Fun and Easy Mason Jar Crafts

Mason Jar History and some crafting ideas

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.

Mason 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

                             Scissors

                             Quart size Mason Jar with smooth sides

  1. Choose your combinations of Washi tapes.
  2. 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.
  3. Overlap the tape strips at the same spot (the back of the jar).
  4. Place kitchen utensils in the jar.

 

Mason Magnets

Items needed:  Lids, newspaper, acrylic paint, waxed paper, craft paintbrush, craft glue, Mod Podge, water-colored markers, craft magnets, hot glue gun, spray primer.

  1. 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.
  2. Put acrylic paint on waxed paper and with paint brush, paint the lids.
  3. Punch out circles to cover the lid front.
  4. Stamp image and color or place a die on lid. Cover with Mod Podge. Dry.
  5. Using hot glue , glue the magnet on back of lid.
Reed Diffuser
Items needed: 8 oz jelly jar, baby oil, Essential oil (can be purchased at natural food store), 15 thin bamboo skewers, scissors, rubbing alcohol
1. Pour baby oil into the jar until you fill it about /2 way (1/2 cup)
2. Choose Essential oil and add 45 drops to the jar.
3. Splash a tsp. of alcohol or vodka to help the oils wick up the sticks. Stir to mix.
4. Bamboo skewers should be roughly twice as long as your jar. Most skewers seem to be about 10″ long and the pint jar is 4″ tall so cut off 2″ from the pointy end of the skewers. Adjust as necessary.
Bubble Mason Jar
Items Needed:  8 oz Mason Jar, label (die cut), 1/2 cup of water, 4 table spoons of liquid dish soap, 2 tbl. of light corn syrup (Karo), spoon.
1. Mix the ingredients together in the jar and stir slowly but thoroughly with a spoon.
2. Test the bubbles with a bubble wand. Experiment until you can easily create several bubbles with one blow.
‘Til next time,
~Sallie
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