Do you ever find that one mason jar is just not enough? But that two mason jars rattling around in a lunch bag together make you fear you might lose your hummus due to breakage? (I guess you are also risking injury, and a mess to clean up . . . but the hummus, people! The HUMMUS!)
Well, if there is more than one person (me) in the world for whom this is an issue, I hope they find this post, because I’ve got the cutest solution!
This quick DIY hack is inspired by this post by Kayla of Say Not Sweet Anne who calls her creation “DIY Lunchable Jars”. I saw her post and wanted to make some immediately!
So I asked my brother, whom I was visiting, if I could use his soldering iron. His reply?
“Don’t solder. Soldering makes too many fumes.”
Gah! So frustrating! But was I daunted? Oh no—I wanted to make these so bad.
So I asked my Dad if I could use his soldering iron. His answer?
“Don’t solder. It makes too many fumes.”
Do they share a brain those two???
“Why don’t you use tape instead?”
Tape? TAPE?? Tape is no replacement for solder! It would never hold!
I fumed. I schemed. I looked up “How to solder” on Youtube and priced out soldering irons . . . I spent days scheming how I could stitch rings together with jewelry wire . . . And then went absolutely nowhere with it.
Until one day when I was packing up my two doomed-to-rattle-and-endanger-my-hummus Mason jars for my lunch, I thought, “Oh, fine—I’ll try the dang tape.” I grabbed the closest thing, which was I think electrical tape (?) and hastily taped two Mason Jar rings together.
And do you know what? It actually worked. Not only that, it worked brilliantly! It worked so well that the next day I quickly taped together two wide-mouth rings with masking tape so I could bring salad and some crackers. Again, a flawless design (apart from it being really ugly).
But there is no reason to carry around ugly Mason Jars when there is Washi tape! And Washi-inspired tape!
Enter phase II of my design. I’ve always wanted a reason to buy Washi tape. So I picked up some Scotch brand and tried it. Super cute, though the inflexibility of the Scotch tape didn’t seem to grip the Mason jar rings quite as effectively as either of my ugly tapes in the prototype designs.
But the next thing I tried, well it combines two of the most beloved low-tech solutions: Mason Jars and Duct Tape. Not just any duct tape; not the ubiquitous silver kind, no. The cutest, girliest Duct Tape at the Staples store.
It did just the trick.
Flexible? Check. Sticky? Check. Super cute? Super check!
So please enjoy my super easy tutorial, and let me know what you’re packing in your new DIY Mason Jar Lunch Kit! Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy (unless you’re secretly hoping someone will put it on Pinterest)!
DIY Mason Jar Lunch Kit Tutorial
Line up two clean same-sized mason jar rings.
Using tape of choice (or of convenience), wrap tape around the rings, keeping them even and together, until the tape goes around the whole circumference.
Put lids onto jars, and screw on rings one at a time. Make sure to decide which one will be upside down, and pack accordingly.
Comment below and tell me what you’re packing in your new super cute kit (mine is hummus–of course–with Mary’s crackers on top).
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Awesome plan! I have plastic storage lids for my mason jars but they are PLASTIC so UGH! Then, I found out you can get silicone disks that fit in the plastic lids and make a seal and prevent food from contacting the plastic. Glue those puppies together with hot glue (you knew there would be hot glue in this) and then reinforce with a pretty band of duct tape. If you already have lids and bands (I always give them to my uber canner sisters) then you did the absolutely right thing but I just wanted to offer my twist. Personally, I’d still get the soldering iron though. You never know.