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What are the best ways to use a mason jar?
Mason jars are super strong, durable, and the best part is that mason jars have unlimited uses.
You can use them for home canning to preserve food, to store and hold different items, to create various DIY projects, for a home herb garden, for a coffee-to-go, to shop in a bulk store, and so much more!
In this article, you can find 36 awesome and perhaps unexpected uses for glass jars, divided in 5 sections:
Let’s jump right in.
36 creative ideas and ways to use & reuse glass jars:
1. Cooked food
Mason jars are ideal for food storage! Some ideas include:
- salad in a jar
- overnight oats, chia puddings, and other breakfasts
- simple meals with legumes and cooked veggies (like the one underneath)
2. Storage for cloth napkins
Cloth napkins are great, quick cleaning options of dust or spills. They are excellent also if you are sick and you have a lot of boogers!
You can store the clean cloth napkins in a jar, and use them when needed.
3. Storage for DIY plant-based milk
Have you ever tried to make your homemade oat milk? It is the easiest thing, and it is very cheap, too.
Or if you prefer, you can make it with nuts, too. Then, you can store the milk in a glas jar or bottle.
Basically, you have to:
– soak 100g/1 cup of oats for 5-10 minutes
– wash the oats good (to make the milk less gluey)
– blend with 1l/4 cups of water, in short intervals
– strain with nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or mesh produce bag
– store in your jar!
4. Spices storage
I bet you’ve seen tons of organized pantries with spices in jars. Yep, probably I’m sharing nothing new, but it’s a cool idea, so I decided to add it!
It looks super cute, but don’t aim for perfection – it will be still great, even if the jars are different sizes and shapes, too.
5. Legumes/grains storage
You can use bigger jars to store and organize your pantry! Put anything and everything, from:
6. Money storage (Piggybank)
Instead of getting a piggybank, start collecting coins in a glass jar.
You can even seal up the top and make a hole in the lid, so you will be sure that you won’t take the money out.
You can even have a few glass jar “piggybanks”, and save up for different things!
7. Toothbrush holder
A mason jar can be the perfect toothbrush holder. It looks super minimalistic and it is very easy to clean, too.
8. Utensil holder
You can separate and organize your utensils in 2-3 mason jars.
9. Paintbrush holder
Do you like to paint? Great, then you can use a mason jar for holding your paintbrushes. Plus, you can use the jar for dipping the brushes in water, when you paint.
10. Reusable facial rounds
You can make your DIY facial rounds, from an older cotton towel.
Cut some rounds, or squares from the towel, and keep them in a small mason jar! It is money-efficient and super easy.
11. Classic water bottle
Instead of buying a glass bottle, you can use a mason jar instead! It will save you money, and it is definitely a great zero waste conversation starter 😀
12. Flower vase
In case someone gives you flowers, you can use a mason jar, instead of a vase.
13. Collecting small-items
It is a great way to organize any sort of small-items, that are just rolling in your drawers or cabinets.
Some small items that you can collect in your mason jars include:
14. To make yogurt
Making homemade yogurt is much easier than you think! There is a number of ways, but I’ll stick with the easiest one. It is with canned coconut milk + a probiotic capsule.
- First, shake the can well, and then place the coconut milk in your clean mason jar.
- Place the probiotic inside, and stir well. Make sure you use a wooden spoon since the metal can react negatively with the probiotics.
- Once it’s mixed, cover with cheesecloth or a thin, dish towel and tighten with a rubber band. Let the magic happen for at least 24-48 hours in a warm place. The longer you leave it, the thicker it will become.
This is an amazing, easy, zero waste way to make your coconut yogurt, and use your mason jar, to store it!
Soon, I’ll have full recipe/tutorial with a lot of additional info, so stay tuned!
15. Store DIY products
If you are into the zero waste movement, you can definitely use glass jars to keep different DIY goods, such as:
16. Soap dispenser
Instead of getting a soap dispenser, just use the old-fashioned glass jar! This won’t need frequent refills, (if you use a bigger jar), it is durable, rust-free, and good-looking.
You can try to look for dispenser lids in some second hand stores, or you can find cheap soap dispenser lids on Amazon.
17. Table decor for events
You can decorate glass jars in hundreds of ways, and you can use them for decor for different events, such as:
- holiday parties
Just get creative and find a lot of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest!
Glass jar lamps can be a super fun DIY project. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor decoration. You can hang them anywhere, such as terraces, gardens, bedrooms, etc.
They can be great for parties, weddings, Christmas, and an idea for a cool gift.
In case you want to try it, WikiHow is having a great illustrative tutorial on how to make glass jar lamps.
19. Positivity jar
Fill up a jar with small, positive notes. Take a note every day, or every time you feel a bit down, or sad.
The jar will keep a grateful, healthy mindset, by emphasizing the amazing things you have in your life.
The idea behind is to use the jar and the notes as a reminder of the good things you have, and on what you should be focusing on. It is also a great idea for a gift.
20. Souvenir container with sand and seashells
Extremely easy and cute souvenir, that you can simply use for decoration or as a gift. Collect a bit of sand, or rocks, and a bunch of small seashells.
You can add glitter, or anything, that you have, to make it more unique!
21. Cookie dough mixes /or bath salt mixes/
I bet you’ve seen such mixes in supermarkets. The fact is that they are super easy to make, and you can add much cooler and healthier ingredients, than white sugar and flour.
The whole concept is pretty simple: Take your jar and start layering the ingredients, to make it look prettier. The important part is to add everything but except the wet ingredients.
If it’s for a gift, you can add a note with the instructions, as a decoration.
22. Jar advent calendar
A quick and easy craft idea, that can be ideal for holiday celebrations, like Christmas! You will need at least 10 jars.
Place a number on each of them and get creative with the decoration! You can put a small treat in each of them, like homemade cookies, with a note, or a riddle.
It will be so much cooler, than the one they sell in the supermarkets. Plus, less wasteful.
23. Herb garden
You can plant an indoor mason jar herb garden, succulent terrariums, or grow indoor flowers.
It is super simple, trust me! You will need:
1. Glass jars
3. Potting soil
4. Small rocks
Place the rocks first (below the soil) so the water can drain down, under the soil and the roots won’t rot. Then, fill the jars with soil, more than halfway.
Next, carefully place the herbs in the jars and pat them down with your fingers.
The hardest part is to keep them alive. Make sure to do further research, in case you do your indoor herb garden!
You can simply place some candles, or Christmas lights, and make a super cozy, warm, pretty atmosphere.
Terrariums are easy-to-make, then require low-maintenance, and best of all – they look super pretty!
You can use a mason jar to make your sweet little terrarium. You will basically need:
- Glass jar
- Small pebbles
- Potting soil
- Small plants
- Decorations like moss, and pebbles
- Fill the bottom of your jar with small rocks/pebbles (for drainage). Optional: You can place charcoal after the pebbles, which will improve the quality of the terrarium, it will reduce bacteria, fungi, and odors.
- Next, add the soil. Make sure to add enough so the plant roots will have plenty of room to fit and then grow.
- Start placing your little plants. Decorate with pebbles, moss and other natural decorations!
26. Bulk shop
Jars are my to-go when I’m shopping in bulk. I use them for my oats, grains, cocoa powder, chocolate, basically, almost anything!
They jingle a bit, and if I get too many, they get heavier, but that’s why I combine the jars with small bulk bags.
Jars are ideal for leftovers, even if you are eating outside. Having a glass jar with you can come in handy and it will reduce your food waste, which is another great benefit.
28. Cookie-cutter (the lid of the jar)
Have you ever think about how to use the lid of a mason jar? Well, a suggestion is to use it as a cookie-cutter! You can make the perfect circles with it. So satisfying!
29. Meal prep
You want to try meal prepping but you don’t have enough containers? Well, use mason jars! They are ideal for meal prep portioning, easy to carry and store.
And you will have always a prepared healthy meal, for school, work, a trip, or even for home.
30. Growing sprouts
Sprouts are great, healthy and flavourful additions to your salads or meals. But the store-bought always comes in plastic.
Luckily, making sprouts at home is easy, and all you will need is:
- a mason jar
- sprouting seeds
- fine mesh strainer/cheesecloth
- Place 1-2 tablespoons of the sprouting seeds in a mason jar. Cover with about two inches of warm water, and let it sit overnight.
- Next day, use the cheesecloth to drain the water. Add water to the jar, to rinse the seeds, and drain again.
- Repeat this twice a day, every day until your sprouts get a bigger size. It will take between 3 to 7 days, depending on the type of sprout you’re growing.
Keep in mind that:
- the sprouts are best when they are still fairly small and just starting to turn green.
- it is best to store them in a covered bowl
- you should use the sprouts within a week
31. Coffee cup to-go
Another dope use of a mason jar is as a “coffee cup” to-go. You can get your order in your jar, instead of using single-use paper cups (that are lined with plastic and almost impossible to recycle anyway).
32. Gnat trap
Are you sick of gnats? Then, you can use a mason jar as a “gnat trap”. All you need to do is to fill a jar with vinegar, dish soap, and warm water. Then, you should place it near your fruit basket, or the area the gnats are.
33. “Jar” of water
You can just use a mason jar to drink water from it. Cuz, why not? 😀
A super simple way to make spice shakers. Just poke some holes with a sharp object on the lid of small mason jars. Then, use them as salt, pepper, and spice shakers.
35. Root house plants to make new ones
Cut a root node from a plant you have and then place it in a mason jar, filled with clean water.
Change the water every couple of days and watch the tiny roots grow!
Pro tip: Place the jar close to window with bright indirect sunlight.
36. Blender hack for your smoothies
Did you know that mason jars can actually fit some blenders? That’s right! If you have a blender, you can try to screw the blending piece to your mason jar. In that way you can directly use the mason jar as a blender container.