It was only a matter of time until my empty mason jar collection started to hold more than home canned food. Four steps to the left is a long row to hoe.
Canning jars also fill in for drinking glasses when we have a party. I hate buying one use disposable plastic cups! My guests think I'm being my quirky trendy self instead of being too cheap and too lazy to buy a bunch of reusable party cups and find a place to store them in my tiny house.
I can live with that.
Besides, drinks served in mason jars look cute. See?
You can get more information about my reusable and unbreakable glass straw here.
Photo courtesy of my DIY blog Condo Blues.
Apparently I am not the only one who finds mason jar lid hacks useful. I found a ton of unusual and useful mason jar lids while I was researching Tattler reusable canning lids (I'm not sure if they are for a newbie canner like me. Have you tried them? Are they easy to seal like regular mason jar lids?)
I fell down the Internet rabbit hole searching for mason jar drinking lids, pencil sharpener lids, lamp canning jar lids you name it. I'm surprised at what cool and useful things I found.
16 Drinking, Storing, Lighting, and Otherwise Useful Mason Jar Lids
Cuppow Mason Jar Travel Mug Lid (get more info here) makes any mason jar into a travel mug for hot or cold beverages. They have BPA free silicone Cuppows to fit both regular and wide mouth canning jars. Also, Cuppow sounds like something you see in a comic book when the hero punches the villain.
Take that disposable cup! CUP-POW!
The EIO Glass Kids Cup (get more info here) says it is an alternative to a sippy cup because it doesn't have a valve top that forces kids to suck the drink out of the cup like a bottle. The top is spill resistant BPA free silicone and fits on a jelly jar to make it a mason jar kid's cup although they say all ages appreciate the grippable silicone jar sleeve that comes with the lids.
I spill drinks on myself like it is my super power. I am so talented that I can spill and wear my drink even when I use a straw. That is why I use a reusable glass straw when I drink out of a mason jar in the first place. CUP-POW - wet shirt!
I think they made the Ecojarz Drink Top (get more info here) just for me. They have stainless steel and BPA free silicone versions. You can choose to drink from the just the jar drinking lid or use the Ecojarz lid with the reusable stainless steel straw that comes with it.
You can find more info about the mason jar mug here.
The Ecojarz drink lid fits standard size canning, spaghetti, and applesauce jars. Good. Spaghetti sauce jars might be my next kitchen collectible. Don't tell Husband, K?
The Daisy Cutout Metal Straw Holder Lids for Mason Jars (get more info here) come in both silver and gold and are just plain cute. The cutout straw top makes me think of pink lemonade. I don't know why.
You need to supply your own straws with the Daisy top. Most of the moms on Pinterest pair the lids with striped paper straws (You can find them here) to avoid plastic straws for kid's parties.
If I didn't have glass straws I would go with a stainless steel reusable straw (you can find them here) because paper straws turned to mush when I used them as a kid.
32 ounces of Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker right here!
After all of those beverages you should probably eat something. The Cuppow BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor (get more info here) turns your mason into a lunch box. Cup-POW! Mason jars keep lettuce from spoiling in the refrigerator. Now you can tote salad dressing to the jar too. Cool.
Cup-Pow! Instant mason jar lunchbox !
I store my brown sugar in a mason jar to keep it from clumping into a rock. I tried making a DIY pouring spout and it was a FAIL. The BPA free reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap (get more info here) is my solution. The lid snaps on either wide mouth or regular canning jars.
In two sizes for twice the pouring fun!
If you make syrups the Magnuson mason jar pouring spout (get more info here) might be a better option for you. The Maguson is a one piece cap and spout that fits regular size canning jars.
My school kid desk lamp was a pickle jar filled with seashells we gathered on vacation. You can make something similar with the Mason Jar Lamp Kit (get more info here.) The mason jar lamp fits regular size jars. The galvanized lid adds country charm.
Easiest. DIY lamp. Ever. No wiring required!
This one is really unique and cool. It is a Mason jar oil lamp (get more info here) that turns any regular canning jar into an oil lamp with a chimney.
Canning jar oil lamp? How Little House on the Prairie is that?!
If solar is more your style, top off your standard jar with the Colonial Tin Mason Jar Solar Light (get more info here) for a DIY sun jar.
Galvanized solar canning jar lamps
My favorite local ice cream shop, uses canning jar vases from a florist to hold flowers on the tables. You can get the same country rustic look that keeps the flowers from flopping all over the jar vase if you use this Mason Jar Chicken Wire Flower Frog Lid (get more info here.)
This just screams outdoor wedding reception. Cute!
If you are planning a wedding reception, you should save your pennies. The Coin Bank Mason Jar Cap (get more info here) allows you to make any standard mason jar into a piggy bank.
You can bank on it.
With all of that canning jar banking, you'll have to do some accounting. Keep your pencils sharp with this Mason Jar Pencil Sharpener (get more info here.)
You can use it as a crayon sharpener too
If you get your hands dirty with all of that money counting, accounting or crayoning the Decorative Soap or Lotion Mason Jar Dispenser Kit get more info here) turns a standard canning jars into a soap dispenser. Just the thing if you make handmade liquid soap or lotion.
Mason jar soap pump
I use a mason jar to grow alfalfa sprouts on my kitchen counter. Yep, there a lid for that too. I like this Stainless steel sprouting Lid (get more info here) because it won't rust like the canning jar rings I use with repurposed mesh to grow mason jar sprouts.
This sprouting lid fits onto regular size mason jars.
How do you use mason jars?
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