Mason jars are all the rage right now and for good reason- they’re both versatile and inexpensive. They can be used for hundreds of things from decorating, organizing, gift prep, and anything in between. You can get a dozen jars for a steal on Amazon or at a local craft store! Uhh yeah, no brainer, of course I had to take advantage of that. So now that I have some mason jars, I’ll show you the top 5 ways that I love to use them.
1. Pre-made Salad
This one is an all-time favorite. It’s a fun, colorful way to keep my lunch salads fresh and delicious. The trick is to keep the dressing at the bottom of the jar and work your way up to the lettuce, which prevents the stuff at the top from getting soggy prior to eating, but all it takes it a couple shakes and you have a ready-made salad, dressing mixed in.
2. Wind Chimes
There’s something about wind chimes that is so calming and makes me think of a relaxing summer afternoon. That’s why I love the idea of combining the rustic look of a mason jar with the tranquil effect of a wind chime. Here is a great step-by-step tutorial.
3. Bathroom Organization
An organized bathroom makes all the difference. Trust me, nothing is worse than having a cluttered bathroom with no counter space, especially when you’re in a rush to get to work. This is one of my favorite uses for mason jars simply because there are so many ways you can personalize them to make them your own. I painted the mason jars in my bathroom with chalkboard paint. It gives the bathroom a rustic feel and allows me to be organized. Another one of my favorites is to mod-podge cute fabric onto the jars.
4. Floating Candles
Floating candles are easy to customize and they add a romantic touch to any setting. I love that I can use them both as indoor and outdoor decorations. There are many different personal touches you can add to make this more personalized. This year I’ve been obsessing over lace so my first reaction was to add it to the jars. It creates a more feminine feel and feeds my addiction, win-win!
For the upcoming summer, turn your floating candle into a bug-repelling citronella candle by adding a few drops of citronella essential oil, lemon, lime, and evergreen pine needles.
When the weather gets colder, get into the holiday sprit by creating a Christmas-inspired mason jar. Simply add in cranberries and tree trimmings!
5. Glow Stick Jars
Creating a glow stick mason jar can be a colorful and inexpensive alternative to a nightlight if you have children or the perfect centerpiece for outdoor evening drinks. This easy craft costs near to nothing to make and you family and friends will surely be impressed. Here is my favorite step-by-step tutorial.
If you like the idea of having a source of light coming from a mason jar but don’t want glow sticks in it, you can easily make it your own by adding in sand, shells or whatever personal touch you’d like, and loosely wrap Christmas lights around it.
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