Monday, March 11, 2013

I ♥ Mason Jars

I'm pretty sure you're all familiar with the glass jars used in canning. I still remember when my mom canned dill pickles, peaches and tomatoes, back in the 1950's. Her watermelon pickles were out-of-this-world delicious. But it was a huge production and kept her busy in the kitchen for several days.

Here's a little background information on those famous jars. In 1858, a man by the name of John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap. The jars produced an air-tight seal, were affordable and re-useable, and made it possible to preserve garden and farm produce. They revolutionized the food world!

Mason jars are still the most common term for jars used in home canning. And now they provide a wonderful VINTAGE feel in all sorts of unexpected ways and places. I think Mr. Mason would be amazed! The jars are a fun, inexpensive and practical way to decorate your home. You can use them for vases, drinking glasses, even storage. I've gathered some of my favorite ways to use them below.

I love the look of this silverware caddy. The mason jars hold vintage flatware.

How about a mason jar pencil holder!

You can store cupcake liners in mason jars. So colorful!

Lilacs look lovely in an old, blue-tinted jar.

How about a button jar?

For candlelight, fill the bottom of your jars about 1/4 to 1/3 full of rice, sand or coarse salt; then pop in a candle.

You can serve lemonade or iced tea in mason jar drinking glasses.

Make a pin cushion and sewing kit, using mason jars.

And finally, how about this clever wreath for the yard, made out of jar rings!

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