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DIY Rustic Christmas Mason Jars & Crate

I just love how these little mason jars turned out and the little box they sit in is just perfect to show them off!!!!  This project is so affordable to make and you can fill the jars with just about anything.  I put some pine branches inside mine and set them out for decoration but come Christmas Day, they’ll be the main centerpiece on my dinner table.

DIY Farmhouse Christmas Mason Jars Tutorial


Tools & Supplies:

  • Nail gun with 1 1/4in nails (you can also use wood screws but you’ll need to drill pilot holes before drilling in the screw to prevent splitting the wood)
  • Chop saw
  • Black or rusty-colored paint (I touched up the silver screws that were used to mount the handles)
  • Decorative accent for the mason jars (I used some rusty bells)
  1. Two 1x3s at 3 7/8in long (I basically cut my boards to 4inches, then shaved off just a tiny bit more)
  2. Two 1x3s at 13 1/4in long
  3. One 1×6 at 13 1/4in
  4. Two rustic handles (mine are cast iron, bought at Hobby Lobby HERE)
  5. 3/4in screws to mount on handles
  6. Old wood stain & paintbrush (if you use new wood & need to make it look old).  I used my homemade DIY Weathered Wood Stain.
  7. Three quart sized mason jars
  8. Three different Christmas paint colors (you can use acrylic matte paint or chalk paint)
  9. Sandpaper (I use 60 grit)
  10. paintbrush
  11. jute string
  12. scissors

Build the box:

Gather the 1×6…

Nail together the 1×6 and both of the longer 1x3s as so…

Nail on the two shorter 1x3s

Screw on the handles.  (You can use a little black or rusty-colored paint to touch up the silver screws used to mount the handles).

Mason Jars:

Paint the jars by flipping them upside-down first (I put mine on disposable plates for easy clean up).  I added 3 coats of paint for an even-looking coverage, making sure the paint dries completely between coats.

Give the jars a distressed look by sanding all of the raised areas of the glass with the sandpaper.  I also sanded a few small flat areas here and there, but didn’t overdue it.

Wrap some jute string around the lid, then tie your decorative accent to the neck (I added my rusty bells).  Don’t they look great?!!

Place the jars in the box and find something to put in them!  I used some decorative pine with berries but you could also fill them with candy and give them out as gifts!

Happy Holidays!

DIY Farmhouse Christmas Mason Jars

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  1. These are beautiful, love these 🙂

  2. I absolutely love this post! Great tutorial and the end result is just so pretty. It will make such a great centerpiece for your table. I am pinning this and hoping I find the time to make one this year. Thanks so much! Have a great week ahead!

    • Tee

      Hi Denise! Thank you for your sweet comments! It was easy to make! Post yours if you make one! I’d love to see how it turned out!

  3. How pretty, looks so nice. I love using canning jars for all sorts of things. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 19.

  4. Love your farmhouse Christmas display, Tee! Everything from the rusty jingle bells to the rustic crate, to the painted mason jars, and evergreens. Very pretty!

  5. Rebecca Payne

    I always look forward to your posts

  6. I love your tutorial and the great ideas, I have to make some quick gifts, so these will be perfect! Thanks for the idea, Sandi from W Wednesday. Sandi

  7. You can do so many things with mason jars. I love what you’ve done here. They are so cute. Thank you for sharing with #omhgww

  8. Great job! So charming and pretty!!!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  10. I love this rustic Christmas decor! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  11. These are just darling! Thanks for the excellent instructions for making our own.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    • Tee

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Richella! I am so tickled that you are featuring me! Glad you visited today!

  12. These are so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing. You will be the featured post on this week’s Friday at the Fire Station link up! I hope you have a great Christmas!

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