The Year in Mason Jars

December 31, 2012 | By | Comments (9)

If “Portlandia” has it’s “put a bird on it,” Southern Living has its equivalent: “Put a Mason Jar on it!” Here’s a secret: sometimes in planning meetings at SL, we joke that we could dedicate an entire section to the South’s favorite container. So, on the final day of 2012, we decided to salute the mighty vessel with a look back on our top 10 mason jars of the year.

Photo by Ralph Anderson

Photo by Ralph Anderson

1. Recently we told you about the Mason Shaker, a cocktail shaker created by two Brooklynites by way of Virginia. Today is your last day to enter to win the spirited jar that was featured in our Holiday Gift Guide.

Idea House Mason Jars

Photo by Monica Buck

2. We love these berry pretty Christmas decorations spotted at the Idea House in Senoia, Georgia.

Photo courtesy Anthropologie

Photo courtesy Anthropologie

3. Anthropology’s mason jar snow globes were spotted at more than one Southern Living editor’s house this season.

Photo courtesy Cuppow

Photo courtesy Cuppow

4. Our editorial intern stumbled across this gem of an invention that turns your masons into a sippy cup. Thanks to Cuppow, we can now sip sweet tea on the road without fear of it ending up all over the car seat.

Coke Tail

Photo by Jennifer Davick

5. We’re always on the hunt for restaurants that serve the yummiest things under the lid. In our Summer in the South package we told you about Victory Sandwich Bar, an Atlanta sandwich spot that serves up refreshing Jack and cola slushes in a what else—a mason jar. In the same piece, we serve up a recipe for the ultimate summer cola cocktail. The end of the directions tell you to store the mix in an airtight container—you know what that means.

Photo by Gary Clark

Photo by Gary Clark

6. The Delta Grill in Greenwood, Mississippi shares our love for as light fixtures


Photo by Beth Hontzas

7. We went old school with this recipe for classic sorghum stored in a… mason jar.

Photo by Beth Hontzas

Photo by Beth Hontzas

8. Ballard Designs creative director and stylist Jill Sharp Brinson helped us set the table using pieces from our capsule collection with the company, including this oversized mason jar used for serving fresh lemonade.

Mason jar flowers

Photo courtesy A Bryan Photo

9. No round-up of jars would be complete without a pretty, rustic centerpiece. It’s the most coveted accessory of a Southern DIY wedding.

jar o lantern m The Year in Mason Jars

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

10. OK this one is from 2011, but how darn cute are these Jar-o’-Lanterns?

Tell us about the most inventive use for mason jars you’ve found in the comments!



  1. svensk porrfilmer

    i have mason and i very pleased

    April 3, 2013 at 10:12 am
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  3. Eddie Cox

    I have a four-piece “Mason jar” canister set and a very large cookie jar that were bought in New Mexico in the mid l960’s. They were made in Italy, of all places. I have a pitcher and mugs, also. I, too, have seen the wine glasses at a local Hallmark store. The cost was $15.00 each. I’m a transplanted Southerner living in Southern California. My dear friend across the street, a true “Valley Girl”, keep threatening to “borrow” all of my Mason jar “stuff”.

    January 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm
  4. Dorothy Farris

    I have friend’s who bake cakes and other food item’s in canning jar’s . Work’s great.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm
  5. sue

    I recently attended a church luncheon. Different individuals decorated the tables using their own china, glasses, and linens. One lady decorated mason jars with colorful jeweled crosses – the handles were antique drawer pulls. They were absolutely beautiful.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm
  6. Constance Etter

    The funniest thing i saw starting about a year ago in a few stores was a Mason jar wineglass! Very tall and could hold a half bottle at least! My husband laughed his head off when he saw it!

    January 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  7. Suzanne Gerard

    To root a cutting or a daylily plantlet (they grow off the stem of your garden plant sometimes) paint the inside of the jar with a white hazing car wax. In stead of wiping it clean, leave it hazy. Use the jar to cover the cutting like a small, private greenhouse. The wax will keep the sun from cooking your cutting as it is kept in the needed moist, warm atmosphere all its own.

    January 8, 2013 at 11:40 am
  8. Barbara Summey

    LOve those jars! use them all the time for something: what a amazing thing that was made still a best seller: right! Happy New Year Masons Jars

    December 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm
  9. Susan

    I saw a Mason Jar chandelier that was too cute! I’m always using my vintage jars for candy & cookies, or , in summer, for honeysuckles.

    December 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

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