Put an exciting spin on the dessert buffet by setting up a popcorn bar before everyone arrives. Fill a variety of apothecary jars with different flavors of homemade or store-bought popcorn, and let guests have fun scooping up the salty and sweet flavors. Place paper bags next to the bar so everyone can take their favorite flavor home with them; it's the perfect way to thank them for "popping" by!
Vintage canning jars can be picked up at flea markets or antique stores for just a few dollars, and they make great containers for small, simple gifts. Fill a jar halfway with Epsom salt to represent snow, and drop a pretty ornament inside.
Small glass or plastic jars can be found inexpensively at many craft and dollar stores. Simply fill with candy corn, gummy worms or individually wrapped chocolates and attach a punched Halloween tag with twine for a finished look.
The timeworn look of mercury glass jars adds an elegant sparkle to this room. "When you have a monochromatic experience you have to have tons of reflective surfaces," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
Owls have the reputation of being wise. Honor the grad with this witty owl Mason jar made out of a graduation hat box, paint, bottle caps, felt and googly eyes. Fill the jar with cash, a gift card or another thoughtful gift for him or her.
Mason jars are a pretty and practical solution for organizing cotton balls and Q-tips, but glass in the bathroom is a risky matter and counter space is always at a premium. Here's a solution for getting everything up on the wall in style. All you need is a piece of wood, paint, pipe clamps, wide-mouth Mason jars, screws and picture hangers. Paint your wood board the color you want. Once it's dry, screw the pipe clamps onto the wood (be sure to measure out how many Mason jars you'll be adding and space them out on the board). Add picture hangers to the back of the board to hang it on the wall. Then, slide the Mason jars into the pipe clamps. Be sure the pipe clamps are tight enough to catch the lip of the jar. Now you have all your essentials within reach, and they look good, too. Design by Liz Marie Galvan