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Mason jars have been around for decades and decades. Every home has got to have some just laying around in the garage with nothing in it. You can use Mason jars for more then canning food and holding moonshine in it. You can make lamps, soap pumps, food dispensers, piggy banks and more! Use them in the kitchen, in the hallway as a light fixture, and in the kids rooms to hold their little items like money or even marbles and toys. Use Mason Jars for all kinds of stuff and the best part is you already own them, now just put them to use with these Top 10 Lids for Mason Jars.mason_jar_pendant_lamp_kitMason Jar Pendant Lamp Kit in Rustic Brown

  • Use your own jar to create a lamp. Includes hooks, clamps, and a mason jar kit that will screw on any standard-size mason jar.
  • Shown with an 11 watt sign bulb from The Home Depot.® In spite of our ventilated lid, jars are small, closed spaces and we recommend a small light bulb with a low wattage for use with these kits.
  • Includes 15½ foot cloth-covered lamp cord with switched socket, two finished ceiling hooks, two cord clamps for adjusting the height of the lamp, and easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Add our option of pulleys for a really nice industrial look.
  • These lamps plug into any wall outlet; no wiring required.
  • Light bulbs are not included. Jar not included.

Mason jar table top lamp kitMason Jar Lamp Adapter

  • Fits any Regular Size Mason Jar
  • Black Finish
  • Lamp Shade not included
  • Mason jar not included

Solar light Mason jar lidSolar Lid Light “Silver”

  • Use indoors or outdoors
  • Water resistant
  • Fits any jar with a standard mason jar lid
  • Includes a rechargable long-life battery
  • Automatically turns on when dark

Mason Jar flower vase lidMason Jar Flower Frog – Flower vase

Drives me nuts when you dig around the house trying to find a flower vase for the cute flowers your kids just picked. But they are hard to store and I think this looks so much better.

  • Crackle black/red lid for jar to hold flowers upright in arrangements
  • Lid is 3″ diameter and 1″ tall
  • Fits pint, quart and half gallon Mason jars as well as any standard size Mason jar.
  • Mason jar is not included.
  • 9 holes for easy arranging!

Mason jar grain dispenser lidMason Jar Aluminum Grain Dispenser Lid

Great for rice, beans, cereal, and anything else that you need to organize in the kitchen. Even use it for scrapbooking nick-knacks.

  • Great for rice, beans and other staples.
  • Lightweight aluminum lid is food safe, dishwasher safe, and will not rust
  • Lid only. 2″ wide. Fits any standard mason jar. (Jar is not included.)
  • Note: This is a grain dispenser, not intended to seal tightly.

mason jar piggy bank lidCoin Bank Mason Jar Cap

  • Great solution for that loose change
  • Change your mason jar into a bank using the slotted lid
  • Fits regular mouth mason jars NOT Wide-Mouth
  • This is an unlined metal lid and not safe for food use

Mason Jar flip top lidreCAP Mason Jars Pour Cap – Regular Mouth Silver 4 Pack

  • REGULAR Mouth All-in-One Pour Cap – Shake, Pour, & Store!
  • FDA approved- Food Safe, BPA-free & Phthalates-free
  • Spill proof and top rack dishwasher safe
  • Made in the USA

Unique-Rustic-Primitive-Mason-Jar-Soap-Dispensers-Barn-Star-Caddy-Black-Lid1DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Pump Kit with Lid – Stainless Soap Dispenser Pump Top by Industrial Rewind – Lid and Pump (w/Tube) Only – Fits Pint and Quart Mason Jars

  • Stainless Finished Pump / Galvanized Stainless Lid
  • Lid fits Regular mouth canning jar
  • Use for liquid soap, hand sanitizer or lotion
  • Jar not included – comes with 1 lid, 1 pump w/tube, 1 collar ring – you put it together (DIY instructions included)
  • Search “Industrial Rewind” for more Soap Dispensers

mason jar oil lid kitSet of 2 Mason Jar Oil Lamp with Primitive Rusted Metal Lid for Home Decor, Crafting and Displaying

  • Set of 2 Mason Jar Oil Lamp with Primitive Rusted Metal Lid for Home Decor, Crafting and Displaying
  • Lamps measure: 5.25″ high without wick and 2.625″ in diameter
  • Simply fill the jar with lamp oil, place the wick into the oil, and light.
  • Perfect for primitive bathrooms, kitchens and home decor
  • Would make great inexpensive gifts

Mason jar straw daisy lidPewter Daisy Jelly Lid for Mason Jars 12 Count

  • Please note that a secondary seal is not included with this item. The top is open when placed on the jar.
  • Lids are approximately 2 3/4″ in diameter. (They do not fit wide mouth jars.)
  • Pack of 12 Decorative daisy cut lids for regular mouth mason jars
  • They are also a fabulous topper for homemade candles in mason jars!
  • Made In USA

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DIY Locker Wallpaper For a Fraction of the Price!

This year my daughter starts middle school.  Along with that rite of passage comes her first time using a locker.  She was so excited and wanted to get dress up her locker and make it cool.  I get that.  Until I priced the stuff.  The majority of what I could find was $15 at the least.  Not a price I was willing to pay.  I did research for it, and while it says it is “magnetic locker paper” it is actually basically thick wrapping paper with magnets that come with it to hold up the corners.  That’s it!  What a rip off!  This company is making a killing off of  middle school/ junior high kids!

Considering the fact that I am a tight wad, combined with the fact that I have 3 kids to go school shopping for, locker wallpaper just wasn’t in the budget.  But, I decided why not try to make it on my own?  The only downfall of this is that the stuff you buy comes with the sections cut out for the lock, and coat hooks.  Big deal!

I had my daughter pick out some wrapping paper she loved.  Since it was less than $3 a roll, I let her pick two.  Then I followed the dimensions from the package of the premade stuff.  I cut two rectangles of each pattern in each dimension.  The depth is wider than the  width so 2 rectangles were 40 inches x 12 inches and 2 were 40 inches x 18 inches.

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This size turned out to be way too big!  (That made me wonder how mad I would’ve been if I had paid for the precut stuff and the whole thing had to be readjusted!)

So we went to the school, where I proceeded to embarrass said daughter by hanging the wallpaper she so desperately wanted (kids, can’t win right?)

It turned out cute!  With the exception of having to fold some sides in to make them small enough to fit, it was relatively easy to install!  I brought a pair of scissors with me and was able to cut a hole for the lock section and poke holes for the coat hooks.

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We chose to hang ours with the Loctite funtak adjustable blue strips so that it wouldn’t leave any trace on the locker.  I did it in a few spots down each side.  It seemed to work really well!

So there you have it!  Now you can make your own and decorate your tween’s locker!

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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Don’t Eat the Hero – Superhero Version of Don’t Eat Pete, Free Printable!

Have you ever played the game “Don’t Eat Pete”? Are you throwing a superhero party? Well, now you can have both of those at the same time with this awesome free printable we put together for you!  All you need to do, is print it off, glue to card stock if you want to add some support to the thin paper, or print it on cardstock, and small candy to use on the squares (think skittles, mike and ikes, smarties).

If you haven’t played Don’t Eat Pete, here is how you play. Players gather around the board in a circle. Place a piece of candy on each square on the board. The first player turns around so they can’t see the board while another player picks a square.  Do this quietly, by just pointing to avoid the turned player from hearing. Once a square has been selected, the player will turn around and begin taking a piece of candy off each square. They can put it right in their mouths, or hold them to eat later. When they select the square that was chosen, the other players yell “Don’t eat Pete!” or in this case, “Don’t eat (whichever hero you choose).”

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To print, click on the image below and save it to your computer. You can then print it from there. Enjoy!

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