My grandmother’s basement in our Minnesota farmhouse was always known for two things: this very specific aroma of rusty well water and shelves full of canned jelly jars jammed with fruit preserves. Consequently, the site of a Kerr or Ball glass container reminds me of Maude, the farm, and a childhood nostalgia of simpler times. With that, these “they don’t make things like they used to” jelly and mason jars are popping up in all kinds of unexpected ways, quite possibly giving homage to grandmothers everywhere and creatively featuring the vintage quality of this time-honored home good.
#1. Jelly Jar Shelf Organizer (top photo)
By simply screwing the top of a jar cap to the underneath of a shelf, jars filled with your office supplies (or anything from crafts to spices) can be twisted closed and kept up and out of the way.
#2. Mason Jar Bird Feeder
Tipped upside down, placed strategically onto a flower pot saucer, and filled with seed, a jelly jar is a useful and easy-to-view fowl feeder.
#3. Jelly Jar Chandelier
Rustic and charming, it’s all about simple materials working together. Rope, wood, and glass leave plenty of room for tea candles to shine.
#4. Jelly Jar Planters
Quilted crystal jelly jars make for character filled planters, their tops perfectly suited and repurposed into trays.
#5. Jelly Jar Craft Supplies Holders
Kids (or the kid in adults) will love to keep their craft supplies organized with these jars topped with silly and painted jar tops adorned with same painted plastic figurines.
#6. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Vintage glam your bathroom or kitchen by tapping a jam jar’s top then filling the glass with your favorite liquid soap.
#7. Mason Jar Solar Garden Light
A $3.79 garden path solar light gets a vintage makeover when covered with a jelly jar. The transparent glass allows the sun to power the lamp to shine you and your guests along your way.
Have you used a jelly jar beyond canning? Tell us how!