After using this space to discuss my new year’s resolutions last week, this week will be my first official home ideas or DIY or decor or whatever you want to call it. Yippee! I’ve actually done quite a few decor posts in the past and since it’s something I constantly think about and do, I really wanted to find a more regular way to incorporate it into the blog.
Decorating in an apartment can always be a bit tricky–you have to constantly weigh the cost of altering the walls versus the destruction that you’re going to have to fix before you move out if you don’t want to be charged a million gazillion dollars. Plus, the space can often be a bit small or awkward or outdated, but you just have to find a way to work with the things you have. I never know exactly how long I’m going to be in the same apartment either, so it can be difficult to know exactly how much effort I want to put into making it look more “homey.”
Lately, though, I’ve decided that no matter how long we are in one place, I really want to do my best to decorate as if it were my own places. With limitations, of course, because I don’t want to buy pricey, specific pieces that will only work in one place. So, long story short, I try to work with what I already have and buy smaller, versatile pieces to supplement when possible.
One of those things that I already have a ton of is blue Ball mason jars. For our wedding, I decided that blue mason jars would be the perfect table centerpiece to hold flowers. I scoured local stores and eBay and think I ended up with nearly 20 in total to complete the decorations. I let people take home some of the extras after the wedding, but I had absolutely no idea what to do with the 5 or 6 I was left with after the event.
It became my goal to incorporate them into my decor and since then, I think I might just be a wee bit obsessed. Currently, I use them as decorative objects in various places around the house, as well as some more utilitarian purposes.
On my kitchen display wall, I use them to hold mini clothespins that are also leftover from our wedding.
In the living room, I keep a few in the basket I bought for Christmas lights (you’ll see on our mantle in that post that I also used them to hold jingle bell balls for the holiday).
On our living room side table, I use one to hold mementos of things like concert or event tickets that we collect over the year. I’ve seen similar things done on Etsy with daily memories or milestones to open and review on new year’s.
I fell head over heels in love with this behemoth at a local antique store in Floyd even though I swore I’d never buy another one. Oops!
I also use a smaller mason jar to hold make-up items like brushes and mascara. Back in SLO, I also used to have them in the bathroom with q-tips and cotton balls.
So from having absolutely no idea how to use them in my decor, I’d say that I’m now thoroughly and completely obsessed with using mason jars in just about every way possible.
Do you use mason jars for decoration/household purposes?