How To Decorate Mason Jars

How To Decorate Mason Jars

Mason jars have become a popular, shabby chic way to decorate just about everything. Mason jars are the perfect rustic flower vase, candle holder, and more. Their versatility is truly unmatched.

While it’s easy to find inspiration for how to decorate mason jars, actually getting started on the project can be a challenge. Often, there are things you don’t realise until you sit down to start. In this post, we’re going to help you work out some of those details. We also have some fun and useful ideas for what you can do with your mason jar DIY project and jar decor.

Keep reading to learn how to decorate mason jars using our 6 favourite mason jar craft ideas!


  • What kind of paint do you use on a mason jar?
  • What can I use to decorate a mason jar?
  • Rustic mason jar centerpieces
  • Mason jars as soap dispensers
  • Mason jar lights
  • Grab & go salad containers
  • Mason jar gift packs
  • Calm-down mason jars

What kind of paint do you use on a mason jar?

Painting a mason jar is a great way to add a touch of color to your creation. In addition to adding color, paint can help you texture the jar and give it an even more fun or rustic finish.

There are two ways you can paint your jars: using either spray paint or acrylic/chalk paint. For both methods you will need to wipe the inside of the jar with rubbing alcohol first.

1. Spray paint a mason jar

If you were wondering how to decorate mason jars most efficiently, this is it. Spray paint will coat jars evenly and quickly. This is a great way to go if you are looking for a way to uniformly decorate more than one or two mason jars. Design master spray paints are available in a wide range of colours and finishes, so it’s easy to make something that matches your theme.

Spray paint is perfect for DIY wedding mason jars and wedding decorations. If you are hoping to use mason jars as a centerpiece on many tables, spray paint will help you make sure that every jar looks the same without taking hours to complete.

2. Acrylic/chalk paint

Acrylic and chalk paints are another great way to paint your mason jars. If you are hoping to get a textured look, this might be a better option for you. With acrylic/chalk paint, you are able to control how thick of a paint job you do.

It can be painted on the outside with a sponge for an even coverage, a paintbrush for a lighter and textured effect, or poured inside and shaken (with lid closed of course) for a thicker application. If your paint comes out a little thick or has a drip down the side, don’t worry, you can always sand it down a little once the paint dries.

chalk paint mason jars

Paint cutouts

No matter which paint method you use, there is a great trick for achieving perfect patterns or cutouts with your paint design. After you wipe your mason jar with alcohol, adhere stickers, cardboard cutouts, or painters tape to wherever you don’t want paint to appear. Paint the glass jar normally and let it dry. Once everything is dry, pick the stickers off and reveal the original clear glass in your design.

If you were wondering how to decorate mason jars for Christmas, find some snowflake stickers and try this trick. Once you put tea lights inside, the light will shine out of the clear snowflakes to make a cute lamp.

What can I use to decorate a mason jar?

If you don’t want to paint your mason jar, or already have one painted but want a different look, there are still plenty of cute mason jar DIYs to try.

You can also fill your jar with potpourri, shells, and other decorations. If you are looking for ideas, try going for a nature walk. The shells, stones and river pebbles that you find might inspire you to line the base of your mason jar with something a little heavier than you originally considered.

Once you have finished painting or otherwise decorating your mason jar, consider adding something to the rim. Simply tying some cute and rustic ribbons along the rim can help make your jar look more complete.

Ok, now let’s get started with our 6 ideas for how to decorate mason jars.

How to decorate mason jars: 6 creative DIY ideas

1. Rustic mason jar centrepieces

Mason jars make excellent event centrepieces and are super easy to decorate to match your theme. Try gathering 3 mason jars of varying heights for each centrepiece. Fill two with artificial flowers or foliage, and the other one with a candle. Wrap brown twine a few times around each jar and add a little lace if it works with your theme. It’s a cost effective way to create a rustic wedding centerpiece that looks amazing!

Rustic mason jar centrepiece

2. Mason jars as soap dispensers

Did you know you can turn the humble mason jar into a functioning soap dispenser? To create this you will need a mason jar with its lid, a soap pump top in a design you like, strong glue, and a drill or another tool that can create a hole in the mason jar lid.

Cut a hole in the mason jar lid so the soap pump top fits snugly. Insert the soap pump top into the lid and place glue around the join on the under side of the mason jar lid. Smooth out the glue and then allow it to fully dry. Then simply fill your new soap dispenser with your favourite hand soap and place the lid back on top.

3. Mason jar lights

One of the more complicated, but also cuter, ways to use mason jars is to incorporate them into your lighting. Mason jars make for perfect string lights! There are more steps to make them, however, than this overview can provide. So, check out instructions on wikihow if you are interested in learning how to decorate mason jars in this way.

4. Grab & go salad containers

Mason jars are surprisingly the perfect container for storing your lunches, particularly salads. If you’re making a salad or pasta salad for lunch, simply place the salad dressing in first, then layer the salad with the wet ingredients towards the bottom (tomatoes), and dry components (lettuce/spinach leaves) on top. When it’s time to eat, simply flip the jar upside down and give it a good shake or empty it into a bowl. Voila – a delicious and still crunchy salad that you can prepare a day or so in advance.

Grab & go mason jar salad container

5. Mason jar gift packs

Why not turn your mason jars into adorable personalised gift packs? Decorate the jar to suit the person’s tastes or birthday theme. The jar packaging then becomes reusable, and you can fit so many great gifts inside. Here are a few fun gift pack ideas:

  • Luxury toiletries gift pack with handbag sized hand creams, a face masks, and lip balms.
  • A jar full of jelly beans with a hidden gift card inside.
  • A tea lovers gift pack full of incredible loose leaf teas and a tea strainer.
  • Emergency sewing kit gift pack.
  • ‘Will you be my bridesmaid’ gift pack including nail polish for the big day, elegant hair clips, tissues, and snacks.
  • ‘Mummy Survival Kit’ for new mums including lip balm, hair ties, tissues, chocolate, lanoline/pawpaw cream, a small dry shampoo and Berocca.

6. Calm-down mason jars

If you’re a parent of a toddler or young child, you know all too well that one minute they’re as happy as Larry, then the next minute they’ve initiated meltdown mode. It can be difficult and frustrating at times to help them calm down. So, why not get them involved in this next craft and teach them how to decorate mason jars! We promise that they’ll love this idea!

The process of making the calm down jar, and choosing what goes inside is a great rainy day activity, plus once the jar is made it’s a great tool to use when kids are stressed or having a meltdown.

For this calm down jar, you will need:

  • A mason jar with its lid
  • A jug of warm water
  • 80ml of glitter glue (their favourite colour)
  • A few drops of gel food colouring
  • Additional glitter
  • A few drops of baby oil or liquid soap
  • Strong glue

Fill the jar 1/3 full of warm water and stir in the glitter glue. Add a few drops of food colour, the glitter, and baby oil or liquid soap, then mix. Glue the lid closed on top of the jar and let it fully dry. Your calm down jar is now ready for emergencies, simply shake well and become mesmerised by the swirling colours.

Now you know how to decorate mason jars, let your imagination run wild! No matter what you decide to do, we are sure your craft will turn out wonderfully.

To help collect the materials you’ll need and get some more ideas of what you can use, check out our site. We offer a range of products all designed to help you make the most of your DIY mason jar ideas. Shop our wide range of vases and vase fillers online today.

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