Mason jar solar lights
When we think of Mason jars, we tend to imagine them filled with all manner of tasty delights from scrumptious strawberry jam to preserved lemons and pickled gherkins. These iconic jars are ideal for so much more than home preserving, however, and there are so many fabulous and creative ideas for how to use them for craft and home decor projects. Today, we are going to look at one such Mason jar project: how to make solar lights for the garden or porch using these jars.
Solar lights for Mason jars
In past blog posts, we have talked about making Mason jar lights using tealights placed inside the jars. These look fantastic and are great for an occasional outdoor party or evening spent on the patio; however, if you want your lights to work every evening, it makes sense to use solar lights instead.
If you do not already have a Mason jar or two to use for this project, check out our online store – we have a huge range in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whilst we can’t find a way to make your own mini solar panel to go on the lid of the jars, Mason jar solar lids are readily available on the internet from places such as Amazon, eBay and Etsy. Just make sure you buy the right size solar lids for the jars you intend to use.
These solar lid packs tend to come with a string of LED fairy lights attached. You simply place the string of lights inside the Mason jar and clip the solar panel piece into place before screwing on the original Mason jar outer band. Put the Mason jar in position, ensuring that it gets plenty of sunlight, and wait for nightfall. At dusk, your jar will turn into a pretty light display. Positioned along a wall or suspended from low branches in a tree, these jars will look magical.
Decorating your Mason jars
The LED light strings that are attached to the solar lid pieces for these jars are super-pretty as they are, but you can go one step further by decorating the jar itself. One cool idea is to tape stencil shapes to the sides of the jar and spray frosting paint all over the jar before removing the stencils to leave clear silhouettes to let the light shine through. If stencils sound too difficult, just place paper tape around the jar and spray to give a fun, stripy finish.
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Crafting with Mason Jars
There is no denying the fact that crafting, in all its forms, is hugely popular. A quick online search of sites such as Pinterest, Etsy and Craftster shows that the US is especially keen on crafting; however, when it comes to Mason jars UK crafters have plenty of great ideas up their sleeves. In today’s post, we look at some simple but effective ideas for using Mason jars to make quirky and original items for your home.
Making lights with Mason Jars
One of the easiest Mason jar craft projects we have come across is using them to make beautiful lights. Wind strings of pretty white LED lights into the jars and string the jars from trees in the garden; alternatively, children’s neon light sticks bent to fit inside a Mason jar will give a funky effect perfect for children’s parties after dark.
If you are feeling really creative, why not go all out and convert a hanging light fitting into a Mason jar chandelier? First, find a light fitting with candle bulbs hanging vertically from a central frame. Glue the screw-threaded part of one lid to the frame, surrounding each light bulb, and spray paint the inside of each Mason jar before screwing it onto the lid over the light bulb. If the light fitting has plenty of bulbs, try a rainbow-coloured Mason jar chandelier; alternatively, if it only has two or three bulbs, try an elegant glitter or snow effect for a romantic feel.
Getting organised with Mason jars
We have talked in the past about how great Mason jars are for household storage. You can simply fill them up and line them on a shelf or windowsill; alternatively, if you are feeling particularly creative, you can go one step further. Find a piece of interesting wood – driftwood or a piece of pallet wood, perhaps – and screw giant jubilee clips at regular intervals along the wood. Fix the wood horizontally to the wall, fix the Mason jar lids into the jubilee clips, and tighten until they are held firmly. Screw on the jars and fill them with the items of your choice.
When it comes to sourcing Mason jars UK crafters are in luck. Here at Wares, we stock the full range of jar sizes, from the dinkiest of jars right up to one-litre whoppers. Whatever your crafting ideas, we have Mason jars to suit!
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Homemade sliced pickles in a mason jar
The history of Mason jars
We often take our kitchenwares and appliances for granted, using them every day without stopping to think about them in any detail. Whilst it is perhaps hard to get excited about the history of a pastry brush, some kitchen items do have a story to tell and the humble Mason jar is one of these. In today’s post, we take a look at the history of the Mason jar and examine how more recent trends have brought about new product innovations for the company behind the iconic product.
Some facts about Mason jars
The Mason jar was invented way back in 1858 by an American called John Landis Mason. The key to his invention was the screw band that fixes the circular lid in place to form a tight seal. Combined with the rubber ring on the inside, the lid forms a hermetic seal, ensuring that the jar’s contents are perfectly preserved.
Prior to the invention of the Mason jar, jars were often sealed using liquid wax, which fixed a tin lid in place. This was a messy process that was difficult to get right, often resulting in spoiled preserves. When John Landis Mason filed US Patent No 22,186, things changed dramatically in the home preserves world and his jars became incredibly popular. Whilst John Landis Mason was evidently a clever inventor, he was not quite so astute when it came to protecting his patent, which was allowed to lapse. Many other firms were therefore able to produce ‘copycat’ designs and ultimately it was ruled that Mason had forfeited his patent by not actively pursuing those who were producing their own similar designs.
New styles of Mason jars
As time passed, many new styles and sizes of Mason jar were created to cater to the growing trend for home canning. Today, jars are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from small 250ml jars to one-litre whoppers.
One interesting development in recent times is the Mason drinking jar. A few years ago, hipster bars in London’s trendy Hoxton area started serving drinks in Mason jars. As the trend caught on, some companies decided to tap into the craze and Mason drinking jars were designed.
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Making healthy meals in Mason jars
When people think of the humble Mason jar, it is easy to assume that its sole use is for jam making and home preserves; however, there is so much more to these traditional glass jars. They make amazing serving dishes, for example, as they show food off in all its colourful glory. In today’s blog, we look at some ideas for healthy meals that work brilliantly in Mason jars.
Techniques for serving food in glass jars
Using Mason jars to serve food in is a fabulous idea, as you can see all the ingredients through the glass. Recipes that involve layering different ingredients, one on top of the next, work particularly well and look visually appealing. These jars are also heatproof; therefore, you are not limited to cold salads and desserts. Single portion pies work well, as do soufflés, baked egg dishes and mini puddings.
Healthy lunches in Mason jars
Mason jars are fantastic for packed lunches, as the screw top lid keeps everything safe. If lunchtimes have become a little dull, why not ditch the boring sandwich and take a jar full of healthy salad and noodles to work instead? Try a prawn and feta cheese salad, or perhaps a pesto and pasta salad, with succulent cherry tomatoes and a splash of olive oil. The beauty of the ‘salad in a jar’ approach is that you can experiment, throwing in whatever vegetables and salad items you have to hand for a unique concoction. It is hard to go wrong and your lunch will always look more appetising in a glass jar than in a plastic container!
Buy Mason jars online
If we have inspired you to start preparing a few tasty and healthy meals in Mason jars, you may need some jars to get started. Look no further, as you can buy Mason jars online from our comprehensive range. We have jars of every shape and size, including traditional Mason style jars and jars from Kilner and Le Parfait. The 250ml jars are perfect for breakfast dishes or desserts, whilst the larger 500ml jars work well for salads and lunch dishes.
We hope we have inspired you to have a go at some tasty meals served in glass jars. Whether a simple salad or a sumptuous berry and creme fraiche dessert, showing it off in a glass jar will make your meal look really special. Why not try this approach at your next dinner party?
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