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November 30, 2023, is National Mason Jar Day!

If you're like me, you had at least one family member who had a shelf that looked something like this one somewhere in their home. My aunt had an amazing garden and she had canned tomatoes, green beans, peas, salsa, and lots of other yummy goodness on a shelf in her basement year-round. While these jars were invented for this purpose, and still used in this way, it turns out there are tons of other uses for Mason jars! Here are just a few.

Amazing things you can do with a Mason jar!

  • Make Christmas ornaments out of the lids: glue Christmas paper or fabric to the inside of the lid. Draw a small picture, or add a sticker or a Christmas punch cut out to add to the middle of the lid. Thread some twine or yarn through the top when you add the ring and tie it to make a loop to hang.

  • Store matches in them, cut a piece of sandpaper to glue to the top of the lid to strike the matches on.

  • Fill partway with sand and insert a candle for cute candle holders.

  • Fill them with small battery-powered string lights and use them as a nightlight or a centerpiece at a dinner party.

  • Paint the inside with cute colors and use them as pretty flower vases.

  • Drill a hole in the top and use them as yarn dispensers.

  • Cut a slightly wider hole in the top and use them as ribbon dispensers.

  • Turn them into a terrarium.

  • Cut a hole to fit a soap pump and you have a trendy soap dispenser.

  • Glue twine or thin colored rope around the outside for cute storage containers in your office or bathroom.

  • Plant small house plants in them or start an herb garden (put some small rocks or gravel in the bottom before putting in your soil).

  • Make the lids into cute magnets: use scrapbook paper, stickers, punches, etc., and combine them with your favorite photos, Bible verse, or inspirational saying. Glue the paper to the inside lid of the jar, then add whatever else you choose on top. Put the ring back on and glue a magnet to the back.

  • Do you like to make things like homemade Chex mix, hot chocolate, granola, or bath salts? Mason jars are the perfect container to give these kinds of gifts in! Just add a ribbon and a tag!

  • Drinks for parties: drill a hole in the top for a festive straw. Put a fun cupcake holder over the inside part of the lid and these are super cute!

  • Place settings in a jar: Decorate your table. These can look fancy by tying a ribbon around the jar with a cloth napkin and pretty silverware or casual with paisley handkerchiefs and plastic ware.

Hungry for more? Try these delicious ideas!

Smores in a jar:

  • Graham crackers (approximately 16 squares) *or just buy graham cracker crumbs

  • 3TBSP melted butter

  • 1/2 C heavy cream

  • Approximately 4 chopped Hershey's chocolate bars

  • marshmallow fluff

  • mini marshmallows

Break up the Hershey's bars into small pieces. Put them into a bowl and set it aside. Cook the heavy cream over medium-high until it starts to bubble.

Pour it on top of the chocolate and let it sit for a minute.

Then, whisk the chocolate and cream until smooth.

Crush the graham crackers and add the butter. Stir.

Then, you're ready to assemble the jars!

Push the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the jar, then add marshmallow fluff, then add the chocolate.

Finish by topping with mini marshmallows

If you want to be fancy, you can toast the mini marshmallows with a cooking torch.

Cupcake in a jar: Put a layer of cake in the bottom of the jar. Then layer up until you reach the top. You can layer with frosting, whipped cream, or fruit. Be creative! Leave room at the top for a layer of frosting or whipped cream and whatever else looks pretty (sprinkles, candy, or a few pieces of fruit).

Banana bread jars: Fill halfway with batter, and cook at the time the recipe calls for until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Salad in a jar: The trick is keeping your wet ingredients away from your greens.

That means putting your dressing in first and your green in last. Pack all of your salad ingredients in tight and be sure to keep your jar upright. Take a salad bowl with you, so you can dump out your jar, mix, and enjoy!

Here is one example of a jar salad from the bottom of the jar up: Pint and a half wide mouth jar: 3 tablespoons dressing, 1/2 cup protein like grilled chicken, 1/3 cup cubed mozzarella or cheddar, 1/2 cup chopped veggies, a sprinkle of nuts or seeds, 1-2 cups romaine lettuce (however much will fit)

Overnight Oats in a jar:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

  • 1/2 cup yogurt (any kind)

  • Any kind of toppings! Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. Examples: Applesauce, cinnamon, and honey

  • Strawberries and jam, bananas, peanut butter, and cocoa powder

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)

Stir it up, seal it, and refrigerate overnight. Top with a sprinkle of granola if you like.

**If you like things a little sweeter try adding honey, jam or jelly, dried fruit, syrup, or fruit juice.

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