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2X4: Four Functional Mason Jar Projects

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08.01.13

Sure, mason jars aren’t new to the scene, but you can teach this old-décor dog new tricks! Instead of doing the jar-to-vase routine, turn a mason jar into one of these useful items. Here are four ways to put your mason jars to work:

Photos: Anthropologie / The Blissfully Content Life

Sewing Kit. Just like a spare tire, you don’t give sewing kits much thought until you need one. (Like, “major tear in your favorite jeans” need one.) Give the weary sewing-kit look a style upgrade by putting all the supplies in a mason jar. Add a pin cushion to the top of the lid, and then fill the jar with sewing kit contents. For pin cushion-making details, check out Diary of a Copycat

Soap Dispenser. Soap dispensers: necessary, but generally not very attractive. By upgrading your store-bought plastic soap dispenser, you’ll take your sink-game to the next level. For this project, you’ll need: a mason jar, an old lotion bottle pump, a Phillips screw driver and needle nose pliers. For a full tutorial, check out The Blissfully Content Life. Tip: If you still have lotion gunk in your pump, mix a concoction of soap and warm water and place the tube into the water. Then, give it a few pumps. 

Photos: A Bit of Sunshine / GettingWeddy | Etsy

Adult Sippy Cup. What makes a delicious tasting beverage even better? A beautiful cup to sip it from! We love this DIY adult sippy cup from A Bit of Sunshine because of its bright, unexpected colors and design. To make a “mason jar sippy,” you’ll need: a mason jar, hole punch, fabric of your choice, fabric glue and spray paint. When you’re ready to drink from your cup, grab a straw, whip up your favorite summer cocktail (we love mint juleps) and get sippin’.  

Wall Sconce. A mason jar with flowers is pretty, but a mason jar with flowers that’s mounted on the wall? Beautiful! Turn any plain ole wall into Floral City, USA by adding a few sconces. We love this version by the Etsy shop GettingWeddy because of the craftsmanship and detail. Tip: If you dig the look and want to try to make your own belt-jar project, check out these ways to upcycle leather belts.  

More great mason jar projects:

Photo: The Burlap Bag

Project by: Claire Zinnecker, Photo by: Chanel Dror for CamilleStyles.com

Photo: Fine and Feathered

Photo: Not Just A Housewife

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