mason jar centerpiece

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Where were all the mason jars when I got married almost 19 years ago?


Probably hidden behind pantry doors – or in the dark recesses of basements – being used as they were intended to be used. For canning.


When my father walked me down the aisle so I could say my “I Do’s” to my beloved husband, those mason jars were busy working hard to keep those stewed tomatoes stewed …


… and those pickled beets pickled.



And when Mike and I took to the dance floor to dance our first dance to “Be My Baby,” those mason jars filled with tomatoes and beets and various other fruits and vegetables could only dream of one day being the center of attention as a centerpiece on reception hall tables …




If only they knew back then what they would grow up to become …



… and in how many crazy ways we would use them.


Repurpose them ..


Paint them


Cook in them


And fall head over heels in love with them …


If you’re looking for even more non-traditional mason jar ideas, check out my Mason Jar Gallery.



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  1. says

    LInda, my friend, how are you? I thought you had gone on some sort of blogging hiatus, only to discover I’m not getting your updates in Bloglovin’. Oddly enough I had to unsubscribe and re-follow you. I am happy to report it would appear all is working now. Love the pieces you are doing on mason jars!! I think one could say I am slightly smitten with jars, canning jars to be exact. but every different variety you can come across! Have a wonderful day!

  2. says

    So very pretty — LOVE the flowers — a much-needed burst of color on these dreary, non-spring-like days! Great idea to group them in a basket like that!

  3. says

    Just when I think you couldn’t possibly come up with a new idea for mason jars you prove me wrong. Love the flowers and your photos are incredible!

  4. says

    There are probably so many tucked away in basements, barns etc. They are such a tried and true product and it’s nice they are such a focus in everyday decorating. Wonderful ideas.

  5. Patti-Ann says

    Hello Linda:

    I am so glad you posted about mason jars today because I have a question, but first . . . my father kept his nuts and bolts and washers and other oily dirty things in mason jars in the cellar on his work bench. I can’t imagine what he would say if he knew people were actually decorating their kitchen tables with mason jars, but it is fun to think about because in the end he would be laughing 😉

    I love your painted jars but one thing that has kept me from the project is that I use them as vases for pretty cuttings and so they need water. I don’t know anything about paint except I get it all over me and everything else when I use it. Is there an oil based paint in pretty colors that could go in the jars, dry and then accommodate water?

    I noticed your pretty jars were “water resistant” but I got the impression that they would not sit well half filled with water.

    What say you? Thanks :)

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