10 Uses for Mason Jars You Need to Know!

We’ve all seen Mason Jars adapted in to wedding centre pieces, lunch boxes and candles but here’s the ultimate hipster guide to using these versatile jars in ever aspect of life! We’ve collated the top 10 uses for Mason Jars that we hadn’t seen before, no chalk paint or glitter here!

  1. Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Perhaps you’re a bit starved of company right now or looking for things to do with the kids while you self isolate. If you have a mason jar handy you can make a bird feeder in under 10 minutes!

You will need a mason jar with a handle, a dowel rod or straight stick, some wire or strong string and bird seed.

Effortless Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Here’s what the finished article could look like. This version is from DIY Idea Centre and you can find all the instructions here!

2. Mason Jar Mini Green House

Our Sprouts!

Want to eat something fresh? Make your Large jar into a green house and sprout micro-greens at home. We use a handy mesh lid that we found at a garden centre to have Alfa Alfa and Red Clover sprouts on demand for sandwiches, avocado on toast, in salads, you name it! It’s fun to watch and the sprout are growing by day two, making us feel like we are supreme homesteading gardeners!

3. Mason Jar Mug

Adapters for Mason jars create the ultimate reusable mug. It’s basically a sippy cup with zero capacity for keeping your drink either warm or cold, however, you will look exceptionally cool.

Picture courtesy of Amazon

4. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

As you may know, we’re big fans of the refillable soap dispensaries and the mason jar now has an attachment that you can order to convert your jars into a soap pump. The great thing about this is that when you want to refill, you just put a regular lid on the jar and head out to your favourite dispensary for a fill. If you’re looking for hand sanitizer at the moment, some of B.C.’s distilleries have begun making it, and will fill your container for you affordably or in some cases for free. The soap dispenser pump works either way!

How to make your own Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Awesome tutorial with lots of photos! at LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #masonjar

How to tutorial for up-cycling existing soap pump! Thank you to Loves Grows Wild.

5. Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Feeling crafty? You can purchase an adapter pin cushion or make your own and keep your sewing kit safe in one place. If you have a sewing kit, you can probably make this easily.

Here’s a free tutorial from “It all Started With Paint.”

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6. Mason Jar Money Box

The lids are available to buy, but I wold recommend making one yourself. After all, we are talking about cutting a small slit in the top of an existing jar lid. It’s not rocket science, but you’ll want some sand paper to file down the rough edges after you cut the hole. Beer fund? Holiday Fund? Kid’s piggy bank? the possibilities are endless!

7. Mason Jar Fermenter

Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit: Simplified Fermenting in Jars Not Crock Pots! Make Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles Or Any Fermented Probiotic Foods. 3 Lids, Extractor Pump & Recipe eBook - Mold Free

This is a new one for me. I like making home made ginger beer but that’s about the only thing that ferments on my menu. Apparently you can make your own kimchi in one of these, we’re going to give sauerkraut a try! Apparently people who eat a fermented food as part of their diet are healthier and live longer! Our goddaughters parents use this one which they got as a Christmas gift. We’re not affiliated with this brand but our fiends had success with it. It’s available on Amazon.ca

8. Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

Picture courtesy of Amazon

Again you can buy and adapted lid or make one yourself. It’s basically a lid with holes in it for toothbrushes to hang out in. Imagine how cool this will look next to the soap dispenser in your bathroom. OMG, chills….

9. Mason Jar Matchbox

I love this one for the fireplace or the camper van. Get the tutorial from The Burlap Bag!

10. Individual Bake Dish

Let them eat cake…or bread…or other baked treats!

Picture from Simple Bites

Since Mason Jars have long been used for canning, they can stand the temperatures in ovens! you can bake breads and cakes in them and then decide wither to use them straight away or can pressure can them for later. We’ve done both and they turn out great! Here’s a bread recipe from Simple Bites and if you’re interested in canning cake or bread, check out one of our favourite YouTube Channels “Simple Living Alaska.” Eric and Ariel make zucchini bread for canning and we found it works a treat!

So there you have it, 10 Ways you can be even more hipster by making use of Mason Jars! Have fun and stay safe! Happy Hipstering!

Bokashi Composting Review

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I was skeptical when the Bokashi Composter first came home, but I’ve become a convert. this is the best way I’ve found to accelerate the composting process and be able to compost in an apartment.

Traditionally, you need a yard and space to get a decent compost heap going, but above all, you need time. We live in 850 square feet in Vancouver and consider ourselves very lucky. We love to Garden and have a huge garden box that takes up most of our outdoor space.

Compost and garden supplies are expensive, and while we’re able to compost via a bin in the recycling room, nothing beats using our scraps to make compost that we don’t have to buy. The goal initially was to make the garden cheaper, the result is that it’s less work than going downstairs.

So what do you do? In a nutshell you take your food scraps and chuck them in the composter instead of the bin downstairs. Add some of the Bokashi bran and wait. The official wait time is 4-6 weeks. We live in Vancouver and maybe it’s our climate but it generally take a bit longer, I like to leave it 8 weeks if I can.

After its had two weeks in the bin with the bran, I drain the liquid (Which can be used as a tea for plants when diluted) and mix it with reclaimed dirt from the planter box in a tote on the balcony. It smells pretty bad, but its worth it! 6 weeks later the earth and compost mix is a rich soil that can be used to start seeds or plant out mature plants, and what’s better is that after the initial investment it’s free!

How does it work? I think magic, but apparently it’s microbes. Healthy soil is full of it and kitchen scraps are what they like to eat, the Bokashi bran aids the process and speeds things up!

We’ve had our composter a year and got two bags of bran with it. I’m still working through the second bag. our “soil factory” (the tote) cycles through easily, its sealed so it doesn’t smell and irritate the neighbours and we haven’t spent a penny on compost in the last 6 months.

If there’s a downside, it’s the smell. It’s like sour fish garbage, but like our tote the composter is completely sealed so you’ll only get a whiff when you open it to deposit your scraps. We’ve found that thinks like nut shells and avocado pits take too long to break down but I generally add them anyway. When I add scraps I rough chop them first to aid the process. I wash our composter out whenever I empty it. It’s a quick rinse on the balcony, and it’s way better to do little and often, than leaving it until you can’t bare the smell, trust me.

Our composter came from “Bokashi Living” and we’ve found their service super fantastic. I’ve not shopped for anything else related to the composter since then so I can’t compare, but the experience was good. If we ever live somewhere bigger, I’ll probably get a second one. I know some people start out with two, so that they can keep filling while one is breaking down in it’s two week “sit” before it goes in the soil garden.

At the end of the day, our cash is hard earned, composting is always the right thing to do for the planet, but I’d rather find the saving in my wallet than give our food waste away.

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