Parties and events can be fun…and stressful. I tend to run out of creative juice about two weeks into the planning process; generally happens when the discussion of centerpieces comes up.

Here’s an easy (three step) DIY project for creating a centerpiece with a vintage heirloom look.

You’ll Need:

  • Quart-sized Mason jar with lid
  • 4″ X 6″ black-and-white photo (use the self-serve photo kiosk at Walgreens to transform a color photo into black-and-white or sepia)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Glue that dries clear
  • Pebbles or dried flowers (optional)


  1. Put a few dabs of glue on the back of 4″ X 6″ photo. Insert the photo into the Mason jar and adhere the picture onto the back wall of the jar. Another option is to just let the photo free float, so hold off on inserting the picture, if that is the preference. Let the glue dry.
  2. Fill the Mason jar with vegetable oil. (Optional: spruce it up by adding a few sprigs of dried flowers, some pebbles or other meaningful tchotchkes).
  3. Tightly screw the lid back on the Mason jar. That’s it—all done! Told you this was an easy project!

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10 thoughts on “DIY: “Vintage” Photo Mason Jar Centerpiece”

  1. Do you use any particular type of photo paper for this project?

  2. LadyJustice says:

    Cover the jar lid with a lace doily and a round of material that you goes with the theme of the room or the photo. Or a zinc lid!

  3. jaconley64 says:

    why couldn’t you glue the pic to the jar wall – then add a battery operated candle inside to show the picture – a conversation piece for the mantel and memories for all.

  4. Lisa says:

    I thought it would also be cool to glue two pictures ( same or different) back to back ( you may not need to glue) then center them in the middle and free float. That way both sides of the table see the picture:) You could also hot glue vintage buttons a couple places on the lid or add them on to a flower or ribbon around the lid or around the jar under the lid ( just enough to make it look dressed up and not overbearing).

  5. susie says:

    I think this would be a waste of oil.Hers my idea,eliminate the oil.just insert the photo to curve so when looking in the jar from the front it is on the back ‘wall’ then place objects in the bottom of the jar relating to the time period or the people in the photo…a mini time capsule.If your concerned about delicate objects breaking line the bottom of the jar with cotton quilt batting or felt…or better yet,perhaps a small round of vintage clothing (perhaps a piece that has a button on it) or a handmade doily. I call them memory jars.Very much like looking through a photo album but with the added bonus of items to stimulate the senses.

    • susie says:

      Also you can use barilla pasta sauce jars etc,…paint the lids to co-ordinate your interior….sand lightly and spray paint or acrylic and seal.

  6. amy says:

    The oil doesn’t ruin the picture?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love the look! A nice finishing touch would be some raffia or coordinating ribbon tied around the lid or neck of the jar to finish it off.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oooh and maybe a little tag tied onto the ribbon with the peoples names or date of the photo on it.