Do you have trays of old mason jars lying around? If they're past their best days for canning and preserving, why not upcycle them? Here are 15 practical and creative mason jar crafts for every season.
Upcycling Mason Jars
When you homestead off the grid in a really remote area, as we do, waste management is an issue.
All of our waste has to get hauled out to the dump, which is a 40-minute drive away. And we have to pay $15.00 a load for everything we take there.
We try to reduce our waste as much as possible by composting, recycling, and upcycling.
And honestly, I think it would be almost criminal to throw out mason jars!
I do have a few dozen that have seen better days. I don't want to use them for canning or preserving because they have small chips or scratches. Yet they still have so much character, you know?
When I was researching mason jar crafts, I was AMAZED at all the creative ideas online. It was tough to narrow down the selection to these 15.
You might like these mason jar crafts for your own kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. They're a great addition to your farmhouse decor - especially if you're decorating on a budget. They also make inexpensive gifts.
And if you're looking for ways to make money homesteading, mason jar crafts could help you earn a few extra dollars.
How to Prep a Mason Jar for Painting
If your craft includes painting a mason jar, wash and prepare it first. Simply fill a kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and scrub away. Remove any food, sticky residue, and stickers or labels.
Next, use a cotton swab to apply rubbing alcohol all over the jar. This helps to remove any stubborn sticky residue. Now your glass jar is ready for painting.
How to Paint a Mason Jar
Choose between chalk paint, acrylic paint, or even mod podge and material or tissue paper to paint your mason jar.
Get detailed instructions from these online tutorials on how to paint mason jars for home crafts.
- How to Paint Mason Jars: WikiHow
- Tips & Tricks on How to Paint Mason Jars: ModPodgeRocks
- How to Paint Mason Jars Video Tutorial: Wendy Bentley