Mason jars; they’re a staple item in the South. Whether you have a few mason jars laying around from other items or you just grabbed a few from Back N The Day, we want to talk about how to give these items some new life! Instead of sifting through Pinterest posts and deciphering crafty jargon, we decided to compile a list of great ideas for your mason jars. And if you don’t have any mason jars on hand right now, this might give you a great new project to begin on!
Let’s Get Repurposing!
- DIY Oil Lamps: Here’s a great starter idea. Gather a mason jar, a cotton wick, some lamp oil, and a nail. Poke a hole in the center of the lid with the nail and feed the wick through it. Fill the mason jar 2/3 full with the lamp oil, then secure the lid onto the jar. It’s best to let the wick soak in the oil for an hour or so before lighting. Ta-da, you’ve got an oil lamp!
- Decorative Tabletop Organizer: Need a little organizing, but just don’t know where to start? Try using mason jars for pencils, pens, office items, or anything else you want! To decorate these, you can use puff paint to make a design on the jar, spray paint for a simple color, or some glue and glitter to personalize them.
- Soap Dispenser: This one takes a little bit more effort and tools. To give this one a try, you’ll need a mason jar (with a lid), a pump from an old soap or lotion bottle, strong glue, an X-acto knife, and wire cutters. Make a small hole in the center of the lid with the X-acto knife, and begin to make it larger with the wire cutters. Make the hole just large enough to have the pump sit flush with the lid. If you’ve got a hammer handy, use it to flatten some of the harp and pointy edges of the lid that are sticking up. Next, glue the lid together if you’re working with a 2-piece lid. Let the glue dry before proceeding. Now it’s time to insert the pump! Put some glue around the opening and push the pump in. If you need to add extra glue to make it secure, feel free to! Let this completely dry, and you’ve got yourself a handmade mason jar soap dispenser!
- Bathroom Organizer: We really don’t have to limit this organizer to the bathroom; it could be useful for the kitchen, the garage, or anywhere else you could use it. For this, you’ll need a few mason jars, hose clamps, wood, wood stain, picture hanging kit and hammer, rag, drill, drill bits to fit, and screws. It sounds intimidating already, but the outcome is wonderful! First off, stain the wood to your preferred color and let it dry. Next, grab the drill and drill some pilot holes in the wood piece, where you’ll eventually screw in the hose clamp. Also, create some holes matching those in the wood in the hose clamps. This isn’t very easy, but it’s doable. After you’ve screwed holes into both of these, it’s time to screw the hose clamps into the wood. Repeat until all clamps are attached. To hang it, nail two picture hangers on the backside of the wood. Insert your mason jars into the hose clamps, tighten, and ta-da! This turns out wonderful. Fill them with whatever your heart desires.
When it comes to repurposing projects, there is no limit to what you can do. Grab a few mason jars from Back N The Day, try some of these ideas we’ve given you here, and tell us how they turn out! If you’ve got a different idea, feel free to message us on Facebook and show us your project! We’d love to share it with everyone. Best of luck!