It is rare not to find a box or stash of Kerr, Ball, and Mason jars when you are out shopping at the local thrift store or rummage sale. I always have plenty on hand being a canner. My goal price is to pay no more than $0.35 per jar when I see them at a sale. If you watch for them all the time you are sure to find them and be able to stock up! And even if you aren’t a canner, Mason or Ball Jars have so many uses they are worth snatching!
These dependable and versatile storage jars will add a rustic look to your home, and help the environment by recycling. Here are seven great ways that you can reuse Mason jars. Once you get them home, try some of these suggestions out, or use your imagination and restyle them to suit your purpose. These are also some great ideas for what to do with those old jars that might have air bubbles or a small chip and can’t be used for canning.
1. Notion or Hardware Storage
These vintage jars are excellent for storing small buttons, craft supplies, beads, as well as nails, screws, washers, and other small hardware accessories. You can also save on cupboard space as well as leave your work area well organized if you screw the tops of the Mason jars to the underside of your cabinet shelves. If your workshop happens to be unfinished, the lids to the jars can be screwed to the rafters as well. This way your supplies are easily identifiable and all you have to do is unscrew the jar from the lid and take it to your work area.
2. Bathroom Storage
Mason jars make lovely storage containers for your bathroom. They can be used to hold bath salts, cotton balls, swabs, assorted band-aids, decorative hand soaps, bath beads, and a whole lot more. These Mason jars will keep your bathroom sundries nearby and organized. You will be able to see when it is time to replenish your stock as well. They will look beautiful, lined up on your vanity. Jars are also a great way to store all your homemade bath and beauty products.
3. Spice Storage Gift Giving Storage Jars
Mason jars can also help to keep your pantry organized. Spices as well as sugar, baking soda, cornstarch, and any other pantry items that you have purchased in a plastic bottle or loose in a bag, can be stored in a Mason jar. Spices will stay fresher in a glass jar rather than plastic if they are not used within a short period. You can add a decorative touch to your Mason jars by adding your own personal labels.
4. Gift Giving Storage Jars
Mason jars are an excellent choice for using as a gift-giving jar. Store some handmade candy in it and tie some curly ribbon around the neck of the jar. Add a handmade gift tag and present the candy to someone special in your life. Recipe idea – Caramel Corn in a Jar.
5. Game Board Pieces
Another great way to repurpose those Mason jars is to use them to hold small game pieces from board games. These miniscule pieces often get lost when left in the game box. Marbles and other miniature toy pieces can also be stored in the jars.
6. Stationery Items
Mason jars make great storage containers for stationery items. Paper clips, rubber bands, small erasers, and stickpins can be safely stored in Mason jars. The lids of the Mason jars can also be decorated with small buttons, flowers, or even shelving paper to suit your decor.
7. Dried Fruits and Veggies
8. Make Candles
What do you use mason jars for besides canning and preserving?