Mason jars and Canada have something in common—they’re both part of the same generation. When the trusty Mason jar was invented in 1858, less than a decade before Canada’s Confederation, its primary use was to preserve foods. Today though, you don’t have to limit yourself to pickles—Mason jars can be used in all sorts of ways to make your Canada Day party particularly patriotic. Here are 11 crafty ideas to get you started.
DIY Mason jar flag
Did you ever have trouble drawing a maple leaf as a kid? After all—who can ever remember how many points to include? With Cottage Life’s Mason jar tutorial, problem solved—just use a maple leaf as a stencil, instead. Or, check out the instructions on Create Craft Love for another version.
Canada Day s’more snack mix party favours
Easy and delicious, all you need is cereal, marshmallows and red candies. The result is a take-home snack that your guests will adore.
Single-serving pie in a jar
If it doesn’t get any more American than apple pie, than it doesn’t get any more Canadian than these pint-sized pies topped with our national emblem.
No-bake cherry cheesecake
Serve your guests their very own patriotic Mason jar dessert. With sweet layers of red and white, the result will have them singing “O Canada.”
Maple syrup bread pudding in a jar
Whisky and maple syrup? This might just qualify as the most Canadian treat. Make this dessert a day or two ahead and stick it in your fridge to serve on the big day.
Another recipe in a jar, this one is easy as pie. Actually, it’s easier than making a pie, and it takes advantage of the fact that strawberries are usually still in season when July 1st rolls around.
Recipe and directions can be found at Life is a Party.
Canadian flag Mason jar votive holders
Create the perfect patio lighting for your dock. This Michael’s tutorial provides directions for creating Canada Day candle holders, which are also beach-themed.
Mason jar party cups
Take your bartending skills up a notch by serving them in a DIY party cup for Canada Day. An ideal no-spill option for lakeside afternoons, all you need is some scrapbook paper, scissors and a hole punch.
Canada Day place settings
An easy “craft” for kids, we love these Fourth of July place settings, especially since the jar doubles as a drinking glass. Of course, you’ll want to swap out the stars and stripes pictured for some maple leaves—although solid red napkins will do the trick, too.
Canada Day centrepieces
Not the craftiest of the crew? Take it easy and rely on flowers to do the heavy lifting. Paint your Mason jars red and white (maple leaf decorations are optional) and place fresh red and white flowers inside.
Canada Day candy bar
No time to get crafty, but want to impress your guests? Take a cue from weddings by creating a Canada Day-themed candy bar. Load of up Mason jars of varying sizes with red and white sweets, and set out some take-home grab bags for filling.