21 Amazing Ways You Can Upcycle and Repurpose Your Mason Jar

Imagine the endless possibilities for this little piece of glass: vase, pendant light, drinking glass, chandelier, desk organiser, planter… Really, the limit does not exist.

Updated on June 06, 2017 18:06 pm

Jerni Camposano

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Care for some vintage vibe in your space? Get your DIY juices flowing: repurpose and upcycle your mason jars into something functional, one that you and your house guests won't stop raving about.

A mason jar is a moulded glass jar used for food preservation, and has gained quite a following in recent years. Because of its popularity with DIY aficionados, the jar is now easy to find at thrift shops, vintage stores, and flea markets. In Singapore, Little Green Dot lists down a number of stores where you can score a mason jar for that can't-wait art and craft project. (Our trusty Fairprice Finest and Giant stores have them!)

We've scoured the world wide web to bring you a collection of the many creative (some, downright genius!) ways you can use this very versatile "vessel of the moment" at home. Breathe in some inspiration from this list:

Drinking Glass

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With mason jars turned into drinking glasses, you can enjoy lemonades, fruit juices, or chocolate drinks on the go. This is also a cool way to serve drinks during parties at home.

Party Favours

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Speaking of parties… Whether it's a birthday, baby shower, or wedding, mason jars are great to use for personalised party favours. Pack small treats in decorated jars and your guests will surely appreciate them.

Desk Organiser

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Working from the comforts of home? Things can get a little messy in your work station at times. Maintain an uncluttered desk with the help of a few mason jars, which will provide organised storage for your office supplies.

Terrarium

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Experience the best of both worlds by bringing the outdoors in. Get started with your own terrarium kit. Create mini succulent or air plant gardens using differently sized mason jars.

Hanging Storage

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Organising stuff has always been a challenge, so we're always looking for extra space in the house for our things. Want an easy storage fix? Don your DIY hat and work on this hanging mason-jar storage system. Aside from serving this function, it also acts as a unique display in the kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

Vase

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Mason jars make for lovely vases. Have fun painting the insides of your jars or just leave them as is. No matter what you choose, the containers will still be as pretty as your beautiful blooms.

Desk Lamp

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Light up your home with a unique lamp, supported by a mason jar as its stand. You can even fill the glass with little knickknacks to add to its visual appeal.

Bookends

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Let your bookend tell its own story. With painted mason jars on opposite ends of your book collection, everybody ought to know a DIY lover lives in this abode.

Photo Frames

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Display beautiful snapshots of precious moments with family and friends in a cool and creative way: Ensconced in a mason jar. People will go "Why didn't I think of that?" when they see your ingenious photo "frames."

Bathroom Organiser

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Get rid of bathroom counter clutter by recycling those mason jars into different containers for your toiletries, cotton pads, and Q tips. You could also convert one into a soap dispenser. Paint the jars or decorate them with ribbons.

Candle Holder

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Need a little visual drama and a scent-sational atmosphere? Collect a few mason jars, and with the help of a few tools, you can create your own candle holders! Your finished product will provide cosy, romantic ambience for outdoor dusk cocktails at home.

Hanging Planter

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Filter out the air naturally at home by decking rooms with hanging planters. Aside from improving air quality, plants also make for great decorative pieces to spruce up a space. Make the trusty old mason jar your starting point for a hanging garden at home.

Table Centrepiece

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When hosting a party at home, make sure your table centrepiece is elegant and ties up all the elements of your table setting together. No matter the occasion, glass mason jars always prove to be useful in achieving a beautiful table display.

Snow Globe Displays

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Calling all collectors of snow globes: Here's another material you can use to create another item for your collection. It sure is fun to explore the many wintry scenes you can make in various sizes of mason jars.

Chandelier

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A chandelier in itself is already an interesting element to put on the ceiling. But it can be expensive. Why don't you make use of your extra time and creative skills by making your own hanging fixture? This aqua chandelier made up of mason jars will be a lovely addition to any room.

Salad Container

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Go the healthy route and pack salad for lunch—in mason jars. These glass containers keep your greens fresh and offers a unique way of bringing lunch to work. Layer the ingredients in this wide-mouthed jar and off you run to work.

Oil Lamp

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Add a touch of nostalgia to your space by transforming a mason jar into this instant lighting accent, the oil lamp.

Wine Glass

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Revisit old-fashion style with these DIY redneck wine glasses. Stick the glass candlestick at the bottom of the mason jar and impress your guests with this one-of-a-kind wine vessel.

Audio Speaker

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Life hack, anyone? "These interesting and inexpensive little speakers can be decorating your desk soon. All you need are two jars, the speaker parts from Radio Shack, and the ability to use common DIY tools," says lifehacker.com.

Pendant Lamp

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Have you been to a coffee shop that has mason jar pendant lights? We bet those lighting fixtures grabbed your attention and made you fall in love. Here's the good news: You, too, can make mason jar pendant lights for your own home. Read the step-by-step guide here.

Pantry Organiser

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You need not go crazy when arranging items in your pantry. Get some help from mason jars to create a streamlined kitchen pantry. Store your food supplies and ingredients in them, label the jars, and line them up in the cupboards. It will also be easier for you to grab stuff when you need them for cooking.

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