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Simple DIY Christmas crafts with mason jars

Updated: Dec 21, 2011 03:15 PM EST
Mason jars are some of the easiest and choicest ways to make your own candles for the holiday season. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock) Mason jars are some of the easiest and choicest ways to make your own candles for the holiday season. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

By Alexandra Kerr

Mason jars are already one of a craft enthusiast's favorite supplies to work with, and the holiday season is no exception. Try some of these simple and easy to make Christmas crafts with mason jars for candles, food, air freshener, lighting and more.

Store Ribbon

Use smaller mason jars to store balls and rolls of Christmas gift-wrapping ribbon, and prevent them from becoming tangled or unrolling.

Poke a hole in the lid of the jar, large enough for the ribbon to pass through.

Place the ball or roll of ribbon inside the jar, and thread the loose end through the bottom of the hole in the lid. Screw the lid back on.

Snow Globes

Making your own snow globes is simpler than you think. Simply pick up a small Christmas figurine and some white or silver glitter from a craft store.

Remove the lid of your mason jar, and glue the bottom of the figurine to the bottom of the lid. Allow to dry completely.

Fill the jar with water, and pour in the glitter.

Carefully replace the jar's lid, with the figurine attached. One the lid is tightly screwed back on, gently tip the mason jar upside down.

The figurine should now be right side up, inside the water and glitter filled jar.


Mason jars are some of the easiest and choicest ways to make your own candles for the holiday season.

Paint the mason jar white, then place a candle inside for a soft, snowy glow.

Fill the mason jar partially with Epsom salt to resemble snow, then place a small candle inside.

Fill the jar partially with cranberries, then place a candle inside.

Wrap red and green bows and ribbons around the outside of mason jars for accessorized Christmas candleholders.

Fill the mason jar partially with loose Christmas lights, then place a small candle inside.

Cover the outside of the mason jar with glue, then roll in Epsom salt. The salt will appear like ice, giving the jar candleholder a beautiful, seasonal glow.

Wrap a ribbon or thin rope around the outside of a mason jar at a diagonal angle. Spray paint the jar red, then remove the ribbon. The lines left on the jar from the red paint will appear like a candy cane. Use the jar as a candleholder or candy jar.


Create your own Christmas terrarium with a few simple materials purchased at a craft store.

Place faux moss at the bottom of the jar, filling it about one quarter of the way up.

Place miniature pine trees and woodland animals into moss.

Sprinkle white glitter or Epsom salt into the jar, resembling snow.

Purchase miniature figurines of Santa Clause and reindeer to set in the moss in place of trees or animals.

Floating Candles

Creating your own Christmas themed floating candle displays is easy with mason jars.

For a minimal look, simply fill the jar with water, place a floating candle on top, and finish off with a thin red or green ribbon tied around the outside of the jar.

Place a handful of cranberries, small pinecones or pine needles into the water beneath the candle for seasonal color.

Christmas Scent Jars

For beautiful and great smelling Christmas displays to set around your entire home, just fill mason jars with traditional Christmas and winter items. Leave the jar uncovered for a strong scent, or carefully poke holes in the lid with a nail for a slowly released scent.

- Pine Needles
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Unwrapped Peppermints
- Seasonally Scented Potpourri

Santa Jar

Turn an ordinary mason jar into Santa Clause décor.

Paint the inside of a mason jar red.

Tie a black ribbon around the outside middle of the jar.

Using metallic paint or a metallic marker, draw a gold buckle onto the black ribbon, creating the look of Santa's belt.

Once the paint has dried, place the painted jar around your home to hold potpourri, Christmas décor, flowers and more. Because the paint is inside the jar, do not drink from it.

Metallic Jars

Give classic glass mason jars a quick upgrade for the holidays.

Use gold, silver, bronze, blue or white metallic paint to completely cover the jar.

Once dry, use the metallic jar as a stylish DIY potpourri or décor holder around your home.

Pathway Lighting

Rather than buying expensive outdoor pathway lighting, make your own with mason jars.

Place flames candles with timers in the mason jars.

Accessorize the jars with ribbons, Christmas décor or Epsom salt as desired.

Place the jars down your walkway, and set the timers for the hour each night your area gets dark. Your mason jar candles will automatically turn on each night, and flicker with the realistic glow of a flame. Just replace the batteries as needed.

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