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Christmas Mason Jars DIY

Christmas Mason Jars DIY

These cute painted Christmas Mason Jars are so fun to make! They’re perfect to add to your holiday decor, as a table centerpiece, to gift your holiday sweet treats and more!

December is always a busy month for me and my family. But no matter what, I will be getting in the holiday spirit by making something festive everyday. I like to flip flop between working on Christmas crafts and baking Christmas treats.

Have you started any fun Christmas projects yet?

Christmas mason jars diy

Mason Jar Christmas Gifts

The latest Christmas creation I made was these adorable Christmas mason jars. I was thinking about by my Fall themed scarecrow mason jars and my candy corn Halloween mason jars how much fun I have creating those in October. Why not make an adorable Christmas version!? Not only are they fun to make, but they also make great gifts for teachers and friends. You can paint incredible mason jars, fill them with Christmas candy and give them to almost anyone on your list. I always think homemade gifts are the best!

Why You’ll Love Them

There are so many reasons to love these easy Christmas crafts! Here are just a few of the most popular reasons:

  • Easy DIY Gifts – Fill them with candy or gift cards
  • Customizable – Paint someone’s name on the back
  • Affordable – All of the supplies are easy to find and afford


Let me tell you all about how to make these beautiful Christmas mason jars and everything you will need to get this project started.

You can find everything you need for your diy Christmas mason jars in your local craft store. Head to Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or even just order what you need from Amazon and you can get started crafting.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need for this mason jar craft project:

Paint, paintbrushes, and mason jars.

Once you have everything you need, get your crafting station set up. I like to spread out disposable table cloths that protect my table from paint. Using paper cupcake liners to hold all the paint colors is also a great trick. Simply throw them away when you are done crafting. Cleaning up will only take you a few minutes!


How to Make Christmas Mason Jars

Now it is time to get creative! I made one mason jar look like a gingerbread man, one is Santa inspired and the third jar is a snowman. Here is how I made these cute jars come to life:

Prepping and Painting the Mason Jars 

1.  Wash the mason jars with soap and water and dry completely before painting.

2.  Paint each mason jar with red, gray, and light brown acrylic paint.

3. Allow paint to dry and apply  second and third coat until mason jar is completely covered.

For the Santa Mason Jar

Painting a mason jar to look like Santa's coat.

1. Paint a black ½” strip in the center to create Santa’s belt.

2. Once the black strip dries, create a square using gold paint for the belt buckle.

diy christmas mason jars

3. Once paint is dry, apply the faux snow with tacky glue to the top.


For the Gingerbread Mason Jar

diy christmas mason jars

1. Paint a squiggly line with white paint at the top and bottom of the  mason jar.

2. Paint a cute face in the center and add Christmas berries or fun candy at the bottom.

3. Add Christmas ribbon to the top of the lid with tacky glue.

For the Snowman Jar

Christmas mason jars diy

1. Add a thin half circle on the bottom of the jar.

2. Next, in the center or the circle create with orange paint the snowman’s nose. Follow that with a few small dots for a  smile and then a small red dot for the rosy cheeks. Place a Christmas bow on top.

I like to keep my painted Christmas mason jars simple and cute so they are easy to replicate but feel free to get creative with your painting and give your mason jars some extra Christmas touches. The more festive they are, the better!

Tips and Tricks for Painted Christmas Mason Jars

painted christmas mason jars


I just made my painted Christmas mason jars this week so I still have a few tips and tricks fresh in my mind. Hopefully this will make your Christmas mason jar craft turn out even better!

  • Be sure to let the paint completely dry before moving on to the next step. The acrylic paint took about an hour to dry so I coated my jars in red, grey and brown then popped into the kitchen to bake some cookies while they dried!
  • Chalk paint will work in place of acrylic paint and give you a nice matte finish
  • Paint markers or paint pens will work great for the details on the jars.
  • Look for Christmas bows and ribbon in your local dollar store. You can find great options at discounted prices. Thrifty crafting is always a good idea!
  • This is a great craft for kids of all ages. The simple painting is easy and fun to do with even the littlest kids.
  • Fill the jars with candy to give as a gift or add an electric tea light candle to the bottom of each jar for a pretty centerpiece.

If you have any other mason jar painting tips, let me know! I’m sure everyone here would love to hear how to make these jars even easier and more fun to make!

Get in the Christmas spirit with this fun mason jar craft. Each jar is unique, adorable and perfectly themed for December. These jars make great gifts but you may also want to make a few for yourself to keep. They are almost too cute to give away!

Let me know how your Christmas mason jars come out and have fun!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy for more details. Originally published on Hip Mama’s Place on December 11, 2021. Updated, November 20, 2023. 



Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 12/11/2022 / 2:39 am

    I am so excited to find these Santa mason jar ideas! My kids are coming home for Christmas and I would love to make these with them. Now I need to find a good price on mason jars. Where did you buy yours?

  2. Janeane Davis
    12/20/2021 / 12:17 am

    This is a cute DIY project idea. It looks like fun to make.

  3. Melissa Cushing
    12/17/2021 / 12:40 pm

    These are totally adorable and the perfect DIY craft for my niece ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love this and I have pinned this to my crafting board ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. 12/16/2021 / 11:59 pm

    These mason jars look so cute ๐Ÿ˜ I will have to try out this DIY activity!

  5. 12/15/2021 / 10:09 pm

    These are wonderful mason jar diy . I would love to check it out.

  6. 12/15/2021 / 2:39 pm

    Those jars are adorable! And I love how festive they are. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. 12/15/2021 / 1:35 am

    Awww these mason jars DIY are so cutie! I would like to try this with my kids and my sisters. I am sure they will enjoy this.

  8. Tasheena
    12/15/2021 / 12:48 am

    This looks like so much fun, looking forward to giving this a try.

  9. Brianna
    12/14/2021 / 8:13 pm

    These are beyond cute!! Thanks for sharing this fun idea.

  10. 12/14/2021 / 6:08 pm

    This looks like such a great project. My daughters would probably love to do this to decorate for the holidays.

  11. 12/14/2021 / 5:05 pm

    Those designs are all looking so adorable! I absolutely love DIYs with mason jars since there are plenty of things you can do with them.

  12. 12/14/2021 / 4:24 pm

    These are adorable, and I like how many different ideas you could use to paint these jars. So cute, and I think even my older kids would enjoy doing this.

  13. Richelle Milar
    12/14/2021 / 4:08 pm

    I really love all of this creative ideas so much those are super cute Iโ€™m sure kids would love this so much

  14. Rose Ann Sales
    12/14/2021 / 4:04 pm

    Wow this Such a really fun and so creative idea for kids as a gift this coming Christmas

  15. Lisa Charleston
    12/14/2021 / 2:57 pm

    Wow this is soo creative and cute! I will have to share this with my friend who is a teacher, I’m sure her kiddos would love to create these.

  16. 12/14/2021 / 2:12 pm

    These are all so cute. Love how they turned out.

  17. Thena Franssen
    12/14/2021 / 1:48 pm

    Super cute idea with the jars! I love this and it’s a simple way to get homemade holiday decor fast!

  18. 12/14/2021 / 12:07 pm

    I love these Painted Christmas Mason Jars. It’s time to get creative and do some crafts.

  19. Catalina
    12/14/2021 / 11:15 am

    Oh my goodness! These are too cute! I have a lot of jars that I can use!

  20. Monica Simpson
    12/14/2021 / 4:45 am

    They’re all so cute! I usually fill jars with hershey kisses and a gift card for teachers. This would be perfect for their gifts.

  21. 12/14/2021 / 3:54 am

    I found a bag of fake snow the other day and I needed an idea for a craft to do for the kids. This would be fun to make with them.

  22. 12/14/2021 / 3:46 am

    The snowman one is my all time fave! Fill it with silver Hershey kisses for the win!

    12/13/2021 / 9:41 pm

    Ha, these are such a brilliant idea. My son would enjoy making them with me once his school closes for the holidays.

  24. Amber Myers
    12/13/2021 / 8:01 pm

    These are too cute! I need to make some for gifts with my kids.

  25. 12/13/2021 / 6:57 pm

    Those are so cute. I need to make some for gifts for my friends.

  26. Beth
    12/13/2021 / 5:50 pm

    I love how versatile mason jars are. These jars are so cute!

  27. Kushigalu
    12/12/2021 / 3:49 pm

    OMG. These are some beautiful ideas. Love that Santa mason jar.

  28. 12/12/2021 / 10:16 am

    This DIY jar looks cute and good holiday theme. I love the colors in the background. Great idea!

  29. 12/12/2021 / 12:55 am

    This is so creative. It makes the holidays more festive.

  30. 12/12/2021 / 12:54 am

    This is a perfect Holiday decor. We can have this as a new family christmas tradition. The kids enjoyed making them

  31. Alita Pacio
    12/12/2021 / 12:53 am

    I failed a few times making these Christmas mason jars but it was soooo fun. Thanks for sharing it with us

  32. 12/11/2021 / 5:55 pm

    OK now this is such a cute DIY idea for Christmas. I love how simple to do it as well, I could imagine it going down well at a Christmas party.

  33. Ave
    12/11/2021 / 1:06 pm

    This is such a fun idea to make with kids! I’m sure my daughter would love to decorate a jar or two. The Gingerbread one is my favorite.

  34. 12/11/2021 / 11:59 am

    Those are so super cute! They’re the perfect craft to make with the kids for holiday gifts.

  35. Danni Torr
    12/11/2021 / 8:43 am

    What a creative and well-executed idea! I love making handmade gifts for Christmas but I usually gift a sweater or aphgan. Now I can surprise my family with these beauties and fill them up with their favorite Christmas candy.

  36. Linda
    12/11/2021 / 2:53 am

    wow so creative ideas. especially Santa Mason Jar !!! thanks for sharing with us.

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