Walking In The Woods . . . ^
On our new farm, Daddypotamus and I recently discovered the ruins of an old cottage, complete with 1940’s era washing machine, chimney and a stash of vintage mason jars. Carrying my loot home, I wondered if there was something special I could do with them. If you’re looking for a few ideas also, here are 50 I think you’ll love:
Soap Dispensers ^
1. Homemade Soap Dispenser: Perfect for dish soap, hand soap or even lotion, these mason pump dispensers add rustic charm to kitchens and bathrooms. (photo courtesy of The Blissfully Contented Life)
Not sure you want to make your own? The dispenser you guys asked about from my homemade dish soap recipe came from Industrial Rewind. It was pricey, but given that I was pregnant with #3, working on a book, and had just moved to a farm I cut back on my DIY activities for awhile. Unlike the reviews I’ve read about some other brands, mine have held up beautifully despite heavy use. This pump set (you supply the jar) is a little more affordable but there are no reviews yet. I love the orange!
3. Mason Jar Solar Lantern: This project is perfect for those with minimal crafty skill. (Photo courtesy of Weed Em And Reap)
If you have a black thumb when it comes to house plants, terrariums are the way to go! They do better if you mostly ignore them, and they also serve as a low-stress way to ease into gardening with your kids. Help them check on it every so often and make minor adjustments as needed: dampening, trimming, etc. Here are some great ideas to start with:
6. Kitchen Herbarium: I love this take on the kitchen herb garden using vintage mason jars. You can either trim them often to keep them from outgrowing their space, or you can transplant them outdoors when they get bigger. Either way, you’ll have fresh herbs to use in your recipes. (via Midwest Living)
7. Mason Jar Succulents: Though not technically a terrarium, this project is GORGEOUS. I have two wire crates in my bedroom that currently have rolled up mittens and scarves in them. (You can spot one of them in Levi’s birth story) Time to put them away and make some of these for spring!
Cups & Travel Mugs ^
Around my home, folks drink wine out of mason jars. And tea. And lemonade. Haven’t seen any moonshine yet, but probably that, too. I love how relaxed the atmosphere is at events where they’re present! Here are some ideas for using them:
9. Spill-Proof Mason Jar Cup With Straw: See tutorial above
Don’t want to make your own? You can find them here.
10. Travel Mug: An eco friendly alternative to disposable coffee mugs. Great for coffee, tea or bone broth.
12. Drink Dispenser: Not technically a cup or travel mug, but fun anyway!
Love this idea but don’t want to make your own? Click here to find them on Amazon.
Snack Carriers ^
13. Eco-Friendly Lunchbox: This adaptor set from Cuppow allows you to split mason jars into two compartments. (Photo via Amazon.com)
FYI, these weathered frog lids make arranging flowers a bit easier.
16. Twig Vase: I love this one!
17. Fabric Wrapped Vase : Such a fun way to bring different textures into your home without making big changes.
18. Window Vase: These would also make lovely lanterns
19. These lettered vases are gorgeous
Container Gardening ^
Sewing Kit ^
Candle Holders ^
24. Non-Traditional Advent Candles: These are great for fall, winter, and, if you use beeswax candles, even spring. Beeswax candles are thought to help purify the air and reduce allergens.
25. Candle In A Bottle: Old paper makes these a unique addition to any room. I’d probably decoupage the top to make the jar more durable.
26. You can also make beeswax candles from scratch in a mason jar. Here’s the tutorial.
Snow Globes ^
28. Here are a few more ideas for inspiration
30. You could also fill the lamp with quirky objects: Buttons, coffee beans, etc. (Here’s a tutorial)
Butterfly Feeder ^
31. DIY Butterfly Feeder: Butterflies are as useful as they are beautiful. I’m going to give this DIY feeder a try to encourage them to pollinate my herb garden. Quick note: Use plain white sugar for the reasons stated in this post. Also, I’m going to skip the food dye (Photo courtesy of Bright Nest)
33. This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions for wiring a chandelier to use light bulbs.
34. Drool worthy? Definitely. About halfway through this framed chalkboard tutorial you’ll find just the inspiration you need to get your mason jar chandelier done. I love the blue heritage jars!
Here’s the basic concept: Over the course of a year write down one good thing that happened each day. When the year is over, empty the jar and read through all the amazing things that happened, big and small. (You can open the jar on New Years, Thanksgiving, your birthday, whenever!)
Other Similar Ideas
36. Date night jar
37. Gift jar ~ Filled with something yummy like this hot chocolate mix
Bathroom storage ^
Craft Storage ^
Desk Storage ^
Holiday Ideas ^
43. Scarecrow (Photo courtesy of Boy Oh Boy Crafts)
Body Scrub Gift Jar ^
Here are a couple more scrub ideas:
49. Match Holder