Mason jar is a very versatile item. It can be used for decoration, storage, container, and many other purposes you may not have known of. Because it’s made with clear glass, Mason jar looks elegant even when it is repurposed for something else. And because it’s made with thick glass, it can be used for hundreds of different ways, since it doesn’t break easily. The best part is that Mason jars can be reused many times and the projects you can do with it are mostly DIY. Mason jar arts and crafts are fun, innovative, and are sure to spark the creativity in you. If you need some inspiration, here are some creative Mason jar recycling projects.
1. Preserving Food
Perhaps the simplest way you can reuse a mason is by using it for canning or for preserving your own foods. Because it’s airtight, pickling foods with Mason jar is an effective way of canning. Just follow a simple guide to start preserving your own foods.
2. Oil Lamp
Keep your romantic dinners from getting spoiled by replacing those pesky candles that keep blowing out with a Mason jar oil lamp. Just make a hole at the center of the lid of the jar, thread a cotton wick through the hole, fill the jar 2/3 of the way with lamp oil, close the lid, and then finally, light up the cotton wick.
3. Match Holder
Take the top out of the lid of the Mason jar and then replace it with sandpaper. Place your matchsticks inside the jar and strike one matchstick through the sandpaper next time you need it.
There are tons of ways you can use a Mason jar painted with chalkboard paint. You can use it for storage and rewrite the label every time you change what’s inside. You can use it as the cup for a party and advise the users to label theirs. You can use it to label the proceeds of a donation jar. And you can even just use it ornamentally.
5. Sewing Kit
The great thing about using a Mason jar as a sewing kit is that, apart from organizing your sewing essentials, you can use the lid as an easily accessible needle cushion. Do this by taking the top out of the lid of the jar. Stretch a piece of fabric underneath the lid and push the fabric through the hole with some cotton or batting. Replace the top, making sure that the fabric with batting is placed tight at the top, then secure with hot glue.
6. Pendant Lights
Adding some hanging Mason jar pendant lights can bring elegance to any place. Making them is quite simple and the basic concept involves fitting a light bulb socket through the lid and screwing the jar close.
7. String Lights
If you prefer a simpler way to light up a place with Mason jar, then simply fitting some string lights inside it is effective enough. You can even add an aluminum wire to efficiently hang the Mason jar up with the string lights.
Mason jars make great planters especially for small plants and herbs. This way, you can keep some green inside your home. Just make sure the plants are getting enough light and water. You can even make a holder to hang the Mason jars on your wall.
9. Twine or Ribbon Dispenser
Ribbons and twines are very difficult to organize unless you make an efficient dispenser. You can make one out of Mason jar by making a hole at the center of the lid and adding more for each type of ribbon or twine you have. Fit a long hex bolt at the center of the lid and secure it with a hex nut, then fit your ribbon and twine spools through the bolt before screwing on a hex nut to keep them from falling off. Thread a ribbon or twine through the other holes in the lid then screw the lid in place.18