Mason jars have been popular on Pinterest for years, but we’re still pining for the charming vessels (we mean, hello, Mason-lid mini pies???). And instead of complicated light fixtures or simply plopping a floral arrangement into a jar, we’ve gathered 16 hacks that are not only fairly simple, but also genius. These are the kinds of projects you’ll want to create and they’ll make you wonder why you didn’t think of them first!
One-million brilliant ways to use old Mason jars
Herb gardenHow adorable is this little garden? The answer is, of course, very. And it's very easy to make.
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Cake in a jarUse Mason jars to make individual servings of rainbow cake. Why rainbow? Because you can see through the jar, so why not? Simply divide homemade cake batter into equal parts and add food colouring, then layer the colours into the jar before baking.
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Barista-worthy frothed milkSimply pour milk into a clean Mason jar, screw on the lid and shake for about 30 seconds. When the milk starts to foam and thicken, remove the lid and microwave for another 30 seconds. You'll have foam on the top and warm milk beneath, perfect for a latte!Thinkstock
Blender JarDid you know that you can screw most Mason jars into most blenders? Make single-serving smoothies and drink right from the jar.
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Cocktail shakerA Mason jar, hammer, nail and sandpaper are all you need to turn a basic jar into a party-ready drink maker.
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Soap dispenserStop buying and throwing out soap dispensers that only last a month. Buy a big container of soap and refill a much prettier, more convenient option. Plus, save money! You'll need a soap pump, drill and a hot glue gun.
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TerrariumHere's another cute craft you can purchase or DIY. A Mason jar is perfect for a tiny indoor garden. Start with rocks for drainage, then soil, moss and tiny succulent plants.Etsy
Salad in a jarBring your salad and dressing in the same container without making your lettuce soggy, for real! While putting food in a Mason jar seems obvious, we didn't realize how genius Mason jar salads are. Blogger and author Julia Mirabella outlines the rules in her delicious book, Mason Jar Salads and More (Ulysses Press, 2014). $15 at AmazonUlysses Press
DIY Oil LampBuy or make your own Mason jar oil lamp. For the DIY, you'll need a jar, a nail (or drill to make a hole in the lid), a fibreglass wick and safe oil for burning. Even olive oil will work. To be safe, make sure you only expose about a centimetre or so of the wick above the hole in the jar or else you'll get a really big flame, which could potentially be dangerous. Etsy
Cupcake holderBringing a cupcake to a friend as a gift? Place the cake on the inside of a Mason jar lid and screw the jar on top for the perfect cupcake protector! While smaller jars will work better, you could add a little flag or card on a toothpick to take up the space in a larger, more traditional jar. Blogger Krystin has tips for making your cupcake jar multipurpose once the cake is gone.
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Sippy CupThis is more of a grown-up sippy cup because, well, it’s made of glass. It's an adorable way to transport cool drinks without spilling — and could even be made totally spill-proof by carrying an extra lid without a hole that you can add when you want to throw that cup in your purse! Blogger Rebekah simply used a hole punch to create a hole and added a straw.
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Waterproof match boxTurn a Mason jar into handy match storage, adding sandpaper to the lid so you can light your matches. Why didn't you think of that?
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Storage with a spoutWhether you're storing sugar, salt, sprinkles or craft glitter, adding a spout to a Mason jar makes pouring the stuff out so much easier. Save the spout from an old box of salt and DIY your own Mason jar version.
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Cocktail giftsNo matter their drink of choice, a Mason jar, can of pop or juice, plus a mini bottle of booze make the cutest little gift set. Blogger Jen used jars with handles, but you could easily use a regular jar and treat it like a cocktail glass.
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Powdered sugar shakerSprinkle powdered sugar and cinnamon on all of your favourite confections with a pretty Mason jar. All you’ll need is a Mason jar, lid, hammer and nail.
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Muffin Tins Without a Muffin PanDon't own a muffin pan or have leftover muffin batter and two full trays? Use paper muffin liners and the bands from Mason jar lids on a cookie sheet and voila! You’ve just created a DIY muffin tray in under a minute.
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