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Who has the mason jar crush? I know I do. I love everything about them! They now have so many uses in and around my house, I probably wouldn’t know what to do without them.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the many ideas on Pinterest, heck, I think that is where I really fell in love with them. It didn’t take me long to realize how much I really could do with these glass jars of all sizes. You can get them here in all shapes and sizes! And all the new accessories you can get for these jars are just too awesome! You can buy plastic lids, caps for pouring, gingham print caps. Well, I could go on and on about these useful accessories, but I’m sure you get the idea!
My Top Ten Uses for Mason/Ball Jars:
Of course we gotta put canning at the top of the list. After all, isn’t that the real reason we all have Mason Jars and/or Ball Jars? Many things can be “canned” in these jars, from the veggies out of your garden to sauces and soups. Who doesn’t want fresh homemade veggies, pickles, sauces, soups, etc. in the dead of winter?
These jars come in handy for storing so many things! And I’m not talking just food. Even the guys use them in their workshops and garages for easy storing. They are great because you can find what you are looking for quickly because of course the jars are clear. Not like my dad or grandfather who always had a ton of coffee cans you had to paw through looking for one simple screw or bolt. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about! Darn it, I can’t find the picture so I’ll have to explain. It is simple really, just the correct size lids under the counter/cupboard, piece of wood that is hanging up, etc., and twist the jars on and off. Simple, right? An awesome idea for all those little screws, nails, nuts & bolts, etc.
Also excellent for use in your craft/sewing room for the same purpose. Even in the office. You can decorate these little jars any way you like for added effect of home decor (yes, that is on the list as well).
And of course, the pantry. I love using these for baking supplies like chocolate chips, raisins, muffin wrappers, and so much more.
- Gift Giving
Mason jars or ball jars are also a great way to give a gift. You can make honey and syrups, dry cookie mixes, dip mixes, pancake mixes, and more to give as gifts or add to gift baskets. Homemade gifts are always the best! Homemade sugar scrubs make a great gift when gifted in a cute ball jar too. * I will be writing a post on how to make your own sugar scrub.*
- Drink Ware
Now for drink ware. Some just use these jars straight up to drink out of, others love the new top and straw sets you can buy specially made for ball jars, now available in colors too! They have gallon size for making sun tea or with a spout so your kids can help themselves!
- Wedding Decor
The newest thing in wedding decor, ball jars! Again, Pinterest for ideas. Romantic table lighting, or scattered lightning depending on where your wedding or reception is being held. Flower centerpieces for tables is another romantic use for rustic/country style weddings.
These jars make for some amazing lighting and add a charming country look as well! As you can see from the one above, these jars make for some very nice lighting. Or you can use them to actually make the candles in like I have done here with my 100% soy candles. So many different uses for lighting and candles.
Organizing kinda goes in hand with storage don’t ya think? If your using these jars to store things in, as long as your sorting them too, then you are organizing as well. I’m sure us ladies do this much more in our craft rooms, sewing rooms, or work areas, more than the guys do it in their garages!
If your a country gal like myself, I’m sure you’ve already used these for parties too. And this may go with drinkware for some, as we have used them for drinking beer, soda, and they are great for making cocktails ahead of time. If your making drinks for large crowds then the gallon jars work well here too.
- Home Decor
And oh my goodness, so many uses for home decor! I’ve seen 1000’s of pins on Pinterest for home decor with ball jars and mason jars. I’ve seen them painted and displayed, love these, and working on a set of my own right now. Haha! What I really like though is the simple way to display flowers from the garden or wildflowers picked by your little ones.
There are so many things that are considered crafts even when it comes to these cute little or big jars. Making sugar scrubs, painting them for home decor, using them for gift giving, etc. So many ideas on Pinterest for this one. One of my favorites is making snow globes. You can find the instructions here: Making a Snowglobe
Found this DIY tutorial at, http://www.simplemost.com
You must check out crafts for ball jars on Pinterest if you love crafting and ball jars! There are just too many for me to go about here. (Yes, I spend WAY too much time on Pinterest, lol)
Now that I have shared my top 10 reasons why I love mason jars, let me tell you that this is only a handful of ideas for these awesome jars. I could probably do post after post about what you can use them for, or tutorials on how to do this or that with ball jars. But now, I want to know what you like about mason/ball jars.
Do you have a mason jar crush too?