Displaying Ball Mason Jars indoors and in the garden
Mason jars are beloved by many, especially Flea Market gardeners! Here we get a peek at some of the collections and crafts you have collected.
Napoleon is often credited with the invention of modern canning: in 1795 the French military offered a cash prize of 12,000 francs for a new method to preserve food. Someone suggested canning and the process was first begun in 1806. The wax seals were messy.
Later in 1858, an inventor and tinsmith from New York, John L. Mason, invented the Mason jar. He invented a machine that could cut threads into lids, which made it practical to manufacture a jar with a reusable, screw-on, lid.
MaryDee Moore shows us her classic collection of mason jars in a favorite color displayed in an original metal canning rack. Lovely!
Mason jars as vases
Julie Brown inspires us to spotlight Mason jars used as vases in and outside in the garden. She says, ” My favorite kind of vase in the whole world is an old, blue, bubbly mason jar. Love it.” We say, It’s just perfect with the pretty whites. And of course it has a gingham bow!
Tina Mamula says, “A ‘just because’ gift to a country neighbor. Simplicity is a beautiful thing.”
Rebecca Spencer says, “Yard work is made sweeter by hanging a jar of daffodils on my ‘barrow…. ” Rebecca’s blog is Of Bluebirds & Roses.
One fabulous idea, a chandelier Elisa McLaughlin created using old blue mason jars would totally be a conversation starter! She it one talented lady! She says ” I have seen similar hanging lights used outside especially for weddings.”
Theresa Doss says, “I use old blue mason jars and crates for toting bouquets around to friends. One crate holds eight jars perfectly. Soda crates work too…” We say, ” A great idea for May Day!
Mason Jar Memories
Becky Norris says of her Mason jars, “This is how I am using some of my old blue jars. They make great instant photo displays. I can use them outside if i want and they stay high and dry since they are sealed in the jars.”
From Chalk Farm Home, Jennifer Rae Beck says, “These old canning jars are my favorite for giving flowers to friends.” We say, “This whole picture looks like a birthday party to us! The cool aqua color of the jar is lovely with the blossoms. If you haven’t seen the aqua colored ones much, check out the tip below.” The watery blue goes well with ‘forced’ blooms.
Kirk Willis says, “I took this photo last winter of my Mason jar bird feeder with its chicken feeder base. I thought it looked cool after our recent snow storms. Then…..I realized after seeing the photo on the computer screen…I need to refill this feeder!
Flea Market garden tip for Mason jars:
Do you want old blue mason jars but haven’t found them at the flea markets or the high shipping costs from eBay or Etsy? Well, did you know that you can get the aqua/turquoise look on clear jars with the help of some transparent glass paint? Fantastic! Check out this how-to guide from the Bridal Buzz. And the bottom line? About $1.50 ea. for a case of 12 jars. Sweeeeet!