We’re not exactly sure when the Mason jar made its comeback. The launch of Martha Stewart Living in the 90’s and the rise of DIY and Pinterest have surely helped. Created in 1858 by a Philadelphia inventor and tinsmith; John Landis Mason single handedly helped spread home canning across the nation. Farmers, settlers, and even urban families began the tradition of canning fruits, vegetables and sauces. His Mason jars were easy to use, affordable and re-usable. Sadly, Mason died a poor man, never capitalizing on his success as most Mason jars were manufactured by his competitors after his patent expired in 1879. Today, the Mason jar revival is more about style and decor than preserving food. The Weddings Industry in particular has latched on to Mason jar mania, using them for everything from lighting and decor, to favors and hip drinking glasses. Below is some Mason jar inspiration.
Mason jar light fixture ~ Jamie Grenough Photography; Mason jar with votive ~ Jonathan Young Weddings; hanging Mason jars with flowers ~ via Balancing Beauty and Bedlam; pink lemonade Mason jars ~ via Julia Ryan; Mason jar chair decor ~ Jamie Clayton Photography; bride and groom with wine glass Mason jars ~ Brooke Bakken Photography; painted Mason jar with peonies ~ via Beach Blues
Mason jars lighting a path ~ Susan Bordelon Photography; bride and groom holding Mason jars ~ Shaw Photography Co.; lace covered Mason jars ~ via Event Trender; table with Mason jars ~ Shaw Photography Co.; peonies in Mason jars ~ Charlotte Geary Photography; lighted Mason jars along a fence ~ via Etsy; Billy buttons in Mason jar ~ Millie Holloman Photography
Florals in Mason jars ~ via The Berry; Mason jar dessert ~ Susan Bordelon Photography; Mason jar chandelier ~ Jonathan Young Weddings; gold painted Mason jar holding flowers ~ Millie Holloman Photography; Mason jar escort card ~ via b. loved weddings; jam favors in Mason jars ~ Millie Holloman Photography; penny stix in Mason jars ~ Heather Bee Photography
Lead Photograph ~ lighted Mason jar tablescapes ~ Weddings by two;