What to put in this huge mason jar?

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I have a HUGE mason jar. I would like some ideas on what to put in it for decorations, other than flowers.
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  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 31, 2016
    Marbles. Goldfish, Terrarium?

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Oct 31, 2016
    Battery operated string of light with silk flowers or leaves. Sand with an led candle. Marbles and a solar light lid. (Michaels has these to fit mason jars).

  • Carol S. Bean Carol S. Bean on Oct 31, 2016
    blue beach glass

  • Ginny Ginny on Oct 31, 2016
    All sizes and colors of Christmas ornaments and then on your mantel or in a bookcase, if you have them. Change it out with the seasons. Fall: pine cones and berries; Spring: dried flowers; Summer: seashells and so forth.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 31, 2016
    Fill it with dollar store marbles and battery operated string lights.

  • Oldglass Stuff Oldglass Stuff on Oct 31, 2016
    How about some colored sand art?? Red, white and blue stripes would look great with that star that's embossed on the glass. Google the images for "Sand Art in a Bottle"

  • Tan1781564 Tan1781564 on Nov 01, 2016
    String of fairy lights and seasonal items of your choice

  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Nov 01, 2016
    Brightly colored balls of yarn or buttons...lots and lots of buttons.

  • Nicky Lobb Nicky Lobb on Nov 01, 2016
    Siamese fighting fish n gravel!

  • Judy Galloway Judy Galloway on Nov 01, 2016
    Make a terrarium

  • Cindy Whited Cindy Whited on Nov 01, 2016
    I have all types of Seashells and Sand Dollars in mine. Looks amazing!

  • Efo13775309 Efo13775309 on Nov 01, 2016
    Sea shells.

  • Connie Connie on Nov 01, 2016
    I have one like this. I filled the jar with raffia. I then add long stemed silk flowers, sticks & greenery according to the season.

  • Ful9930161 Ful9930161 on Nov 01, 2016
    There is a really cute pin where the gal uses mini Christmas trees to make a snow globe

  • Karen Karen on Nov 01, 2016
    I put mine in my bathroom and placed beautiful bars of soap- for a functional and pretty display!

  • Fran Eriksen Fran Eriksen on Nov 01, 2016
    corks, all kinds

  • Jo Jo on Nov 01, 2016
    Tiny fairy lights. You can get them with a tiny remote, so it's not a problem to turn them on and off.

  • Mary Zipf Norris Mary Zipf Norris on Nov 01, 2016
    various small Christmas balls - greenery + some gliter

  • Ljk1162278 Ljk1162278 on Nov 01, 2016
    Where to begin... Vintage Christmas ornaments with tiny fairy lights twined between them; small vintage toys; ribbon candy; fill with M&M's, and have everyone guess how many it holds; winner gets a little gift; fill with small, wrapped surprises for guests...this is fun! Glad you asked! 😀

    • Melissa V Melissa V on Dec 27, 2016
      Hey Lj- I'm just reading this now and I have to say I love your playful spirit!!! A refreshing take on the basic ideas, and can be used year round! I especially like having it full of small wrapped gifts for guests-how fun!!! 🍬🚗🎁🃏🎲😍

  • Jana Hardman Jana Hardman on Nov 01, 2016
    IT Would be a lot of fun to change it for each holiday or for the four seasons. Then your inspiration can change with your fun mood! Add Jo's fairy light idea, too! What fun!

  • Carole Fullerton Carole Fullerton on Nov 01, 2016
    I have a jar that looks exactly like this one. Mine is 18" tall and 8" across. There's no way it could be filled with candy.

  • Jean Jean on Nov 01, 2016
    I have three of these 'types' of big glass jars - one holds my mother's matchbook collection (large mason jar with handle), one holds my seashell collection (large Libby glass piggy bank), and one holds my beach glass collection (old Italian water bottle, tulip shaped with wide mouth). Doesn't have to be gorgeous but it's handy for a pretty or interesting collection.

  • Kathi Solms Kathi Solms on Nov 01, 2016
    I have one. I am a big popcorn fan. It sets on my counter with popcorn in it!

  • Sheri Sheri on Nov 01, 2016
    Buttons!

  • Ivycrafter Ivycrafter on Nov 01, 2016
    Wine corks would be attractive but light.

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Nov 01, 2016
    The pebble stones you can get at the dollar stores in big bags!I use them for storage of spices!

  • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on Nov 01, 2016
    Put a large vessel or something, in the center. That is the same height, and can still screw cap back on. Then you don't need as much filler. You can change it out seasonally. You could even wad up newspaper, or a roll of paper towels. Anything to take up space in the center, and fill around it. For Thanksgiving/fall, put a vase in the center, fill around the vase with acorns, pinecones, leaves, popcorn.. etc. Fill the vase with water and add flowers if you want to.or dried sticks wrapped with fairies lights. Just have fun, and try a lot of things. I would make sure that any lights you put in it are LED. For Christmas, you could, you could put a little winter scene in it....

  • Reggie Myer Reggie Myer on Nov 01, 2016
    Cookies !!!

  • Bck9637198 Bck9637198 on Nov 01, 2016
    seashells and sand ( place jar on its side) feathers and found objects love notes, memory notes, ask friends and families to send favorite memories fortune cookies

  • Pat O'Driscoll Pat O'Driscoll on Nov 01, 2016
    You could make a lamp out of it and still change what you put in with the seasons or holidays

  • Janene Welniak Janene Welniak on Nov 01, 2016
    What about marbles, or collect pennies for a rainy day.

  • Bre7701622 Bre7701622 on Nov 01, 2016
    I filled mine with sample size shampoos, conditioners, lotion etc and put it in guest bathroom.

  • Carolyn Alley Carolyn Alley on Nov 01, 2016
    Put a string of mini lights mixed with greenery for Christmas or a plastic garland of fall leaves for a fall decoration. Silk flowers would work with the mini lights for a spring and/or summer display.

  • DB DB on Nov 01, 2016
    I had one of these. I glued a pincushion to the top. Filled the jar with pretty spools of thread. It was a decorative guest room thing. Amazing how often it got used!

  • Springs775 Springs775 on Nov 01, 2016
    Someone gave me a pretty jar filled with M & M's, it was very colorful and tasty.

  • NAN NAN on Nov 01, 2016
    I bought containers of bright, plastic mini Christmas tree decorations in red and gold, mixed them together and put them into a crystal bowl for a table centerpiece. Their bright finish picks up the light. They'd look festive in your jar, too.

  • Patricia Bell Patricia Bell on Nov 01, 2016
    For the holidays I would fill with brightly colored Christmas balls.

  • Lisa Walker Lisa Walker on Nov 01, 2016
    I have little sea shells in one and mini river rocks in another of mine. I have seen with buttons as well, lots of colours and sizes, looked great

  • Sherron Vreugdenhil Sherron Vreugdenhil on Nov 01, 2016
    Collect milkweed down and fill jar. or Rose petals from a bouquet. Acorns that have been dried and colored.

  • Nancy Hawkins Hollway Nancy Hawkins Hollway on Nov 01, 2016
    I saw one filled with odds & ends ...all old/vintage looking...like match box cars, an old pocket knife, spools, jacks, etc OR pinecones or puff mints....I have one that has little rocks my grandson bring me :)

  • Jc Jc on Nov 01, 2016
    Or seasonal stuff....pine cones or Christmas balls if you collect wine corks about a third of the way in the jar add a candle with a timer set for a time you will most enjoy the light ....for kids rooms add Lego or those tiny kids toys that they don't play with any more but are not ready to part with

  • Woogie Woogie on Nov 01, 2016
    Mine is so large it sits on the floor in the kitchen filled with grains of wheat. Practical and I like the look.

  • Melissa Leach Melissa Leach on Nov 01, 2016
    Fill with seasonal objects like mini pumpkins or Christmas ornaments. Make a cool terrarium. Fill with twinkling battery operated lights. Fill with sand from vacations. Line jar with family photos then insert battery candles. Have fn with it.

  • Etet Etet on Nov 01, 2016
    I fill mine with multicolored parrot chow so it sits there looking pretty and being convenient. Mine is heavy and it would hold umbrellas.

  • Kathy Shreve Kathy Shreve on Nov 01, 2016
    Buttons!

  • Karin Lawrence Karin Lawrence on Nov 01, 2016
    I collect stars of all shapes and kinds...and since your awesome jar happens to have a star on it, I would put stars in it...star beads...star buttons...star fish...star charms..

  • Noni Gubbels Noni Gubbels on Nov 01, 2016
    shells

  • Alice Alice on Nov 01, 2016
    I put all the small toys my kids not longer play with, misc. legos, small dolls, toy trucks, also put in any small mementoes the kids give me. They often come home from school with small notes and book marks they have made.

  • Ki'ihele West Ki'ihele West on Nov 01, 2016
    I put glass pebbles in the bottom, then filled it with silk flowers, topped it with straw flowers and added a couple of long pussywillows. I then wrapped a raffia band around and glued some sea shells to the band... Since I live in Hawai'i my flowers are red hibiscus, but any flower or color would do. Perfect for a " beachy" look.

  • Sherryll Sherryll on Nov 01, 2016
    S.W. Chariton, Iowa I like Hula4ewa's answer and change out the flowers to fit the seasons. Then, when Christmas comes, take out the flowers and put in strings of mini lights with some round ornaments, with the cord hanging down the back to plug in.

  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 01, 2016
    It depends on your decorating style, Dawn, and where you plan to place the jar. If you're into "country" and have a fireplace, it could look nice filled with just pinecones and acorns and place on the hearth. Don't add any "do-dads" and make it cute-sy. I see, from your photo, you are a young woman so you don't want anything too granny-ish. And to any grannies out there, no offense; I'm a granny too! lol! If you have room on your kitchen counter, a very smart Martha-look is fill it with old cookie cutters. The trick in decor is to sort of keep to ONE theme so it looks smart. For Christmas, adding tiny, tiny fairy-lights would look nice and festive for the season. I hope you like these ideas.

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    • Elaine Elaine on Nov 01, 2016
      I forgot to mention, only "metal" (not plastic) and if Dawn never actually uses them, the rustier and beat-up, the better. lol! I love ...and live to decorate!

  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 01, 2016
    PS: whatever it is you choose to do, keep it simple and restrained - it will look way more sophisticated (even though it is a mason jar) and quite cool!

  • D. D. on Nov 01, 2016
    I would buy a lamp making kit, fill the jar with momento's , & choose a lampshade suitable for your decor. - I love the jar. It's a keeper. -D.

  • AGEASE AGEASE on Nov 01, 2016
    I like to bake so mine if filled with silver and copper cookie cutters. really cute and keeps them in one place.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Nov 01, 2016
    Since it is really old don't do anything permanent. Could be there is a collector that would buy it. Some shells and sand might show up well. Then add a few flowers

  • Trudy Hammerschmidt Trudy Hammerschmidt on Nov 01, 2016
    I used small pine cones, fresh pine, super tiny red ornaments (or berries) and battery operated rice lights.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 01, 2016
    Sea shells....make a lamp

  • Bet8772663 Bet8772663 on Nov 01, 2016
    I agree with Deanna. Nothing that alters the jar or lid. I sold several found in my late grandmother's basement for $50 each many years ago to a collector. Who knew!!

  • Daniel Daniel on Nov 01, 2016
    Bourbon, gin, vodka, etc., etc., etc... Then call me!

  • Bab6358867 Bab6358867 on Nov 01, 2016
    I put old kitchen utensels in mine.

  • Wyleta Wyleta on Nov 01, 2016
    I put pinto beans in mine sat it on the cabinet, I think of my mother and grandmother each time I see it. We think the jar is over 100 years old.

  • Put a string of battery operated fairy lights in it.

  • CarlaSue CarlaSue on Nov 01, 2016
    Jelly beans!

  • Linda Davis Linda Davis on Nov 01, 2016
    I have one with small notebook full of figures where grandad and his brother were figuring seed cost and yield per acre of cotton and soybeans on their farms. I put in an old pencil from the feed store, grandad's eyeglasses and a half dozen boles of cotton. Sits beside his picture with his favorite mule in harness, ready to plow.

  • Linda Davis Linda Davis on Nov 01, 2016
    Did a granny sew? How about some fabric scraps, wooden spools of thread, and some old sewing notions. Or some old wooden blocks, diaper pins, rattles,.....snack bars of some kind, peanut butter crackers, or individual bags of chips, tea bags,....on table or counter....

  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 01, 2016
    Hi again, Dawn - I just thought of another idea. Would you like to transform it into a lamp? You can buy lamp kits for that purpose - I'm sure you know that already!

  • Joan Joan on Nov 01, 2016
    Layer different types of dry beans, dried corn, split peas etc.... add the lid and maybe a raffia bow... very country and colorful. Many of the items are right there in your cabinet.

  • Darline Darline on Nov 01, 2016
    Putting in mini lights, and pot pourri will not only make a lovely soft l but will fill the area with fragrance as he lights warm the pot pourri.

  • Melva Redding Melva Redding on Nov 01, 2016
    I have my grandmothers full of marbles.

  • Diane Diane on Nov 01, 2016
    I would fill it with Christmas ornaments that are round, and add mini-lights, with a ribbon around the lid!

  • Peggy Peggy on Nov 01, 2016
    I am making a lamp out of mine. Going to put yarn balls, And at Christmas Use christmas balls

  • Mar13650338 Mar13650338 on Nov 01, 2016
    pinecones and old costume jewelry make a cool fall and Christmas look

  • Sandi Sandi on Nov 01, 2016
    Turn sideways and add mini Christmas trees and mini truck holding Christmas tree fake snow

  • Jackie Jackie on Nov 01, 2016
    I put my marble collection in mine and have another one full of my mom's old buttons. It doesn't have to be filled to the brim to look good.

  • Barb Greenfeder Barb Greenfeder on Nov 01, 2016
    Depends on your decor but think about an older look of tea dyed small material pieces (or use one large piece) with ribbons, spools, tiny sewing kits, etc. placed so they can be seen; or simply add cotton bolls or other items from nature. I've seen sea shells, dice, coins, small wooden alphabet blocks, plastic toys, sand, pea gravel, costume jewelry, clothespins, poker chips, even useful office supplies. The size is your only limit! Have fun and personalize it!

  • Naydene Cook Naydene Cook on Nov 01, 2016
    Add mini lights, and change out seasonal décor. for the season or holidays.

  • Krista Cameron Krista Cameron on Nov 02, 2016
    Marbles, buttons, seashells, beads.

  • Ronda Sherwood Ronda Sherwood on Nov 02, 2016
    SMALL CHRISTMAS BALLS DIFFERENT COLORS AND A STRING OF LIGHT MAYBE SOME SMALL PINE BOUGHS TOO WOULD BE COOL

  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 02, 2016
    I have one filled with old buttons

  • Deb0911 Deb0911 on Nov 02, 2016
    cinnamon sticks broken up or crushed , melt a candle onto a small lid or metal cap set in the middle of the jar, put crushed cinnamon in the bottom covering lid or cap and bottom of the jar, wrap a ribbon around the top , makes a scented centerpiece for your kitchen. hot water will melt the candle wax when you want to replace the candle, or want to use it for something else.

  • Carol Ann Leitch Fuller Carol Ann Leitch Fuller on Nov 02, 2016
    If you have an area that could use a "beachy" theme. It would be nice to have sand in the bottom about half way up and then fill with shells, starfish, and driftwood that you have gathered. Just keep removing the sand as you get more and more shells on top. The sand will fill up the bottom half until you have enough shells to fill it up!

  • Granny276 Granny276 on Nov 02, 2016
    Assorted Pasta or Sand Art

  • Kim Salmi Kim Salmi on Nov 02, 2016
    I have a mason jar that was my paternal grandmother's and I used an idea my sister in law heard once ...at the start of the new year take small pieces of paper ( I did mine neon multi color ) write a happy memory on each one each day ( I fold mine up but that's optional ) ..read them New year's Eve ..365 happy blessings ! ...it looks pretty over time if you mix the colors up and its inspirational too : )

  • Sherri Sherri on Nov 02, 2016
    Make a lamp. Lots of tutorials on pinterest.

  • Jo Jo on Nov 02, 2016
    I just realized something else. The remote on the lights is really small. You could actually tape it in the lid. It wouldn't show.

  • Mar12434520 Mar12434520 on Nov 02, 2016
    at christmastime fill with large multi colored glass ball ornaments

  • Mar12434520 Mar12434520 on Nov 02, 2016
    also, I am a beach person, so I have 2 filled with multi colored broken beach glass that I have collected, shells would work also

  • Lee14040222 Lee14040222 on Nov 02, 2016
    Change

  • Kathay Kathay on Nov 02, 2016
    if you are putting it in your kitchen put layers of dry beans white, green peas, etc. even dry Indian corn.......then cut a big circle of material for the lid and tie with cord....

  • Kathay Kathay on Nov 02, 2016
    you can also put colored craft sand in layers or one color and some small sea shells you can even add a little glitter.....

  • Patty Hocker Ryker Patty Hocker Ryker on Nov 02, 2016
    Thread or buttons if you sew.

  • Polly Parrot Polly Parrot on Nov 02, 2016
    I have a very large goldfish bowl, which I have layered with different colours of small pebbles that you buy for fish tanks, also larger beach find pebbles and lots of colourful shells. It looks great! I'm also about to add a couple of small 'air-plants', so I'll see how that works

  • Chr4787838 Chr4787838 on Nov 02, 2016
    Any thing you want. Flour, sugar, pasta, marbles, shells.

  • Knoxcirclk Knoxcirclk on Nov 02, 2016
    I have put pine cones in some big glass jars. Also, old marbles look great.

  • Loretta LaLa Wells Loretta LaLa Wells on Nov 02, 2016
    Fill with Christmas balls to go with your color scheme.

  • Swi1965378 Swi1965378 on Nov 03, 2016
    Yarn balls would be pretty, or Christmas balls and pine cones. You could decorate year round with various items.Simply tie a big grograin ribbon around it.

  • Marianne Niesink Marianne Niesink on Nov 03, 2016
    Put a rubber Halloween mask (the whole head kind) into the jar, fill with water and place a glow stick in as well. Really creepy to greet the trick or treaters at your front door! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176555247868453...

  • MK McDonald MK McDonald on Nov 03, 2016
    Just go with what YOU are into. I'm sure you have your own interest and possibly your Own collectibles. So just incorporate the jar into that. Make it you. 😀

  • Get6065013 Get6065013 on Nov 03, 2016
    For thanksgiving, use corn kernels or wild rice and nestle a pillar candle. I have large apothecary jars that I decorate every season with…candy hearts, baseballs, shells, fake snow with deer with tiny led lights, bird's nests with a (felt)bird, acorns, spools of thread, etc…create mini scenes…have fun! The options are endless!

  • Mary Greenfield Mary Greenfield on Nov 03, 2016
    I can not take credit for this but I have a large mason jar is filled with potpourri and a string of clear Christmas lights. The top is covered with a crocheted doily secured with ribbon. The lights I have just get warm (not hot) and it smells great. I change out the potpourri every now and then or sometimes refresh it with liquid potpourri ... usually when the lights burn out. Makes a great night light also in your kitchen or hallway or bathroom. I move mine around.

  • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on Nov 04, 2016
    I have several of my grandmother's large Ball mason jars. I filled one with my old marble collection and another with rocks my three daughters "gifted" to me when they were little. The marbles were my brother's. Nice sentimental collection.

  • Julie Julie on Nov 04, 2016
    I am filling mine with 'silver' change. Once you fill it to about 1/3, it really starts to 'look' better.

  • Donna Donna on Nov 04, 2016
    I store my wooden sewing spool collection in one of mine and seashells in another.

  • Glenda Smith Glenda Smith on Nov 06, 2016
    I turned one of these on its side and made a fairy garden - dirt and all.

  • Hobie Hobie on Nov 08, 2016
    I have the same jar and have filled it with coral, shells, lake and ocean rocks.

  • Katie Katie on Nov 12, 2016
    whisky nd soda with ice

  • Hi, I have several of these. I like to put ornaments and a string of lights in them. They can be changed out to whatever the season, like colored plastic eggs, and lights, etc.

  • 76sanfermo 76sanfermo on Dec 18, 2016
    riempilo di saponette di colori diversi, e tienilo in bagno , oppure mettici i boccioli di rosa che hai fatto seccare , precedentemente , o, ancora, riempilo di limoni e arance..
    A Natale ci stanno bene le palline dorate di varie misure....
    ciao!

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Dec 20, 2016
    Fill with baubles and battery lights.

  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Dec 23, 2016
    Related to this article is the fact that I need a huge jar like this to put my dried goods in (quinoa) and I cannot get my hands on one. Where can I locate this on a very frugal budget if anyone happens to know. Nice ideas everyone has.

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    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Dec 29, 2016
      Thank you very much for the tip Jewel C. A Happy New Year to you.

  • Sherron Vreugdenhil Sherron Vreugdenhil on Dec 24, 2016
    Found mine at Hobby Lobby

  • Ki'ihele West Ki'ihele West on Dec 24, 2016
    I just bought two large jars from Ross. Hit and miss, but I always check there first.

  • Hobie Hobie on Dec 27, 2016
    Authentic vintage ones can be found @ antique stores, etc

  • Tracy Tracy on Dec 29, 2016
    I have one I have filled with marbles. Looks amazing, but be careful filling it and or moving it. It is quite heavy full.

  • Meburke Meburke on Dec 29, 2016
    I have a large one I keep different types of wood clothes pins in it,on a shelf in my laundry room.One jar has a sewing kit, another has loose change from sons pants pocket( dollars too) & misc pens,safety pins stuff removed from pants pockets,markers..

  • Melinda Melinda on Dec 30, 2016
    I think it would make awesome lamp base. Could paint glass a pretty or neutral color. Use twine rope burlap something rustic to cover lamp wiring inside if u keep glass clear. Also sand and shells inside instead of flowers.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2022

    You can make a terrarium

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 13, 2022

    Buttons or old spare coins maybe!

  • Electric candles...with timers that go on and off by themselves!!