How to Draw a Mason Jar

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"Pick you flowers from our yard,
You can set 'em in the window in a mason jar."
- Kellie Pickler, "Mother's Day"

Before the advent of refrigeration and electricity, preserving food for later use was a major concern. Some foods could be kept in root cellars, others fermented, others dried. Then, in the year 1800, a French inventor developed a means of sealing food in airtight containers. Canning was born.

Canning involves placing a food, such as jelly or pickles, in a sanitized jar and heating it to kill any microorganisms in the food. An airtight vacuum seal forms as the jar - the mason jar - cools and the contracting air sucks the lid on tight. Since no air can get in, neither can bacteria, and the food can remain safe to eat for years.

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The mason jar was named after its inventor, John Landis Mason. The glass jars were developed in 1858 for use in home canning food. The jars accept one of several sizes of lids consisting of a metal ring or band and a disc with a rubber ring on the bottom. Other names include canning jar, fruit jar, Kilner jar, and ball jar.

In the United States, mason jars have become symbols of "the good old days," rural living, and simpler times. Country songs mention using mason jars as beverage glasses or to capture fireflies. The jars are frequently used in home decor, holding candles, lights, or flowers, and as decorations at rustic weddings.

Would you like to draw a cartoon mason jar? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Wine Glass, Milkshake, and Hourglass.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Mason Jar

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a narrow horizontal oval. This will form the top of the jar's lid.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 2

2. Extend a curved line downward from each end of the oval. These lines form the sides of the lid.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 3

3. Connect the short lines with a long curved line. This completes the outline of the lid.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 4

4. Draw a series of connected "U" shaped lines below the lid on each end. This forms the threaded neck of the jar, which allows you to screw on the lid.

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How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 5

5. Draw a curved line connecting the sides of the jar's neck.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 6

6. Extend a long, curved line from one side of the jar's neck, then double it back upon itself to meet the neck on the opposite side. This outlines the shape of the jar. Notice the diagonally slanted "shoulders," the straight sides, and the curved bottom.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 7

7. Draw curved horizontal lines across the lid and the neck of the jar.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 8

8. Draw a curved line across the bottom of the jar, creating an irregular oval shape. This forms the base of the jar.

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How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 9

8. Draw a curved line across the bottom of the jar, creating an irregular oval shape. This forms the base of the jar.

How to Draw Mason Jar: Step 10

Color your cartoon mason jar.

What will you store in your mason jar? You'll find lots of yummy fruits and veggies among our plants drawing guides.

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