Mason jars are the cutest. Of all the recent "hipster" home trends, they're the one that delights me most. They're just packed with country charm and down-on-the-farm practicality. Plus they're perfectly-sized, airtight, reusable containers, and because they're glass, they're 1) way cuter than and 2) way better for the planet than Tupperware.
Check out all these cool, creative ways to use mason jars and be inspired!
As a refillable sugar container, complete with pour spout! Keep this next to the coffee maker for some old-school diner charm.
As a match holder! It's way cuter than the standard matchbox. Cut out a circle of sandpaper for a strikable lid. Cut a small hole to make your matches more accessible! It's a perfect way to keep matches close at hand and easy to use.
As a rustic iced coffee (or tea) cup. This specially-made one fits into cupholders, too! On sale for less than $10 on Etsy.
As a lovely vehicle for homemade salads! Check out my guide to crafting the perfect jar salad here.
As a cocktail shaker! This 4-piece $29 set is available from the Brooklyn-based Mason Shaker.
As baking dishes for adorable mini-pies! (Or perfectly sized dinner rolls, or fruit crisps, or cheesecake-in-a-jar... the possibilities are endless.) Find tons of cute jar dessert ideas here.
As gorgeous glitter-dipped centerpieces, vases, or shelf ornaments. Tutorial at Lilyshop.
To make orange-infused vinegar – a homemade, green cleaning product. Stuff a 16 oz. mason jar with orange peels (or clementine, lime, or lemon peels). Fill with white vinegar. Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. At the end of that time, you'll be left with good-smelling vinegar. Simply pour into a spray bottle, dilute with water (a 1:1 ratio), and clean away! More detail here.