Household Hacks: Mason Jars

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Mason jars have been a huge trend in the craft world as of late, and we're all aboard the bandwagon. If you have any empty mason jars that you've put aside for craft day, get them back out! It's time to explore your creative side.

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Canning: A fun way to keep your family healthy is through canning your own veggies. Having your kids help you plant, pick, can and eventually eat the vegetables is a great way for them to understand the growing process. It will give them lasting childhood memories, and a new skillset to put under their belt. For more info on canning your own veggies, click here.

Poured candle: Candles can get so expensive, especially at places like Bath & Body Works. Making your own candles is easier than you think, and a mason jar is the perfect vessel for it. Click here for more info on the candle-making process.

Bathroom organizer: Mason jars attached to a wooden pallet can give your rustic bathroom just the touch it needs. Plus, you'll actually be able to find your makeup and Q-tips! Click here to see how to do it.

mason jar bathroom organizer
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Salt and pepper shakers: Sick of the same two salt and pepper shakers brandishing your dinner table every night? Make your own! They could quite possibly be the easiest DIY project ever. While you're at it, you can make your own powdered sugar shakers as well.

Soap dispenser: For a charming touch to your bathroom, try making a mason jar soap dispenser. It's easier than you'd think! First, measure and mark the center of the jar's lid. Then, using a half-inch high-speed steel drill bit, drill a hole to fit the width of a soap dispenser pump. Hint: Use the pumps from old lotion bottles.

Moss terrarium: This is a fun project for the kids to work on on a rainy day; plus, they'll create their own living mini ecosystem! Click here for instructions.

moss terrarium
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Spice holder: Tired of the hodgepodge of mismatched spice jars lining the shelves of your lazy Susan? Use small mason jars with chalkboard tops for a creative, clean look! Here's how to do it.

Air freshener: Bypass the harmful chemicals in store-bought air fresheners and utilize the wonderful scents of nature instead! To make your own air freshener, simply bring two sliced lemons, two stalks of rosemary, a teaspoon of vanilla and two quarts of water to a boil. Let that mixture simmer for a while, filling your house with a fresh, clean smell. You may have to add more water to the pot in order to keep the ingredients covered. After it cools, transfer the mixture to mason jars, placing them in frequently visited rooms. Click here for more info!

Mason jar salad: Mason jar salads seem to be all the rage recently. They're a fun way to get your veggies in, and they're quite beautiful to look at! Click here to see 12 mason jar salads that will kickstart your lunch break.

chopped chicken salad in a mason jar
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Cupcake liner storage: For a bright punch of color to your kitchen, store your colorful cupcake liners in clear mason jars! This will especially come in handy if you're a frequent baker.

Tealight lantern: Hosting an outdoor party? Tealight lanterns offer a quaint, beautiful look once the sun sets, and all you have to do is place your tealights in some mason jars and place them strategically. Click here for more details.

Leftover paint containers: Even when you're stuffing those almost-empty paint canisters in the unfinished part of your basement, the dingy look can really be too much, especially during dark winter months. Try pouring the remnants of your paint into mason jars. This is an especially fun trick if you and your kids do a lot of arts and crafts; that way, you can tell which colors are which and access them easily.

>> Read more: Non-Toxic Finger Paint Recipe

Travel time capsule: If you're a travel lover, a good idea would be to take home souvenirs to place in mason jars. You can then label and keep those "travel time capsules" all in one place for a great visual representation of your travels! Click here for the tutorial from Lauren Likes.

travel time capsule
(Photo: Photo Credit: Lauren Likes)

Kitchen herb garden: If you have a bright kitchen, growing an herb garden might be a good idea! Simply line each mason jar with gravel or clay to avoid the jars from rotting, then add soil and seeds for whichever herbs you cook with most. It's an easy, cheap and beautiful way to keep your herb cabinet stocked! Click here for more info.

>> Read more: Your Guid to Herbs and Spices

Planter: For the perfect hostess or housewarming gift, simply line four or five differently-colored mason jars in a planter. Fill them with the flowers of your choice! Click here to view them on Etsy.

Bird feeder: Words can't describe the smile that spreads across your toddler's face when she sees birdies in the backyard, so keep those bird coming with a homemade mason jar bird feeder! All you'll need is a mason jar, twine and a small round chicken feeder. Click here for more info!