If "Portlandia" has it's "put a bird on it," Southern Living has its equivalent: "Put a Mason Jar on it!" Here's a secret: sometimes in planning meetings at SL, we joke that we could dedicate an entire section to the South's favorite container. So, on the final day of 2012, we decided to salute the mighty vessel with a look back on our top 10 mason jars of the year.

Photo by Ralph Anderson

1. Recently we told you about the Mason Shaker, a cocktail shaker created by two Brooklynites by way of Virginia. Today is your last day to enter to win the spirited jar that was featured in our Holiday Gift Guide.

Photo by Monica Buck

2. We love these berry pretty Christmas decorations spotted at the Idea House in Senoia, Georgia.

Photo courtesy Anthropologie

3. Anthropology's mason jar snow globes were spotted at more than one Southern Living editor's house this season.


4. Our editorial intern stumbled across this gem of an invention that turns your masons into a sippy cup. Thanks to Cuppow, we can now sip sweet tea on the road without fear of it ending up all over the car seat.

Photo by Jennifer Davick

5. We're always on the hunt for restaurants that serve the yummiest things under the lid. In our Summer in the South package we told you about Victory Sandwich Bar, an Atlanta sandwich spot that serves up refreshing Jack and cola slushes in a what else—a mason jar. In the same piece, we serve up a recipe for the ultimate summer cola cocktail. The end of the directions tell you to store the mix in an airtight container—you know what that means.

Photo by Gary Clark

6. The Delta Grill in Greenwood, Mississippi shares our love for as light fixtures

Photo by Beth Hontzas

7. We went old school with this recipe for classic sorghum stored in a… mason jar.

Photo by Beth Hontzas

8. Ballard Designs creative director and stylist Jill Sharp Brinson helped us set the table using pieces from our capsule collection with the company, including this oversized mason jar used for serving fresh lemonade.

Photo courtesy A Bryan Photo

9. No round-up of jars would be complete without a pretty, rustic centerpiece. It's the most coveted accessory of a Southern DIY wedding.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

10. OK this one is from 2011, but how darn cute are these Jar-o'-Lanterns?

Tell us about the most inventive use for mason jars you've found in the comments!