We’ve all been there. Trawling Pinterest for our next DIY and another mason jar project pops up. Well, let me tell you, this book is taking jar projects to the next level and will give you a TON of amazing projects that you’ve never seen before. Crafting with Mason Jars is the second title from my talented friend Hester and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today as part of her book’s blog tour!
Hester writes the blog Hester’s Handmade Home where she shares her upcycling projects and home makeovers. This book is a must for anyone with a jar collecting problem (I know there are loads of you out there).
The book is split into sections covering super simple jar projects such as a picnic in a jar, table centre pieces and candle making. A lot of the projects can be used around your home or garden and can be make in an evening or less.
This marbled votives project is one of my favourites – using nail polish to create the patterns is so effective and doesn’t cost much at all. A lot of the projects will not require learning new skills or finding supplies, but they use every day items to really get into the upcycling trend.
How gorgeous is this beach tea light holder project?
Some projects take a little more skill with the use of a power drill (remember that time I drilled expensive West Elm plates for Hester’s last book review?). However, the illustrations provided alongside the step-by-step instructions are all you need to feel confident in creating things like your own drinks dispenser or this oil burner.
One of the things I like to use mason jars for is loose tea storage. I shared a chalkboard tea jar project here on the blog a while back which you can see here.
I really like the idea of making candles with old jars and glass containers, so I decided to follow Hester’s instructions to make mine – this is usually what I do at home anyway as it’s much cheaper than buying candles!
Hester’s project is for cintronella candles, but I decided to switch the scent for a warm vanilla. Using soy wax which I purchased here and pre prepared wicks from Amazon here. I currently buy my fragrance oil from Hobbycraft.
I love using soy wax as the burn time is much longer. Honestly making your own candles is so simple and if you prefer not to melt wax on the stove, you can use a microwave for some brands of wax.
I’d definitely recommend the book to find some really inventive uses for jars and cannot fault Hester’s styling – each page is so beautiful! I really enjoyed Kate’s blood orange cocktail in a jar from her review – I’ll have to have a think about how to make it into a mocktail.
I’m really so proud of Hester and all she has achieved with her books! I’d highly recommend checking out her YouTube channel if you want to see more home hacks and upcycling projects!