Although intended for canning, it seems as though mason jars are used for everything BUT canning! Their vintage and rustic charm has become more popular than slap bracelets were in the 90’s. I have to admit, I love them, too. I actually paid an unreasonable price for them today at Hobby Lobby– $2 a jar! That was out of pure laziness because I know you can buy these things for pennies at thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets.
Maybe it’s their affordability that makes them so desirable? Either way, here are a few of my favorite unique ways to utilize a mason jar. Everything from home decor to gifts and holiday projects!
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1. Chalkboard Mason Jar Centerpiece
You could get really creative and use tape and stencils to cut out just about any shape you’d like. Maybe a pumpkin for Fall or a gingerbread man for Christmas? The chalkboard paint allows you to customize even further with chalk (perhaps write a name or special note if you’re giving them away as gifts). Just be sure to clean and dry your jars really well before applying the paint. Rubbing alcohol works great for that.
2. Repurposed Parmesan Lid
Wow! Did you know that these parmesan lids screw onto the top of small mouthed mason jars? Now you can use it to store your freshly grated parmesan or special seasoning blend. It would even look nice siting on the counter.
3. Mason Jar Salt Dispenser
Use the top of a Morton salt dispenser to replace a mason jar lid! Now you can use it to store and dispense sugar, salt, pepper, or seasoning! Simply use the lid to trace the exact measurement needed. Cut it on the larger side so that it fits snugly inside of the lid without having to be glued on.