Top 5 Crafts Using Old Mason Jars!

Hey Friends,
Today I have Sam as a guest writer giving all kinds of ideas on what we could do with old jars! Enjoy :-)

Repurposing Mason Jars as Home Décor

I am one of those people who believe in reducing, repurposing, reusing and recycling. And I believe this can be done with well, everything really!

Every time you do grocery shopping, you end up with at least one new glass jar or bottle. And most of the time you just throw them away, but there is SOO much more that you could be doing with them! So I’m sharing a few of my favourite mason jar repurposing projects. They’re all easy to do, and most of them don’t even require additional purchases. But if there’s anything you will need to buy after all, head on over to Discountrue.com to get discount coupons for all your favourite stores including such popular choices as Kohl’s or Target!

The Candle Jar Lantern

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One of the simplest things to do with a mason jar is to turn it into a candle jar or a lantern. No matter the size or shape of the jar or bottle, the light glimmering through the glass is just so beautiful. Now the possibilities with this are pretty much endless. You can use normal tea light candles and battery powered candles, which are the most user friendly. But as long as the candle fits inside the jar, you can use it! You can also turn them into lamps or use fairy lights if you want to.

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Some supplies to help you get started:


Tape to make patterns out of and scissors
Craft, Chalkboard and Glass paint
Glow in the dark paint and decorations (eerily beautiful!)
Ribbon, wool, leather cords, twine or thin steel cable
Glass decorative elements, beads, crystals, marbles, stones
Wrapping paper, newspaper, brown paper (any kind of paper!)
Scrap fabric, knitted cosies or socks and old scarves
Food coloring, glitter, water, vegetable oil and craft glue
Candles - Tea light, floating, taper, aromatherapy
Lamp or lantern making supplies (globes, sockets, plugs, electric cables, etc)
Fairy lights

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My best suggestion is to lay everything out in a neat row and get inspired, or visit Pinterest, Facebook and home décor sites for ideas!

Under shelf storage


Make the most of your available space by drilling a hole in the lids of similar mason jars and screwing them onto the bottom of a shelf. Now you can fill your decorated jars with spices, sweets or kitchen staples, craft supplies, and even use them as vases if you make a whole in the shelf above or a hanging decorative piece. Now screw the bottles onto the lids attached to the shelf and voila! Just unscrew them whenever you want something out of the jar or want to change what is inside the jar.



Vases, mugs, cookie or sweet jars

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Any kind of decorated mason jar or glass bottle makes for a truly unique vase. Fill it with flowers, evergreen boughs, reeds or anything that you might arrange in a vase. They also make quite nifty coffee or hot chocolate mugs, even cocktail or cool drink ‘glasses’. And because they’re translucent they are great for storing homemade cookies and sweets on countertops or open shelves.


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Snow Globes

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A homemade snow globe is pretty easy to make and a mason jar or glass bottle is the perfect vehicle for them. Choose your decoration, glue it either to the lid or the bottom of the jar then add your ‘snow’ and liquid. You can put literally any ornament or decoration inside the jar, as long as it is water resistant and can stand up to being submerged for the rest of time! 
f you want it to last for a long time then glue the lid on and seal it with wax or silicone glue.


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Terrarium

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If you love to grow small plants and herbs then mason jars make wonderful mini terrariums, and they’re also great for if your kids have a school project that involves watching a plant grow or observing insects. Because the mason jar provides a sealed environment, they don’t need much water and because they’re translucent you can see exactly what is going on inside. Mount the terrariums on old wooden boards with hose clamps to create a wall decoration, hang them in the window or from tree branches in the yard or just arrange them on a wooden shelf as a decoration.



As I said, mason jars and glass bottles are truly versatile with dozens of repurposing possibilities. I haven’t mentioned all of them so get creative with whatever supplies you have on hand. All you have to do is think outside of the box, or the jar, and you will create beautiful, unique, one of a kind home décor pieces that will make you smile every time you look at them.

Thank you Sam, I think we have all been inspired to save our old jars! Have you guys made any of these yet?

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Valentine's Day Cookie Crafts!


Hey Friends!

Are you ready for some Valentine baking fun!?

These stain glass cookies I made are a LOT of fun!  If you get a bag of suckers or Jolly Ranchers you can make the "glass" part look like a work of art. :-)  Kids LOVE making these!




Click on the Candy "Stained Glass" Valentine Cookie link to see full recipe.




We call the next set of cookies "Pink Cookies" at our house.  They are a delicious and somewhat chewy (if you don't overcook them!) meringue cookies.  They are made with egg whites so they just happen to be fat free.  (Full of sugar, but fat free - ha!)

You will NOT be disappointed!  Promise :-)


I have it on my "To Do" list to make these type of mini (or regular size) candy cane hearts.  I bought lots of extra boxes at the end of December when they were 75% off.  

It's PERFECT for Valentine's Day!



I love the idea of putting them on a stick and then handing them out as Valentines :-)




What is your favorite "go to" Valentine cookie/treat recipe?
Do you have any Valentine traditions? 


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Top 4 Best "Plan Ahead" Ideas When Building a New Home

 Hey Friends!

This month is the 4 year anniversary of moving into our new home and our 18th anniversary of our marriage.  Yay :-)



We've had 6 homes in those years, 2 of them we got to build completely from scratch and 1 partially from scratch.

I've learned quite a few things about building a home.  Of course if I put everything I learned on one post it would become a novel, so today, I thought I would just cover a few little items that we did that I have REALLY ENJOYED. (-:

My hope is that you can save this post as reference if you ever have a chance to build your own home. :-)

First Fun Plan Ahead Item:

We added electrical sockets to the eaves of our roof rafters.  This was quite simple to do, we just had to plan ahead.  It makes Christmas lights a lot cleaner and simpler.


We also added a socket right next to the pergola for string lights.  This has been AWESOME!!!!!! It looks so clean. Adding string lights to my backyard has been one of my favorite features of the house.  Perfect for entertaining guests on a warm summer night.


There is the electrical socket - right at the top of the pergola!



We also made sure to tie in a power switch INSIDE so that we could turn the Christmas lights and the hanging string lights off with the flick of a button.


Second Fun Plan Ahead Item:

This might seem a little silly but I LOVE that I purchased a nice looking doorbell chime! The standard one installed is just an ugly plastic box.  For just a few dollars more, they installed one that actually looked pretty in our home.  I also think spending a bit more on a decorative doorbell ringer is worth the money too.




Third Fun Plan Ahead Item:

I'm not sure if I would call this one as much "fun" as I would just "smart" :-)  My husband and I have issues with air conditioning :-)  I like it HOT and he likes it FREEZING. (We also had the hot/cold issue with our bed, you can check out that post here.) In our old home, we had just one unit/zone for the house.  His office was upstairs so he would BLAST the air conditioning to keep his office cool while the rest of the house was cold enough to produce snow had there been moisture.  Ha! So with this house we did a MULTI zone air conditioner.  We actually did four zones; the downstairs, main level, our master bedroom and the upstairs. Each one of those areas has its own air control system.  It wasn't that much of an upgrade and FINALLY, I don't have to wear my down jacket in the peak of summer. :-)



Fourth Plan Ahead Item:

We saved money by building bedrooms into the roof rafters.  Not only is it a GREAT use of space, I love the look of a room with cool nooks and crannies!



This may be a part 1 of 2 series but for now, I think that's a good start.  :-)  It can be overwhelming building a new home. Thankfully the internet/blogs can help some with some of the planning.

I hope I helped a bit!  If you have any other fun "plan ahead" items to add, let us know in the comments!!!!

Have a great weekend!


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