hangout videos showcasing how to craft with a particular product or crafty supply.

This month’s theme is all about mason jars, and I want to give a shout out to the Ball Corporation for sponsoring this month’s Crafty Hangouts and providing us with their awesome mason jars to craft with!

My favorite Ball mason jars are the blue ones from their Heritage collection, although I can’t wait to get my hands on the new green jars!

We have the gorgeous blue ones in our transom window above our patio doors:

I love how they capture the light, almost stained glass!

Here’s my Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary:

The video is below, and has the complete tutorial. Use the close-up detail photos as reference while viewing the video if needed.

Supplies used:

Ball Mason Jars
Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Delicate Americana Decor Clear Wax

Dazzling Metallics in Renaissance Brown

Paper towels Paintbrushes (medium and small) Stencil brush Clean white rags Recycled plastic jar lid


Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary DIY Video:

Distressed Mason Jar Vase and Distressed Luminary Photos:

These photos are meant to complement the video. (Parts of the video are grainy and hard to see the details, so scroll through these photos to better see what I did.) And yes, a new web camera is on my list to buy!

I started with a pint-sized Ball mason jar:

I took this pic against the light so you could see the pretty design on the back of the jar.Here’s the mason jars painted with three coats of the chalky finish paint. Isn’t the color pretty?

You could easily stop at this point, as the mason jars look so pretty and sunny!

I wanted to distress them further, so I decided to mix up some clear wax with a metallic glaze:

I just used a couple of toothpicks to gently combine them:

As my favorite waxing brush was too big for this mason jar, I used a stencil brush to apply the wax mixture.

This photo, below, shows the wax I just rubbed onto part of the jar. My next step will be to wipe off that wax using a clean white rag, more in some areas, wiping less off in others. This will help with the distressed look I’m going for.

I used the paper towels to remove a lot of the wax from the stenciling brush before I wiped it onto the jar. You want to start with a little wax and build up, versus glopping it on heavily. (Technical terms!)

Here’s what the jars look after the wax was applied and rubbed off:

Again, you could stop at this point, and have a lovely distressed mason jar.

But I went further… yes, I love distressing things!

I sanded off the raised painted areas carefully, so that the words would “pop” out as well as the other raised elements of the jar.

Here’s the completed jar:

The sanding just provides another level of distress, making the jar look older. I also think it looks more loved!

The perfect vase for some just-picked Daffodils from our garden!

And I couldn’t resist this picture in the early evening as the sun was setting:

To make the candle luminary, I sanded much more of the paint completely off the jar, so that candlelight could shine through here and there:

I love the two different looks you can create just by the amount of sanding done on each jar!

And make sure you watch the video above, as I explain an easy tip for sanding the letters when you don’t want to have any of the other paint come off!

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Happy crafting!


mason jar diy: vases

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

Mason jars are some of the most popular craft items there are, especially since the explosion of Pinterest!  There is a Mason jar project for just about anything you can think of.  These classic pieces are simple, yet beautiful, and are always an eye-catcher!  It just so happens that Antique Candle Co.™ (previously Antique Candle Works) candles are made using Mason jars! 

A couple months ago, we shared how to clean out the left over wax from our candle jars, as well as some easy ideas for repurposing your Mason jar candle.  Here are the detailed steps of how to create two of those craft ideas: Mason Jar Vases!

Painted and Distressed Vase

This gorgeous vase has a rustic and vintage-vibe!  This is an easy tutorial for how to paint and distress Mason jars!

What you will need: old ACC Mason jar candle, chalk paint (I used white, but you can use any color), paintbrush, sandpaper

  1. Clean out the old wax from the Mason jar. Soy wax is water soluble, so you should be able to easily do this with hot water and soap.  For more information on cleaning out your jar, visit this blog post!
  2. Make sure it is completely clean and dry on the outside.
  3. Set out newspapers or some kind of covering on your surface where you will be painting. Place your jar upside down and get to work painting.  Make sure you paint over all areas of uneven surface.  You will ly need to paint 2-3 coats on the outside of the jar. 
  4. The paint we used dried fairly quickly between each coat, but make sure you let the paint dry for the recommended time as seen on the chalk paint container. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to distressing.
  5. Once the paint is dry, use sandpaper to distress the jar. I used a very coarse sandpaper to carefully sand all of the protruding areas, such as the thread at the top of the jar and the ‘Mason’ wording.  I also sanded some of the numbers and the corners of one or two sides of the jar.  The key is to not sand too much.  You want it to look natural wear and tear.

That’s it!  You now have a stunning, rustic vase to add to your home!  Fill it with wildflowers in the spring, or sprigs of pine in the winter!

Burlap Vase

This adorable vase is probably one of the easiest, yet most stunning Mason jar crafts you can do!

What you will need: old ACC Mason jar candle, burlap, hot glue gun

  1. Clean out your jar.
  2. Grab your burlap. Though it doesn’t really matter what kind of burlap you use for this project, but a wider kind will make the burlap look more full.  Wrap the burlap around the top of the jar 4-5 times and then cut it.  You’ll ly not use all of it, but this way you can have a little more freedom to style it.
  3. If you’re using a wider burlap, fold it length-wise so that it is only half as wide. The goal of this vase is for it to look rustic, and folding it in half will allow the burlap to look thicker and slightly uneven when you wrap it around the jar, which is good!
  4. Wrap the burlap around the top of the jar, pulling more burlap on one side so that it is uneven, and tie the ends together in a loose knot. You want it to stay on the jar, but not look too tight.
  5. Pull the longer end of the burlap the knot and tuck the shorter end either into the knot or under the burlap. If you have trouble tucking it in a way that looks good, you can cut some of the excess off.  You will then cut the longer end at a slight angle, leaving some excess.  I also pulled out some strands of burlap at the end so that it looked frayed.
  6. Use your glue gun to glue down the shorter end of the burlap wherever you tucked it, as well as any other areas that need held in place. You can also glue the burlap to the jar itself.

Viola!  Now you have beautiful burlap Mason jar vase to fill with your favorite flowers, perfect for any time of the year!

When it comes to Mason jars, the possibilities are endless!

Share with us a photo of your completed Mason jar craft using your old Antique Candle Co.™ candles, or let us know about it in the comments below!  We’d love to see your creativity!

Check out our Pinterest for some other awesome DIY home ideas!

Have a beautiful day!

Photography by Hannah Christine Photography


36 Mason Jar Vases To DIY Today

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

Need a new mason jar craft project to try this weekend perhaps a brilliant DIY gift idea? No matter what the occasion, mason jar vases are simply some of the most brilliant craft ideas, ever! Inexpensive, creative and oh so lovely, mason jars are the perfect way to add a unique touch to your next floral arrangement or table centerpiece. I made a few different versions of these last month and can not tell you how many compliments I received on them. Plus, they just make me smile when I look at them. From rustic to modern, distressed to glittered, these step by step tutorials for mason jar vases will have you thinking of what you can do with your jars next.

1. Chevron Pallet Mounted Hanging Mason Jar Vase


Whatever your decor style, farmhouse, rustic or Boho a hanging Mason jar vase will look fabulous. Especially with this pallet mason jar vase by Unoriginal Mom. It is super trendy and can be used as an alternative to a wreath. Hang it by the door or make it a porch decor. It’ll give your house a dreamy vibe.

2. Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase


If you’re looking for a fantastic gift for mother’s day, this Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase would be a perfect gift to her special day. It’s so simple to make that even kids can do it. Such a cute idea! Definitely adding this to my weekend craft projects.

3. Ombre Painted Mason Jar


I am in love with this Ombre Painted Mason Jar! I want to try them for sure. Spray paint is definitely your best friend when it comes to this type of craft. And the hydrangeas look perfect in this super gorgeous creation. Read on the full tutorial from Ka Styles to learn how to make your own cute mason jar vase.

4. DIY Gold Mason Jar Flower Vases


Are you fond of filling the house with fresh flowers, especially in the Spring and Summer when you can just go out into the garden and cut them? And wouldn’t it be perfect to have a simple and elegant vase to hold them? This DIY Gold Mason Jar Flower Vases is the perfect solution for that. Look at how pretty they turned out with the gold spray paint. Definitely worth a try.

5. Embellished Mason Jar Vase


Dress up a plain mason jar and whip up this Embellished Mason Jar Vase. You probably have all the materials in the craft room just laying around. Plus this vase is so versatile and I just love the jute and skeleton key in the middle. It feels so vintage and rustic which I really adore in a home decor.

6. Painted Mason Jar With Daisies


These jars are so beautiful! I always have a soft spot for anything distressed and this DIY project is just perfect. The cute little daisies bring a fresh summer vibe. Can’t wait to try it!

7. DIY Rustic Mason Jar Sconce


Why waste your money on expensive wall sconces when you can DIY your own? This DIY Mason jar vase will add the perfect touch of shabby chic to your home decor. With a few small pieces of wood and some smaller mason jars, you will be all set to build a wonderful wall sconce in half the price.

8. Gilded Gold Mason Jar Vase


Give your room a nice touch of glam with this Gilded Gold Mason Jar Vase. You can make them in less than a hour or so and the result will be absolutely gorgeous! I would say this is a perfect addition to a rustic theme that I am going for in the kitchen.

9. Easy Striped Mason Jar Tutorial


Looking for a stunning mason jar idea? Well this one is stunning and looks great anywhere! Stripes go with anything! The black and white stripes gives me so many awesome ideas. I can see this striped jar sitting next to a bright colored painting with reds, blues and yellow! How eye catching would that be?

10. Monogrammed Mason Jar Vase


I just love how cute this monogrammed mason jar vase turned out! It would be perfect as a teacher’s gift or a mother’s day gift, don’t you think? It would be a great place to store pencils, pens, markers, etc. The possibilities are endless so go ahead and make one today.

38. Oranges And Burlap Mason Jar Vase



30+ Creative Mason Jar Ideas For Your Home

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

Have you ever thought of all the different ways you can use mason jars? Aside from canning, there are so many creative things you can do with them. Whether you’re looking to create a statement piece with a flower vase or candle holder, mason jars are versatile, stylish and fun.

To help you find a way to use them in your home, we compiled over 30 mason jar ideas. If you’re interested in designing your own, browse our mason jar drinkware that you can customize for any special occasion, from party favors to gifts paired with personalized Christmas cards. Here are a few ideas we tried and loved!

Looking for more mason jar ideas?

From fun crafts to do with your kids to stylish ways to refresh your home, mason jars serve a variety of purposes. Our list of creative DIY projects, storage ideas, party decorations and home decor, will inspire you to get the most your mason jars!

Source: Living Well Mom

When you’re teaching your child about money and savings, include this fun mason jar craft by having them paint their own piggy bank. Before their imagination and paintbrush take over, carefully cut a slit into the lid of the jar so they can insert their change.

Source: It All Started With Paint

Longing for summer days spent at the beach? This nautically themed mason jar will transport you back to the sun kissed days each time you see it. It’s the perfect accent for a coastal bedroom, porch or bathroom.

Source: Ka Styles

Make craft night a hit with your children by sprinkling in a little glitter! They’ll enjoy the shimmering material and can even mix and match different colors. It’s a fun way to encourage their creativity while also having them design a mason jar craft they can proudly display on their desk.

Source: Mason Breakfast Jar and More

Looking for the perfect mason jar gift for a friend’s birthday? This soy funfetti candle is a festive birthday present any friend will enjoy lighting. Having it year-round will remind them just how special their birthday was with the gift you made especially for them!

Source: Modge Podge Rocks

Add some flair to your decor with these boho chic mason jar candle holders. Whether you place them on your dining room table or nightstand, they’ll transform any space in need of an update by becoming an eye-catching focal point.

Source: Suburble

If painting is your specialty, these vintage glam mason jars are a craft you won’t mind getting lost in. By aging the glass, you’ll get to see what metal mason jars look while still getting the beautiful end result. When done, place on your coffee table for a refreshing look.

Source: Averie Cooks

Find yourself struggling each morning to start your day? Give yourself a boost with an energizing morning smoothie. Not only is this a healthy way to kick off the day but it’s an easy idea you can prep the night before.

Source: Blissful Basil

These tasty oats are another breakfast idea you can prep overnight. For a spin on this familiar breakfast, combine appetizing blueberries and strawberries with savory nuts and coconut shavings. Then, throw into a jar, let sit overnight and enjoy the next day.

Source: Iowa Girl Eats

Moving on to lunch, this mason jar idea will make sure you hit your daily protein and veggie intake. It’s a play on the classic egg salad sandwich minus the gluten. Did we mention how easily portable it is?

Source: Nosh and Nourish

Looking for more delectable lunch ideas? This mouthwatering salad that includes roasted veggies, hemp seeds, nuts and greens, is sure to help you power through the day. By adding the dressing first, you’ll avoid soggy vegetables and have a meal you can’t wait to devour.

Source: Bless This Mess

Whether it’s snack time for you or the kids, keep it healthy by preparing in advance. These functional mason jar snack packs are not only convenient but can come in handy when you’re in a pinch and need some nourishment.

Source: Dream a Little Bigger

How could we not include one of the original uses of mason jars–canning! Whether you your pickles sweet or savory, you can tailor them to your taste buds. So instead of buying a jar at the supermarket, spend a fun day pickling these cucumbers to perfection!

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

For guests who prefer cheesecake, this quick and easy dessert will become an instant favorite. Whether you’re serving at a dinner party or for the holidays, the mini mason jars will help you create a lovely display that guests can help themselves to whenever they .

Source: A Bubbly Life

Create a party favor that will keep both kids and parents entertained. This one-of-a-kind idea is a great way to repurpose mason jars you have lying around while also finding a use for unused toys that can be glued to the top of the lids.

Source: Mason Jar Crafts

Hosting a party during football season? Get crafty and paint your jars to symbolize a referee’s shirt, the game day football and playbook. These mason jar decorations will be a major touchdown with guests who are excited to see their team take the field.

Source: Momdot

These spooktacular spider web mason jars will be a scream for your Halloween decor. By lining your walkway with these illuminated jars, trick or treaters will be guided to your doorstep where they can claim their much-anticipated Halloween treats!

Source: Yesterday on Tuesday

Start the school year off with a bang with a charming craft that will warm any teacher’s heart. You’ll beam ear to ear as you watch your child gift their new teacher with this fun DIY. Whether this mason jar gift is used to store pencils, markers or stickers, it’s sure to be on display the entire year!

Source: A Piece of Rainbow

Oil lamps have been used for hundreds of years as a source of light. Now you can incorporate them into your home while making a decorative statement. By customizing these lamps with fruit, leaves and flowers, you’ll have truly unique mason jar centerpieces.

Source: Little House Living

If you’re a bird lover this is one DIY you won’t be able to turn down. This unique mason jar decor is sure to make your day as you watch the neighborhood birds swoop into your yard and snack on the tasty bird seed you leave out for them.

Source: Michaela Noelle Designs

This stunning and chic mason jar idea is a showstopper when paired with blooming flowers. It makes a great centerpiece for a dining room table or mantle with the intricate details of the lace providing a nice focal point.

Source: Michelle James Designs

Welcome guests into your home with a sign that is warm and inviting. Grab your craft supplies and incorporate fun items lights and key hooks to recreate this personalized mason jar decor and make it all your own.

Source: The Country Chic Cottage

Keep your home looking and smelling incredible with this DIY reed diffuser. Add your personal style by matching the color and design of the jar with the scent you choose. You can also gift these to family and friends during the holidays with a Christmas card.

Source: The Gracious Wife

Ditch the everyday soap pumps and swap them out with an unexpected mason jar. Guests will enjoy washing their hands when they see these cute soap dispensers next to your bathroom and kitchen sinks.

Source: 17 Apart

Instead of leaving your matches lying around, create your very own mason jar match holder. Whether you leave it by your fireplace or your favorite candles, this purposeful mason jar craft will definitely spark your living room style.

Source: Eighteen25

Organize your laundry room with this purposeful and cheery change bin. It’s a simple solution to figuring out what to do with the loose change and miscellaneous items found while doing the laundry.

After reading this list it’s easy to see just how versatile, fun and convenient mason jars are. The best part about some of these ideas is that you can still recreate them even if you have larger sized mason jars. If you’re looking for even more inspiration to transform your home, check out our home decor accents!


Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

Upcycle a mason jar into an affordable and thoughtful gift using supplies you most ly have on hand! This makes a great DIY gift!

This post originally appeared on the blog several years ago and I recreated the project just for fun today!


I am a Lowes Creative Ideas Blogger and each month we are issued a project challenge…should we choose to accept it! For March, we were tasked with showing off Pantone’s Radiant Orchid paint by Valspar. I recently shared with you 3 Tips on Decorating with Radiant Orchid. It’s a BOLD color and it’s definitely not for everyone.

For this project, I wanted to create something in Radiant Orchid that would be easy to replicate, appeal to many, and scream YAY SPRING! I came up with a simple Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase.

I think this would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift, don’t you? It’s simple enough that kids can do most of the steps themselves with just a little adult supervision.

Press Play for Video Tutorial

To create your picture frame window on your jar, place vinyl or painter’s tape on the area that you don’t want painted. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out a decorative square in black vinyl. There were some gaps in my vinyl, so I filled them with painter’s tape.

If you don’t own a Silhouette, you could create a square using painter’s tape and decorative edge scissors. Paint the outside of the jar and immediately remove your sticker. You do not want to wait until the paint is dry or else it will be difficult to remove your sticker.

Step 2: Cut a picture to size and attach to jar with painter’s tape

I tried out a few different pictures before deciding on the one I d best. I sized my pictures in a Word document and then just printed them off on my laser printer. The painter’s tape allows you to easily change out the picture.

Step 3: “Distress” the lettering on the jar

This is an optional step. I the look of the lettering and pictures on mason jars and wanted it to show more clearly. I took a metal file and scraped off the paint where I wanted the lettering to show.

Here you can see what the back of the jar looks with the paint scraped off of the lettering.

Step 4: Seal the outside of the painted jar with clear spray paint

The paint will easily scrape off of the jar if it is not sealed. To add durability to the paint, spray it with a clear spray paint.

Step 5: Place paper cup inside jar to hold flowers

Your picture will be ruined if you fill the inside of the jar with water. Place a paper cup inside the jar, fill the cup with water, and place your flowers in the cup. I used a foam cup and had to cut off the lip of the cup in order for it to fit but it worked great.

Alternatively, you can place an LED candle inside the jar for a different effect! Enjoy!

You can also fill the jar with epsom salts or a sugar scrub!

Or just fill the jar with your loved one’s favorite candy for a thoughtful and inexpensive gift!

*Note: Some of you are having difficulty finding the right mason jars. Use Golden Harvest mason jars which do not have writing on both sides. Click here for an affiliate link to the jars on Amazon.


22 Creative & Decorative Uses for Mason Jars

How to Make a Beautiful Photo Jar Vase

I currently have an obsession with Mason jars.  They are relatively inexpensive, easy to find, entirely practical and yet decorative, too!  I am amazed by how many uses there are for Mason jars!  I recently finished a Teacher Appreciation gift using Mason Jars as Manicure Kits AND Lanterns.

Originally invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, these jars are also referred to as Ball jars (after the manufacturer), fruit jars or glass canning jars.  While originally intended to preserve food during the home canning process, today, Mason jars are widely used for crafts, storage and other decorative purposes.

Here are 22 of my favorite stylish, creative and decorative uses for Mason jars.

1. Clear Glass Vases

via Pinterest

I love the simplicity of this beautiful flower display

via Pinterest

To create the look of Casual Elegance shown above, pair a rustic mason jar with a formal flower arrangement

via Pinterest

A beautiful use of lemons as a vase filler for a pop of color!

2. Painted Vases

via Live Laugh Rowe

Simple flowers in a painted jar give a bit of pop to the vase for added interest.  Click the image above for a DIY tutorial on painting Mason jars.

3. Collections

via Pinterest via Poppy Talk

A beautiful way to organize and display small collections

4. Pantry

via Pinterest

A great way to organize dry goods to keep them fresh.  See below for a link to FREE printable labels.

5. Bathroom

via Pinterest

Whether hanging on the wall or sitting on the counter, Mason jars are great for storing bathing supplies such as soaps, cotton balls, toothbrushes and swabs.

6. Office Supplies

via The 36th Avenue

Decoratively organize pens, pencils, rubber bands and more!

7. Crafts

via it all started with paint

Keep track of craft supplies in Mason jars with chalk painted lids for easy labeling

8. Flatware

via Pinterest

Use Mason jars to organize flatware for a party or picnic

via Pinterest

Antique flatware on display

{via Tidbits&Twine Casual Elegant Centerpiece}

 A casual elegant centerpiece created with vintage flatware, roses and linen.

9. Food

via Pinterest via The Mason Jar Cookie Company

Make ahead recipes using mason jars

10. Gift Sets

via Tidbits&Twine

A manicure kit AND lantern all in one!  Click here to learn how to make this gift set.

via Stolen Moments

A self-contained sewing kit

11. Drinking Glasses

via Pinterest

Paired with paper striped straws, Mason jars make beautiful drinking glasses.

via Pinterest

I LOVE vintage French bottle drying racks, and here, one is used at a wedding to hold Mason jar drinking glasses for guests.

12. Soap Dispensers

via Love Grows Wild

Click the image above for a DIY tutorial on making your own Mason jar soap dispenser.

13. Herb Gardens

via Not Just a Housewife

A wall-mounted herb garden display

14. Terrarium

via Pinterest

Terrariums are quite popular right now and can be made with even the simplest of containers!

15. Candle Holders

via Pinterest

A simple way to use tealights, votives or other small candles

18.  Frames

via Craft Foxes

Paint the lids and use them as frames for small photos!

19. Candy Display

via Pinterest

Mason jars make cute displays for candy at parties

20. Wedding Bubbles

via Pinterest

Fill them with bubble solution and use them at weddings.

21. Photos

via Vicki Chrisman

A beautiful photo memory keepsake

22. Memory Jar

via Pinterest

Although I used a jar from Ikea, you can use a Mason jar to create a Memory Jar.  Click here for a tutorial on creating your very own Memory Jar.

I love it when I find simple items with decorative uses!  If you have a favorite use for a Mason jar not listed above, leave me a comment and let me know!

PS – Here are links to two of my favorite FREE printable mason jar labels.