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Doing More With Mason Jars

Why do we like Mason jars so much? Why are they on every Flea Market gardener’s shopping list?

If you like Mason jars as much as I do,..you’ve saved everyone you’ve ever had! My favorite idea is to use the old ones as friend bouquets, perfect for giving as a hostess or visiting gift. I snag them up at thrift shops and flea markets whenever I see a ‘lost and lonely’ jar. It’s an obsession! Mostly I’ve used them to hold flowers meat for a friend, but now I have a ton of ideas for what else to do with them,…just see…

Robin Holt uses Mason jars for parties!

Robin Holt uses Mason jars for parties!

Theresa Smith “I collect them…been doing it for years! I don’t go looking for any specific kind or type. I just pick up what I run across. I use them not just for canning, but store dry goods in (I vacuum seal them), store sewing notions, or this/that. I even use them to store leftovers in the fridge! Saves space. I can re-heat and serve all in the same jar…saves on dish washing.

My mother asked me one day when I told her I want to be cremated, “Let me guess…you want to be put into a Mason jar!” I was like…”What a great idea!!” HA! People think I’m nuts…I don’t care. I just know I love Mason jars! They bring fond memories of my childhood and spending time with my beloved granny canning away. So if they put a smile on my face…why not??!”

Patty Stewart found a vintage wooden handle for her Mason jar.

Patty Stewart found a vintage wooden handle for her Mason jar.

Cathye Bordwell “I love to fill them up with vignettes for decorating, like sand & candles for outdoor lighting, mini terrariums…Just plan love the shape…”

Nikki Equals combines watery blue with hot tomato red!

Nikki Equals combines watery blue with hot tomato red!

Laura Mchugh “In my town a vegan bakery serves these yummy salads in them,… “salad jars.” You buy the salad in the jar and keep the jar….love that.”

Nell Stelzer's mason jars sit by the window.

Nell Stelzer’s mason jars sit by the window.

Zandra Watson “There is just something that feels like home when I see a Mason jar. Mom used to do a lot of canning in the summer. I use half gallon ones for canisters. I store dry goods in them and vacuum seal them. I store crafts and notions in them. I put leftovers in them. I have even baked mini pies in the half pint size. Oh, and I drink out of pint Mason jars too! ”

Nancy K. Meyer was given a stash,...she has nice friends...

Nancy K. Meyer was given a stash,…she has nice friends…

Victoria Whitney “They bring back memories of my childhood. ”

Jeanne Sammons found a neat 'frog' top for making a Mason jar into a vase.

Jeanne Sammons found a neat ‘frog’ top for making a Mason jar into a vase.

Marie Niemann “Mine remind me of my Grandma, so I was thrilled to be given some of hers that she once used, and in fact her Mother used too. I’m going to try pressure cooker canning for the first time this year. Not with my old jars though!

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