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BRIANA: If you’ve been holding your breath wondering when we were going to get around to Mason jars, stop waiting to exhale. Crafters and design bloggers have turned these practical vessels for food preservation into: vases, chandeliers, planters, cocktail glasses, candy jars, lanterns and the ingenious organizer shown here, amongst other things. But it’s that very versatility that puts the Mason jar in danger of Pinterest over-saturation, no? What are your thoughts on Mason jars and Mason jar crafts? Are they playful or played out?

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Photo: Lincoln Barbour

KELLEY: Considering I have the world’s largest Mason jar on my desk right now (sadly not filled with moonshine, but iced green tea), I’m going to have say I haven’t moved away from the trend. In fact, I’m smack in the middle of it. Though in the South, it was a trend that never went away – the rest of y’all are just catching up. [wink]

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JESSICA: Mason jars are the perfect cup! Personally I think all cups I drink out of should have optional screw-on lids. This is mostly because I am clumsy and am embarrassed to admit how many times I have spilled an open drink into my purse.

I also just ordered this the other day:

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Photo: Patricia Pericone/ThePineNuts on Etsy

I’m hooked.

KELLEY: See? Southern gals stick together.

::high fives Jess::

P.S. I use them because they have a lid, too. Also, the giant ones are GIANT and you only have to refill a couple of times a day. <– lazy

ALYSSA: My relationship with Mason jars is still going strong. What’s not to love about a jar that could hold my grandmother’s canned tomatoes fresh from her garden (mmm, Sunday Italian dinner!) and also make a gorgeous ombre display like this?

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Photo: Linda Braden/Drop Cloth Design Co on Etsy

KAYLA: OMG, new favorite picture.

CAMILLE: I’m still a fan, especially of the older blue ones. (Antiquing tip: Flip the jars over and check the number on the bottom – 13 is the rarest and most valuable.)

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I have a few in various sizes; they’re my go-to vase for large flowers, like hydrangeas, flowering branches or fresh-cut greenery.

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FARIMA: I’m still a huge fan, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it!

ALLIE: I still love the trend. I think I must own at least 30 Mason jars – I have some in every room of my apartment! They’re practical, versatile and adorable.

LILI: I thought I was totally over them until I saw Grant’s metallic Mason jar post and this amazing installation by Emily Henderson:

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It’s gorgeous and even matches our tropical-waters-themed Color of the Month. I do not envy whomever has to dust those, though.

LIZ: I am all about Mason jars, but it’s the utility I love: I’m too busy filling them with stuff to use them for decorating purposes. Freezing soups, canning tomatoes, storing bulk grains, organizing spare change and rolls of washi tape – the possibilities are literally endless. I love Emily, but that installation just looks like a waste of good Mason jars to me.

We’ve jabbered on about mason jars, now tell us what YOU think!

37 Responses

  1. Ann says:

    I am loving Mason and Ball jars! I just noticed the trend this summer while haunting many of my favorite DIY and decorating blogs. I started seeing them everywhere. Then Target had them. I finally bought a case of the limited edition Ball blue. I just sit them around on my kitchen counter, empty, next to other displays of cups and saucers, cake plates, vintage cookie jars, etc. They make everything look freshened up. (o.k. I realize they are on the way out, but I seem to get in on the tail end of whatever is trending. That's just me. By the time I finally bought a lantern this summer, people were sick of seeing them in Pottery Barn catalogs.) This weekend Target had some clear, line-textured type jars and I bought those. So cute. I have always had a passion for jars and other glass item. As a child, I coveted my mother's glass French's salad dressing bottle (circa 1958). I scrubbed it clean and made a laundry water-sprinkler out of it. (Back in those days, I am not sure we had sprayers yet.) I also collect and display old vintage medicine bottles.

  2. Melissa says:

    Ball is a brand name for mason jars. Kerr is another brand.

  3. Grammie Lianne says:

    Would love to see a pic as I am always looking for ideas for my granddaughters' American Heritage Girls troop. Thanks!

  4. Monica says:

    Same here, Marcia, with babies breath and pale peach rose buds!

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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