We love upcycled mason jars! Traditionally mason jars are used to store food, but there’s so much more that they can do. Mason jars are one of the most versatile objects in the world! The best part is that they often come for free as the packaging for canned goods. So if you have an empty mason jar, here are 9 things you can make!

Upcycled mason jars

#1: Upcycled Mason Jars as Vases 

Mason jars and flowers go hand-in-hand. They look lovely grouped together in a wooden box or you can paint them! Another option would be to display something like sand or seashells (or both) as a nice decorative piece. This would make a great centerpiece for a beach-themed room. We especially love this version made with sea glass paint!

sea glass mason jarSource: The Country Chic Cottage

#2: Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Whether your favorite type of soap is the foaming kind or the gel kind, it’s easy to make an upcycled mason jar soap dispenser! Many stores sell kits specifically for this purpose, but you can definitely upcycle your own

glass jar soap dispenserSource: Upcycle That

#3: Mason Jar Planters

Start your own indoor garden with your mason jars! All you need to do is add soil and seeds to the mason jar, put it by a window, and water it as often as necessary. A mason jar planter adds a lovely farmhouse vibe, and looks especially captivating when displayed as a vertical wall piece.

upcycled mason jars - herb planterSource: Camille Styles

#4: Salt and Pepper Shakers

Upcycling small mason jars as salt and pepper shakers is a great way to reuse them! Add tiny holes to the lid with a hammer and a nail. You can also use little mason jars to store your spices. They would look stunning all together on a spice rack!

upcycled mason jars - salt and pepper shakersSource: Far From Normal

#5: Mason Jar Utensil Holder

Mason jars aren’t just for storing food— almost anything can be stored inside of them! Store your makeup brushes, Q-tips, cotton balls, and other beauty products in mason jars on your vanity. You can also place washcloths, toothbrushes, and other toiletries inside of a mason jar for a more elegant display. Mason jars can be used as storage containers for just about any item you have in your home, from crafts and pens, to kitchen utensils.

upcycled mason jar utensil holderSource: Mason Jar Crafts

#6: Mason Jar Cup

Mason jars are often reused as cups, but you can take it a step further and turn it into a decorative cup. You can buy a canning lid with a hole or drill your own, see how here. Add your own personal touch to it by painting it, decoupaging it, or even just simply adding stickers to it. If you’re really crafty and have a Cricut machine, you can personalize it even more by adding your initials or full name to it. 

Plastic Free JulySource: Lusa Organics

#7: Industrial Pendant Chandelier/Lights from Upcycled Mason Jars

If you’re into the Farmhouse or Industrial Farmhouse decor style, you can transform your old mason jars into chandeliers or pendant lights. All you need to do is to purchase Edison light bulbs and a pendant light kit to hold the bulb in place. If you’re not into the industrial look, you can put fairy lights in a mason jar for a more etheric vibe instead.

upcycled pendant light

#8: Upcycled Mason Jars – Candles

Create your very own candles with upcycled mason jars. You can add a floating candle to a mason jar with water, or make your own wax candles. Candle-making is a pretty popular activity, so you can easily find beeswax or soy wax and wicks at your local craft/hobby store. Add essential oils, or get creative with your scents by adding herbs, cinnamon, and even fruit pieces to the melted wax! Here’s a lovely upcycled mason jar candle with fresh sprigs of rosemary! 

upcycled mason jar candlesSource: Garden Therapy

#9: Bird Feeder 

People aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the many uses of upcycled mason jars. Birds love them too! Make an upcycled mason jar bird feeder with a chicken feed base and a piece of copper wire. You can get the chicken feed base from your local farm supply store for a few dollars. Look for 8-guage copper wire at your hardware store and wrap that around the jar, fill it with bird seeds, and then hang your upcycled bird feeder in your backyard on a tree branch.

upcycled mason jar bird feederSource: The Garden-Roof Coop

Upcycled mason jars can be used for so many different things. There are so many crafty ways to upcycle them! Which one of these ideas is your favorite?

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