I bet the inventor of the mason jar never imagined that one day it would make its way off the pantry shelf and into the hearts of crafters everywhere.  I have a small collection of them that were passed down from my grandmother, who religiously canned food in order to feed my dad and his six brothers and sisters.  Even if you don’t have them on hand, brand new mason jars are still inexpensive; you can pick them up by the dozen at most grocery stores and box stores for less than a buck per jar.  Their price and variety of sizes make mason jars a great medium for projects like this one from Johnnie at Saved by Love Creations.  Using a masking technique, she turned her jars into sparkly lanterns for the 4th of July!  (Not feeling patriotic?  Change out the masked shape and glitter colors to make this project work for nearly any occasion!)

[how to make patriotic mason jar lanterns]

Project estimate:

  • Glitter, on hand
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Water, on hand
  • Star shape template, on hand or free
  • Sharpie, on hand
  • Contact paper, on hand or $1
  • Mason jars, on hand or about $10/dozen
  • Wire, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  Free and up