Pinterest Hit or Miss: mason jar crafts

Got any Mason jars lying around your home? Our next Pinterest “Hit” or “Miss” edition can help you transform these ordinary jars into fun and simple craft projects.

Jacki’s daughter, Hannah, helped with this one and picked out two projects to try that would be fun when she has friends over for a summer party.

Mason Jar Fairy Lights

Mason Jar Fairy Lights. Summer. Crafts. Kids. Cheap. Fun. Mason Jars.
Mason Jar Fairy Lights

This simple and easy-to-follow idea came from the DIY Joy website with both a how-to video as well as step-by-step written instructions with photos.

“This cool glow-in-the-dark craft is a neat project idea for kids and teens. These fairy glow jars are fun for after-dark outdoors ideas but they also make great DIY home decor for kids rooms or dorm decor.” Hannah had no trouble with this. It was quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. “Hit.”


  • Mason Jar (any clean jar will do)
  • Glow in the Dark Paint (use several different colors)
  • Paintbrushes (preferably longer ones that reach to the bottom of the jar)
  • Scrap Paper
  • White School Glue (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

Mason Jar Citronella Candles

Mason Jar Citronella Candles. Summer. Outdoors. Family. Kids. Mason Jars.
Mason Jar Citronella Candles

This idea came from and was also very simple with step-by-step instructions and photos, providing a very cheap alternative to keep the mosquitoes away this summer.

This was also very quick and easy for Hannah. Our local Wal-Mart didn’t have the lamp wicks so we purchased thick twine as well as tiki torch wicks to try. The torch wicks were too big, especially for pint jars. And even the twine was perhaps a bit too big. On a windy day, the flame got a little big. But as long as it’s not left unattended, it should be fine.

Without the correct materials, we’d maybe give this a foul ball. Better luck next time with the actual lamp wicks.


  • Mason Jar (or any glass jar) with lid and ring
  • Citronella Torch Fuel
  • 1/8″ Lamp Wicks
  • Nail Punch, Screwdriver or a Nail and Hammer

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