Ball® Date Jar: Wedding or Valentine’s Day Craft

Collect date night (or family night!) ideas using this fun mason jar craft.


Timeless and elegant, Ball® jars are the perfect addition to any romantic celebration. Along with turning them into cute mini terrariums as a gift, there are many fun and easy mason jar crafts that you can use to celebrate Valentine’s Day or use as decor at weddings, bridal showers, or engagement parties. One of our favorite DIY projects? A date jar!

For weddings and engagement parties, invite friends and family to write out date ideas for the lucky couple on popsicle sticks and collect them in a decorated Ball® jar. Date ideas may include going on a hike, movie night, or any fun activity that can help keep their marriage lasting as long as our jars do.

A date jar can also be a wonderful Valentine’s Day craft for couples as well as families. Set out Ball® jars filled with flowers and chocolate as decor and sit down together to come up with recipes you want to try or films to watch—the possibilities are endless! You can also use this idea for a baby shower and ask guests to write advice for the parents-to-be.


  • Ball® Smooth Wide Mouth Quart Jar (other sizes work as well
  • Blank craft popsicle sticks 
  • Sharpie® markers 
  • Letter stickers 
  • Ball® Half-Pint Jar (optional, for containing Sharpies) 
  • Sign with instructions for your guests 


Make this project as simple or extravagant as you’d like. You will need to label your date jar with stickers, paint, Sharpies, etc. Once you have the decorated jar ready to go, place a half-pint Ball® jar filled with Sharpies next to the date jar and some blank popsicle sticks on the table in between the two jars. For some extra decoration, try tying a ribbon or some lace around the rim of the jars! Lastly, prop up a sign with instructions for guests and you’re set. We created our own and printed it, but a chalkboard or letter board will work great, too! 

Instructions for weddings and engagement parties:

Contribute to the couple’s date jar! Grab a blank popsicle and use a Sharpie to write a creative date idea for the couple. The Mr. & Mrs. will pull from their date jar all year long for activities and inspiration.