For the Love of Mason Jars

by Kimba on June 30, 2009

in Do it yourself,Seasonal Projects

A few of you asked what I was going to do with all of those mason jars that I got at the garage sale this weekend. The thought of canning with them has crossed my mind, but it’s much more likely that I’ll use them in other ways. Canning jars are so useful. I love having a stash of them in the basement.

Like this idea…We’re having a few friends over to celebrate the 4th this weekend. Everyone will have their own jar with a bandana napkin and their silverware.

Then they can fill up their jar with ice from the bucket and enjoy iced tea or lemonade right from the mason jar.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing other ideas for using mason jars. In the meantime, here are a few other ideas that I love.

Layered salad in a mason jar (This would be great if you’re taking a meal to a friend) ~ Mish Mash
Weeds + Mason Jars = Fantastic ~ A.Mountain.Bride
Gumball jar thank you gifts ~ 2 Clever Blog

You can visit Heathahlee at Butterfly Genes for her What Makes Me Smile Party…and you can link up a post of your own, while you’re there!

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1 TidyMom June 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

What a cute and festive idea!!
I love it!


2 Aura June 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

HOW CUTE! This would be cute for baby showers, too.

3 Amy June 30, 2009 at 7:59 am

ADORABLE. I can't stand it, Kimba! I wish I would have seen this before buying all my fourth of July supplies 🙂 Great idea!

4 Sarah June 30, 2009 at 7:59 am

Awesome! How cool and simple!! Darn it, why couldn't I have thought of this?! Guests are going to love this, have a great party:)

5 Letti June 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

That is adorable.

6 Darlene June 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

How CUTE!!!

7 Imperfect June 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

I love mason jars! There is just so much you can do with them. And I love this idea – clever and cute!

8 Cindy June 30, 2009 at 8:09 am

Well, there you just gave me my mode of serving for the next week. We have houseguests coming and they're casual people and we plan on doing a lot of eating in. A cool front has come through and this will be perfect for our meals on the deck. Thank you!

9 Tina June 30, 2009 at 8:10 am

Just thinking about lemonade in mason jars is making me thirsty!! =)

10 My Three Girls (The A girls) June 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

Love all the great ideas for the mason jars….so cute and adorable. I have a collection of "jars" I tend to keep "fancy" glass jars that jams come in or some other grocery store buy.

I am goingto borrow a few of those ideas. I loved them all!!!

11 southerninspiration June 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

Cute idea love it, in fact!….maybe a little tag to mark whose is whose glass…I also saw in the current Southern Lady, they had made Picnic Layered banana pudding in jars…looked so cute and yummy!


12 Jamie June 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

Adorable! What a great idea, especially for a wedding reception.

13 Carrie June 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

The jars are too cute used as festive 4th decor. Have you ever had dirt cake out of a mason jar?! Delicious and super cool looking with gummy worms coming out of holes poked in the lid. Kids love it!

14 Sandy June 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

and bandanas, that is great!
Thank you!

15 Frugal Fine Living June 30, 2009 at 8:23 am

These are too cute! You are so creative.


16 pk @ room remix June 30, 2009 at 8:27 am

I love the how cute, fun and functional your bandana idea is! Very creative. love it.

17 Gwen June 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

I love Mason jars too. I just might steal your idea for the silverware this weekend.

18 Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen June 30, 2009 at 8:42 am

I love this idea!!

19 Carmen June 30, 2009 at 8:49 am

This is a great idea! I might have to copy this idea sometime! 🙂

20 HeathahLee June 30, 2009 at 8:53 am

I love that idea! So cute! Thanks for coming to the par-tay! : )

21 Deidra June 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

I am so stealing that idea! Yay!

22 Stephanie June 30, 2009 at 9:36 am

I love Mason jars and you can do so much with them. I just bought a bunch to store craft stuff in.

Love your idea!

23 Holly June 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

Very cute red white and blue idea! Love the bandanas.
(Make sure to have a scoop for the ice, rather than scooping it out with the jars. That will prevent issues if one happened to break in the bucket of ice…learned that in the restaurant biz.)

24 Caroline June 30, 2009 at 9:48 am

Oh gosh is that cute! Thanks for the great idea!

25 Finding Home June 30, 2009 at 9:50 am

Thanks for the ideas, Kimba! I've been collecting mason jars for a little while. It's really fun to find out about the different values of some jars. I've been dreaming up ways to display them in my home. I definatly can't wait to see what other ideas you have up your sleeve.

26 Chris June 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

Great idea, friend! I love the usefulness AND the prettiness of them!

27 Robin @ My Blessed Nest June 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

What a darling…and cheap…idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

28 Amanda @ Serenity Now June 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

Fun idea! 🙂 Love those bandannas. 🙂

29 THE Stephanie June 30, 2009 at 10:30 am

What a cute idea! Love it!!

30 Jane June 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

Love the idea!It's so festive!
My son and D-I-L used mason jars filled the jars with sand,shells,and candles as part of their centerpieces at their wedding. They tied thin, satin ribbons around the top and attached a wooden "table" number with a piece of sisal. Very simple…very chic! And it fit with their beach BBQ theme.

31 Netta June 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

This is adorable.THX for sharing the idea and putting pics, too!

32 Amanda June 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

I have always loved Mason jars too. What a great idea – fun and very festive!

33 Jill June 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

Loooooove it! I love using Mason jars wherever I can. My favorite is as a toothbrush holder.

34 Beth June 30, 2009 at 10:58 am

Love this idea! So cute.

35 Marci @OvercomingBusy June 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

What a cute idea! We are having guests over this weekend and my mason canning jars won't be filled with green beans for another week or so. Now, off to find bandanas…

36 Amy {The Red Chair Blog} June 30, 2009 at 11:32 am

Great post! Love the bandanas! I'm a big mason jar fan myself. When I first moved to NC from California, I bought a bunch of mason jars just so I could drink lemonade out of them, because I figured that's what people DO in the South: sit around in rockers on porches sipping lemonade from mason jars. Then I discovered that "the South" has Costco, Super Target, and Chuck E. Cheese. Kind of took some of the mystique out of it 🙂

37 Rebekah June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

That is a GREAT idea! And so simple that I can't believe I've never seen it before.

38 jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm

How fun! See you Saturday!! 🙂

39 Debbie @ June 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I love canning jars, we use them for everything. Drinking glasses, candle holders, sewing organizers, we store seeds in them. I love it!
Have a blessed day!

40 Melissa June 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Such a fantastic idea!

Many Blessings,

41 Queen B. June 30, 2009 at 2:19 pm

oh so C U T E !!!!

42 Girl with the Curlz June 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

What a cute idea. I will have to try this one.

43 Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors June 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

What a creative and great idea! Love the red and blue…thanks for the inspiration!


44 Chelle June 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

This is why we love you!

45 Linda June 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Very clever…I have those mason jars hanging around too and you have given me some inspiration.

46 Donna@designson47thstreet June 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Nothing spells USA more to me than this great look. Going up to the attic to pull down more canning jars!

Love it.

47 Flash June 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

What a good idea to keep picnic & bbq utensils off dirty surfaces. Thumbs up on this!

48 June 30, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Why Thank you very much for liking our idea!

Happy 4th to you.

Think & Pink

49 Kara June 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Adorable! I just sent the link to my mom, as we have lots of bandanas left over from my brother's rehearsal dinner. They were folded fan-style and tied with raffia bows to honor the couple's upcoming move out west!

50 Holly June 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I do love that idea. . .and pretty much any other ideas you have!

51 Montee June 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I use Mason Jars for all sorts of things. Sweet Tea tastes better out of a jar. I know a lady who got so excited because I use Mason Jars for beverages. She couldn't believe that people really do.

52 Brittney July 1, 2009 at 7:16 am

Oh!! CLEVER!!!! Love the idea 🙂

53 Jennifer Juniper July 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

I should have known you'd have something really cool planned for those jars! I wish I could come!!! But maybe next time 🙂

54 Kristin Lea July 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm

i totally love that idea!

55 Kristen July 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Love the mason jars – I use them to take homemade salad dressing in when I take dinner into new moms or sick friends. It looks so cute with a twine tag!

56 Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista July 1, 2009 at 11:28 pm

so cute and just love the bandanas!

57 Dawn July 2, 2009 at 3:04 am

this look is so much fun! i love to use these jars for parties… no matter what the use! i'm stashing this idea away! thanks!

58 Mrs. (not) the Jet Set July 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

I love mason Jars too! I did a post about the countless things you can use them for in your home. I can't imagine life without them.

59 Simply Susan July 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

Love your idea with the jars! I'm sure you know this already, but iced tea and lemonade taste better out of a wide mouth mason jar ;o)

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