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Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great le Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families. Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been "discovered" as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art. The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the "DIY Maven." Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that's based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar.


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Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great le Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar's impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar's invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families. Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been "discovered" as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art. The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the "DIY Maven." Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that's based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar.

30 review for Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I have trouble giving this an accurate number of stars, just because the one (rather short) chapter about the history of mason jars was FASCINATING. If I could give that more caps, I would. If she'd write a whole book about that, I'd be first in line. The projects, on the other hand......... there were a few good ones, which I've already seen the instructions for online. Other that that... I have trouble giving this an accurate number of stars, just because the one (rather short) chapter about the history of mason jars was FASCINATING. If I could give that more caps, I would. If she'd write a whole book about that, I'd be first in line. The projects, on the other hand......... there were a few good ones, which I've already seen the instructions for online. Other that that...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    Loved the history of mason jars, so fantastic. I enjoyed the mason jar projects.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This book contains a brief history of the mason jar that is surprisingly interesting. Mason jars revolutionized home canning (the book also talks about "Tomato Clubs") and were used for moonshine as well. There is a section on collecting the jars, then the book concludes with projects for using mason jars, such as portable salads, overnight yogurt and granola breakfasts, homemade butter, lanterns (including one with fishnet stockings covering the outside, a solar mason jar lantern and mason jar This book contains a brief history of the mason jar that is surprisingly interesting. Mason jars revolutionized home canning (the book also talks about "Tomato Clubs") and were used for moonshine as well. There is a section on collecting the jars, then the book concludes with projects for using mason jars, such as portable salads, overnight yogurt and granola breakfasts, homemade butter, lanterns (including one with fishnet stockings covering the outside, a solar mason jar lantern and mason jar chandelier), soap dispensers, tissue dispensers, wind chimes made from lids, etc. There is something appealing about these simple jars and this attractive book has some neat ideas.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill Miller

    Cute book with lots of really cool ideas to use with mason jars. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and was going to give it to someone as a gift, but I like it so much I've decided to keep it for myself! Cute book with lots of really cool ideas to use with mason jars. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and was going to give it to someone as a gift, but I like it so much I've decided to keep it for myself!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Am Y

    Gives a concise but detailed enough history of how mason jars first came about, and discusses the types of mason jars available, including rare ones, why they're rare, etc. As for the uses, nothing really special or inspiring, and the majority of projects require drilling or other technical work - not easy to do at all. Gives a concise but detailed enough history of how mason jars first came about, and discusses the types of mason jars available, including rare ones, why they're rare, etc. As for the uses, nothing really special or inspiring, and the majority of projects require drilling or other technical work - not easy to do at all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I enjoyed the little slice of American history in this book. My favorite ideas were putting the jar on. The blender to make smoothies and the washi tape lamp.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Barb Innes

    I just love Mason jars! History and so many neat projects to make.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book captured my attention with the fun and doable craft projects. But was made even better by a section at the beginning with a history of mason jars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Summers

    Not too much detail but the info provided was very interesting . Basically, just a summary. Half of the book is projects to make, which I didn't do. Not too much detail but the info provided was very interesting . Basically, just a summary. Half of the book is projects to make, which I didn't do.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Some hungry writer wrote on spec a book with all the data he could gather. He is not qualified in any way, no more than any of his readers. And the history is badly written, the Mason farm boy turns out to be tinsmith and so on. Just pumping words. And the tone of the history part is quite misogynistic. As for the arts and crafts part, well, it's quite boring. Some hungry writer wrote on spec a book with all the data he could gather. He is not qualified in any way, no more than any of his readers. And the history is badly written, the Mason farm boy turns out to be tinsmith and so on. Just pumping words. And the tone of the history part is quite misogynistic. As for the arts and crafts part, well, it's quite boring.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    As other reviewers have shared, this book has a great, informative history of the Mason jar. The crafts are indeed 'Pinterest-worthy'. Wouldn't find myself creating any of these but it's a beautiful book all the same. As other reviewers have shared, this book has a great, informative history of the Mason jar. The crafts are indeed 'Pinterest-worthy'. Wouldn't find myself creating any of these but it's a beautiful book all the same.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book is fascinating! The bulk of this book includes historical research of the Mason Jar, including primary sources and interesting stories. The photographs of the DIY projects are beautiful. The book is easy to read and lovely to look through!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Great technical information and Pinterest worthy project ideas. Good information.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trish Boese

    1* This book contains the history of the Mason jar. A lot of the crafts listed involved cutting the jars, which isn't a hobby I feel to get into. 1* This book contains the history of the Mason jar. A lot of the crafts listed involved cutting the jars, which isn't a hobby I feel to get into.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Crosby

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matthew George

  17. 4 out of 5

    GoodandPlenty

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyska

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nise'

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Adams

  22. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie Johnson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sybil Oliver

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joelyn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lanette

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cg

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel

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