25 Mason Jar Crafts for Kids

Mason jars – those ubiquitous glass containers – are more than just vessels for jams and pickles. With a little imagination, they transform into canvases for creative fun!

This collection of 25 mason jar crafts for kids caters to a range of ages, interests, and skill levels. Get ready to unleash your inner artist, scientist, and decorator with these awesome projects!

Light Up the Night:

Firefly Mason Jar Lanterns:

Capture the magic of fireflies with glow sticks! Fill clean jars with craft sand or pebbles, add a glow stick, and secure the lid with decorative ribbon or twine. Instant starry night in a jar!

Fairy Jar Lights:

String battery-operated fairy lights inside a jar for a whimsical nightlight. Decorate the outside with paint, glitter, or decoupage for a personalized touch.

Solar Jar Lights:

Harness the power of the sun! These kits, readily available at craft stores, come with a small solar panel that fits on the jar lid. Let your kids decorate the jar, then watch it illuminate at dusk.

Dive into Sensory Play:

Calm Down Jar:

Help kids manage emotions with a calming sensory jar. Fill a jar with water, glitter, and a few drops of food coloring. Add a drop of clear craft glue to slow down the movement of the glitter. Secure the lid and watch the worries drift away.

Ocean in a Jar:

Create an underwater world with blue water beads, plastic sea creatures, and tiny shells. This is a great conversation starter about ocean life and a calming desk decoration.

Lava Lamp in a Jar:

Science experiment meets sensory fun! Combine water, vegetable oil, and Alka-Seltzer tablets for a bubbly eruption that mimics a lava lamp. Adult supervision is recommended for this activity.

Get Crafty and Colorful:

Painted Mason Jar Vases:

Transform a jar into a beautiful vase! Let your kids unleash their inner artist with acrylic paints, markers, or even spray paint. They can create patterns, designs, or even write messages.

Confetti Jars:

Fill a jar with colorful confetti or tissue paper squares for a festive decoration. Top it with a painted lid or a piece of decorative fabric for a unique touch.

Friendship Bracelets in a Jar:

Turn a jar into a portable craft station! Fill it with colorful embroidery floss and store it with a bracelet-making guide. Kids can create friendship bracelets on the go.

Tie-Dye Mason Jar Coasters:

Upcycle jar lids into colorful coasters. Cut felt circles slightly larger than the lid size. Decorate them with tie-dye patterns using watered-down acrylic paints.

Let Nature Inspire:

Fairy Gardens:

Create a miniature world inside a jar! Layer pebbles, soil, and small plants in the jar. Decorate with miniature figurines, houses, and natural elements like twigs and moss.

Terrarium in a Jar:

Similar to a fairy garden, a terrarium showcases a miniature ecosystem. Use a variety of plants that thrive in similar humidity levels. Closed terrariums require minimal care, making them perfect for forgetful gardeners (adults or kids!).

Pressed Flower Art:

Collect beautiful flowers and leaves, press them between book pages, and then arrange them in a jar. This is a lovely way to preserve nature’s beauty and create a unique decoration.

Organize and Personalize:

Mason Jar Pencil Holders:

Mason jars become handy desk organizers. Decorate them with paint, washi tape, or decoupage to match your child’s room decor.

DIY Desk Lamp:

Upcycle a jar into a cool desk lamp! Find a lamp kit with a clip that can attach to the jar rim. Decorate the jar and enjoy a personalized workspace light.

Mason Jar Piggy Bank:

Encourage saving with a personalized piggy bank. Decorate a jar with your child’s favorite colors, characters, or themes.

Think Outside the Jar:

Mason Jar Seed Shakers:

Turn a jar lid into a handy seed shaker. Poke small holes in the lid and fill the jar with seeds for planting. This makes gardening activities easier and less messy!

DIY Mason Jar Wind Chimes:

Create a symphony of tinkling sounds with wind chimes made from mason jars. Hang small bells, buttons, or other trinkets from string and suspend them inside the jar.

Mason Jar Bird Feeders:

Attract feathered friends to your backyard with a homemade Delight Mason jar bird feeders are a fantastic way to attract beautiful birds to your backyard, providing them with a tasty snack while offering you hours of entertainment watching them flit and feed.

Fun and Functional Crafts:

Travel Slime Kit:

Keep boredom at bay on trips with a portable slime kit! Fill a small mason jar with pre-made slime and add glitter, beads, or mini figures for customization.

DIY Bath Salts:

Create a spa experience at home! Mix Epsom salts with essential oils and food coloring for a relaxing and fragrant bath soak. Package it in a decorated mason jar for a homemade gift.

Layered Snack Jars:

Pack healthy snacks on the go with a layered mason jar. Fill the bottom with granola, add a layer of yogurt, and top it with fresh fruit. Kids can enjoy a mess-free, nutritious snack.

DIY Cookie Cutters:

Turn jar lids into fun cookie cutters! Trace simple shapes onto the lid and carefully cut them out with a metalworking snips (adult supervision required!). Kids can use these unique cutters to bake delicious treats.

Get Festive:

Halloween Treat Jars:

Mason jars become spooky (or cute!) Halloween treat holders. Decorate them with black paint, googly eyes, and pipe cleaner bats for a haunted house theme. Alternatively, use orange paint and jack-o-lantern faces for a festive touch.

Mason Jar Snow Globes:

Create a winter wonderland inside a jar! Fill it with water, glitter, and miniature Christmas trees or snowmen. Hot glue a small figurine to the lid and secure it on the jar. Shake it up for a magical winter scene.

Bonus Tip: When working with mason jars for younger children, consider using plastic mason jars for safety.

This list is just a starting point! With a little imagination, the possibilities for mason jar crafts are endless. So, gather your supplies, grab some jars, and get ready to unleash your creativity!

Additional Tips:

  • Adult Supervision: Always supervise young children when using craft materials, especially tools like scissors or hot glue.
  • Get Messy: Embrace the creative process and don’t be afraid to get a little messy!
  • Repurpose and Recycle: Give used mason jars a new life and reduce waste.
  • Personalize It: Encourage children to personalize their crafts and express their unique style.
  • Have Fun!: Most importantly, have fun crafting with your kids! These projects are a great way to bond, learn, and create something special together.

With mason jars and a dash of creativity, you and your kids can embark on a world of crafting adventures. Happy crafting!

Sohaib Hasan Shah

Sohaib's journey includes 10+ years of teaching and counseling experience at BCSS School in elementary and middle schools, coupled with a BBA (Hons) with a minor in Educational Psychology from Curtin University (Australia) . In his free time, he cherishes quality moments with his family, reveling in the joys and challenges of parenthood. His three daughters have not only enriched his personal life but also deepened his understanding of the importance of effective education and communication, spurring him to make a meaningful impact in the world of education.

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