The Mason jar is probably one of the most iconic piece of glassware. Love it or loathe it, you can’t deny both its utility and inherent cuteness.
Let me give you a brief history of The Mason jar. It was created in 1858 by John Landis Mason, a New Jersey native. Thereafter the idea of “heat-based canning” emerged in 1806 and was popularized by Nicholas Appert, a French cook who had been inspired by the need to preserve foods for long periods during the Napoleonic wars.
Mason jars have been the rage in homemaking for a long time. Homesteaders have used them to preserve their harvest to last throughout the year. Generation after generation mason jars have been like recipes and family traditions; passed on down the line. Vintage mason jars have an appeal that is decorative as well as functional. Mason jars, with their pleasing shape and transparency, suggest a kind of wholesome luxury.
Mason jars are pretty much like the Swiss Army knives of containers, comes to your rescue when you are short of homemaking ideas. These glass jars can be re-purposed as flower vases, lanterns, salad containers, cocktail cups and more, but we think their best use is organizing the little things around your home. There are a lot of interesting ways of using mason jars as organizers. I have listed a few which will help you in organizing your stuff in the most economic and creative way.
- Use Mason Jars to Organize Art Supplies
Kids can easily see inside the glass jars to find what they’re looking for, from crayons to glue sticks. Go lid-less for extra-long items, like pipe cleaners or colored pencils.
2. Use Mason Jars as Desk Organizers
You can put binder clips in one jar, pencils in another. Practical and inexpensive way of storage.
3. Cookie in a Jar
Do you like to gift your homemade cookies to your friends? Packaging your treats in a simple glass jar will let them shine. Stack cookies or bars with alternating layers of colorful waxed paper for festive flair.
4. Smart and Simple Coffee Station
An organized coffee station that uses mason jars to store milk and has a place for everything else you need to make your morning coffee as quickly as possible.
5. Mason Jar Salads
Packing a to-go salad in a mason jar seems like a great idea — it’s an easy way to transport a vibrant, veggie-heavy meal without worries of dressing leaking into your bag — however if improperly assembled, it may end up underdressed, soggy, or less than fresh. So be careful when you put those fresh little things inside the jar.
6. Twine Dispenser
Mason jars can help keep your craft room tidy by storing everything from adhesive tapes and pins, needles and buttons, but we really love this DIY project that makes it super easy to organize and dispense twine.
7. Pantry Supply Storage Jars
If you use mason jars to store dry ingredients and other non-perishables in your pantry, keep the look uniform by filling a few more with stacks of baking supplies, like these perfectly sized cupcake liners.
8. Bathroom Organizer
Mason jars attached to a wooden pallet make a farmhouse-chic bathroom storage option that everyday bathroom items off the counter.
As you can see, the pretty little mason jar has travelled through your kitchen to your coffee table and your tool box, even your picnic basket and finally sits high and proud beside your bathroom counter. That was one example of simple yet classy homemaking option. For more such stuff, keep reading my blog…