At home in Florida, we had no shortage of Mason jars. While I'm attempting to get my apartment in order, I realized that I needed a few Mason jars. The uses for Mason jars are seemingly endless. Whether you have an idea in mind or have no idea, I think it's a great idea to have a couple around just in case.
I wasn't really sure where to get Mason jars in the city. Isn't it funny that in a city with a million stores and just about everything under the moon, it can be a challenge to find just what you're looking for? My method? Keep things in mind knowing you'll eventually run into it... probably in the most unlikely place.
While I was searching for spray paint (for a will-never-see-the-light-of-day-DIY), I found a whole section of Mason jars. Score. I brought home eight and immediately set out to figure out what to do with them.
ONE | VASE
I think that flowers in jars are just about the sweetest things. There's something super homey and good about a bouquet in a jar. While I like to have unusual vases (like tankards), simple displays of flowers are so much easier and much less pretentious. I grabbed a few different bunches of flowers (don't ask me to name them, I'm terrible at that) and made up a few quick bouquets. Easy.
TWO | GLASSES
Margaritas, iced coffee, sassy water, and... well anything else that you fancy. This is weird, but everyone in the office is doing a water challenge and they're drinking HUGE jars of water every day. You don't have to be that crazy, but jars do make cute glasses, especially for parties! (I'm not the biggest fan of drinking with the ridges of the lip, but add in a cute paper straw and I'm game.)
THREE | MAKEUP BRUSHES
I think that Mason jars could be used in so many ways for organization. I store all of my makeup brushes and eyeliners and mascaras in the jars. It's so much easier than throwing them into cosmetic cases or just in drawers because you can easily see what you need.
FOUR | COLLECTIONS
Because jars are see-through (duh), they are great for collections. On my desk in Florida, I have a jar full of my old hair ribbons. Of course, I don't wear them anymore. But I love them too much to get rid of them! I rolled them up and stuffed the jar. Seashells from vacations would be cute in medium sized jars. Buttons in tiny jars would be great too!
FIVE | GIFTS
I seriously wish I had pictures of some of the gifts I've given with Mason jars. Now, the options are endless with what you can do. When I was in high school, I would spend the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas cross-stitching lids for my friends! One year, I did pink lids with red/green monograms... and a jars of pink/red/green M&Ms. Another year, it was hot chocolate and another had ingredients for sugar cookies. So many ways to go with this!
What do you think of Mason jars? What do you use them for?
PS Have you seen this light fixture? Love.
PPS This is a cool feature on the Mason jar in the New York Times.