6 Creative Survival Uses For Mason Jars

by | Jun 20, 2020 | Do It Yourself, Featured, Food Preservation, Food Storage, Practical Prepper, Self Sufficiency

Mason jars are so much more than cute country décor because they are waterproof and can be hermetically sealed, these molded glass marvels have tons of uses around the house and in Prepping.

We all know that mason jars are essential in home canning and food preservation, but here are a few more reasons to keep them on hand.

How to Use Mason Jars for Survival

1. Make an Oil Lamp


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All you need to make an oil lamp is:

  • Mason jar with metal lid
  • 100% cotton, or fiberglass wick
  • Non-toxic lamp oil: olive oil, paraffin oil, or almond oil
  • Hammer & nail
  • Scissors


  • Hammer the nail through the metal lid to make a hole for your wick to pass through.
  • Measure the wick to reach the bottom of the jar and hang over the edge by ¼”, and cut with the scissors.
  • Fill the Mason jar with the non-toxic lamp oil of your choice.
  • Soak the wick in the oil and set it aside before adding it to the jar.
  • To avoid having an overly large and unsafe flame, leave only ¼” of the wick above the lid when you assemble the lamp.
  • You can add food coloring, berries, pinecones, etc. if you want to make your oil lamp more visually appealing.

Having oil lamps on hand if the power goes out, or if you need to barter, is a great idea!

2. Store Valuables

Store Valuables | Creative Survival Uses For Mason Jars

Because of their small size and the fact that they are waterproof, Mason jars are great for storing cash and important documents. You can hide them in cubbies or cutouts, or bury them. Just be careful not to break the glass when digging them up!

3. Herb Garden Planters


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Who needs pots or planters when you have Mason jars? You can easily maintain your summer herb garden all year round by planting in Mason jars and keeping them on your window sills.

All you need to get started are:

  • Mason jars
  • Small rocks/gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Herb plants or seeds
  • Labels for jars

Be sure to add the rocks to the bottom of the jars, since they do not have holes for drainage. You don’t want the roots to be damaged in excess water.

4. Meal Storage

Meal Prep | Creative Survival Uses For Mason Jars

Mason jars are well known for storing food for the long-term. But beyond canning, you can store portioned out meals of non-perishable items. When SHTF, you’ll be sitting pretty with pre-planned lunches and dinners that just need some water and heat.

5. Make a Mason Jar Candle


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Similar to the oil lamp, you can make candles in your Mason jars. Just cut your wick, glue it to the bottom of the jar, melt your wax, and pour the wax in.

6. Perfect Waterproof Storage

Perfect Waterproof Storage | Creative Survival Uses For Mason Jars

Mason jars are perfect for storing a variety of items you don’t want getting wet – kindling, matches, ammunition, bandages – you name it. Their clear design allows you to immediately organize and identify what’s inside when you need it.

Load Up on Mason Jars

Mason jars are inexpensive and readily available, two more reasons to load up on these invaluable tools. They are perfect for Preppers for so many reasons!

What are the other ways you use Mason jars at home? Do tell us in the comments section!

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