Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mason Jar Love

I confess I love mason jars! I don't know why, but I just love those glass bottles! I have different ideas of how I want to use them (yes I actually spend time thinking about mason jars) but here are ways I have already put some to use around my home.
Holding money is a great use. Separating the money by coin with the purpose of teaching my kids about the different coins and their worth. We are saving our "pennies" for family fun. My girls love contributing to the growing coin jars! When they find coins while we are out and about they can not wait to get home to drop them in the jar. They also love to "find" coins in my room, usually on top of my dresser from daddy's pockets, and excitedly show me more coins to contribute to the jar. This is a great way to teach kids about saving money in a fun, family style way. 
I left the top open for easy dropping!
How can I even express my love for these old turquoise jars? The two on the right look clear, but in reality they are just lighter than the one on the left. Gorgeous! They used to be filled with marbles, but I lost them. No not really... about them being filled with marbles... the other part is obviously true as evidence in this post!

Remember my button jar in my laundry room? It was a jar that held pasta sauce. When I realized Classico jars are mason jars, I morned the loss of all the ones I threw away. Just tossed in the trash like garbage.

Each of my girls have jars filled with shells, pebbles, rocks or stones. They found  these while at the beach or a fun day out enjoying nature and wanted to bring home a little memory from the day. I tied each jar with a different ribbon that coordinates to a frame I painted for each of them. My girls have loved this! Always makes me happy to see my children latch onto my simple ways of saying "you are special."
Well I will put a lid on it and say clearly I love mason jars!

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  1. OH! I love Mason jars too!!!! Well, actually, Mario and I have an equal love for them! We store rice, dried beans, sugar, coffee, and such in ours. But they are also truly great to use in decorating. I love the idea for the sea shells/rocks! I might have to do that for Jaidyn! She would LOVE it! Here is another idea for you. Click the link
    I am definitely going to incorporate this one too!
    Oh, the 'girl talk' blog that I found that idea on is fabulous too! Check it out!

  2. So glad to see another mason jar fanatic here! I love them too. And you are right about the Classico jars. I noticed the first time that I bought Classico that the jar was a mason jar! They are a keeper! Love your ideas!!

  3. Add me to the list of vintage canning jar fans! I love ALL kinds of the older ones...with lids..without...different brands....cracked..uncracked....I am not fussy AT ALL. I put rosehips in one....have a lamp made out of another one.....a bunch of lavender filled in still another. Buttons in the one with the lamp..and many are just collected together in an older "jelly cabinet" with a metal netting screen for the door. The dust kills me, though!! haha

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  5. What a great way to recycle. Separation of money by coins will definitely help your kids to easily learn their worth. This project of yours will encourage your family to save up as well because of their lovely appearance. Love this idea! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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