Fall Decorating–Coffee Beans & Mason Jars

Decorating with Mason Jars is all over the blogworld!  People are filling them with everything from epsom salt to candy corn!  

I popped into Wal-Mart this weekend without kids…and if you’re like me, the standard for achieving a little bit of sanity is quite low…even Wal-Mart can do the trick.  Anyhoo, I spied a set of Mason jars, and popped them in my basket.  What a steal they are!  About $10 for twelve jars!  With so many possibilities for use, it’s a great investment of a few dollars.

My original plan was to fill a few jars with candy corn and battery-operated tea lights like I saw at Thrifty Decor Chick. So later in the week, we stopped by The Dollar Store, but when I got to the insanely long checkout line at and realized the lady in front of me had 102 very small items and I had two hungry kids in tow, we bailed on the candy corn.  On to Plan B.

I put my “think-outside-the-box” hat on (which is against my nature, but blogging has been great therapy for), and looked through my overcrowded cabinets of decorative items.  Score.  I found a ginormous bag of coffee beans I had used a few years ago.  

Immediately, I knew that the rustic look of the jars, the natural element of the coffee beans, and natural jute would be the perfect combo!

I originally placed a real tea light in the beans, but it did spill over a bit, so I switched to battery-operated tea lights.  These lights are found in the candle section of Wal-Mart or any craft store. 

  If you prefer real candles, you will need a small glass votive to house the tea light.  This is a great option for filling your kitchen or dining area with the aroma of coffee, too, as it “warms” the beans.
I will most likely move these around, but I love having one near my coffee station!
These coffee-filled jars are great grouped together to display in your kitchen or for use as part of a centerpiece for a rustic fall table!

For reference, I believe I purchased the 42-oz bag of coffee beans…the cheapest I could find.  The jute is at any craft store.
I love hearing from you if you try an idea from the blog, so let me know if you put one of these together!

Happy Fall!

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  1. I love all things mason jar related and you know what I’d love to find, is colored ones! Where do you think a person could find those?

    I was telling Kristin over the weekend while we were at Hobby Lobby that I hadn’t even put up any Fall decor in my house yet. Sheesh, I’d better get on that already! It’s October already!

    Love the way your project turned out and if I can get some craftiness going through me, I might give it a shot myself!

  2. Love the color of coffee beans and the texture of the rope…what a great combination! Very lovely!!
    And who made that glorious pottery? It looks a little like my Peter’s Pottery sugar bowl! 🙂

  3. These look awesome! I saw some mason jars at Wal Mart just this weekend, too! Should’ve grabbed them!!

  4. Hi hopped over from Mary’s. I am not a coffee drinker, but I love the smell of coffee beans. I have a candle by my tub that the base is filled with them. Love the aroma. I love mason jars also, especially if they are vintage. Your jar trio looks so festive for Fall. Now a new follower

  5. I bet these smell fabulous and they look adorable! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday

  6. Awesome!!!! These coffee bean jars look great!!!! Neat idea! So cozy!!!!!

  7. Those look great! I bet they smell good, too! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  8. I love this idea….the colors of the beans & jute in the mason jar are such a great combo.
    I would love to use candy corn as you mentioned a lot of people are doing, but I’ve learned my lesson – they seem to disappear with all the sweet tooths around here!

  9. Mason jars have got to be the most versatile things ever. I love them.

    Yours look beautiful filled with coffee beans. Oh, and I so know what you mean about achieving a little sanity, even at WalMart. 🙂

    Visiting from Serenity Now. Following you now. 🙂

  10. love the jar candles but your pictures are the best, how do you do it?

  11. Such a great idea! I love mason jars and I love coffee– perfect combination!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  12. I bet these smell wonderful! Thanks for sharing this cute idea at the Open House party.

  13. These look wonderful! It would be great to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  14. What a cute, organic idea. So simple but looks awesome! I bet it smells yummy too 🙂

  15. I love mason jars and coffee! Your idea is so inspiring! Does it give off a coffee aroma when the candles are burning?

  16. I’m glad you chose to be a part of Seasonal Sundays this past week and hope you’ll join me again this week.

    – The Tablescaper

  17. My goodness – thank you so much for this! I just moved into my first house, and was looking for decorating ideas. The floors in my house are wood, and the walls are this really pretty soft yellow color that remind me of cake batter. So I wanted my theme for the living room to be “coffee and cake”, and this added touch just fits so perfectly. The best part about it? I already had everything I needed to make it, and even if I didn’t, it wouldn’t cost me that much. Thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  18. Excellent idea! Saw your image on Pinterest and fell in love! I will be sure to pass it on to all of my crafty buddies! Thanks :0)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Is that a McCarty cream and sugar set?? Love it!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea and will try it. I’m stumped no one caught your faux pas when you stated you were at Wal-mart without your kids, and then stated you had two kids in tow.

  21. To Anon…I was at a The Dollar Store buying candy corn on a diff day. Thanks for the heads up;)

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  23. Susan Mishler says:

    Love the idea of the coffee beans in the Mason Jar for anytime of the year. From reading this I guess you can buy any inexpensive bag of whole beans. Thanks for sharing.
    Sue Mishler

    • Susan,
      Yes, I would totally recommend using the cheap beans from the grocery store! I still have these from years ago and they are fine:)

  24. I have a neighbor that smokes and the smell comes into my apartment. I saw the idea of coffee and a tea light and thought I would try it. It is amazing! I have it on right now and the smell makes me want to have a real cup of coffee! Thank you for the idea!