Jars are great for just about anything including jams, jellies and canning. If you know me personally you know I have quite the collection of jars, big ones, small ones, wide ones, short ones and vintage ones. In a green living, simple living world jars fill many uses. They are reusable time and time again. You can usually buy a case of jars for the same price as your Saturday morning Latte.
Checkout these many wonderful uses for the everyday jar:
- Pantry food storage. Store your dry goods, spices, herbs and more in clear marked jars.
- Jar salads. Store your lunch time easy to grab and transport salads in a jar. Layer your ingredients with the dressing in the bottom of the jar and lettuce in the top of the jar.
- Jar light fixture. This is one of my favorite. Replace the globes of your light fixture with varying jar sizes.
- Table vases. Place fresh flowers and water in to your jar and enjoy.
- Re-usable gift packaging. Store and present your gift in a re-usable jar.
- Homemade candles. Make your own fresh scented candles to give as gifts or use at home.
- DIY sewing kit. Place buttons, needles, pins, small scissors and thread in a jar for a portable easy to use sewing kit.
- Oil lamp. Design your own mason jar oil lamp for your next garden party.
- Bathroom storage. Store your q-tips, cotton balls, toothbrushes and more in jars.
- Planters. Jars make great potting units for your plants, or turn them upside down for a more greenhouse effect.
- Ribbon and yarn dispensers. Drill a hole in the top of the jar and run your ribbon or yarn through while the spool is stored away nicely inside the jar.
- Dessert in a jar. Bake or make your next dessert in a jar.
- Soap Dispenser. Purchase a dispenser lid here and make a soap or lotion dispenser out of a jar.
- Blender Jars. A mason jar can be used on some blenders in replace of the large blending glass container. Simply fill, attach blade and use as directed.
- Cocktail Party. Pre-make your party cocktails in jars, seal lids, store in a cooler and enjoy once your guests arrive.
- Store your office supplies. Jars are great for storage of paper clips, pencils, pens, odds and ends.
- Money Bank. Store your child’s piggy bank money in a see thru jar so they can watch the savings grow.
- Holiday Crafts. Make snow globes, beach scenes, holiday lanterns and more in common kitchen jars.
- Replace cups with jars. Replace your plastic cups with jars. They are better for the environment.
- Martini Shaker. Don’t have a proper cocktail shaker use a jar with a lid to make your amazing drink.
- Match storage. Keep your matches clean and dry in a reusable jar.
- Meal in a jar. Pre-make dry soup mixes in a jar or freeze casseroles in a jar or store left overs in a jar.
- Organize. Sort and store your various items in jars for easy location and use.
- DIY. Let your imagination run wild use your jar for storage, desserts, gift giving, crafting and more.
- Center piece. Fill your jar with flowers, candles, oil, fruit, berries and spices and place in the center of your table for all to enjoy.
There are a MILLION AND ONE uses for a jar. You are only limited by your imagination. You can purchase jars at your local thrift store, grocery store or big box store.
Using jars can save you money and make the world a little greener. Have a great day.