27 Things to store in Mason jars

Jul 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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Versatile Mason jars can be used for far more than pickling and preserving. Use them in every room of the house to add instant charm.

Mason jars in the kitchen

Beyond the jams, salsas and compotes you have stored in the pantry, consider using Mason jars for items you need every day, like baking supplies:

mason jar baking supplies

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Stack the makings of a lunch salad in a Mason jar to make it perfectly transportable:

mason jar salads

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Serve cereal in a Mason jar — the kids will eat it up!

mason jar cereal

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Mason jars in the bathroom

Professional home stager Tori Toth frequently uses Mason jars in her staging. She likes them for displaying seashells...

mason jar seashells

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and hair accessories, cotton balls and swabs.

mason jars cotton swabs

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Also, bath beads and bath salts!

mason jar bath salts

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Mason jars in the family room

Toth stages family rooms with Mason jars containing colorful accessories, such as checkers, dice,

mason jars dice

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marbles,

mason jar marbles

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jigsaw puzzle pieces,

mason jar jigsaw puzzle

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and tiny toys!

mason jar toys

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Mason jars outdoors

Host a gathering on your deck or patio lit with votive-filled Mason jars.

mason jar candles

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Let the kids collect butterflies, dragonflies and fireflies with Mason jars (don't forget to punch breathing holes in the lids!).

mason jar bugs

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Afterward, serve lemonade in the jars. The home cleaning and organizing experts at BrightNest promise, "Drinks are more refreshing that way… honest!"

mason jar lemonade

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Mason jars for the seasons

Celebrate each season or holiday with a rotating Mason jar display. Think candy hearts for Valentine's Day, 

mason jar candy hearts

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marshmallow peeps and jellybeans for Easter, tiny gourds and pine cones for fall

mason jar pine cones

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and pretty bows or ornaments for Christmas.

mason jar ornaments

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Mason jars around the rest of the home

Look for small things you want to store and/or display. At the end of each work day, toss extra change into Mason jars (each designated for something specific, like a mini vacation or new shoes). Watch how quickly it adds up!

mason jar spare change

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Keep your pet goldfish in a Mason jar instead of a fishbowl.

mason jar goldlfish

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Create colorful displays of craft supplies and notions.

mason jar vintage buttons

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Add rustic charm to cut flowers by substituting a Mason jar for a crystal vase.

mason jar cut flowers

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Create a darling little Mason jar terrarium to add a bit of life to a bookshelf or side table.

mason jar terrarium

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The possibilities really are endless. Ana from Coastal Creative Events in Savannah has been crafting with Mason jars for events for more than 10 years. "I like to mix colors and create ombre designs, stripes and rainbows, too." This sea glass looks gorgeous!

mason jar sea glass

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Want more Mason jar ideas? Find tons of inspiration at Sussle. Founder Chuck Kao describes Sussle as "Pinterest meets Wikipedia," and Mason jars just happen to be one of thousands of topics covered on the site.

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