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Christmas Mason Jars: Simple Centerpieces and Pretty Paperwhites

Use these versatile jars to create natural Christmas Mason Jar Centerpieces and grow beautiful Paperwhites in Jars.  

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It’s Day 8 and we are sharing Christmas In A Jar Ideas!

I just might have a slight obsession with mason jars.  I use them for everything around my house…from packing salads to vases to holding our spare change in our laundry room. So, naturally they needed to play a part in my Christmas decor!  


This Christmas I used mason jars two different ways and I am so excited to share these ideas with you.


Mason Jar Centerpiece

It is so easy to create this simple and natural centerpiece!


  • mason jar
  • boxwood clipping
  • water
  • fresh cranberries
  • tealight candle


  • Clip some fresh boxwood and add it to a mason jar.
  • Fill the jar with water and add fresh cranberries to the top of the jar.
  • Lastly, just add a tealight candle.


I love the natural green and red colors with the glow of the candlelight.


Paperwhites in a Jar

The second idea is one that I have been doing for many years.  This project involves a little planning ahead, and it results in delightful decorations and/or gifts.  One year, I made these jars of Paperwhites for many of my friends and they were well received.  They are so simple to make, but grow into beautiful, fragrant blooms.


  • mason jar
  • pea gravel
  • Paperwhite bulb
  • water
  • ribbon
  • decorations/tags
  • hot glue (optional for decorations)



  • Fill the jar about 3/4 of the way up with pea gravel.
  • Add the Paperwhite bulb to the top, pressing the bulb into the pea gravel.  The pointed side of the bulb should be facing up.
  • Fill the jar with water.  The water should reach the bottom of the bulb.
  • Using a small dot of hot glue, add some holiday ribbon and/or festive decorations to the rim of the lid.
  • If you are giving this Paperwhite jar as a gift, add a gift tag.

Note:  Paperwhites take between 4 and 6 weeks to bloom and last several weeks.


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  1. Those mason jars are all so pretty! The candle in the jar looks beautiful, I love how it glows. Somehow ribbon on a mason jar is the perfect touch. Love it!

  2. These are lovely, Lynne. Mason jars are so versatile and it’s great that you can incorporate them into your Christmas decor.

  3. This is a fantastic idea and so pretty. What a wonderful gift for yourself and others.

  4. I love paperwhites but hate the smell – grouping them with the pretty scented mason jar candles probably help eliminate the scent. Your vignette is so pretty!

  5. What a pretty centerpiece and what a fun way to grow your paperwhites! Beautiful!

  6. These are all beautiful! I love using mason jars as part of my decor!

  7. These are really beautiful. My wife would love these and they remind me of how my Grandmother used to do Christmas. Thanks so much for the stroll down memory lane.

  8. I love everything mason jars! I have a bunch that I have been meaning to do something with for Christmas, I just haven’t had the time. Thanks for sharing so many awesome ideas!

  9. AH those mason jar centerpieces are absolutely beautiful – esp the floating cranberries!

  10. I love the idea of giving a paperwhite as a gift – a little bright spot of a bloom to look forward to in these dark winter months.
    Chic on the Cheap

  11. What an awesome idea to team up with other bloggers to share some decor ideas! I love how simple and pretty these are.

  12. The tea lights with cranberries and boxwood are so pretty! And I love the idea of the paperwhites in a jar so that they bloom at the end of January or in February when we all really need something to brighten those winter days.

  13. I’m in love with these!!! I’ve been looking for a center piece for our table! Now I’m going to make my own HA! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. You just gave me some awesome ideas for empty mason jars that I have lying around my cabinet!! Thanks!!

  15. Love the paperwhites idea, and the jars look so beautiful the way you’ve decorated them, Lynne! This is a great DIY gift idea. Pinning!

  16. Beautiful centerpiece, I am always looking for ideas to decorate with mason jar

  17. Love the mason jars. So pretty and ever so festive. Lovely

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