12 Uses for Mason Jars

Discover our 12 unique uses for Mason jars.

| July/August 2014

Mason jars, the farmhouse canning staple, are durable, charming and—best of all—easy to come by, whether they’re already in your kitchen or at the local hardware store. These glass jars can be used for more than just their original purpose, which is canning to preserve food. Ball and Kerr are the most common brands of Mason jars in the U.S. They have the traditional screw-on metal lids, and come in many sizes. If you pick up a flat of pint- and quart-size jars to stash on a shelf or in the garage, you will always have a jar handy for a new project. And if you’d rather display your empty vessels as they await a purpose, clear glass jars lined up on a floating shelf look tidy and uncluttered. Here are our 12 favorite ways to use Mason jars.

Bath & Beauty

Light it up: Make your own candles in Mason jars. You’ll find everything you need at a local hobby store: a spouted container for melting wax on the stove, soy wax or beeswax, prewaxed wicks in the clips, and glue dots to hold wicks in place while you pour wax into the jars. You can add essential oil for scent, too. Wide-mouth jars help candles burn evenly.

Storage space: Do you battle bathroom clutter? Wake up to a clear countertop by stashing hair ties, bobby pins and razor blades in separate small jars. You can see exactly what’s inside, yet everything has its own space, preserving peace of mind.

Bathing beauty: Bath salts packaged in pretty Mason jars make a gorgeous gift—or look good sitting by your tub. Scoop dead sea salt or Epsom salt into a bowl using your Mason jars. For four finished jars, put four jars of salt into a bowl. Add 25 to 50 drops of your favorite essential oils. We love lavender and eucalyptus and use 25 drops of each. Mix with a wooden spoon until oil is evenly distributed, then scoop back into jars and add lids. To use, pour under running bath water.

Make it Pretty

Mason jars can come in handy as a simple vase for cut flowers. Whether you prefer abundant wildflowers, riotous roses, massive peonies or lovely lavender, whatever flower you have on hand will look stunning in a Mason jar.

Kitchen Duty

Storage central: Package leftovers in Mason jars. The jars store food in convenient portions, plus they are easy to transport or stack in the fridge. Last night’s casserole makes a delicious lunch—when it’s easy to grab and go, it’s also incredibly convenient and chemical-free.

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