Mason Jar Crafts
Old mason jars lying around? We have put together six of our favorite crafts to make great use of these cute jars!
Number 1: Rosemary Pressed Herb Candles
(Makes 2 8oz candles)
1/2 lb beeswax
1/2 lb soy wax
#2 medium candle wick
Essential oils (see blending notes in the instructions. This project used: Fir Needle, Bergamot, Himalayan Cedarwood and Juniper Berry)
Pressed young rosemary sprigs
Metal wax pitcher (or tin can)
Saucepan (to create a double broiler)
Craft paint brush
2 8oz canning jars
Harvest young, thin-branched rosemary sprigs or other herbs from your garden and press them between heavy books or a wooden press for a week, until they are very flat and dry. See how to press leaves in a homemade wood flower press here.
Cut the rosemary sprigs to length so they will sit at least 1″ below the rim of the jar.
When making candles, you can use anywhere from one-half ounce (300 drops) to a full ounce (600 drops) of essential oils per pound of wax, depending on how strong the scents are. Some essential oils can overpower a blend, so adjust accordingly. This recipe uses one-half ounce (300 drops) to create an evergreen scented blend because of the potency of the oils.
125 drops fir needle essential oil
75 drops bergamot essential oil
75 drops Himalayan cedarwood essential oil
20 drops juniper berry essential oil
Once you have the pressed herbs and essential oil blend ready, it’s time to start making candles! Create a double boiler using a saucepan with an inch or two of water and a metal pitcher or tin can. Place the wax into the pitcher and let melt completely.
Adapted from: https://gardentherapy.ca/pressed-herb-candles/
Number 2: Banana Bread in a Jar
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 mins
Yields 1 dozen half-pint jars
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups mashed bananas (approx. 4 medium-sized bananas)
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup pecans, crushed
12 half pint (8 ounce jars) mason jars
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare the mason jars by greasing the insides of the jars with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until well incorporated. Beat in the eggs, bananas, and water until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves and pour into the banana mixture a little at a time mixing well with each addition. Fold in pecans.
Spoon batter into mason jars filling 1/2 way full. Wipe off any spills on the jars before baking. Do not add the lids. Tip: You can also pour the batter in a gallon-size bag with a hole cut in the corner and pipe the batter into the jars.
Line the jars on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes of until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Note: You can also line the jars up in the oven without the baking sheet. Some people have mentioned they cook more evenly that way. You might want to experiment. I’ve never had a problem.) Meanwhile, sterilize the lids and rings in boiling water.
Remove the jars from the oven and screw on the lids and rings to the jars while the bread is cooling. The jars will seal as the bread cools down. You will hear a light “ping” when the jar seals itself. If you don’t, press down on the lid to see if it is firm. If it doesn’t “give”, it is sealed. Also, if the bread bakes above the rim of the jar, no worries. Just gently press the top of the bread down with the lid and seal.
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or eat when cooled! Can also be stored in the freezer for a few months.
Note: You can forgo making this bread in the jars and bake it in two 9 x 5-inch bread pans for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Adapted from: https://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/banana-bread-jar/
Number 3: East Mason Jar Cupcake Holder
To Make Individual Cupcake Holders:
Buy the proper mason jars.
Flip them over and set a cupcake on the lid.
Screw the jar on to the lid.
If you like, attach a cute ribbon and tag.Gift.
Little, adorable mason jars are a never- ending source of clever ideas. Use mason jars for drinking glasses, for parfaits, for bits and bobs of sewing, for coins, for pens & pencils, etc. You get the idea!
Adapted from: https://www.nelliebellie.com/individual-cupcake-holder/
Number 4: Succulent Plants in Mason Jars
To make your own, here is what you will need:
Mason jars, rocks, cactus mix/soil, succulents, moss.
Mason Jar (I used a half pint mason jar and a pint and a half mason jar for this particular project but you can use any size you choose)
Soil (Cactus Mix – This can be found at any hardware store or garden center)
Succulents (any shape, size, color of your choosing. I recommend picking out a few different sizes. You will want to select one varietal that will stand out and be the focal point. Then pick a few smaller succulents in different shades to create texture and build around the focal point.) This is a great project if you have any succulent trimmings!
Rocks or small pebbles
Baker’s twine, gift tags, etc. (Optional)
Once you’ve selected your mason jar, place a few rocks and/or pebbles at the bottom of the jar. Placing the rocks or pebbles at the bottom of the jar followed by cactus mix soil will create optimal drainage. Leave the soil at the top packed less dense, as you will be adding succulents and re-positioning some of the soil.
Gently place one of your larger succulent stems or trimmings in the middle of the mouth of the jar. Lightly pack it into the soil to hold it in place.
Next, take the stems or trimmings of the other smaller succulents and carefully position them around the larger succulent being used as the focal point.
Repeat until the surface of the mason jar is nearly full.
Continue building around the larger succulent until the mouth of the jar is full but not overstuffed. Once you’ve reached this point, use moss to fill in any space not taken up by succulents.
Adapted from: https://www.lifestorage.com/blog/diy/succulent-plants-in-mason-jars/
Number 5: Mason Jar tissue Holder
mason jar (wide mouth jars are easiest to get the tissues in but regular works as well)
tissue (see below for suggestions)
Using the jar lid as a guide, trace a circle onto a piece of scrapbook paper and cut it out.Cut an X in the middle of the circle with an exacto knife.Fold your tissues and put into mason jar.Feed a center tissue up through your X in your scrapbook paper, and screw on the lid ring. Done!
Note: After having these for a few months now, I would suggest laminating the scrapbook paper before cutting the X. The paper seemed to tear after a while. You could also just use packing tape on one or both sides to strengthen it a little!
Number 6: DIY Bird Feeder from Mason Jar Lid
This recipe makes a dozen bird feeders, give or take. You can halve the recipe, if you prefer. But honestly, they make adorable gifts for everyone, so the full recipe is recommended.
Pantry Items Needed:
1/2 cup Cheerios
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups wild bird seed (the best price I've seen for this is here on Amazon)
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 envelope gelatine
1/2 cup water
Other Supplies Needed:
mason jar lids (you can grab lids by themselves here on Amazon, you'll need about a dozen)
Mix all of your pantry items together thoroughly. You can add more Cheerios later for fun decorations
Knot-tie your twine onto 12 mason jar lids. Make sure your strings are long enough to tie to your tree limbs or where ever you'd like them to hang. You can always trim them later.
Lay your mason jar lids on a piece of parchment paper. Pile your bird seed mixture into your mason jar lids. Smash it down and even it out with your hands (it will be sticky). Allow these to sit overnight on the paper before hanging. If adding additional Cheerios for a design, be sure to do that before they set.
Simply tie your DIY bird feeder onto a branch or other spot in your yard. Again, it's a really fun activity to do with your kiddos.