7 Reinvented Uses for Jelly & Mason Jars

Jelly jar shelf organizer

Jelly jar shelf organizer. Source: countryliving.com

My grandmother’s basement in our Minnesota farmhouse was always known for two things: this very specific aroma of rusty well water and shelves full of canned jelly jars jammed with fruit preserves. Consequently, the site of a Kerr or Ball glass container reminds me of Maude, the farm, and a childhood nostalgia of simpler times. With that, these “they don’t make things like they used to” jelly and mason jars are popping up in all kinds of unexpected ways, quite possibly giving homage to grandmothers everywhere and creatively featuring the vintage quality of this time-honored home good.

#1. Jelly Jar Shelf Organizer (top photo)

By simply screwing the top of a jar cap to the underneath of a shelf, jars filled with your office supplies (or anything from crafts to spices) can be twisted closed and kept up and out of the way.

#2. Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Mason jar bird feeder

Mason jar bird feeder. Source: BootsNGus, etsy.com

Tipped upside down, placed strategically onto a flower pot saucer, and filled with seed, a jelly jar is a useful and easy-to-view fowl feeder.

#3. Jelly Jar Chandelier

Jelly jar chandelier

Jelly Jar Chandelier. Source: bethhelmstetterblog.com

Rustic and charming, it’s all about simple materials working together. Rope, wood, and glass leave plenty of room for tea candles to shine.

#4. Jelly Jar Planters

Jelly jar succulent planters

Jelly jar planters. Source: BootsNGus, etsy.com

Quilted crystal jelly jars make for character filled planters, their tops perfectly suited and repurposed into trays.

#5. Jelly Jar Craft Supplies Holders

Jelly jar quirky painted tops craft supplies holder

Jelly jar quirky craft supplies holder. Source: lessonplans.craftgossip.com

Kids (or the kid in adults) will love to keep their craft supplies organized with these jars topped with silly and painted jar tops adorned with same painted plastic figurines.

#6. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

jelly jar soap dispenser

Mason jar soap dispenser. Source: countryliving.com

Vintage glam your bathroom or kitchen by tapping a jam jar’s top then filling the glass with your favorite liquid soap.

#7. Mason Jar Solar Garden Light

Jelly jar solar garden light

Mason jar solar garden light. Source: BootsNGus, easy.com

A $3.79 garden path solar light gets a vintage makeover when covered with a jelly jar. The transparent glass allows the sun to power the lamp to shine you and your guests along your way.

Have you used a jelly jar beyond canning? Tell us how!

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the editor-in-chief for HomeJelly. Skaie is also a signed and published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. Sue Friedman on June 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I love the mason jar solar walkway lighting! Could you please send directions for making them and your source for buying the materials? I couldn’t find the site where you bought the $3.79 solar walkway light.

    Thanks so much! I’d really appreciate your help!


  2. Gail Cooley on July 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Just a FYI …. I found these solar lights at the Dollar Tree Store for of course a dollar ;-D. Now I know what I will use them for in an Awesome way.

    • Skaie Knox on July 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Right on, Gail! Isn’t it so satisfying to create something wonderful for such a small price? Please send photos if you do!

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