Everyone is on Pinterest, right? If you’re not, you should be. I have no idea how anyone accomplished anything before Pinterest…..you have an entire community of brilliant DIYers at your fingertips, endless ideas, photos, and people sharing interests. Through Pinterest you are not bound by who you know, but by who likes the same things as you. It’s a phenomenal tool, the problem with it is this: general rule of thumb is for every five repins you have, you should add at least one new pin – this tradeoff keeps content fresh and moving instead of recycling. Once a pin trends and hundreds of users have repinned it from the website (various blogs, craftgawker, etc.) then we see it across our homepage a gazillion billion trillionty times…or at least a hundred. Last year’s users, did you get tired of the pumpkin spice recipe that wouldn’t go away???
The next item I see this happening with is mason jars, problem is …. I’m obsessed. I can’t help but want to collect everyone’s wonderful ideas! The picture that likely everyone has seen is for a homemade mixing of citrusy drinks and storage in mason jars on ice so guests can help themselves to refills. They’re like Capri-Sun for adults! Especially if a spritz of over-21 fluids is added (Hello, Mojitos!).
Mason jars are phenomenal crafting accessories whose talents swell beyond the canning industry. Let’s take a look -
With a simple wood backing and some metal clamps, these mason jars become perfect yarn organization tools. I love the bottom row, if you look closely you’ll notice that she actually cut a whole in the lid to feed the yarn through – mess free! From Julie Ann Art
Maybe instead of storage you want an herb garden – this comes from Craftzine.
How about lighting?? There are many variations of chandeliers made of mason jars, but I love the rack that IKEA Hackers used to set theirs up. How charming, how southern!
I can’t JUST call this art, because really – all of these are art. However, I love the silhouette and spray paint combo. These adorable jars come from Lauren Elise Crafted.
This is an interesting look – and here’s a how-to! The picture comes from Curbly. I like the idea of attaching several mason jar lids to the bottom of the shelf and using them from craft storage, simply screw them in and out of place. Contain buttons, cotton balls, all kinds of little knick-knacks that (let’s face it) really don’t have a home anywhere else.
Create a sugar shaker! You’ll need an old salt container with a metal spout and some free time! This great idea comes from The Burlap Bag.
This last idea is quite possibly my favorite, yes it’s traditional … but could this be any more adorable?
For drinks, I used mason jars and cut strips of brown paper shopping bags to wrap around them. “I added a little yarn and then had guests write their names on the paper to claim their glasses. Essentially free and way cuter than sharpie on a red plastic cup! I also wrapped glass water jugs from Ikea to match. The green striped paper straws are from etsy seller HeyYoYo.” – from Hostess with the Mostess.
Keep your next party organized! Bye-bye Solo cups and Sharpies!
For other ideas check out:
Fine and Feathered has a really cool idea for mason jars, too! By melting a tall candle in the bottom of a mason jar, the cooled wax keeps it standing.
This burlap beauty from She Knows Living.
Love the personalized gifts made with mason jars at Pillows A La Mode!
Paula Deen features a fantastic recipe for coffee syrup and more importantly, a tutorial for this fantastic jar!