It’s pretty unlikely that you’ve ever gone secondhand shopping and not run across a stash of canning jars. The old country staple has become a hot new trend in repurposed craft items can add a rustic touch to your home. You can fashion them into a decorative storage item or repurpose them into something entirely different altogether.
Here are a couple of fun and different ideas to retool those Mason jars that have been collecting dust in your garage!
Mason jars are heat-resistant and make wonderful candle holders that look good indoors and out! They’re sturdy enough to survive moderate weather conditions and can really give a homey country appeal to your back yard! For a candlelit dinner under the stars, line them up in the center of your table and fill each one with a votive.
You can also use wire to form a hanging loop around the jar’s neck. Enhance your garden with a magical look by hanging several of these Mason jar lanterns from tree branches of varying levels!
While Mason jars do look great outside, they also work very well indoors. Use a light kit and hanging loops to turn a set of Mason jars into a homey, hand-crafted chandelier! Mason jars look great as replacements for traditional candleholders, that you can decorate and leave around your house. Get the kids together and personalize them with some custom designs and paint!
Mason jars can be used to display a handsome collection of silverware! Collectible or vintage silverware, that is to pretty to hide in a drawer, can be set on display in a set of quart-sized jars. Showcase a larger collection by sorting your silverware by type in a cluster placed in a reclaimed milk crate.
If you want to show off the set of silverware you are currently using, place the caddy in the center of your table for a fun and utilitarian look!
Add an easy rustic touch to your bathroom by storing your cotton balls, swabs or other assorted bathroom items in old jars lined up on the vanity. If you are running low on counter real estate, try attaching the jars to a wooden board with hose clamps – it looks great hanging from the wall!
They look great holding pretty much anything – not just bathroom supplies. If you’ve got the spirit of a crafter, you can keep sewing supplies inside them as well. Wrap a fabric square around a ball of stuffing fluff and tuck into the lid insert (build a bobbin right into the container!). Fill the jar with buttons tape, or any of your other must-have sewing essentials for an all-inclusive storage set up.
Herbs and spices just stay fresher inside of a glass container than they do inside of plastic. When you get them from the store, place your herbs or spices into small canning jars once you get home. Stash them in the cupboard when you aren’t using them, or leave them on display in your kitchen for an exotic botanical look. For an even homier look, add custom handmade labels to identify the contents inside.
If you’ve got Mason jar fever like the rest of us, but don’t know where to get started – check and see if there are any flea markets in your area. Otherwise check out your local second-hand or vintage shop and get started today!