Mason jars seem to pop up in everyone’s cupboard or larder, and while making pickles and jam is great, how many preserves do you really need? If you find yourself with a surplus of jars, try one of these fun upcycling projects and add a little rustic charm to your home or cottage.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to reuse old Mason jars is to pop the lid off and place in a bright bouquet. For easy arrangements replace the lid with a little chicken wire to help flowers stay put.
This beautiful herb garden is a great way to save space while growing some delicious spices. If wall-mounted isn’t your style, you can always stick the planters in a bright window sill—just remember to add some gravel to the bottom for efficient drainage.
Want to ensure all the little birdies come to your porch this year? Than this bird feeder is for you. You can use an old pot lid, some copper wire or a camp plate for the lid and just screw the jar into a pre-made base. For more examples check out The Garden-roof Coop.
For a fun, kid-friendly DIY try this festive confetti candle. You can replace sprinkles with dried flowers or a yummy-scented herb for a more grown-up design.
Looking to add a statement fixture to your relaxing abode? Try this fun (and cheap!) DIY. If you wan’t more low-tech lighting fill the jars with a little bit of sand and use them as candle-lit lanterns.
Add a little flare—and protection—to basic solar lights by popping a jar on top. The eco-friendly lanterns are perfect for illuminating a walkway or path to the dock.
What’s more annoying than mosquitos at the cottage? Rather than run into town searching for the same candles everyone else has, try these citronella oil lamps. These simple jars are refillable as well as charming.
This easy-to-assemble mini sewing kit is a great thing to have tucked away at the cottage. You can use up leftover fabric for the pin cushion and throw in some vintage buttons for an adorable gift.
To keep things dry and prevent spills pop your matches into one of these squat jars. You can add a round of sandpaper to the top of the lid for a starter.
Travel time capsule
Scrapbooks are great but they can’t hold everything. To keep all your travelling treasures together try creating one of these tiny time capsules. You can add in tokens from your trip, photos, and ticket stubs. It’s a great way to share your memories with friends and family.
For some alternative framing try putting photos in Mason jars. You can place them near a window and let sunlight stream through the glass. These are great for odd-sized or vintage photographs, just switch up the jars until you have a perfect fit.
This bartender stand-in is a great way to take a task off your plate when entertaining. Choose a couple of simple cocktail recipes, whip up a pitcher, and then pour individual servings into jars. Plop them in an ice bucket and everyone is set for the day.
Nobody wants to bring breakables up to the cottage, which is why this fun DIY is so ideal for lakeside living. Affectionally called “hillbilly crystal” and “redneck wine glasses,” this rustic glassware is great for those who want a little more in their glass.
Create some rustic cocktails in this creative shaker. The best part is you can pop the lid on different jars and make a whole bunch of drinks all at once.
If you’ve ever struggled to make consistently sized rolls, try this inventive hack. You just pop dough into mini Mason jars to ensure uniform shape and size. Plus, these individual servings look great as part of a place setting.
This simple invention is a great way to ensure that everyone gets as much ketchup as their hearts desire. They're especially good for a buffet-style barbecue.
Salt and pepper shaker
To complete a picnic-perfect setting throw these shakers into your basket. They make a great hostess gift.
Instead of constantly dealing with crappy plastic bags that seem to spill spices everywhere, pop all your flavour enhancers into Mason jars with magnetic lids. This easy craft can be adapted for a fridge or for a wall-mounted spice rack.
Dry goods dispenser
What do you get when you combine an old juice container and a Mason jar? A good-for-everything dispenser! The capped lid is great for thick salad dressings, seeds, and other pantry goodies.
Pass this handy hack around after dinner to ensure all your guests get those teeth good and clean. To assemble just use a nail and hammer to punch toothpick-wide holes in the lid of the Mason jar. Fill it up and voila!
Keep those grubby cottage hands nice and clean with this handy soap pump. The perfect addition to an indoor outhouse, these rustic pumps can also be used to dish soap or moisturizer.
Mount these toiletry holders on the wall to save space or add a divider to the top of a large Mason jar and keep all the family's brushes together. The best part is you can just sub toothpaste-coated jars out for fresh ones if things get messy.
Throw out the cardboard and store your washroom necessities in customized jars. Clear canisters are great for letting you know what you're running low on.