Dear Fellow Crafters,
A lot of you have noticed my fascination with Mason Jars and the many ways you can use them in crafting. I thought you might also like to know about the history of this famous jar.
In 1810, a Frenchman names Nicholas Appert produced a canning jar just in time for Napoleon’s plans for conquering the world. In 1858 an American tinsmith names John Landis Mason patented his own version of the jar. His “Mason Jar” featured a threaded jar mouth, a rubber seal and a reusable screw zinc cover.
The jar became very popular, and in 1886 the Ball Brothers of Buffalo, New York started manufacturing their design.
Alexander Kerr improved the jar sealing mechanism in 1903. He gave it a wider mouth. The Ball Brothers liked the version so much that they adopted it too!
….And that is why you will find different versions of Mason Jars on the shelves of your local craft stores.
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While researching ideas for Mason Jars I came across these. Sorry, no pics.
Washi Tape Utensil jar
Items Needed: Washi tape in assorted sizes, colors and prints
Quart size Mason Jar with smooth sides
- Choose your combinations of Washi tapes.
- Cut the tapes into 12 1/2″ strips and apply one at a time to the jar. Leave the bottom inch or so of curvy jar and the top few inches free of tape.
- Overlap the tape strips at the same spot (the back of the jar).
- Place kitchen utensils in the jar.
Items needed: Lids, newspaper, acrylic paint, waxed paper, craft paintbrush, craft glue, Mod Podge, water-colored markers, craft magnets, hot glue gun, spray primer.
- Place the lids shiny side up on newspaper. Give then an even coat of spray primer. Do this outside. Dry and repeat if necessary. Dry.
- Put acrylic paint on waxed paper and with paint brush, paint the lids.
- Punch out circles to cover the lid front.
- Stamp image and color or place a die on lid. Cover with Mod Podge. Dry.
- Using hot glue , glue the magnet on back of lid.