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Christmas Mason Jar Ideas

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There are so many things to make with mason jars, we just love them! There’s so much you can do with them, particularly at this time of year, when they are so useful for small gifts when you’ve run out of ideas or forgotten someone! Use these Christmas mason jars for decorating around your home and keep a few handy for last minute gift ideas.

Decorative things to make with mason jars

Some of the simplest, cheapest and most effective Xmas decorations can be made from mason jars. As a start, take a few jars and cut out a couple of Christmassy silhouettes – trees, reindeers and stars, for examples. Lightly glue them to the outside of the jars then spray the rest of the glass with some snow spray. Carefully remove the sticker, then pour salt into the bottom of the jar to about an inch from the bottom. Sit a candle on the salt snow and watch it flicker through the clear silhouette you have left. These look beautiful on window sills and shelves. Similarly, leave the glass clear except for a bit of frosting around the rim, then tie a couple of pine cones, sprigs of fresh rosemary or Christmas baubles around the rim with brown string or sparkly ribbon. Again pour about an inch of salt snow into the bottom of the jar and light your candle inside it.

You can also create tiny Christmas mason jar landscapes. Lay a snowy base in the bottom of the jar using cotton wool, then stick some small winter figures inside – snowmen, reindeer and elves, for example. Maybe add a twig or a sprig of rosemary as a tree with some tiny red beads as berries. Screw the lid on and cover it with some jute and fasten a ribbon around the lid to decorate.

Gift things to make with mason jars

A visit to the sweet shop and the craft shop can result in some very cute Christmas mason jars which make lovely little gifts. Fill the jars with chocolate truffles, chocolate buttons, chocolate covered raisins or some other small, chocolatey sweets. Stick a strip of brown paper around the body of the jar then stick a couple of eyes and a little red button nose in the centre of the jar. Form a couple of brown pipe cleaners into reindeer antlers and stick them to the lid of the jar, then decorate with a strip of red ribbon around the rim.

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Proud Supplier of Mason Jars

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Wares of Knutsford is pleased to supply jars by all the major names – Kilner, Le Parfait, Familia Wiss, Leifheit and, of course, Mason. All of these jars are variations on a theme, made of high quality embossed glass with distinctive lids.

About Mason jars

Mason jars are one of the most popular styles in our range, used particularly for preserving. The jars come with a rubber ring inside the screw on lid which create a completely airtight seal when used properly, helping to preserve the contents.

Named for its creator, John Landis Mason, this style of jar was patented in 1858. Antique versions of these jars have become highly collectable, depending upon their condition, rarity and age. While the Mason jar is now manufactured under various names, the basic system remains the same and is as effective as it ever was.

Wares of Knutsford’s Mason jar range

Wares of Knutsford is a Mason jar supplier of three different sizes: one litre, 500ml and 250ml. They are sold in packs of six, 12 and 18 and include the familiar gold coloured lids. With a separate, heat sealable metal disc and screw band. Wares of Knutsford also sells a useful pack of 12 spare lids for one litre and 500ml size jars – while the lids can be cleaned for re-use it’s worth replacing them sometimes as with preserving there no room for error when it comes to allowing bacteria in!

How to use your Mason jars

While Mason jars are designed to provide the perfect conditions for preserving fruits and vegetables, our customers have found a wide variety of ways to use them. They make ideal garden fairy lights with a tea light inside, vases, containers for crafting tools and small children’s toys and to grow herbs in! They are ideal containers for wedding favours or certain gifts – such as when filled with the ingredients for making cakes.

Wares of Knutsford is also a drinking Mason jar supplier. These cute, handled jars make an unusual way of serving drinks. They come in 450ml and 630ml sizes and can be bought with or without lids. Mason drinking jars are ideal for long cocktails such as Pimms or a Long Island iced tea, or non-alcoholic refreshments such as real lemonade. Made of heavyweight glass with a chunky handle, they are sturdy enough to be used outside or by children.

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Kilner and Mason Jars, Brands of Quality

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Wares of Knutsford is pleased to offer jars by well known brands such as Kilner, Mason, Le Parfait and Leifheit. These long established names serve as a guarantee of quality, to the point that people often refer to any screw top or clip top jar as a Kilner or Mason jar, even if they are made by other brands.

History of Mason Jars

Mason is a brand name for jars invented by John Landis Mason, a tinsmith from Philadelphia, in 1858. They are often called Ball jars, which was the name of one of the companies manufacturing the product. They are made of transparent glass with an embossed logo and come with a metal screw top shaped to accept a rubber seal. Once used for commercial canning, these days they are more popular for home preserving and are sometimes known as Ball jars. Antique versions are now highly collectable items.

History of Kilner Jars

These are, in effect, an English version of the Mason jars. Made in Yorkshire by John Kilner & Co from 1842, the company went bankrupt in 1937. The jars have since been produced under licence by other manufacturers. Like the Mason jar, Kilner jars come in clear, embossed glass with a rubber sealed screw top or a clip top closure.

Other brands of Mason jars

A similar product is made by the German brand Leifheit, with jars in a diamond shape and a simple twist off lid or sealable disc and screw band lids, or by the French firm Le Parfait with its Familia Wiss range of terrine jars. Like the Kilner and Mason jars, these come with a two part lid – a screw band which holds a metal sealing disc in place. Spare lids can be bought from Wares of Knutsford.

While Mason and Kilner jars were designed for preserving and still popularly used that way, they have become extremely versatile homeware items with clever Wares of Knutsford customers coming up with all sorts of creative ideas for using their jars. These include as lanterns, as Valentine’s Day glitter jars, as snow globes, sewing kits, soap dispensers, cocktail glasses, vases and for all sorts of storage. Crafters use them to keep all their fiddly paraphernalia organised and easy to find, while parents have found them a useful way to store small toy items such as Lego pieces, beads, marbles, dolls’ accessories, hair clips, jewellery so that kids find them easy to find and easy to tidy up again afterwards!

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How to Make a Jam Jar Herb Garden

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A large garden or access to an allotment plot aren’t necessarily prerequisites for edible gardening. Even if you live in a small apartment, there’s an astonishing variety of edible plants you can grow, with the help of a little imagination and DIY competence.

A jam jar herb garden is quick and easy to achieve:

How to make a herb garden: equipment

  • Drill
  • Screw driver
  • Spirit level
  • Wooden backing board
  • ‘No More Nails’ or similar adhesive
  • Rawl plugs and screws
  • Hose clips large enough to circle Mason jars
  • Mason jars
  • Potting compost
  • Charcoal
  • Stones
  • Herb plants

How to make a herb garden: fitting and fixing

Choose where to place your jam jar herb garden – near a window is best if possible, to act as a source of light.

Lay out your hose clips and Mason jars along the board and mark where you want to fit them.

Drill screw holes at appropriate fixing points on the board, then hold the board against the wall and mark through the holes as a template for where to insert your rawl plugs – use a spirit level to make sure the board is straight! Drill and fix your rawl plugs in place.

Once you are sure of your positioning, use your wall adhesive to mount the board in place, making sure your screw holes sit exactly over the rawl plugs, then screw securely into the wall.

Use some staples or wood screws to fit your hose clips to the board.

How to make a herb garden: planting

As you will be planting into Mason jars, arrange a bottom layer of stones about an inch thick to provide some drainage. Top the stones with about a half inch of charcoal to assist the drainage process and prevent bacterial growth in the soil.

Fill the jars with the compost and plant your herbs – go for an easy care selection you’ll use regularly such as basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, parsley and sage, for example. Growing plants in clear glass jars is not only entertaining as you can see the root growth but also practical, as you will see clearly when the soil is dry and the plants need water.

Secure the planted jars into the hose clips. The clips will need to be pretty tight so that the jars don’t slip.

Now you know just how to make a herb garden you can watch your herbs grow!

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