To realize the many ways you can use a mason jar, you just have to think outside the jar. They’re inexpensive and you can find them at most stores and online. They come in many shapes and sizes, and some of the ideas below even make use of the metal lids.
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Upcycling mason jars is the topic of this video by Foisy. The video makes it easy to see how to make any of these amazing ideas happen. So here, in no particular idea, are the uses for mason jars:
- Amplify small audio speakers
- Planters that hold in the moisture. Great for sprouting seeds and growing herbs in your kitchen
- A Hookah smoker that’s easy to clean and dispose of
- Mini pie pans using only the lid
- Liquid soap dispenser
- Snow globes
- Coasters with cork in the lids
- A better mousetrap. Really
- Cookie-cutter using the lid
- Tissue holder
- Tiki torches for your next garden party
- Use the lids to cook eggs in a frying pan just like McDonald’s
- A fountain using a small pump
- A bird feeder
- Rustic light shades to dress up a bare light bulb
- Easy yarn dispenser organized by colors in individual jars
- Small jars as mini baking dishes. Who needs a cupcake pan?
- Great for Betas and goldfish
- Paint sprayer
- Lids as Christmas ornaments for a Christmas tree
- A mini butter churn that can be capped and stored in the fridge in a snap
- Instant baby bottle with the addition of just a nipple
- Bells or wind chimes with the bottoms cut off with a glasscutter
- Cocktail shaker. Perfect for that Moonshine Martini
- Picture frames. Photos in the jar preserve those memories forever
- Who needs a Ninja?
- Toiletry organization. Easy way to store the Q-tips, cotton, and toothbrushes
- Tie-dye setup using jars to hold different color dyes
- Piggy bank with a simple slit in the lid
- Lamp base using a large 1/2 or 1-gallon Mason jar as the base
- Meal prep. Use a jar to store chopped vegetables in the fridge for future meal planning or combine ingredients in a jar and cap for a salad to go
- Containers for baking supplies and bulk spices, popcorn, rice, and everything else. Makes it easy to label, easy to store and easy to see
Once you start thinking about using Mason jars this way, you’ll come up with your own ideas. They’re incredibly versatile, and you can even use them for preserving jams and jellies. (I know—amazing, right?)
Watch the video below to see pictures of these ideas.