Many Uses for Mason Jars

By on April 17, 2017

Make a sweet treat or decor with mason jars

In the South, mason jars have been used for decades to store food, preserve jam and jelly and organize spices in the pantry. We can take some advice from our more rustic neighbors, and invest in a few mason jars in our own homes – you can buy 12 one-quart jars from Target for less than $10! Even if you aren’t the make-your-own-jelly type, there are many uses for mason jars from home décor to gardening! Keep reading for a few of our favorite ideas.

Creative Centerpieces

Mason jars can be pretty, with just a little paint! Take the lid off a jar, and spray all over with a gold glitter spray paint, like this one from Lowe’s. After it dries, add a bouquet of freshly cut flowers and set on your dining table for a sweet, spring touch.

Sugar Scrub

Exfoliating your hands is important all year long, so put a mason jar to good use by using it to store your very own handmade sugar scrub. Simply purchase sugar, coconut oil and your favorite essential oil (we love lavender) from Whole Foods Market. Start by mixing one-cup coconut oil with one cup sugar until creamy. Then stir in 12 drops oil and add another ½ cup to 1-cup sugar. Scoop the finished scrub into your mason jar and put the lid back on to store by the bathroom sink. You’ll love how luxuriously soft your hands become after using it!

Herb Garden

Grow basil, parsley and mint on your windowsill with this herb garden kit from Crate & Barrel. The kit includes three mason jars, basil, parsley and mint certified organic seeds, and a hydroponic system known as wicking that brings water up to the plant’s roots. Just follow the simple instructions to set up the garden, and then enjoy this self-watering system grow herbs for you. It’s an easy way to garden, while adding a pretty touch to your kitchen at the same time.

Home BBQ Party

Regular mason jars make the perfect cups for sweet tea or cocktails at your next spring BBQ party, or you can spice it up a notch with themed mason jars! We love these hot pink, pineapple-lookalike mason jars from Nordstrom. These will quickly make your backyard feel like you are on a tropical island. Simply fill with ice and a piña colada, and you are ready to go.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master's degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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