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17 Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars in Your Backyard

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These clever ways to use Mason Jars in your backyard can add tons of charm to your backyard and garden.

1. Butterfly Feeder


Want to attract more butterflies to your yard? Create a Mason jar feeder with sugar water inside—they’ll be sticking around to pollinate your plants in no time.

Get the tutorial at Bright Nest via Hometalk.

2. Hanging Macrame Candle Holders


Use neon cord to weave a macrame candle holder, the perfect fit for a Mason jar, that can light up your yard into the night.

Get the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.

3. Mason Jar Lid Plant Label

Yes, Mason jar lids can be useful, too! Upcycle them into crafty plant labels for your garden that will help you easily locate veggies.

Get the tutorial at The Prudent Garden

4. Flower Vase


This one is easy: Keep several Mason jars around your home to use as rustic vases, perfect for holding beautiful blooms from your garden.

Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.

5. Outdoor Chandelier


Light up your backyard with Mason jars stuffed with white string lights. Hung on the side of your home, this chandelier-style lantern creates the perfect mood for relaxing under the stars.

Get the tutorial at All Things Heart and Home.

6. Homemade Bubbles in a Jar


Make your own bubbles with this quick and easy recipe, then hand the solution over to your kids in a large Mason jar to play with outside while you garden.

Get the tutorial at Crystal & Co.

7. Hanging Chandelier


Just use string to attach empty jars to a repurposed wire basket to make this surprisingly simple chandelier that can hang from tree branches. Add colorful flowers for a finishing touch.

Get the tutorial at All Things Heart and Home.

8. Solar Light Lanterns


Looking for a more eco-friendly way to light up your backyard? House solar lights in Mason jars that can be hung from fence posts. Add glass pebbles to the bottom of the jars to keep them from swinging.

Get the tutorial at ThriftDee.

9. Herb Garden


Create a cute kitchen herb garden by attaching Mason jar planters to a plank of wood.

Get the tutorial at Ya Gotta Have a Hobby.

10. Wind Chimes


This craft takes a little more time and effort since you’ll have to cut and drill glass, but the end result is worth it! These charming chimes will look pretty and sound inviting when hung from your porch ceiling.

Get the tutorial at Saved by Love Creations.

11. Hanging Jar Decor


Whether for a backyard wedding or just to make your space more interesting for an outdoor party, hanging Mason jars filled with tea lights from colorful ribbons will add some whimsy.

Get the tutorial at I Love Farm Weddings and see more at Style Me Pretty.

12. Citronella Candles


Keep the bugs away in country style by repurposing Mason jars into citronella candles.

Get the tutorial at Marty’s Musings.

13. Chair Planter


This quirky planter that repurposes an old chair, jars, and tin cans will be quite the statement piece whether you put it on your patio or in your garden.

Get the tutorial at Killer B. Design.

14. Bird Feeder


Affix a chicken feeder (which can be purchased at any hardware store) to a Mason jar filled with bird seed. Then use copper wire to create a hanger at the top.

Get the tutorial at 2 Bees in a Pod.

15. Votive Holders


These patriotic votive holders are made using those small flags you end up accumulating each year after your local Fourth of July parade. Sand helps keep the candles in place.

Get the tutorial at Michaels.

16. Garden Soil Test


Before you start planting, test the soil in your garden using a Mason jar filled halfway with soil and the rest of the way with water. Seeing how much clay, silt, and sand your soil is made up of will show you how much water and fertilizer your plants will need.

Get the tutorial at Preparedness Mama.

17. Glow Stick Table Lanterns


For a quick and easy summer craft that your kids will love, fill Mason jars with bright glow sticks.

Get the tutorial at Creative Green Living.