A staple of the country, traditional mason jars exist a long moment - for over 150 years in fact!
Recent years, however, have seen a dramatic increase in the number of mason jars sold and used, especially among DIY enthusiasts.
It's no surprise that we've embraced the humble mason jar, it's an incredibly versatile container with a seemingly endless list of uses!
Proving that jars aren't just useful in the kitchen, here are 23 inspired ways to use mason jars in the garden.
Bring color and life to your garden by attracting beautiful butterflies - which also do a very important job pollinating flowers!
Transform a mason jar into this functional yet pretty glass butterfly feeder by filling it with a sweet solution and hanging it on a tree or garden trellis. Butterflies can access the sweet nectar through a natural sponge protruding from the lid.
(Check out these 14 other DIY butterfly feeders as well!)
2. Bird feeder
Bird watchers will appreciate the opportunity to make a bird feeder from a simple mason jar, allowing them to see these winged beauties up close every day.
Just make sure the feeder is placed out of the reach of neighborhood cats and other predators! All you need is a pot, some string, and a small, round chicken feeder.
Small, hardy succulents are one of the most popular plants to grow, especially since these desert natives are almost impossible to kill and seem to thrive through neglect!
Brighten up your garden with various sizes of mason jars filled with succulents - they make a perfect display for backyard entertaining.
Evening summer meals will be a delight with these charming outdoor tea candle holders.
Formed from mason jars secured with wire handles and filled with tiny stones, seashells or even sand, they bring a soft natural ambiance to tables and patios.
Don't let the pesky bugs or worse - blood-sucking mosquitoes - spoil your outdoor dinner.
These cute yet effective citronella candles will keep all manner of flying creatures at bay so you can soak up the summer sun or enjoy balmy evenings on the porch.
Best of all, they're made from just three items: mason jars, cotton rope, and lemongrass oil.
Looking for a festive way to light up tables or aisles during your 4th of July celebrations?
This super easy craft is great for kids (and adults) and is sure to make an event to remember.
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With so many crafts requiring mason jars, you might be wondering what you can do with all the unused lids.
Well, fear not - these little flat discs can also be put to good use in the garden. They are a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic plant markers - and they look a lot cuter!
Cut flowers aren't just for home decor - they are also at home on outdoor dining tables. Add beautiful color to your patio tables with a hand painted distressed mason jar decorated with twine and filled with an array of fresh cut, lightly scented flowers.
How many times have you sipped a fruity cocktail, delicious kombucha or some homemade lemonade in the backyard, only to find that your refreshing drink has been overrun by a struggling bug?
In the future, you will be able to save your drink (and the bugs!) With a charming glass jar and DIY lid straw.
ten. Welcome sign
Welcome your guests to your home or garden with a personalized welcome sign. You will need reclaimed wood, a hose clamp, and a mason jar.
Decorate your sign with paint, stencil and a plant or cut flowers - it's guaranteed to make your garden the most welcoming in the neighborhood!
Your outdoor wedding or family barbecue will look like a million dollars with this handcrafted centerpiece - which can be made for a few dollars! The contrast of rustic branches and natural flowers with crystals and candles makes for a magical backdrop.
12. Exterior light
This easy little mason jar lamp is perfect for hanging on the porch - it's ideal for those who like to read or relax in the early morning tranquility outside.
At night, it looks like the yard is lit by a hundred tiny fireflies! To recreate this look, you'll need wide-mouthed mason jars, wire, burlap, a string or two of lights, and hooks for hanging.
While most chandeliers are all about lights, this garden version is all about flowers! It's a fun way to bring color and charm to a garden party or barbecue without spending a dime. All you need are jars, string, and a wire basket.
14. Herb garden
One of the most eye-catching herb gardens we've seen, this one is made from reclaimed wood, painted mason jars, and decorative hanging paintings.
Keep it outside the back door to have easy access to all kinds of tasty food and medicinal herbs - basil with rosemary and mint with lemongrass.
15. Solar lights
With just three materials - mason jars, solar stake lights, and glue - and a little bit of time, you can create these stylish lights to brighten up your driveway or garden on late summer evenings.
16. Mason jar fence
Make a feature of your simple old garden fence by attaching mason jars filled with candles and adorned with charms. You can also use the pots to house plants or cut flowers instead - or vary it to suit your mood!
17. Soil test
One of the most functional uses of mason jars in the garden, this soil test allows you to check the structure of your soil. Once you know the clay / silt / sand ratio, you can decide which plants will grow best in that soil, or aim to make some modifications to get the perfect ratio to support the plants already there.
Knowing the structure of your soil will also help you determine how much water and fertilizer your plants need.
18. Wind chimes
Turn your mason jars into charming works of glass art with this wonderful wind chime tutorial. Not only will this bring soothing sounds to your garden, but it's a great way to use the pearls and charms you've accumulated.
19. Tiki torches
For a different take on the traditional bamboo Tiki torch, why not turn your mason jars into party decorations and give your next backyard event an island feel? These are simple to make and look fantastic!
Place painted and distressed mason jars in a rustic planter, made from reclaimed wood, for a lovely addition to a country-themed yard or porch. Fill the pots with cut flowers or low-maintenance plants for a thrifty yet impressive outdoor decoration.
Another way to use mason jars to keep bugs away, this project sees the jars filled with water, a combination of insect-repellent essential oils (like cedarwood, lavender and lemon), citrus slices and sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Topped with a floating tea light candle, they serve many purposes - as an outdoor dining centerpiece, natural air freshener, insect repellant, and light source!
22. Root a plant
Divide your plants to multiply them with this smart gardening hack.
Just take a cut from a plant you would like more and put the stem in a mason jar filled with water. Leave it on a windowsill or porch - wherever it will receive sunlight - until the roots start to come out of the stem.
Once these roots have developed, you can pot them in the ground and watch your newly grown plant blossom.
With so many uses of the popular mason jar, it seems we've forgotten their original purpose: preserve the generosity of the garden!
Go back to basics and use your mason jars to canning all kinds of fruits and vegetables from your edible garden so you can enjoy organic and locally grown produce year round.
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