Father's Day Mason Jar Gifts

4 father’s day mason jar gift ideas

We loved all the Mother’s Day mason jar gift ideas we shared with you last month, and our mothers were crazy about the twig vases we made them. 

Mason jars aren’t just for moms though.  With Father’s Day in less than 2 weeks, we have rounded up 4 of our favorite mason jar gift ideas for dads. 


1. hand print mason jar  

Handprint mason jar gift


For dads who love having personal mementos of their kids in the office, and for kids who love making craft projects for their daddy’s, we love this fun hand print jar from fun-a-day.  Dad can keep it on his desk to hold pens, pencils, and scissors.



We have found that the 16 oz./pint  jar is the best height for holding office supplies.  We also recommend the smooth sided variety if you have it, so the hand print shows up best.

To prep the jar for maximum paint adhesion, clean the inside with rubbing alcohol just before painting.

For best results, use a special gloss enamel paint like this one from DecoArt which adheres well to glass. 

To reinforce the paint, you can follow the drying time by baking the jar at 275 F for 30 minutes with the door cracked open.


2. cocktail shaker mason jar 

DIY cocktail shaker mason jar


Mason jar cocktail shaker lid


For a dad who enjoys a smooth mixed drink, you can quickly turn a mason jar into a cocktail shaker.  No need to find room for an extra kitchen gadget.

If you’re handy with a drill, you can make a DIY version, or you can simply get the specialty lid to screw onto a regular mouth jar you already have.


3. mason jar photo holder

Mason jar photo holder  

Mason jar photo holder


This year, give Dad the gift of family photos for his desk with a unique twist.  Swap out a standard photo frame for a mason jar. 

Mason jars make perfect photo frames and when you use the smooth sided style, there is room to display two photos in a single jar. 

Grab two 4″x6″ portrait orientation (vertical) photos and follow our simple tutorial.


4. leather mason jar drink sleeve

There is something inherently manly about leather, and when that manly leather is coupled with a sturdy mason jar, you have the perfect drink holder.

If you have access to some leather working tools and the ambition to tackle this project, you can actually make a custom leather jar sleeve yourself.  We haven’t tried it for ourselves, but Josh over at A Beautiful Mess has a tutorial for it and the results are stunning.  Dad will be majorly impressed.


DIY custom leather drink holder


Want to get the look without the DIY?  Here are 6 of our favorite purchasable finds ranging from sophisticated classy to hipster quirky.

Stitched leather drink holder

Riveted leather drink holder

Compass leather drink holder

Fish leather drink holder

Beer leather drink holder

Hipster raccoon leather drink holder

What is your favorite Father’s Day mason jar gift idea? 







Mother's Day DIY mason jar gifts

13 diy mother’s day mason jar gifts

With only one week left until Mother’s Day, are you still looking for gift  inspiration?

What do your favorite, most memorable Mother’s Day gifts have in common?  Were they homemade and meaningful?  Made with lots of love from supplies the kids found around the house?

Mother’s Day gifts don’t have to be store bought and expensive.  Imagine creating a DIY gift that is personal and will be used and enjoyed by the special mom in your life.

Here you go: our top 13 DIY Mother’s Day Mason Jar Gifts.


1. wall mounted herb garden

Fresh herbs add a delicious pop of flavor to many of our favorite dishes.  Who doesn’t love a sprig of rosemary with their lemon salmon,  some freshly chopped cilantro in homemade guacamole, or a basil leaf with mozzarella cheese and tomato? 

This wall mounted herb garden is perfect for a mom who enjoys cooking and having live herbs around, but who doesn’t want all those pots taking up space on the counter.


2. vertical hanging planter

Who says the only way to hang plants is in a beaded macrame hanger?  A multi-plant vertical hanger system looks amazing in modern homes with tall ceilings.  Adjust the height and number of plants to fit in the space you have.  You can leave the wood raw or stain/paint to accent the room it will be hanging in.  If the walls are neutral colors, try painting the wood a bright pop of color.


3. terrarium

For a nature lover, being trapped in a sterile office all day can be torture.  Give her a little piece of the outdoors with a terrarium that can sit on her desk.  Bonus: the kids can help you collect the items for the terrarium and they get to learn about how the ecosystem works.


4. air plant garden

What do you give the person who loves having real plants in her house, but has the blackest of thumbs?  Air plants are some of the most low-maintenance options around.  They look very modern in jars with a simple twine accent.  Try hanging them from unique nails or pegs that match the room’s decor.


5. twine vase

For a traditional gift with a special twist, go ahead and give Mom those flowers…in a mason jar that you covered in twine to craft a rustic vase.


6. twig vase

Imagine combining a nature walk with the kids and creating a memorable Mother’s Day gift.  This ingenious vase is made of a mason jar surrounded by twigs and the finished product is stunning.  Plus the kids will have fun going for a walk and gathering all the twigs.

We used the above tutorial and found that our quart size jar took about 26 twigs plus the smaller filler pieces.  To make it easier for the kids to participate, try breaking off pieces of dead limbs on the ground rather than cutting from the tree. 


7. wire hanger bird feeder


8. twine hanger bird feeder


9. sewing kit


10. hand scrub


11. spa-in-a-jar


12. pedicure-in-a-jar


13. baking/crafting/drawing themed gifts in a jar