20 ways to reuse mason jars

Mason jars are your best friend! In fact any jar is your best friend if you’re looking to decrease your reliance on plastic. There are many ways to reuse Jars if you take the time to think about it. Always hold them in the back of your mind to the solution to every problem, and you’ll find all kinds of amazing uses.

The best thing about them all – is that they make great, low cost, recycled gifts. Get creative!

Here are 20 ways to reuse those sturdy glass jars!

1) Tea Light:
You can recreate them into a fabulous looking tea light holder. Simple and sweet! All you need is a Mason Jar, a tea light, and some decoration like small rocks or paint, paper and string! Let your imagination go wild and enjoy what you do. It’s fun!

2) Centerpieces:
Mason jars also make amazing centerpiece for your dining room, wedding, or baby shower. Here is how to do a simple yet elegant centerpiece for any occasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfLxY4AXdhY

3) Lego Head Treat Holder:

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Mason Jars. Once painted yellow and a cute little face drawn on, looks just like a Lego head! Great idea for a kids (or adult’s!) Lego themed party! Here is the simple instructions on to how to do these: http://blog.beau-coup.com/how-to-diy-lego-head-mason-jars

4) Tissue Holder:

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Tired of having to throw away an empty tissue box and adding it to landfill? Why not convert a mason jar into a fancy looking Tissue Holder! Make sure you fill it with recycled tissues – or even better – use old school fabric handkerchiefs. Here’s how: http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/diy-mason-jar-tissue-holder/

5) Money Bank:

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Have a vacation you’re saving up for? Or want to teach your children how to save money? Why not use an old mason jar and turn it into a cool looking piggy bank! You can even decorate it with pictures of the item you’re saving for.

6) Snow Globe: 

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Using just water, glitter, an old mini figure, and a mason jar you’ve got a cool looking snow globe! (Just make sure that you seal the lid so no water can leak out) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1526fd7e2470cfd8?projector=1

7) Candle:

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Going to a house warming party and don’t have a gift? Made this super awesome, and natural, candle: http://gardentherapy.ca/wp-jar-candles/

8) Pre-made meals: 
Running late for work and don’t have enough time to make lunch? Why not pre-madke lunches like salads, mini pies, bread, or even smoothies and soups the night before and store them in a mason jar then in the morning all you need to do is grab and go to work! Yummy, healthy and environmentally friendly.

9) Storage:

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Have you had enough of having stuff just hanging around the house with nowhere to store it? Look no further! Use a mason jar it store anything from brushes to nuts and bolts to spices!

10) Sprouting: 
A purpose made sprouting pot can be expensive and is often made of plastic, so why not use a mason jar like so: http://uncooking101.com/site/article/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-sprouting/

11) Cupcake case holder: 

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Not only does a mason jar hold these cute paper cupcake cases but it’ll also allow you to organize them anyway you want! When you’re down to your last one then you can gift the jar with a cupcake and make it more special.

12) Emergency Kit:
Not only is a mason jar almost impossible to break, but its water tight too! What better place to store a simple but necessary emergency kit?

13) Yarn or Ribbon Dispenser: 

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Just poke a hole in the lid and the mason jar becomes a mess free holder for those runaway balls of yarn!

14) Sewing Jar:
A perfect place to store the essentials for all your sewing needs like a few needles, mini pair of scissors, and cotton thread!

15) Pen Pot:
Paint it up or leave it plain; it all looks good as a pen pot!

16) Jack-o-lanterns:

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A much more simple and less messy way of decorating for Halloween with a mason jar!

17) Needle Holder:
Tired of losing croquet or knitting needles? Store them in a mason jar and never worry about loosing them again.

18) Pre-made drinks:
Pre-make all your drinks before a party and store them in a mason jar helps reduce plastic waste!

19) Icing sugar shaker:
Poke holes in the lid of a mason jar and you can use it as icing sugar, salt, and pepper shaker.

20) S’mores cake:

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Going to the cabin for the weekend? Or having a bonfire? Why not try making these S’mores cakes in a jar: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/smores-cake-in-a-jar/

What are you waiting for? There is so much you can do with a beautiful, built to last, mason jar.

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