Category Archives: Mason Jars

Mason Jar Markers

Do we have to use EVERY glass in the house by the end of the day???

I only have two kids, and they would go through about 12 glasses a day. They would take one out, fill it, drink half, leave it on the counter, and forget which one was which.  God forbid they drink out of the other one’s glass, so next time they were thirsty…just grab another glass.

These markers are free and so easy.  Cut an old t-shirt into quarter inch strips (I used a rotary cutter, but scissors work just as well).  Thread the strips through the button holes. If you need help, use a paper clip.  Put it around the glass, pull as tightly as you can, tie in a knot, and cut off the extra.  For the ones above, I used two buttons on each to make them a little more interesting.

We use Ball jars for everything…dry storage, leftovers, and drinking glasses.  These are wide mouth pint size jars.  At about $10-$15 a case, Ball jars are very inexpensive, easily replaced, much sturdier than most glasses, and just fun.

If you don’t have a button collection, try starting one.  You can usually find containers of them at yard sales and thrift stores.  They are great for little home projects and crafts for the kids.

Have fun!

Jars, Jars, and more Jars!


Open shelving is worth the risk…

Putting open shelving in our new kitchen took much convincing with my better half, but now he loves it (and so do I). These jarred staples are used everyday.  The airtight lids keep everything super fresh and it is easy to see when we are running low.

The top shelf houses our baking needs…flour, sugar, and oatmeal. These are cracker jars with twist off lids. They are sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target.

The next shelf changes constantly. Now showing…popcorn, marshmallows, walnuts, quinoa, beans, etc.  These are all wide mouth Ball jars, pint or quart size. They are sold at Walmart by the case, but they can also be found everywhere for a little less at the end of the summer (canning season).

The third shelf usually holds pancake mix, hot chocolate, dog biscuits, and crackers. These are also cracker jars, just in a different size.

The large white containers are great because they hold an entire bag of chips or pretzels…the kids love this shelf and everything stays fresh. These came from Ikea a number of years ago, but anything similar will work. Just make sure the lid has an airtight seal.  The fun chalkboard labels are from Staples.

Give open shelving a try to create a vintage feel in your kitchen!