Back to the basics: The Mason Jar Movement

They’ve been referred to as delightfully tacky and shabby-chic, but one thing is for sure, these do-it-yourself crafts are catching.

This was the case for 22-year-old college student Nikki White of Clatskanie, Ore. White jumped on the bandwagon after seeing what many refer to as a Redneck or Hillbilly Wine Glass at her local gift shop.

A Redneck Wine Glass is simply a Ball Mason jar glued to the top of a candlestick holder.

“It was just so cute and looked easy to make,” White said.

Rather than paying $15 for one glass, White said she decided to buy the supplies and make a bunch of them for her eldest sister’s cowboy-themed bachelorette party.

She purchased the candlestick holders from the Dollar Tree and the sandpaper, ribbon, glue and the jars at a discounted price from her mother’s feed store.

Not only did she save a bundle making the glasses herself, but it only took her about 20 minutes to assemble them, she added.

To make the glasses, White first sanded the top of the candlestick holder and bottom of the Mason jar to create a textured surface; doing this makes it easier for the glue to grab on. Next, she cleaned the surfaces. Then, she stuck the Mason jar on top of the candlestick holder and allowed it to dry for the glue manufacturer’s recommended time. Once they were dry, she tied a blue ribbon around the stems.

“My mom also got a Redneck Wine Glass for Christmas, and when I held mine up to hers, they looked the same,” she said.

When White’s fellow classmates and friends saw the final product, they assumed she had gotten the idea from the fast-growing social networking site, Pinterest, she said.

Pinterest, a pin board-styled photo sharing site, features a DIY & Crafts category, where members can find an abundance Mason jar craft ideas. Some of these photos include Mason jar lights, candleholders, centerpieces, drinking glasses, wine glasses, vases and more. Many of the photos depict the jars as wedding décor.

Although the phenomenon of the Redneck Wine Glass is
relatively new, people like Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, joined the “Hee Haw” crafts movement in the early 2000s.

Weidman, who was married in 2002, used Mason jars for her tables’ centerpieces.

The jars, which she referred to as charming, were the perfect touch for her outdoor wedding and reception that took place in the heart of Oregon’s wine country.

To create her centerpieces, Weidman purchased dozens of Dahlias and arranged them in a mushroom shape in the jars. She then tied a white ribbon in a bow around the neck of the jar. On the day of her wedding, all of her girlfriends came over and helped make the arrangements, she said.

“It was a fun way to get everyone involved,” Weidman said. “The jars are appealing because they hold nostalgia for a lot of people. They remind us of our grandmas who used to can and make people nostalgic for country living. They also have a rustic feel and are inexpensive.”

Weidman purchased a package of Ball jars at her local Wilco, but most rural stores and grocery stores, like Safeway, carry the jars in the spring and summer, she said. Other places that carry the jars are Wal-Mart, TrueValue, Ace Hardware, Target and WinCo.

However, grocery stores aren’t the only places selling jars now; craft stores like Craft Warehouse and Michael’s are selling these hillbilly treasures.

Tina Clark, hard craft manager of Craft Warehouse in Salem, Ore., said that corporate ordered the supplies near the end of 2011 and began advertising the Mason jars through displays of the Redneck Wine Glasses.

Clark said the glasses were especially popular during the holiday season, rendering supplies low, and she expects that the same will ring true as the wedding season approaches.

“People are excited about them. They laugh and give them as gag gifts,” Clark said. “It’s so simple, but when you put a jar and candlestick together, they make something new. Mason jars are quirky and perfect for a shabby-chic, rustic wedding.”

Clark said the average cost for a Mason jar is $1.99.

The store also has instructions for how to make some of these Mason jar crafts on its website.

“People want to get back to the basics. The home crafts of yester-year have come back,” Weidman said.
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