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Masons in your Mansion: 15 Ways to Upcycle Mason Jars

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By Lora O’Brien.

They’ve been around for a century, but I think it’s fair to say that the mason jar has enjoyed a surge of popularity in the past few years as these glass jars commonly used for food storage have creatively found ways to be used for so much more.

Do you need some candle holders? Fancy making a chandelier for your home? Have you been given a bunch of flowers that you have no vase for? We have some good news. Grab your mason jars, because we’ve got the best ways to upcycle them into something magnificent for your homes.

1. Mason Jar Candle Holders

If you’re not lucky enough to live with easy access to clear blue sea, and gloriously white sand, then bring a little bit of the seaside to your home with these net wrapped fishermen mason jars. Line them with a little sand and pop a candle into them, and you’ve got a beautiful glass candle holder with a seaside twist. Decorate your sideboard with these candles, or use them outside for a party, we guarantee they’ll get complimented. See how to make yours here.

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2. Chalk Mason Vase

These chalk painted mason jars are a perfect way of adding a shabby chic edge to your home. They’re bound to brighten up any room, and they’re going to look especially beautiful with a bunch of spring flowers in them. Keep these for yourself, or upcycle them as a gift for someone, whichever you choose we’re sure they’re going to be well received. And with so many colour variations possible, you can paint these in whichever colour best suits your decor choices. See how to make yours here.

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3. Mason Jar Chandelier 

We never considered using mason jars for a chandelier, but the outcome is surprisingly beautiful and unique. Chandeliers are a really nice decor alternative to add a bit of glamour to a dull room, or to simply spruce it up a bit. And this design made from upcycling mason jars is a mix between quirky, and shabby chic. And if you have a room that’s white and a little on the plain side, this is the perfect way to add a splash of colour, we love it. See how to make yours here.

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 4. Mason Jar Penpots

Whether you have an office that is in need of some organizing, or if you have children and are sick and tired of finding their felt tip pens littered round the home like a Hansel and Gretel bread trail, this is a super quick, easy and attractive way of giving those pens a home. Upcycle these mason jars into pen pots in your office, or in your children’s bedroom, either way it’s going to look pretty cool. See how to make yours here.

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5. Mason Jar Party Cups

No longer will you spend the aftermath of a party going round and finding plastic cups discarded in bizarre places. If you’re holding a party or even a wedding reception, mason jars are a fun accessory to include. Pop in a funky coloured straw, wrap a bow or some string around them and you have a unique beverage holder for the occasion. And we can almost guarantee that people won’t be clumsily leaving these in the garden bush, whilst we we can’t guarantee they won’t want to take one home as a souvenir. See how to make yours here.

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6. Mason Jar Bed Light 

Do you like to end your day relaxing in bed with a good book, but don’t happen to have a bedside light? Maybe you’re sick of having to get out of bed to turn off the bright overhead light. Well, now you can make the perfect bedside light with an upcycled mason jar, and say hello to evenings in bed enjoying a juicy, indulgent novella! And this design is so fun, and really adds a sense of character to a room. See how to make yours here.

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7. Mason Jar Garden Cocktail Treats

With the weather certainly starting to clear up its act and blessing us with some beautiful weather lately, we’re getting excited for our summer to start. And thinking of warm summer evenings has got us rather thirsty for some homemade lemonade–with or without vodka! If like us, you’re planning a garden party this summer, grab some mason jars, fill them with drinks and keep them chilled in a bucket of ice, so your guests can help themselves. Bonus: you can use these as a cocktail shaker, too! See how to make yours here.

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8. Mason Jar Herb Planters

Having herbs on hand are such a great way of adding flavour and seasoning to our food, but lets be honest, potted herb plants aren’t always the most sightly of things. But that’s all about to change, and upcycling mason jars into pots for your herbs are such a creative, and attractive way to keep your herbs in your kitchen, and look great at the same time. See how to make yours here.

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9. Mason Jar Storage Jars

We’ve all got bags of pasta, rice and chick peas that always seem to go everywhere when we try and pour them out, but we’ve found a super quirky, attractive and stylish way for you to store your foods, with mason jars! But we’re not all lucky to have an open plan kitchen packed full of space, and sometimes a girls gotta work with what she’s got! So these mason jars can be attached to the bottom of a shelf for easy access when cooking. See how to make yours here.

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 10. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

These mason jar soap dispensers are so easy to make, and yet so effective. Lots of us buy those supermarket branded dispensers, but we’ve probably never considered making our own. And when they look this chic, we can choose whichever scent we like, and they’re so quick and easy to make, how can we not? See how to make yours here.

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11. Mason Jar Beauty Pots

I think all girls can identity with the need for beauty storage. Make-up, cotton buds, mascara wands, we try to contain them but somehow they always seem to go wandering about, and we’re finding them in the most mysterious of places. So now, keep your beauty products where you can find them with these upcycled mason jar beauty pots. Add some style to your dresser, or your bathroom with these gorgeous containers. They’re going to add a splash of colour to your room, and the shabby shic design is bang on trend and always looks stylish. See how to get yours here.

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12. Mason Jar Dessert Cups

Rather than slicing a cake for a dinner party, why not give each guest their own little dessert pot? It feels more like a little gift than a mere dessert…and being able to see all the layers of yumminess to go through makes dessert all the tastier.

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13. Christmas Decorations

We know it’s not quite the season yet, but whoa, how lovely are these? Combining winter foliage with a candle on top, these just scream ‘eco-friendly festivity’. Find out how to make these here.

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14. Lunchbox Jars

Instead of buying lunch near work and generating loads of waste from takeaway cartons, why not make healthier food yourself, and store it in a mason jar ‘lunchbox’? If you’re thinking this only works for soup or something, you’re wrong: salads, casseroles and even dips like this yummy Mexican one work perfectly well in layers. Get creative!

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15. Mason Jar Solar Lights

Now we’re being gifted with lighter evenings and warmer weather, we all want to make the most of our gardens. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ, a garden party, or you’re just wanting to relax with a glass (or bottle) of wine on your patio after a long days work, then these upcycled mason jars turned into solar lights are perfect! They really are easy to make, and they’re going to add a soft glow to your garden. You can even hang these from a tree to really add a touch of style to your garden. See how to make yours here.

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