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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. ldj says:

    I cannot find madon jars in SW Idaho Ball but not Mason Jar

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  3. marjorie says:

    love mason jars use them just about everything running out of storage space for them. Clasico pasta sauce is sold in a mason jar. I use them for giving food to friends instead of my storage units, which I was constantly replacing.

  4. Mindy says:

    I use mason jars for canning. They are fun for decorating too. As far as will they go "out"? As long as people do canning they won't and if someone wants to decorate with them, whatever makes them happy. Who cares what the 'trends' are.

  5. Linda says:

    love the country, down to earth, feeling I get when I use my jars! Just bought on at a garage sale today. I use them instead of 'gift wrap' when ever possible. I think it says 'home.' Linda

  6. Sandy says:

    I used my hole punch in the cover, for a straw to go through, so I can bring my drink outside without worrying about bugs getting in or spilling it. Also great for in the car. I love my Mason jars!

  7. FAB says:

    I wouldn't be without a slew of mason jars. I use them for everything from ice tea, to flowers, to a fantastic Mother's Day gift I make with my kindergarteners for their moms.

  8. Debs says:

    oh my.. I remember my Uncle F J mounting the lids under his shelves and EVERYTHING had its place!! Screws, nuts/bolts, nails , fishing lures. I never see a jar without thinking of him and how kind he was. This is truly a lost art.
    I keep jars that friends give to me at Christmas, my favorite tea glass is a wide mouth Kerr jar.
    How nice people still enjoy this little remnant of time. thanks for the article.

  9. ~K~ says:

    ~ A couple of them are cute in the "right" room…ONE room. Like a Country Kitchen, Sun Room or on a Patio. Certainly not all over the place. :)

  10. Norma says:

    I still like the unpainted, unembellished turquoisey ones the best and always will!

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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