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Being a Fresh Preserving ambassador means I have quite the collection of Ball® Canning Jars in my kitchen (and my pantry, and my garage, and my laundry room)…. so much, in fact, that many of them are used for purposes other than canning and preserving.
I like to use their miniature jars for storing spices. If you open my kitchen cabinets, you’ll see plenty of jars alongside our highballs and mugs as I love using them for drinks.
The pint jars are perfect for water (we sometimes even freeze them for frosty pints of beer), while quarts full of fresh strawberry lemonade or watermelon lime agua fresca are a staple in the summer. Mason jars are great for warm drinks, too, if you gravitate more toward the likes of coffee, tea, mulled wine, or mulled cider.
(I should add a disclaimer here that Newell Brands doesn’t recommend putting piping hot beverages in their Ball® Canning Jars, so wait for yours to cool off a bit before serving. You can also lessen the chances of thermal shock by swirling some hot tap water in your jars to warm them up first.)
To buffer hands from the heat, I have a few sets of woolly koozies that wrap around my jars—just like those paper sleeves you find at coffeeshops, only the koozies are reusable and much, much cuter.
What seals the deal even more is how easy they are to DIY. No knitting or crocheting experience necessary, not even a sewing machine… all you need are wool socks, scissors, and needle and thread. (You’ll find the full tutorial below!)
Ball® Canning Jar koozies are great gifts because of their crafty and practical nature, not to mention how inexpensive they are to make.
You can repurpose old, clean socks that may be worn through the heels and toes (thereby giving your favorite prints and patterns a second life) or pick up a pair of new socks on sale. I found mine at Ross Dress for Less for $4 for a pack of two pairs, so it came out to just a dollar per koozie.
I paired the koozies with the Ball® pint-sized Sharing Jars, but any jar shape will work.
This project makes a great gift for the holidays because it’s simple to make (even last-minute!) but still feels special. And because food is often my go-to gift for the holidays, I like to add my favorite mulled cider spice mix to each jar, along with a printed recipe. (In these images, I used my vanilla and bourbon mulled cider mix recipe from The New Camp Cookbook.)
DIY mason jar koozie
Pint-sized mason jar
Crew-length wool socks
Needle and thread
Slide a sock over the jar (up to the rim) and cut to length, leaving 1 inch below the base.
Remove the sock and turn it inside out. Fold the raw edge over and stitch a 1/2-inch hem.
Turn the sock right side out and slide it back onto the jar.
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This post updated from an article that originally appeared on December 6, 2017.