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Friday, January 17, 2014

Creative Uses for Old Mason Jars


By Diane Hoffmaster

mason jarA few months ago I decided to try my hand at canning blueberries, and, although it was fun, it turned out to be a lot of work. Surprisingly enough, the canned blueberries have lasted me a while (I’m still going through my summer batch!) but have also left me with a cabinet full of empty jars and lids ready to be put to use. Below are a few creative uses for your old mason jars. If you do not have any mason jars, you can purchase them at a local grocery or thrift store.

1.    DIY sewing kit: Fill the jar with spools of thread, tape measures and other small knitting supplies, like buttons and sequence. Wrap a handful of cotton balls in a small square of cloth, and glue it to the top of the lid. Screw the lid onto the jar and stick the needles into the cloth. Now you have all of your sewing supplies in one place!

2.    Holiday décor: Get into the holiday spirit, and paint your mason jar to look like a pumpkin, flag, or Christmas tree, depending on the month and holiday. Place a small tea light in each jar to create an attractive and creative piece of décor.

3.    Gift in a jar: Mason jars can make a wonderful gift, as they can hold a variety of different products. They are especially good for gifting food treats! If you want to make something sweet, like cookies or hot chocolate mix, simply add in your dry ingredients and dress the outside up with a bow. Include directions on the side and gift away!

4.    DIY shaker: Fill the jar with a dry breakfast topping of your choice, such as powdered sugar or a cinnamon and sugar mix. Nail a few holes into the top of the lid and tightly secure. Voila! You now have a more convenient way to sprinkle a topping onto your toast or crepes. You can also print out free mason jar labels to help keep track of what’s in each jar and the date they were purchased.

5.    Serving dish: Mason jars create a vintage look when used as part of your table setting. Place homemade iced tea, lemonade, or even pudding, to add a bit of style to the table.

What other uses have you found for your mason jars?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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