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Grab your stash of jars and have a go at making some of these adorable summer mason jar crafts. They’re cute, inexpensive, and are a unique way to decorate for the summer season.

Creative Mason Jar Summer Crafts

Mason jars have always been a crafting hidden gem. There is so much you can do with a jar, as you’ll see in the craft ideas below.

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These creative summer mason jar crafts will add the perfect decorative touch, no matter your style.

From terrariums to simply painted jars for holding my craft supplies, mason jars are a craft supply that I love working with. Not to mention, these are often easy to come by.

If you’re looking for a crafty way to use your mason jars, the ideas below are sure to spark some creative ideas!

Where can I find mason jars?

A variety of mason jar types can usually be found at your local Walmart, craft store, or something equivalent. You may also be able to find some at yard sales, thrift stores, and/or antique shops.

If for some reason you don’t have any luck with those places, consider checking your recycling bin. You can use empty pickle, pasta sauce, or other upcycled glass jar for many of these crafts

Summer Mason Jar Crafts

I searched high and low, and here are my top picks.

1. Nautical Stripe Painted Jars

Trash-to-treasure crafts are the best! Turn old spaghetti sauce jars into adorable nautical stripe vases using chalk paint. This is such an easy, inexpensive, and beautiful craft!

Source: Nautical Stripe Painted Jars by The Crazy Craft Lady

Quickly give your jars a nautical uplift by painting blue and white stripes on them. The best part is you can use any kind of glass jar(s) you already have on hand.

Summer Mason Jar Craft Idea

2. Turn Summer Vacation Pictures into Decorative Glass Jars

You won't believe how easy it is to add photos on glass. Follow this simple tutorial to make image transfer glass jars. Learn how to add any image to a glass surface!
Image Transfer on Glass Tutorial

Source: Turn Summer Vacation Pictures into Decorative Glass Jars by The Crazy Craft Lady

Who knew it would be so easy to transfer pictures to jars? Using a packing tape trick, this tutorial will help you turn ordinary jars into decorative summer vacation glass jars.

3. DIY Indoor Herb Garden 

DIY Indoor Mason Jar Herb Garden

Source: DIY Indoor Herb Garden by The Crazy Craft Lady

Easily keep fresh herbs on hand by making your own indoor herb garden using large mason jars. This chic and vintage craft will not only look good but also taste good too!

4. Easy Patriotic Luminaries

Easy DIY patriotic American flay mason jar luminaries

Source: Easy Patriotic Luminaries by Keep Calm and Decorate

Summer is the season for several holidays from Memorial Day to Independence Day. Prepare for the holidays by making a few easy patriotic luminaries. They’ll make cute centerpieces and offer light once the sun goes down.

5. American Flag Mason Jars

American Flag Painted Mason Jars - cute patriotic summer decor
American Flag Crafts

Source: American Flag Mason Jars by Maison de Pax

Show off your love for the red, white, and blue by making these cute American flag mason jars. This quick and easy decorative centerpiece is great for the 4th of July.

6. Pineapple Night Lights 

DIY Pineapple Night Lights

Source: Pineapple Night Lights by A Beautiful Mess

Get extra creative with your summer decor with these do-it-yourself pineapple night lights. All you need is a mason jar, green felt, yellow tissue paper, and a few other classic craft supplies to make one of these fruitful night lights.

7. DIY Mason Jar Porch Light – DIY Mason Jar Lights

DIY Mason Jar Porch Light

Source: DIY Mason Jar Porch Light by All Things Heart & Home

Brighten up your porch with a vintage mason jar porch light that you can easily make yourself. All you need are just a few things you most likely already have on hand. Time to pull out those Christmas lights!

8. Beach Inspired Mason Jar Candle Holders – Mason Jar Lanterns

Beach Inspired Mason Jar Candle Holders

Source: Beach Inspired Mason Jar Candle Holders by Completely Coastal

Bring the beach home with these beach-inspired mason jar candle holders. Whether you use sand you’ve collected on the beach or some that you’ve picked up from the Dollar Store, these candle holders are super easy to make.

These beauties would make a fantastic addition to a centerpiece for your summer parties.

9. Chalk Paint Mason Jar Vases – Perfect for Summer Blooms

Mason Jar Flower Vases

Source: Chalk Paint Mason Jar Flower Vases by Pretty Handy Girl

Upscale your mason jars with some chalk paint and add a few flowers to create a summery centerpiece perfect for any table. You can use real flowers or pick up some faux ones that you don’t have to worry about watering.

10. Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium

Beachy Mason Jar Terraruim

Source: Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium by Mom 4 Real

Mason jars are the perfect way to create a variety of terrariums, including this summer beach-themed one. All you need is sand, seashells, and a decorative embellishment to give your jar an extra touch.

11. Mosaic Mason Jar

Mosaic Mason Jar

Source: Mosaic Mason Jar by Mason Jar Crafts

No hot glue is needed for this project. Instead, using a combination of all-purpose quick-dry epoxy glue and colored glass pieces is all you’ll need to create a mosaic mason jar that can also double as a luminary.

Creative Summer Mason Jar Craft Ideas

12. Kids Craft: Patriotic Tissue Paper Stained Glass Jar

Patriotic Tissue Paper Stained Glass Jar

Source: Patriotic Tissue Paper Stained Glass Jar by Mason Jar Crafts

This patriotic stained glass jar is the perfect craft project to help decorate for Memorial Day and/or the 4th of July. This is something you can do with the kiddos. They’ll have so much fun pasting the stars in any pattern they like.

13. Hanging Mason Jar Tiki Torches

Hanging Mason Jar Tiki Torches

Source: Hanging Mason Jar Tiki Torches by The Country Chic Cottage

Tiki torches say all things summer, but when you’re looking to go beyond the traditional stakes in the ground, these hanging mason jar tiki torches are just the project to try!

14. Mason Jar Wind Chimes

Mason Jar Wind Chimes

Source: Mason Jar Wind Chimes by Saved by Love Creations

If you have a glass cutter and some beads and charms on hand, this mason jar wind chime craft is a must-try. It’s not as hard as it looks and the results are beautiful and long-lasting.

15. Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Source: Mason Jar Bird Feeder by Little House Living

Take your homemade bird feeder to a new level with this mason jar-inspired bird feeder. In addition to the mason jar, all you’ll need is a small chicken feeder and some birdseed (and twine). Put everything together and you’ll have a treat the birds will love.

16. Mason Jar Utensil Caddy

Mason Jar Utensil Caddy

Source: Mason Jar Utensil Caddy by The Shabby Creek Cottage

One of the easiest ways to decorate a table for a gathering is to use mason jars. In this quick and easy tutorial, twine was used to give the jars a cute look and she let the utensils do the rest of the decorating. Using colored utensils, straws, and napkins is a great way to add some color.

17. Repurposed Jar Lantern

Repurposed Jar Lantern

Source: Repurposed Jar Lantern by Hammons Nest

We all have extra jars from pickles, sauce, or the like – right? For this repurposed jar craft, you’ll use a pickle jar (or something equivalent), nautical rope, hot glue, and some extra seasonal embellishments. Super easy and super cute!

18. Nautical Mason Jar Buoys

Nautical Mason Jar Buoys

Source: Nautical Mason Jar Buoys by An Extraordinary Day

Whether you’re decorating a room in your home or a house near a beach, these nautical buoys are easy to make and can be used to decorate a space in a number of ways.

19. Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

Source: Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase by Home Stories A to Z

Turning a mason jar into a picture frame is one of the best ways to hang on to the memory a picture offers. These also make great gifts for a wedding party, baby shower, anniversary, and the like.

20. Mason Jar Flower Display

Mason Jar Flower Display

Source: Mason Jar Flower Display by Behr

Display your favorite flowers in a decorative way using mason jars and ribbon. This tutorial will walk you through how to create a beautiful focal wall that can be tailored for any home decor style.

21. Floral Mason Jars

mason jars embellished with large pink flower stickers and natural twine

Source: Flower Decal Mason Jars from The Crazy Craft Lady

These floral decal mason jars are a wonderful way to bring a touch of spring charm to your home decor – using upcycled and dollar store supplies. This is a perfect way do display all of those fresh-cut flowers from your garden or the farmer’s market.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed all of these different mason jar crafts!


Summer Mason Jar Crafts


  • I took to Pinterest to find some of the best mason jar crafts to try. Check these out to be inspired for even more ways to use your jars!
  • If you have some jars laying around (not necessarily mason style), use them to make a few of these sea glass lanterns to keep things lit when the sun goes down.
  • We love making these no-bake individual strawberry pies in mason jars. They are a perfect size and treat for a hot summer day.

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