DIY Nautical Mason Jar

The inspiration for this DIY nautical mason jar came from two places.  First, I saw the post from the Quinton Wench – pinned to my Pinterest DIY Board AND added to my DIY folder.  Then… I saw it again on While He was Napping.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had to try.


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But… I wasn’t sure about all of those knots.  This is what the project from Quinton Wench looked like.  Beautiful, don’t you agree?


I was afraid.  Very, very afraid!  Then I remembered this rope ribbon I had, and wondered if I could make something similar.  Here’s how it turned out:


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 Project DIY


I wanted to make this with a large blue mason jar.  I know I have one in the house somewhere and after 30 minutes of searching, I couldn’t find it.  Sigh…and I pride myself on being uber organized.


The materials were very simple.  I knew I would need some kind of glue.  Hot glue is too thick, and spray glue would make the jar sticky forever.  I didn’t know how using Mod Podge would turn out, but it actually worked quite nicely.  Everything I used for this project, I already had, so nothing was purchased new.


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I used two strips of the “rope ribbon” (no clue what it’s officially called so we’ll go with that name ok?).  Turned the Mason jar upside down and glued and wrapped it to cover all four sides.




The hands-on time for this project was mere minutes, but it did take several hours in between for drying time.  Once the bottom was dry, I glued the rope ribbon up each of the four sides of the jar.  The Mod Podge dries clear and actually gave the glass this really nifty tempered look.


Also good to note that I didn’t glue it to the very top – I left the last 1/2 inch or so at the top unglued.




Once the Mod Podge was dry, I carefully cut the rope ribbon at the top.  I wanted enough left to cover the groove at the top, but not go over the top.  Does that make sense?




And then I wrapped it with the jute yarn enough times to cover everything up.  Instead of making it into a lantern, I filled it with wine corks and it now holds a place of honor in the almost finished guest bath.


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See the shelf the jar is sitting on?  Remember that easy DIY?




On the other wall of the bathroom is the DIY serenity sign.


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While I am still coveting the other ladies beautiful DIY, I think mine turned out pretty good… or at least good enough.  I don’t represent the super crafty person, I represent the normal and average person who likes to DIY once in awhile and I know my limits.  I’m here today to tell you don’t be afraid to try.  At the end of the day, it’s still a lot of fun.


Love, hugs, and not quite at the end of my rope.




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29 comments on DIY Nautical Mason Jar

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Rachel – Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Holly

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 8:29 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amberly! Hugs, Holly

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 8:29 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Cheryl – Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  1. Cindy
    April 22, 2014 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Love me a mason jar! Visiting from Kathe’s! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 8:32 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Cindy – I need to do more crafts with Mason Jars. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Holly

  2. Cynthia L
    April 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this project! You did a great job with the jute ribbon around the glass jar. I can see this being something in my sunroom! Thanks for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Cynthia – Thank you for your sweet compliment. It was fun to make. Hugs, Holly

  3. Crystelle
    April 23, 2014 at 12:21 am (2 years ago)

    What an amazing jar! You thought of that? Good for you!! 🙂
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Holly
      April 23, 2014 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Crystelle – It was more like taking the easy way around the DIY LOL! Hugs, Holly

  4. Susan@Organized31
    April 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Lo-ooove this repurposed jar.! I have too too many jars waiting to be repurposed and now I know what to do with them. But where did you get the rope ribbon?

    • Holly
      April 29, 2014 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Susan – You are so kind, thank you. I found the rope ribbon at Michaels but not in the ribbon aisle, they had it in the “nautical” aisle. I’m sure Hob Lob has it too. Hugs, Holly

  5. Virginia
    April 26, 2014 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

    I love this project! I especially love it hanging with the candle. Thanks for the instructions. I thought it would be hard and I’m happy to see how easy you make it look.

    • Holly
      April 29, 2014 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Virginia – My unofficial tagline is that I’m a DIY Clutz, and if I can make a DIY project, anyone can! Hugs, Holly

    • Holly
      April 29, 2014 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Betsy – Thank you for stopping by. Hugs, Holly

  6. JaneEllen
    April 29, 2014 at 12:48 am (2 years ago)

    Your jar looks so great, love the corks in it. Those old jars are so versatile, use them for so many useful purposes let alone decorative. I have a few corks, might make two jars, one for lantern, one for my corks. Great post. Would make nice table decorations with 2 lanterns and 1 with corks in it for texture.
    Where can I find that jute ribbon? Now that’s a great way to make something look harder than it is. Love look of jute ribbon on jar. I’d have to find a bigger jar I wanted to keep the ribbon on as I am kinda watchful with my old very vintage blue jars. If I’m going to glue jute ribbon on it I don’t want to sacrifice my good jars. Silly yeah but they’re jars I’ve hauled all over the country. Some are really awesome old jars with the greenish blue tint .
    I find it so interesting how the vintage ball jars are so sought after now and used. Love look of them no matter how they’re used. Happy week

    • Holly
      April 29, 2014 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

      Hi JaneEllen my dear vintage jar sister! Thank you for stopping by and sharing. I found the ribbon at Michaels but I had to look around for it. It was in the “nautical” aisle in my store. Hugs, Holly

  7. Mommy on Demand
    April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this! I was jsut out looking for nautical stuff for my bathroom, i like this better! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness is Homemade Link Party, hope to see you back on Sunday!

    • Holly
      May 6, 2014 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

      Hi MOD – Thank you for hosting and this was fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make. Hugs, Holly

  8. Karen
    April 30, 2014 at 4:26 am (2 years ago)

    So pleased my knotted jar gave you inspiration! The ‘rope ribbon’ looks great and I am sure could be used for so many projects.


    • Holly
      May 6, 2014 at 9:22 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Karen – Thank you so much for the inspiration, I actually have your picture cut out and glued into my inspiration book. Hugs, Holly

  9. Natasha in Oz
    May 1, 2014 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

    I just gave this a +1 and pinned-I think you did a fabulous job, Holly!

    Thanks for joining the Say G’Day Saturday Linky party. Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Holly
      May 6, 2014 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Natasha – Thank you so much for +1 and pinning! Big upside down hugs and see you on Saturday! Holly

  10. Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY
    May 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Your rope ribbon idea for covering the jar is genius! I would be intimidated by the knots too! I love how your jar came out. Thanks for linking up with us each week at Thursday S.T.Y.L.E.

    • Holly
      May 6, 2014 at 10:05 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Katie – There are the extremely talented DIYers like Quinton Wench… and those born without the DIY gene like me who have to figure out another way LOL! Hugs, Holly


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