Colorful Tinted Mason Jars

“I have a huge collection of mason jars for canning and I had some to spare,” says Kendra at Simply {Darr}ling.  She decided to use those spares to experiment with tinting glass.


It’s pretty common to see mason jars tinted in blue, but Kendra wanted to branch out from that a bit, so she tried out every color she had!  Using a mixture of food coloring and decoupage medium, Kendra coated the insides of her canning jars and baked them to seal the color.  The result is this pretty batch of jewel-toned jars.  Won’t they be fun for storage and decor?


Get all the info on this project by clicking over to Simply {Darr}ling.

Valentine Storage Jars

After-Christmas-blues getting you down?  Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up, so if you need a little pick-me-up from the January blahs, I suggest doing a Valentine craft, like this cute one made from baby food jars by Courtney of Crafts by Courtney.

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After spotting some adorable Valentine jars at her local crafts store, Courtney decided that she could recreate the look with the empty, glass baby food jars that she had on hand.  She spray painted both the jars and their lids in bright, happy colors.  On one side of each jar, she added a chalkboard vinyl sticker in the shape of a heart.  Now Courtney has the perfect spot to store buttons, pins….or her stash of conversation hearts!


Click over to Crafts By Courtney to learn more about this project.

Button Storage from Pickle Jars

After being inspired by other projects online, Luzia decided to “Pimp my Gurkenglas.” (Translation: turn her used pickle jars into something awesome.) She shows us how her empty jars became golden-animal-topped button storage over at Luzia Pimpinella.


Luzia knew these jars were too good to throw out, so she gathered up miniature plastic animals to go on top. After she superglued the figures to the lids, she covered them with gold spray paint for a bit of glam. All that was left was to get her buttons sorted by color, and there you go! Storage that’s functional and beautiful.

pickle-jars-animal-figurines-gold-spray-paintCheck out more details at Luzia Pimpinella.

Speckled Egg Mason Jars

Here’s a fun project for spring decor that will let you use any glass jars you’ve been saving.  Amy from Stow and Tell U came up with this project that was inspired by the speckled blue egss of robins that are such a part of spring.


“Mason jars are something I always have a boat load of, as we seem to collect an additional one every time we have spaghetti for dinner,” Amy says.  To get the speckled effect she wanted, Amy came up with a really interesting technique.  She painted her glass jars in pretty shades of pale blue.  Instead of putting paint speckles onto the jars, she painted speckles onto pieces of wax paper, then decoupaged the wax paper onto the jar.  The effect was a remarkably eggshell like finish on the jars.  What a fun decoration!


To get complete instructions for this project, visit Stow and Tell U.

Baby Food Jar Advent Luminaries

Advent calendars have been a fun Christmas tradition for Taryn, of Design, Dining + Diapers, since she was a small child.  Now with children of her own, Taryn has plenty of baby food jars in need of recycling.  She’s put them to good use for counting down the days until Christmas.

Taryn etched numbers onto 25 jars and put tea lights into the baby food jars.  Now, a new candle can be lit each night before Christmas.  These petite luminaries make a darling advent calendar.  I love the symbolism and ambiance of candlelight at Christmas, and the cute little jars make this advent calendar absolutely adorable.

Taryn has a detailed tutorial for this project at Design, Dining + Diapers.

Glass Jar Pumpkins

It’s not too late to save a few glass jars and create a spooktacular window display for Halloween with this tutorial at Instructables.

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Just some tissue paper and glue transform the jars into a cute patch of pumpkins, and candles or string lights give them a Halloweeny glow. It’s amazing how a simple decoration like this can have kids oohing and and aahing as they trick-or-treat at your house!

glass jar pumpkins

Find all the steps for your own glass jar pumpkins at Instructables.