Candles, Centerpieces and More Surprising Uses for Mason Jars Around the House

From photo frames to drinkware, here are creative ways to use the kitchen staple -- no DIY required!

When it comes to kitchen MVPs, the mason jar gets our vote every time. Sure, its original purpose is canning, but there are lots of other ways to put this versatile container to work all over your house. We rounded up our favorite uses -- no DIY required!

Mason Jar Place Settings

A Soft Place to Land

We're swooning over this sweet serving idea from A Soft Place to Land. Just tuck silverware and linen napkins into mason jars and use as place settings. Throwing a more casual get-together? Swap out linen napkins with bandanas and put the jars on a tray for guests to scoop up before finding their seats. 

Mason Jar Memory Jar

Lovely Little Details

We love the idea of collecting mementos from a family vacation -- say, some seashells and sand or a subway card and show ticket stub -- and storing them together neatly in a jar. Check out some examples on Lovely Little Details

Mason Jar Fish Bowl

May I Ask You a Question?

Let your guppies swim around in a fish bowl upcycled from a simple mason jar of the right size, as May I Ask You a Question did. How totally charming. 

Mason Jar Photo Frames

The Created Home

Tuck a photo inside a mason jar for a creative, affordable photo frame. Get the look at The Created Home

Mason Jar Candle Holder

Rustic Wedding Chic

Place candles inside mason jars of varying sizes for perfectly chic candle holders that work great on a mantle or as a table centerpiece. Learn more at Rustic Wedding Chic

Mason Jar Vase

Making Home Base

Use a mason jar as a pretty, rustic and totally inexpensive vase. Embellish by wrapping with decorations like burlap and twine, as Making Home Base suggests.

Mason Jar Desserts

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For super cute party favors or gifts, layer cake, icing and sprinkles or candy in mason jars. Get creative with ingredients and colors. To save time without sacrificing the home-baked look, use store-bought mini cakes. See a colorful birthday-appropriate example on Glorious Treats

Mason Jar Drinkware

Brunch at Saks

Serve colorful party beverages in mason jars, which are more durable than typical glassware and way classier than plastic. Brunch at Saks has a cute example using pink lemonade and a swirled paper straw. 

Mason Jar To-Go Salads

Food and Other Stuff

Gather all your fresh veggies and greens on Sunday and make a whole week’s worth of salads to take to work. According to Food and Other Stuff, the pre-made salads will stay fresh through Friday and save you tons of time in the morning. 

Mason Jar Centerpiece

Brit + Co.

No need to get too fussy or spend too much money on centerpieces next time you’re entertaining company. Simply fill a cluster of mason jars with seasonal or occasion-appropriate items, like colorful dry beans or confetti, suggests Brit + Co.

Mason Jar Bulk Food Storage

The Rigneys

Save money by buying food in bulk, then keep everything fresh in the pantry by storing pantry staples in well-sealed mason jars. See The Rigneys' particularly well-executed system. 

Mason Jar Collection Display

Decorate Vintage

Stash like items in mason jars. Not only do the jars keep everything organized, they also make it easy for you and your guests to admire the collection. Decorate Vintage tried it with souvenir matchbooks.

What's your favorite way to use mason jars around the house? Let us know in the comments!

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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