Christmas & Holiday Decorating with Mason Jars (Canning Jars)

Maybe it is because I am from the south (read: deep, deep south).

Maybe it is because of their simplicity.

Maybe it is because of their versatility.

Whatever the reason, I have always had an affinity for canning jars. I have found dozens of uses for them over the years. They are just so handy and nothing adds character to something quite like a Mason Jar.

For holidays they add to the ambiance when used with holiday decor. Here are just a few ideas of ways to use them for holiday decorating.

Mason Jar Decorate Christmas DIY

By: Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room

Melissa Michaels from the Inspired Room uses Mason Jars as candle votives. She adds some Epsom salt to the jar and places a small candle inside. You can read the full post with instructions and description here: Easy DIY Christmas Decorating Idea.


Christmas Luminaries by Our Best Bites

These are the cutest luminaries ever! To make these you use Mod Podge (love that stuff) and tissue paper…seriously. Could they be any cuter? You can view the full tutorial here: Christmas Lanterns and Treat Jars.


Mason Jar Ideas by: 100 Layer Cake

The simplicity of these Mason Jar vases is what makes them so captivating. They are wrapped in fabric (wrapping paper, maybe) and tied with ribbon. Then, 2-3 long stemmed flowers are placed inside each jar. Lovely. For more about these vases visit here: Recycled Vases, Pots, and Tea Lights.


By: Crafts by Amanda

This is a different take on using Epsom salt to repurpose Mason Jars. These definitely have the glitz and shine that go with the holidays but I could see using these for other events as well. To get the full tutorial complete with video, visit here: Epsom Salt Luminaries; Some Winter Beauty.


mason jar snow globes

By: Grand Design Co.

I could not overlook these Mason Jar Snowglobes. I was smitten the moment I saw their pixels loading. I am definitely going to try these. There is a complete, step-by-step tutorial here: Mason Jar Snow Globes.


Country Christmas Mason Jars by Olde Pear Primitives

Filling Mason Jars seems to work with a variety of embellishments. Here is one that uses small Christmas village pieces inside of the jar. This gave me all sorts of ideas! You could create an entire village scene inside larger jars. To read the full article visit here: Christmas Mason Jars.


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Mason Jar Snowmen by Sense and Simplicity

These Mason Jar snowmen are simply too cute not to share. I am fascinated with them because each one seems to have his own personality. You can read more about how to make them here: Festive Snowmen.


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Holiday Jar by Not Too Crafty

This project uses some older Ball jars. I absolutey love the blue tinted jars. She fills them with artificial snow and other goodies then puts them on display. You can find more details and a step-by-step tutorial here: Mason Jars Filled with Christmas Picks, Snow, and Lights for Holiday Cheer.

For the next 10 days I will be posting about various ways to use Mason Jars to make the holidays more festive, frugal, and meaningful. Join me and the following bloggers as we take you through “10 Days of”. [sponsored by Heart of the Matter Online]

Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our 10 days adventure between November 7th-18th! I love these ladies and we know you will too.

Character Studies | Confessions of a Homeschooler
Christmas Countdown Ideas | Milk & Cookies
Creative Writing | Chocolate on My Cranium
Crockpot Meals | The Happy Housewife
Godly Marriage | Women Living Well
Growing Leaders | Mom’s Mustard Seeds
Homeschooling High School | Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
I Wish I Had Known | Fruit in Season
Keeping Your Marbles | The Tie That Binds Us
Kid-friendly Food | Planner Perfect
Language Arts Lesson Planning | Jimmie’s Collage
Learning Apps | Daze of Adventure
More JESUS in Christmas | Preschoolers and Peace
Peaceful Home | Raising Arrows
Raising a Life-Long-Learner | Bright Ideas Press
Science with Math | Blog, She Wrote
Teaching Values | Our Journey Westward
Winning your Child’s Heart | I Take Joy


  1. I am going to make a 12 days Event Calendar with Jars 😀 Wow…looking forward to Christmas already! Will fill each with some awesome ideas…like cookies (to be baked) like decorations to be put up…like candies to put out for company….etc, etc. etc.

  2. Thanks for showing my classes festive snowmen. I’ve been reading up on all the other great ideas for using mason jars. I was just given a crate full of vintage ones as an early Christmas present and I’m working on how I”m going to decorate with them. Your posts are very timely.

  3. Wow, what great ideas! Thanks so much! I also really enjoyed your 31 days of printables, especially all the ideas that came from it like the freezer tips. What a revolutionary idea! As an ADDer myself I just love me some lables and would put them on every single thing if I could so those are always welcome 🙂

    Great job on a FABULOUS website

  4. So thrilled to have found your blog, and saying hello from another LA blogger:-)

  5. I love this idea – great for decorations and gifts. I am going to do something I haven’t done in years and that is give “cookies in a jar” – or rather the dry ingredients to whatever in my canning jars. I thankfully inherited a lot of antique jars from my husbands grandmother. I actually use a lot of them in my kitchen for storing foods. Thanks for sharing. I am keeping these ideas handy.

  6. Yeah- So many great ideas and links, so little time! Thank you for sharing the beauty that cam come from a Mason Jar.

  7. Hi Amy! A Louisiana girl! Yippee! I’m a Mississippi-to-Louisiana transplant myself!
    What IS it about Mason jars? The snow globe and village scene ideas are my favorites, but I also like to purchase the “fat top” votives(Hobby Lobby has them)and put about an inch or so of water in the jar to “float” the candles. It’s very pretty!

    Glad I found you! (Came across from Milk and Cookies)


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