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How to Decorate Mason Jars for Christmas Gifts (or Any Occasion!)

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Mason Jar Decoration Ideas for Christmas, or Anytime

Mason jars are a fun way to present a gift to a friend or relative. So if you’re wondering how to decorate mason jars for Christmas gifts, you’re in the right place! 

You might have seen some yummy “gift in a jar” ideas, from brownie and cookie mix to beans for soup. Not to mention all the non-food gifts, like homemade beauty products. (Sugar scrub? Yes, please!) 

These are fun, inexpensive presents to give for holidays and special occasions. They are even more unique when a decorative touch is added. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself the creative type, these ideas to decorate mason jars for gift giving are easy enough for the least crafty among us.


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Mason Jar Decorating Supplies

Of course, you’ll want to grab some clean mason jars to fill up with goodies, and you’ll need some decorating supplies as well. Here are a few product recommendations to help you get started.


Mason jars in your chosen size

Some quick links to mason jars in a few different sizes. You might want bigger or smaller jars, depending on what you plan on putting in them.


Large jars

Mid-size jars

Small jars


Decorating supplies

Here is a quick list of a few helpful decorating supplies.






Scrapbook paper


Spray paint


How to Decorate Mason Jars for Christmas Gifts

Let’s jump in! Here are a few fun ideas to decorate mason jars for gift giving. Choose just one, or combine a couple of these ideas however you like.


Decorate a mason jar with ribbon.

Ribbon and string are simple enough to figure out; cut a piece that is long enough to go around the lid once (or even twice!) and then a little more. 

You can either use scissors to curl the two ends of the ribbon, or tie them into a cute little bow. Easy peasy – the only difficulty you might encounter is trying to get the ribbon to stay in place while tying the ends together. 

Ask someone to help hold it if needed. Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier than that. 🙂

Jute twine is another cute and simple alternative that will give your gift a slightly more rustic look. 


mason jar with red and white string around it
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Decorate the mason jar lid with fabric.

A small piece of Christmas patterned fabric adds a creative touch to the lid of the mason jar. 

You have two options: 

The first is to trace the lid onto a piece of fabric and cut out the circle. Place the circle on top of the lid, securing it in place with the outer ring, before placing the lid on the jar. 

The second option is to do the same thing, only cutting a square piece of fabric so it hangs below the ring part of the lid.

Either way, you’ll end up with a super cute gift in a jar!


A small piece of Christmas patterned fabric adds a creative touch to the lid of the mason jar. Click To Tweet


Add a splash of color with scrapbook paper.

Don’t have any fabric on hand? Use Christmasy scrapbooking paper instead! 

Trace the lid onto the back of a piece of scrapbook paper, cut out the circle, and secure it in place between the lid and the outer ring. 

Add a piece of coordinating ribbon to the lid for a little extra flair.


Paint the mason jar for gift giving.

A coat of paint will hide the contents of the mason jar, while adding a decorative touch. A couple coats of spray paint should provide a nice, even finish. 

Metallic colors, like gold and silver, give jars a neat look. Even better if you have a glittery metallic paint to decorate your mason jars for gift giving.


decorative mason jars in a box
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DIY Mason Jar Gifts for Christmas

If you’re also looking for some DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas, here are a few ideas for ya!


  • Use an oversize mason jar as a mini tree stand.
  • Make your own candles or luminaries to give to friends.
  • Fill with some homemade peppermint hand scrub.
  • Make a DIY soap dispenser and fill ‘er up with some yummy-smelling hand soap.
  • Create a “pedicure in a jar” complete with all the tools for an at-home pedi.
  • Make a DIY snow globe using items you have around the house.
  • Fill with any snack mix or trail mix of your choice.
  • Add baking ingredients for brownies-in-a-jar, pancakes-in-a-jar, and so on.
  • Make homemade jelly or jam to give away in mason jars.


Read more: Thoughtful DIY Gift in a Jar Ideas for Christmas


And now you have some ideas for how to decorate mason jars for Christmas gifts, plus a handful of DIY mason jars Christmas gifts.

Are you planning on using one of these ideas and giving away some DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas? How do you plan to decorate the jars, and what will you put in them?


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    1. Thanks Heather! I know, aren’t they fun?! I have some mason jars sitting in the cabinet, and I think I just might have to use them for DIY Christmas gifts this year….

  1. Such great gift ideas! I needed some new Christmas gift ideas.

    My daughter and I did the one where you wrap cheesecloth around mason jars, to make mummies then glued on google eyes. Add a battery tea light in there and it’s super cute and fun!

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