Mason jars are the go-to chalice for hip coffee shops and bars, as well as a mainstay of modern rustic chic design and DIY. We’ve featured a few Mason jar products in previous blog entries: one on wedding design, the other in vintage lighting,.
But before their return to glory, Mason jars were the Tupperware of the 19th century.
Mason jars are named after their inventor tinsmith John Landis Mason, who patented the signature square shoulders and airtight screw-on lid. Before Mason jars, containers of preserved food were sealed with wax. If done incorrectly, dangerous and potentially fatal bacterial could grow in the contents.
Mason’s story is a sad one. Though his invention was widely used and potentially life-saving, he never saw much money for his patent (or his other claim, screw-top salt shakers), and died impoverished in a tenement house in 1902.
In honor of John Landis Mason, and in celebration of our new Mason Jar Shaker (available at our Amazon store), here’s a list of some inspired creations from Etsy.
LITDecors shopfront has a myriad of these Morrocan style laterns, a combination of the American mason jar and Morrocan filigree copper detailing. This particular lantern comes in an aqua tint, but their lamps and candles display all colors of the rainbow. Each design is unique and hand-painted making these jars a truly individual gift or decor piece.
Perfect for turning the party up to 11 while keeping the homespun vibe. These mini jars come in a lot of ten from PGMBottleSupply.
Those-y on the go-sy should buy this cozy from RougeTheoryLOOP. Mason jars are fun containers for hot and cold beverages, but the glass walls aren’t great for temperature regulation. The good folks at RougeTheory got you covered. Plus, your morning coffee will look great in its new sweater, which comes in a spectrum of different colors.
Bird feeders make great gifts and conversation pieces. It’s hard to say whether the birds themselves will appreciate the pastoral element the repurposed Mason jar adds, but they will definitely appreciate the free food. Check out HeritageTreeDesigns’ store for other great indoor and outdoor pieces made from repurposed materials and–of course–the iconic jar.
The distressed wood and jam-style jars give this wall piece a very home-in-the-country feel.It’s a great way to display handpicked bouquets of fresh flowers, or to organize small objects in any room of the house. OldNewAgain has a great store full of upcycled wall hangings that you should definitely browse through.
String lights always add an element of warmth and magic to outdoor decorating. They’re also great for wedding design. Mason jars only add to this effect, creating this lovely and unique curio from sweetteaclothingco. The lights pictured above are pint-sized jars.There’s also a half-pint version. The light strands come in 10 and 20 foot lengths.
Onerobinroad is the “home of the original canning jar sippy cup”. The mouth is made from medical grade silicone. According to the listing, this sturdy glass jar survives falls without breaking. The glass jar also means no harmful chemicals like BPAs leeching into to the contents. Onerobinroad also carries a great selection of cozies and travel mugs, for babies and grownups.
Home Bartenders and Baristas should check out our Mason Jar Shaker here. Create perfect iced libations with rustic flair–like James Bond, if he grew up on a farm.