When I did that cornbread mix project for the convention center here in Atlanta, one of the goals was to make the take-away as eco-friendly as possible. That’s the main reason I chose a Mason jar project – because there are so many ways to reuse a Mason jar! I thought it might be fun to share the Mason jar crafty goodness here, too, in case you have any in your kitchen that need to be reused.
If you have a Mason jar project in the works and want to share some reuse ideas, too, you can download the Mason jar crafts handout I made for the convention center and share it, or you can see the list below….
- Storing food. You can use your mason jar to store dried beans, grains, or homemade sauces.
- Canning. Since we haven’t processed these jars, they’re still good for one round of canning!
- Storing craft supplies or other small items. Mason jars are great for storing things like buttons, thumbtacks, nails, screws, and paperclips.
- As a pencil holder. You can use your Mason jar as-is, or use Mod Podge to cover your jar with pretty paper.
- Make a planter. This quart sized jar is just right for potting small herb plants, like cilantro or even basil.
- Make a votive holder. Fill your jar about 1/3 of the way with dried beans or rice, then set a pretty tealight inside.
- Etch it. Pick up a bottle of glass etching cream at your local craft store, then use sticky stencils to etch designs into your Mason jar.
- Turn it into a vase. You can arrange flowers in there as-is, or you can get fancy and color your Mason jar. All you need is spray paint!
- Make a gift. Fill up your Mason jar with dry cornbread mix and include a recipe card, so your giftee can whip up a batch of country cornbread! Here’s how to make a cornbread mix for gifting.
What’s your favorite way to reuse an old Mason jar? Food storage is probably what I use them for most.