Mason Jar Craft Ideas For Fall

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Autumn brings bursts of vibrant color along with the patterns and textures fall foliage. Here are a few ideas for bringing these fall elements into your Mason jar crafts:

  • Autumn Jar Tree: Pour some acorns into a mason jar until it's about half full. Arrange twigs in the jar, standing them up between the acorns to look like the branches of a tree. Leave the tree bare, or glue on some cloth or paper leaves in orange, red or gold.
  • Scented Pine Jar: Fill a Mason jar with scented pinecones and red berries. Tie a ribbon or twine bow around the rim. Cinnamon and pine are wonderful choices for autumn scents.
  • Fall Blossom Jar: Flowers aren't only for springtime. Create a fall-themed Mason jar vase by lining the bottom of your jar with river rocks or acorns then covering with water. Add an arrangement of classic fall-blooming flowers such as toad lilies, sunflowers, asters, helenium or red spider lily. You might also want to arrange some blooming goldenrod, witch hazel or Mexican sage in your jar. Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod doesn't usually cause allergies.

How To Color Glass Mason Jars

Adding fall color to Mason jar glass is another great way to create beautiful, decorative jars. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of Mod Podge (gloss luster)
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • 4 to 5 drops of autumn toned food coloring (red, yellow, orange, deep green or brown).

To color your glass:

  1. Combine all ingredients and pour mixture into your jar.
  2. Tilt and move the jar to swirl mixture around until the entire inside surface is coated.
  3. Pour out remaining mixture and dry jar upside down on a drying rack or dish drainer.
  4. When your jar is dry, decorate it with strands of beads, ribbons, lace or any other decorative materials that appeal to you. If you'd like, add a tea light or battery operated candle to cast a colorful glow.

Autumn Mason Jar Lights

The element of light brings romance and drama to your Mason jar crafts. Light up your crisp autumn nights with these easy craft ideas:

  • Put a red or orange votive candle in the center of your mason jar. Surround with acorns or river rocks to cover about half the candle and surround the jar with acorns, leaves or autumn berries.
  • Put white string lights inside mason jars for DIY lanterns.
  • Create hanging Mason jar lights by filling jars with strings of red and orange party lights. Make sure the jars are securely fastened to the string as well as the wall or posts they’re hanging from.

How To Make A Mason Jar Lantern For Fall

Mason jars are also the perfect base for glowing fall lanterns. To create yours:

  1. Use Mod Podge to coat the outside sides of a mason jar. (Don't coat the bottom or opening of the jar.)
  2. Stick clean dried autumn leaves or pieces of crepe paper in fall colors onto the coated jar in a pretty arrangement. Brush more Mod Podge over each leaf or piece of crepe paper you add before adding additional decoration.
  3. When you're all done, let jar dry overnight and then add another coat of Mod Podge.
  4. Put a tea light or votive candle in the jar to illuminate your lantern design from within.

Fall Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Mason jars always make a nice presentation, making them just right for autumn gifts. Your friends and loved ones might enjoy receiving one of these:

  • Fall candy jar: Fill Mason jars with candy corn and/or red, orange, yellow and brown M & M's. Top jar with a small doily and tie with a ribbon.
  • Warming beverage jar: Take the chill out of the air by designing a jar filled with a favorite hot drink. Try fancy coffee, tea or hot chocolate mix and add extras such as honey sticks, cinnamon sticks, sugar cubes, flavored powdered creamer or mini marshmallows. Glue on a pretty bow or a decorative recipe label.
  • Dried fruit and nut jar: Fill jars with an assortment of raisins, dates, dried berries, almonds, cashews, peanuts or any other favorite dried fruit or nut. Add some chocolate or butterscotch chips for an even sweeter gift.
  • Potpourri jar: Fill jars with pretty potpourri in your favorite fall scents and decorate with strands of glass beads around the rim.
  • Scarecrow jar: Wrap Mason jar in large weave burlap and tie shut with a piece of twine around the rim. Glue felt or button features on the scarecrow face and create his hat with an upside down brown coffee filter.
  • Guitar player's autumn treat: Give your favorite guitar player a small Mason jar filled with red, orange, yellow and brown guitar picks. Throw in a fall colered capo, some golden strings and a portable guitar tuner for good measure. Tie a ribbon with a guitar or music motif around the rim.
  • Autumn "snow" globe: Glue a toy bare tree to the inside lid of your jar. Fill with water, then add a few drops of glycerin and some red and orange glitter to look like falling leaves when you shake it up. Don’t forget to screw the lid on very tightly before turning jar upside down!

Mason jar crafts don't have lots of hard and fast rules, so just use the colors and natural beauty of nature as you see fit and have fun.

Last Updated: July 29, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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