A look back at my love of Mason Jars. Plus …
The reCAP mason jar lid winners!

Not convinced about the depth of my mason jar love?


Please observe. Each of the images below links to a post I’ve done that somehow relates to Mason Jars. How to Freeze things in them, making gifts with them, fixing them, giving thanks for them, and on and on. There may be a few in there that you’ve missed over the years.


click map

freezer storageHostess GiftButterRhubarb CrispAlfalfa SproutsVintage mason jarsJar StorageCookie JarThanks

So clearly, I’m not making my love of mason jars up. Nope. No I am not. I have even more plans for mason jars in the summer. WAIT!!!!! I forgot my most FAVOURITE mason jar thing of all time! Not very relevant for this time of year but still worth a look if you missed it …


So when someone, a reader actually, brought Karen Rzepecki invention to my attention I knew I HAD to own some of them. By investing in her project through the Kickstarter website, I was one of the first to own these little pieces of brilliance.  The reCAP.  A screw on lid that fits all regular mouth mason jars so you can use your mason jar as a coffee mug, salad dressing bottle, sugar pourer … or pretty much anything else.


I’ve seen a couple of other mason jar lids before, but the design of them isn’t quite right for a variety of reasons. They either don’t have a spout, or they’re only made for wide mouth mason jars or … they’re ugly. These are without a doubt, the best ones that I’ve seen.

So I was very happy when Karen agreed to give away 10 reCAPs to Art of Doing Stuff readers. Wanna know who won?

Here’s the list …


If you won (I’ve included parts of email addresses to clarify in case you didn’t include your last name) just email me at karen@theartofdoingstuff.com and I’ll put you in touch with your new ReCAP!

If you didn’t win and you’d like to buy a reCAP for $6.99, head on over to Karen’s reCAP website, where she sells them.


  1. Emily Rae says:

    Congratulations to the winners! Karen, how many would you say would be useful in an average jar-loving kitchen? I’m trying to justify the Canadian shipping by buying a lot.

    • Karen says:

      Emily – Hah! Well, don’t go too nuts! But I can tell you that I own two and I wish I owned 3 or 4. One is always in the dishwasher which leaves one on reserve for drinking. (I use mine mainly for diet coke and occasionally for coffee) But I’d love to have another for my beloved raw sugar and another for my Maple Bourbon BBQ sauce (which I made a batch of this past weekend). ~ karen!

  2. Wow, the shipping to Alberta is not bad at all. I just entered in 4 of the lids and it came up as $8.99 to ship. I’ll be all over that tomorrow. Even if I didn’t win I get to be cool drinking my green smoothie from my awesome Mason jars! No more holes drilled in a tin lid or me!!

  3. Barbie says:

    Thanks for showing me the kickstart website! I have been having fun looking at everything….it is really a cool idea!
    Love these mason jar lids…I love my mason jars too. 🙂

  4. Lucy says:

    Anyone else having trouble with clicking on the pics and getting taken to the post? I was only able to get to the spaghetti sauce post (I stayed awhile and drooled) and the Christmas tree. I’ll try again tomorrow. Love me some Mason Jars and have hoarded them for years.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lucy – Yeah, I’m having trouble with my image map, but I thought it was only in Safari. Let me know if you’re using a different browser. ~ k!

  5. Excellent! I’ve never seen these before…ever…not even on your blog. Guess I missed that one! I just ordered 4! One for a gift and 3 for me (selfish girl). Thanks! wendy

  6. Arlene says:

    OOOpps – you just said DIET COKE — I hope you were joking — someone as intelligent as you must know the EVILS of aspartame and the other deadly chemical sweeteners!! If not GIYF.

    • Karen says:

      Arlene – Hell no. I LOVE Diet Coke and I don’t plan on stopping. I believe everything in moderation. I don’t live my life worried about every little thing that might kill me. I really don’t. I also heat things up in the microwave in plastic the odd time. I’m a a rebel. ~ karen

  7. Susan says:

    All I have is safari and my morning is not off to a good start! I may have to go out and pinch a few suckers off my tomato plant! Sorry safari isn’t working!

  8. Kim Merry says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

  9. Lisa says:

    I just bought four of them Karen. I’m so so excited!!! I have so many ideas on how these will be used… I’m like a kid in a candy store, where everything is stored in mason jars of course! Thank you so much for bringing these babies are way & best best wishes on your investing rewards!

  10. marilyn says:

    hey karen, just bought two blue crown jars monday at a t0wn wide garage sale in new dundee! so pretty! and cheap ! 2$ each! also snagged a bunch of clear ones for free. now i just have to silicone the lids on, just sprayed them silver..im into silver these days.

  11. Kathleen says:

    Hi Karen, I actually read about the caps and ordered them ASAP!! When I see something I can’t live with out, it haunts me till I buy it!! If ya know what I mean 😉 I make candles (some in mason jars) and bath salts…I think the cap would be a cute addition to encourage the re-use of the jar.

  12. Melody Madden says:

    Congrats to all the winners. I too am a big fan of mason jars. As well as your suggestions I use them for storing my paintbrushes according to size … Love the way they look in my studio…

  13. Karen: I’m using Firefox and the links do not work for me. Just FYI…I’m sure we can all pop mason jar in the search engine and find all the examples of your passion (does that sound kind of pornographic to you, too?).

  14. Did you ever actually reveal how you did the Christmas tree mason jars?

  15. Gayla T says:

    Congrats to those who won and boo hoo to those of us who didn’t. I’m assuming that the fact I didn’t win can only be a sign from heaven that before this day is over I will have won the lottery so I’ll be rich enough to buy a lid for everyone in the universe. No? Well darn it then. I thought you collected another brand of jars. The ones with the crown. I collect the Good Luck brand with the clover on the front and they don’t have a screw on lid. I also have some Ball jars. My great great great grandpa Ball came to Ks and started a church. His brother stayed in the East and made canning jars that say Ball on them so I had to have a few of those. They do have screw on lids so I can buy one of those little jimcrackers. My other jars have the bale top to hold a glass lid in place. Here in KS the common term for canning jars is fruit jars and it feels funny to call them anything else. Why they would be fruit jars when you are canning vegies is a mystery I won’t solve in this life time but I am really fond of those little cuties as I can see you are, too.

  16. Shannon V. says:

    Bummed that I didn’t win one (I’ll just have to buy a couple) but very happy for the winners. Hope you enjoy your swag!

  17. caren says:

    I love this post Karen! I too adore mason jars. Coolest. Invention. Ever.

    Also love the layout of the post with the images. Is that a particular plug in? Also – love that swankydank little “more stuff you will like” teaser that’s floating on the bottom right. Please do share where you found these little jewels!

    Cheers and hope you’re well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Caren! Thanks. 🙂 The “more stuff you will like” is indeed a plugin. It’s the Nrelate Flyout plugin for WordPress. The clickable link image map is a little more hands on. After a few frustrating nights, I was shown how to do it by my friends at WayLay. I’ve been considering doing a post on it, so now that you’ve asked about it … maybe I will! ~ karen

  18. jen says:

    Just bought 4 – that seemed like a good number. I use mason jars for absolutely everything and having a pop-top lid with a spout is going to be so wonderful!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Hi to Karen and all her party people!!

    I LOVE mason jars too! I created my company, Reclaimed Lighting, after I realized what pretty lights they would make. After that obsession was born, I found myself at every antique market I could find, hunting for other cool things to poke and dissect, also turning them into lighting. (Not to say I poked or dissected any actual vendors, only their antiques!)

    Please check out the site, and if anyone sends an inquiry with Karen’s site on it, I’ll shoot you over a fat discount of 10%!



  20. caren says:

    I’d love a post on how to do the post collage! Thanks for the plug in info!


  21. Bobbie says:

    The reCap is amazing! Thank you for sharing. My office mates and I have already ordered 12! (That’ll teach’em for making fun of my mason jar habit!).

  22. Dang! thats ok though cause I ordered some the day you first posted it!

  23. kelli says:

    just went and purchased three of ’em! (free shipping yay) I know they’ll be perfect for my morning-on-the-way-to-work iced coffee. I’ve never liked using those thermal mug thingies, but I’m very excited to see what other uses I will find for them (and oh…i will). Brilliant product idea, thanks for getting the word out there Karen! 😀

  24. Shari says:

    Thanks so much for bringing Kickstarter to my attention: thanks to you, I may be able to publish my craftbook afterall. I’m excited to give it a try!

  25. Karen says:

    I share your love of/obsession with Mason jars, Karen. I’ve started making Mason jar salads to bring to work recently, and I just bookmarked the site for these cool jar lids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Marti says:


    I still want one. May have to actually tear the cobwebs and open my wallet.

  27. Becky says:


    This shop in Vancouver sells reusable lids that fit most jars/mugs bowls….she uses one on her mason jars to drink coffee from the local coffee shop.

    The Soap Dispensary, Main Street.

  28. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for sharing ReCAPs!! I ordered 3 as soon as I read your post. Finally, I can take my ever-present jar of iced jasmine tea with me when I drive this summer. No more tea stains on my floorboard. No more puddle in the bottom of the cup holders. No more worry that I’ll have tea all over my leg when I get to Dollar Tree. No more having to wait until I get someplace safe to unscrew the lid on the few times I decide to put one on. Now I just flip back the sturdy cap and all is well. I pretend it’s an old zinc cap and stay in my little fantasy world. I can wear white again.

  29. Linda Jarrett says:

    Love, Love, Love the ReCap!! Check out the Daisy Die Cut lids too for a cute top you can use with straws!

  30. Rinkypants says:

    Not sure if you’ve heard – they’re bringing back the blue Ball mason jars (haha…)
    They’re not as vintagey-chic as the super old ones… but if you (unlike me) actually use Ball jars for canning these would work well and look pretty!

    • Karen says:

      Hah. I wonder if they considered that when deciding on the colour. I don’t use antique ball jars for canning but would love the look of old ones for canning. Thanks for letting me know! ~ karen

  31. Trish says:

    Shame those lids are so expensive! Guess the average joe will have to wait and hope the novelty wears off and the price comes down. 🙁

  32. Ei Con says:

    There’s a new Kickstarter campaign that involves mason jars and plants and fish! All your favorite things! Might be fodder for a post:

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