During the Spring and Summer a lot of time is spent outside just enjoying the environment. It’s always nice to enhance the surroundings, though, with a little extra decorating.
My favorite use is to make citronella tea light holders to set around our deck to help keep away the mosquitos.
I just fill a mason jar about a quarter of the way with small pebbles or beach sand and then drop in a citronella tea light candle. To add a little something to the top, I just wrap some twine around the neck. These are real quick to make and look nice sitting around an outdoor sitting area while they do their work of warding off those pesty mosquitos! You could also just drop in a regular tea light candle for some romantic lighting at your outdoor table in the evening.
Here are some more ideas for using mason jars outside:
Martha Stewart has a great idea for using mason jars as a shield to protect those seed packets to make excellent plant markers. Since the seed packet has all the information that you need about the plant, it makes the perfect plant marker and the mason jar offers great protection from the elements.
I have seen these mason jar bird feeders around quite a bit and think they are so cute. The main thing required, besides a mason jar, is a chick feeder. A farm and fleet type of store will have these. Check out the easy to follow tutorial by CeLynn’s Sunflower Patch.
DIY Solar Lamps by Creative Cain Cabin.
I love this idea for adding some rustic outdoor lighting to your space. The solar lights are a safer option than candles, especially for areas that won’t be continuously watched.
Here is a great idea for some outdoor patio lighting to hang from a covered porch or gazebo. Mason jars were just attached to an old ladder using wire handles. You could fill the jars with either candles or solar lights. I also love the addition of the rusty star!
There are also some fun ideas for using mason jars in outdoor entertaining. They make great beverage glasses or utensil holders and you have an easy outdoor centerpiece when you fill one with fresh flowers.
What ideas do you have for using mason jars for outdoor decorating?