Fall Decorated Jars Three Ways

Grab a mason jar and decorate it for Fall! I'm sharing 3 different decorated jar ideas that you can copy today.

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If you're stressing over Fall decor, wishing you had something new, I hope you give thesebudget-friendly decorated Fall jars a try! You can copy my ideas below, or use them as inspiration to do your own thing! I'm sharing three different ways to decorate a mason jar for the autumn season.

Welcome to the August edition of Pinterest Challenge! We are a group of home decor bloggers, headed by Cindy of County Road 407. Each month we take on a new decorating challenge. The idea is to use the inspiration image as just that...inspiration! Each one of us creates our own 'take' on the challenge, and we share it here to INSPIRE YOU!

If you hopped over here from CoCo at The Crowned Goat, welcome! I know you loved her simple apple centerpiece ideas!

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This month, our inspiration image comes from Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe and her Pottery Barn inspired fall glass jar. You can click on the link above to read her post in more detail.

3 Ideas for Decorating Fall Jars

I always try to use items that I have on hand for these challenges. We still have lots of stuff in boxes in our garage and attic because we're in a temporary rental for a few more months (hopefully!) I do have glass hurricane jars, but they are one of the items still packed away.

What I did have on hand, were mason jars. I used mason jars in all different sizes to decorate my jars for Fall, and I even have an option to turn a mason jar into a small lamp. Let's take a closer look!

Idea #1 - Mason jar light with pinecones and velvet ribbon

This is the easiest idea of the bunch. Grab a mason jar and fill it with small pinecones. I also used some DIY dried orange slices that I made last year, and some tiny pumpkin looking pods from a bag of potpourri I found at HomeGoods. I tied the jar with a mustard velvet ribbon and a couple of cinnamon sticks.

To turn any regular sized mason jar (not wide mouth) into a lamp, use this screw on lid and these silicone lightbulbs. This little lighted Fall jar came together in minutes!


Idea #2 - Large jar with Fall filler and flowers

For this Fall decorated jar, I used a large hinged mason jar. I removed the lid, but you could just prop it open. The jar was filled with Fall filler and I inserted three of my DIY farmhouse sunflowers that I made last year. You could use any Fall foliage or flowers to add to your jar. I love that the filler can be seen through the clear glass, and it helps to hide the stems and add visual interest to the jar itself.

You can use any type of filler you want or have on hand to add to your jars. Here are a few additional ideas.

Ideas for jar filler:

  • dried fruit (apple and orange slices)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • pine cones
  • small pods (sweetgum, thistle, etc)
  • rag balls
  • mini pumpkins
  • acorns


Idea #3 - Faux blackened beeswax jar with homespun sunflower

If you know me (and my obsession for crafts), you'll know why I had to throw in a DIY version of a Fall jar, and this blackened beeswax jar was really easy to do! It's definitely a different version than the traditional Fall colors but that makes it perfect to use year round because every room needs a little black! I think it's a great dupe of the real blackened beeswax (see HERE).

Steps to make a faux blackened beeswax jar:

  1. paint glass jar with two coats of black chalk paint (or any flat paint)
  2. when second coat of paint is still wet, sprinkle jar with ground cinnamon and let dry
  3. use fingers to gently brush off excess cinnamon
  4. decorate with a homespun sunflower (see steps illustrated below)

How to make a homespun and burlap sunflower:

  1. make a simple petal template, trace onto drop cloth and cut out 6 petals
  2. make a smaller petal template, trace onto homespun fabric and cut out 6 petals
  3. cut a drop cloth circle and a smaller burlap circle
  4. glue the homespun petals onto the drop cloth ones and let dry
  5. glue the petals onto the larger fabric circle
  6. stitch the burlap circle with black thread
  7. use a rusty pin to secure sunflower to fabric ribbon around jar
  8. optional - stamp a Fall word onto a piece of fabric or cardstock
You can use any fabric you have on hand to make this simple fabric sunflower. I used some coffee stained drop cloth, black check homespun and burlap, all items I had on hand.

I think this faux blackened beeswax Fall jar is my favorite of the three! I may make a set of them to display on my coffee bar for the season!

I tried the lamp top on this mason jar and it worked but I think I prefer it filled with the dried Sweet Annie best! It needs a little color.


I hope you enjoyed these easy ideas for adding Fall decorations to a mason jar! I'd love to know which jar you like the best.

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Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is next and I can't wait for you to see her Fall decorating ideas using old bottles and jars. You'll find the rest of the challenge ideas from the team below.

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  1. Cindy,
    All of your ideas are so creative. Love the sunflowers, such a cute ideaa.

  2. These ideas are all amazing, Cindy! I usually only use glass vases for flowers or candy but this definitely inspires me to think out of the box. Hope your fall season is a special one. Hugs, CoCo

  3. You have so many clever and unusual ideas for decorating with these beautiful jars. I need to make the sunflower too. Great post.

  4. So so cute Cindy! I've always loved handmade flowers and these are the cutest ever. I remember pinning them before and telling myself I must do this. Well, I STILL need to do this! Fingers crossed, this is the year! Love this post. pinned

  5. I love your fabric sunflowers and they work perfectly in the jar centrpiece! I'd love to try and make some myself!

  6. Great ideas for fall jar decor, Cindy. I especially love the black painted jar!

  7. Hi Cindy! Omgosh I love all your ideas! I love the rustic vibe, which totally speaks to me. Pinning for later for sure and I would love it if you could share at the Home Imagined party. Those fabric sunflowers are amazing. Thanks so much for all the great inspiration. XO- MaryJo


  8. I love your sunflowers Cindy! The stitching is so cute too :) Hugs-Tanya @twelveoeightblog

  9. So many darling ideas Cindy. I think the sunflowers are my favorite, so clever.

  10. Your jar ideas are adorable and so unique Cindy. I just love ALL your fabric sunflowers but I'm really smitten with the gingham. 😊 Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

  11. The blackened jar is so cool! And you sunflower is adorable. I'm digging your whole Fall display! I'm just getting into the Fall groove, so this hop is very inspiring!

  12. Cindy, all your mason jar decorations are perfect for the fall season. Love the light idea - never seen one like that. Your DIY sunflowers are so sweet. Enjoy your fall!


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