If you happen to have some empty mason jars around your house, here are 5 inventive ideas for mason jars!

Mason jars can be found in almost any store these days.  They even make plastic containers that look like mason jars! While they are easy to find brand new, thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find older mason jars.

If you happen to have some empty mason jars around your house, here are 5 inventive ideas for mason jars:

Pantry Storage

Mason jars are great for pantry storage solutions.  Make your own labels and use them to organize your pantry. (I love these printable Chalkboard ones from World Label)  The larger mason jars are great for items like pasta or rice.  Mason jars are generally  a great solution because they’re decorative and because they’re made of glass, you can see exactly what’s in them.

Bathroom Storage

Mason jars are also great for storing bathroom supplies like cotton balls, cotton swabs, makeup sponges and even little soaps.  You can also store bobby pins.  I have found they are especially great to hold makeup brushes or toothbrushes.

Sewing Kit in a Jar

All you need to create a sewing kit in a jar is fabric, batting, spray paint and of course the mason jars.  Here is how to make them:

  1. Spray the lid whatever color you want it to be.
  2. Then, use the lid of the mason jar to draw a circle on the fabric; you want the circle to be about an inch wider then the jar.
  3.  Cut the fabric circle out.
  4. Turn the lid upside down and place it on the fabric circle.  Using a hot glue gun put a line of hot glue almost all the way around the lid and start folding the fabric over onto the lid bunching it as you go.   When you are about 3/4 of the way around the lid, take the batting and stuff it into the opening of the fabric so it is on the top of the lid.  You want it to be even and poofy.  Now glue the last section of the fabric to the lid.
  5. Now on the outer piece (the rim) you will need to make a line of hot glue.  Press the fabric covered section of the lid into the outer piece and let it dry.

Now you can fill the inside of your jar with sewing essentials like thread, thimbles, sewing needles, mini scissors etc.  Once you’ve filled it, screw the lid onto the jar.  Because of the fabric the lid will be a little difficult to screw on.  Now you have a beautiful little sewing kit with a pin cushion lid!  These make great little gifts for teachers, moms or really anyone.  They’re handy to keep in the car incase you have a little fashion emergency that requires a little sewing, such as a fallen off button. (or a broken soccer shin pad in my husband’s case!)

Cookie or Soup Gift Jar

This is a simple gift idea that can look beautiful when everything is carefully put layered in a mason jar.  The best way to layer the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, for example, is to start with an ingredient like flour and add the other white ingredients like baking soda, baking powder and salt which will mix in with the flour.  Next, add the quick oats or M&Ms or chocolate chips.  Finally, add the brown sugar and/or white sugar.  Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar and add a tag with the directions on what wet ingredients they will need and directions on how to bake the cookies.

For the soups you can add different beans or noodles and other spices and dry ingredients the soup calls for.  Again, layer the ingredients in a way that it looks visually appealing. Don’t instructions on how to cook the soup.

Gift containers

Mason jars make great little gift containers for things like a DIY manicure kit.  Just get all the manicure must-haves like a few different shades of nail polish and some nail art supplies.  You can find some super cute nail art supplies at dollar stores. Take everything out of the packages so it will fit into the jar better.  Then, to fancy it up a bit, wrap some of the smaller items in tissue paper and tie it shut with a little thin ribbon or twine.  Add a few cotton swabs and cotton balls and you have your manicure in a jar all ready to give as a wonderful gift!

How have you put mason jars to use in your life?