Mason jars are one of those household items that are endlessly useful. Yes, you can use them when making jam or pickling vegetables, and they were the obvious vessel to hold our delicious Meal in a Jar. But the possibilities doesn’t stop there - in fact, that’s only the beginning. If your Meal in a Jar containers are starting to pile up, don’t toss them aside - repurpose them! It’s a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way to make the most of your lunch container. Here are some of our favourite mason jar hacks.
Store Dry Goods
Your pantry will never look as organized as it does after a mason jar overhaul. Use the jars to store dry goods like flour, sugar, lentils, dried beans, rice and more. You can even store pasta or spices, or stick all of those loose birthday candles in one place. Because the jars are clear, no labels are necessary.
Make Overnight Oats
We’ve got you covered for lunch and dinner, but why not turn your Meal in a Jar container into tomorrow’s breakfast? Overnight oats are easy, healthy and delicious. Try some of these great recipes, or create your own!
Mason jars are perfect for creating a small, attractive countertop herb garden. Grow basil, oregano, parsley, chives or whatever else your family enjoys. It will look beautiful, smell great and ensures that you’ll always have fresh herbs on hand when cooking. Here are some tips for getting started.
Make a Candle Holder
Tea lights look lovely in a mason jar, and make a sweet, casual centrepiece for your table. You can leave the jar as is, paint it with chalk paint, or add textiles such as lace or burlap. Be creative and make it your own!
Hold Your Pencils
Whether painted in your favourite shade of dusty blue or left clear and simple, a mason jar makes a great place to store your pens, pencils and other desk items. Try using three in a row or even mounting the jars to a piece of wood to create functional wall art for your home office.
Organize Your Washroom
Got your desk organized, but need a place for all of those loose bathroom items? Use your mason jars to store cotton balls, Q-tips, epsom salts, hair ties or whatever else is taking over your counter. The wall mount jar hack works well in your washroom, too.
Paint a Vase
A handful of flowers looks beautiful in a mason jar. Try painting the outside with in a soft pastel or bold metallic - whatever reflects your decor. A few roses, a pure white hydrangea or some lavender will liven up any space.
There are tons of recipes for natural cleaners online, and mason jars make the perfect vessel for mixing and storing them in. Try one of these recipes for homemade cleaning supplies - they smell great and cost next to nothing.
What do you do with your old jars? Tell us in the comments!