Did you know the Mason jar dates to 1810? Or that the lid has to be sealed with a rubber ring rather than wax to distinguish it from a regular canning jar? Those are two tidbits that Melissa Averinos uses to introduce her book “DIY Mason Jars: Thirty-Five Creative Crafts and Projects for the Classic Container” ($18.95, Adams Media).
The 171-page guide gives instructions on how to create everything from lighting fixtures and oil lamps to soap dispensers and ornaments using the old-fashioned kitchen staple. Some ideas seem geared toward kids or hardly worth the effort, while others are fun, clever and somewhat sophisticated. It would make a great gift for the obsessive crafter.
| Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, The Star