My collection of quirky mason jar projects

A collection of Funky Junk's own quirky mason jar projects

I admit to loving mason jars. They are the perfect vintage inspired container for soooo many things.

My preference is to not really crafting them up, but rather keeping them to look like their elegant authentic selves.

Here are a few quirky things I’ve done with them.

Clothespin and raffia filled mason jar flower vases via Funky Junk Interiors

Take advantage of that see through glass and have fun with filling them up.

Here I’ve used clothespins and raffia. Why not? :)

Clothespin and raffia filled mason jar flower vases via Funky Junk Interiors

Placing a grouping in a crate not only adds weight to your centrepiece, it can act as a tray to move your arrangement around.

Aqua mason jar flower vases on window sill via Funky Junk Interiors

Aqua mason jars look incredible in front of sun filled windows. They positively illuminate, battery free!

Aqua mason jar flower vases on window sill via Funky Junk Interiors

If flower stems are too short for the jar, tie them up, which also adds extra detail.

Quirky uses for mason jars, via Funky Junk Interiors

Groupings add punch!  Disperse that height and try bright flowers to contrast with bright jars.

Quirky uses for mason jars, via Funky Junk Interiors

They look very pretty as stand alones too.

Quirky uses for mason jars, via Funky Junk Interiors

A group of 3 mason jars inside an antique sewing drawer creates a great base for bright yellow blooms.

Extra quirk – the mini washboard lost it’s centre, so it added additional height without losing light.

Here are some candle filled mason jars sitting on a window sill.

Illuminated mason jars on Christmas mantel via Funky Junk Interiors

Illuminated mason jars on Christmas mantel via Funky Junk Interiors

Christmas home tour 2010 HERE

One of my favourite things to do with mason jars is to illuminate them. Once jars are in place, mini lights are hidden behind and under the faux snow, which had all the jars positively glowing.

Pallet wood desk home office via Funky Junk Interiors

Mason jars in home office via Funky Junk Interiors

Even a home office can bonus with a few jars around. Note I placed these in front of sunlight once again.

So that’s where I put my glasses… ok then!

Candlelit mason jars on window sill via Funky Junk Interiors

White Trash bedroom reveal

This windowsill looked awesome all lit up with candles inside the jars. And when Christmas arrived, I added abit of faux snow inside.

Aqua mason jar vases with lilacs via Funky Junk Interiors

And just for fun, here’s 185 linkups to a mason jar party from the past.

Clear mason jar flower vases inside vintage sewing drawer via Funky Junk Interiors

Is there anything a mason jar CAN’T do?!

How do you like using mason jars?


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  1. I am a mason jar lover too… i have them made out of lamps…i have marbles in them…very pretty..and i love to can too:)

    you have lovely ideas! love the mantel, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love mason jars too, but recently grabbed a few when I was painting. I’ll have to get them really clean now and not use them for painting again. I love the way you paired them with the old bottle in the crate.

    You use ‘junk’ (treasures to some of us) in the most inspiring ways. That’s why we loooove your Funky Junk!

  3. Nothing says “down home country living” quite like a mason jar. They really are cultural icons. My husband and I both use them to display old marbles. I use them to display antique buttons, both in the sewing room and the living room. We have the really old ones on display in the kitchen, right next to my grandmother’s old pressure cooker. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try some of your ideas! (We also collect old bottles!)

  4. Good Morning Donna,
    The light shining thru the mason jars is just so comforting. I also have them scattered throughout my home. Thanks for your ideas. Love your blog. Smiles, Emilou :-)

  5. Donna–although I’m not really into the bottles and jars, YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY and sense of composition is SO BEAUTIFUL–I can totally see their beauty. If you aren’t already, you should sell your photos! My big brother has an incredible eye for landscape photography and has sold some of his for calendars, and to offices and hospitals all over!
    Catherine

  6. I serve desserts in smaller ones. Layered ones look best like shortbread, fresh peaches, raspberries w a berry sauce, ice cream and maple vanilla whip cream.

  7. I never throw away any jars as they are just so useful. I use them for flowers, storing craft nik-naks, nuts, bolts, the list goes on. I even have a few terrariums using jars and these make such a nice addition to my home.

  8. You’re right, the light shines through those gorgeous blue mason jars. It’s beautiful! I use my blue mason jars to hold herbs and peppers from our garden (after I’ve dried them, of course), so they’re sitting in a cluster on my countertop, within easy reach when I need them for my soaps. (or cooking, of course!) :-)

    Did I tell you I love this blog???!

  9. This is wonderful. I also have a collection of mason jars but I haven’t tried this much of lovely creations. Your designs are very creative and I have got some new ideas from your pictures.