If your mother is anything like mine, she has never met a mason jar she doesn’t like. Growing up, our kitchen counters were always full of them: tall jars turned into vases, short jars full of mom’s homemade raspberry preserves, wide-mouth jars repurposed as water glasses for me and my brother (and generous sangria glasses for my mom and dad).
That’s right; long before they became cool and started popping up in every trendy cocktail bar from Westhampton Beach to Williamsburg, mason jars have always been a fixture in my mother’s kitchen. And now, years later, I realize they’re a pretty great foundation for a DIY Mother’s Day gift, too.
So if you’re still wondering what to get your mother, don’t worry. Just find some mason jars—preferably some of Ball’s new “Sharing Jars,” which donate four meals to families in need for every package sold—and try your hand at any one of these 5 DIY gift ideas.
1. Mason Jar Magnets
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How often does your mom ask for photos of you, her grandchildren, or granddogs? And actual photos, too, not just links to Instagram posts or albums on Facebook? This Mother’s Day, give the lady what she wants with a set of beautiful magnets made from the lids of mason jars! Watch this video to learn how to make some yourself. All you’ll need are lids, magnets, scissors, and a hot glue gun.
2. Mason Jar Candles
Mason jar candles can be as customizable as you like. Start by painting the outside of the jar with your mother’s favorite color, and finish by scenting the candle with any essential oil your mother most likes. The candles themselves are easy to make; just follow these instructions from Something Turquoise. Bonus points if you add a little note to this gift, thanking mom for always brightening up your life.
3. Mason Jar Hanging Herb Garden
Mom loves her kitchen garden—and you love your mom! Why not make her a hanging herb garden this Mother’s Day? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Buy three mason jars and head to a local farm or nursery for some fresh herb plants (unless you want to start mom’s garden from seed). Attach a set of hooks to a rectangular piece of wood and you’ll ready to start hanging! Follow these instructions from Mason Jar Crafts Love to make it happen.
4. Mason Jar Succulent Planter
This gift is the perfect thank you for a mom who always helps you grow (even as an adult). You can start by painting the mason jars, or keep them clear—whatever mom will like best. Follow these instructions from Lolly Jane to get started.
5. Spa in a Mason Jar
And finally, step away from the greens and pamper mom’s green thumb with this “spa in a jar” gift instead. Just take a mason jar and fill it with a selection of items sure to give mom a little TLC. We love Dr. Fedorenko products, so we’ll fill ours with a bug stick, sun stick, and some dream cream.