Sunday, April 3, 2011

I discovered a box of  unique canning jars at Walmart last week.  The Better Homes and Gardens had a display of the 1/2 pint, pint, and quart jars in an isle I rarely visit, at my local store.  Included in the display were some creative tags, coordinating ribbons and recipe cards.  I was impressed with the entire display and happy with the price of these pretty jars.  I have many ideas of how I want to use the jars, but for now I added some jelly beans, a candle, some real old salt shakers and some beautiful tiny glass flowers I was given as a gift.  I like this Easter/Spring vignette and am so happy with my new jars. 

I have always had a thing for canning jars...old and new, and find myself collecting pictures of different, creative ways to use them.  I am going to share some of the pictures I have on file.  Maybe it will give you some ideas for your old or new jars, whatever their style.

A good way to keep the wind from blowing out the flame of votive candles during an evening meal outside.  Here I like how they clustered them together using different sized jars.

Or clustered in a summer vignette along with old bottles made into small oil lamps, and used as vases for hydranges from your garden.  Simple, elegant, touches to any table.

An old wooden ladder, canning jars with votive candles and pots filled with fresh lilacs.  A lovely addition to a summer garden party or tea.

Tiny old jars filled with Springtime pansies and violas. 

Of course, who wouldn't want to sit down to a dinner party at this table?   See the hydrangeous in canning jars scattered throughout the tablescape. 
Pictures ~  Country Living and Victoria magazines.

Or here I added some glass marbles in a canning jar along a votive candle, and hung it in my powder room.  The perfect added touch to the small room.  Whether you have new canning jars like the ones I got at Walmart, or some old jars I found at a barn auction, it is a simple way to add touches of beauty wherever they are placed.
Hope you are having an enjoyable, relaxing Sunday.


Shelley said...

Such great ideas for those jars! I love the idea of putting candles in them for outside! Now you have me thinking what pretty things I can add inside the jar too! I always enjoy your creativity!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I always pick up canning jars when I spot them at the Goodwill or tag sales. I love them can just get creative with them. The ones you just got are beautiful! Love your post!

Debbie said...

I haven't seen these and I have been looking for some wide mouth jars to use for summer tea glasses. Votives would be great too. You know, I've tried a lot of glasses but we just like to drink out of canning jars. They seem to hold up to the wash and wear of drinking glasses better than...well....drinking glasses! Loved you photos and ideas!

corners of my life said...

Your beautiful tiny glass flowers are charming. They look perfect next to the new canning jar.

Kathleen said...

Your new Primose Patina is lovely!

Oh my ... when I look at what creative touches you've crafted with canning jars I must chuckle. Canning jars give me hives. Why? Well, I spent nearly every summer from the time I was old enough to stand atop a stool helping my mother can. I HATED it (until Winter, when I devoured he stores). I'd whine & wiggle and she'd insist I stick to my chore (mostly peeling or snipping things).

I much prefer your use of canning jars. No whining needed :)

lindsey said...

I love jars too...there are some great ideas in this post, thanks. You do get a much bigger choice of jars in the US than we do in the UK

Judy said...

So pretty...all those ways to use canning jars. Great ideas!

Miss Debbie said...

I love old jars, too. I have a shelf along the ceiling on one wall in my kitchen. I have several old jars on it. My favorites are the ones with the wire closures. I have several blue ones and one golden colored one. I used plain jars decorating for dinners at our church a few years ago. I put a few inches of a mixture of dried beans and corn in them to hold silk sunflowers. Then I tied raffia around the necks. I used blue gingham tablecloths. I loved that it looked country, but it also looked like home and everynoe likes that!


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