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Find a couple canning jars at the thrift store in two different sizes that would work as hand soap dispensers for the bathroom and kitchen. Choose a basic glossy white spray paint and spray it on the outside of the jars. Then take a nail and hammer it into the center of the jars' lids to start a hole. Use needle nose pliers to pull the tin back enough to fit the soap dispens...
Another fun use for Mason Jars: You can use hose clamps to secure the jars to a piece of wood and use it to store all sorts of things. Office supplies above your desk, scissors above your craft table, wooden spoons in the kitchen. So many fun ideas!
"Mason jars show their versatility," an article in the Seattle Times, mentions many uses for canning jars. There is a reference to canning jars being used in times gone by as a mousetrap. There are instructions in the article for making a self-waterer for plants with a jar.