Mason jars have nearly endless uses. If you have a few collecting dust in a cupboard or closet, don’t throw them away or even recycle them. Instead, put them to good use as clear, portable emergency kits. Not sure what type of kits to make or what to put in them? These five ideas are sure to inspire you.
Emergency Mason Jar Candle Kit
How do you see when the power goes out? A flashlight is a good idea, but candles are useful as well. To make sure your candles and matches are always together, craft a mason jar emergency candle kit.
You should be able to fit four 1.5-inch candles (with a burn time of eight to 10 hours each) in a pint-size mason jar, along with a book of matches. Glue a 1-inch tall, 1.5-inch diameter PVC pipe to the underside of the jar lid. If the jar features a separate lid and ring, you can reverse the lid so the PVC sits on top, effectively converting the whole mason jar into a candle holder.
Get the full instructions from Craft Yourself.
Emergency Meal in a Mason Jar
Food storage is an important part of preparing for a natural disaster, and mason jars are perfect for storing nonperishable food. With the right ingredients, you store shelf-stable meals that require nothing more than hot water and a few fresh ingredients. Soups are particularly easy to store. Flour, chicken bouillon, noodles, beans, and dried herbs and spices are typically all you need to create an emergency meal in a jar.
Looking for good recipes? Mom with a Prep has links to 101+ recipes for emergency meals in a jar.
Emergency Mason Jar Wedding Day Kit
Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a future bridal party member, a wedding day emergency kit could be a lifesaver. With everything fit snugly in a mason jar, you know right where to look for the items you need. Stock the kit with whatever you deem necessary. Here are some good suggestions:
- Mini sewing kit with thread, scissors and safety pins
- Double-sided tape
- Mini hair spray
- Travel-size tissue pack
- Lip balm
- Bobby pins
- Hair ties
- Nail file and clippers
Get all the instructions from A Drop of This.
Emergency Mason Jar Sewing Kit
You can’t always take your sewing box with you. When space is at a premium, pack your emergency sewing kit along instead. Packed tightly into a mason jar, the kit has all the essentials you might need to mend a hole or reattach a button on the go.
First, hot glue fabric around a handful of fiberfill and attach it to the mason jar lid to create a puffy pincushion. Then fill the jar itself with these sewing essentials:
- Straight pins
- Seam ripper
- Tape measure
Get more ideas and all the instructions from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
New Mommy Mason Jar Survival Kit
If you’re looking for a fun baby shower present, make the mother-to-be a mommy survival kit in a mason jar. It should look cute enough for her to keep it out on the kitchen counter and reach inside for whatever pick-me-up she needs at the moment. Fill it with whatever you think this new mom would enjoy. Some ideas include:
- Hand sanitizer and wipes
- Listerine strips
- Lip balm
- Mascara and under-eye cream
- Portable powdered drink mixes
Cover the jar with a cute label and ribbon to make it worthy of gift-giving. You can find all the instructions from Classy Clutter.
With these great emergency kit ideas, you’ll never throw away another mason jar again!