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Looking for ideas other than marbles, buttons, and skeleton keys to put in a mason jar that is decorative. No potpourri. Looking more for vintage ideas.
 

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Sand & shells, especially those collected on a family vacation/trip.
 

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I have a couple that are full of buttons. Mostly vintage buttons.
 

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How about spools of brightly colored thread on wooden spools.
 

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Bits of fabric or ribbons, dried beans, crayons, small rocks, shells, little nature bits that children have collected, any little collection you have (I saw a mason jar in a magazine filled with vintage strawberry pincushions - it was cute)
 

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I would say buttons, old spools, vintage photographs, vintage or vintage like hangtags (these are easy to make) and tiny squares of vintage fabric.
 

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how about spruce cones and cinnamon sticksand mini white lights in it, then put put small crochet doily on it.
_not normal marbles but those pretty colored glass ones u get the dollar store , that we use in fish tanks too, oval or round ones, comes in all colors.
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Crayon shavings/chunks

fake flower petals

bits of scraps of material

bits of colored paper or confetti

beans, think someone suggested it, a mix of beans would be pretty

water with a drop or two of food coloring in it

different colors of sand (if you are doing several)

pretty rocks (saw some at the DollarTree the other day)

shredded up colored paper

innerds of small electronics, the green boards and led lights are rather cool
 

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Oh yes! Dried beans. I have three jars of dried beans in my kitchen. They are decorative, but useful as we use the beans & replenish them.
 

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skeleton keys and "made to look old" love letters.

big costume jewelry beads.

rock candy
 

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Money! Looks great, always in fashion.;)
I like things from nature, pinecones, feathers etc.
 

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old match book covers
Old kits from depression times to mend stockings
Old packages of sewing needles
old seed packages
spools of thread
buttons are always a favorite
Fishing flys and lures
 

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Beans - its amazing how many different colors there are.
Pasta of different shapes.
Don't laugh too hard, but I kept one to put lint in from the dryer for several months. My mom noticed it when it was close to full, and asked if she could have it. What do you say? "SURE!" She took it home and put it on a bookcase in her living room, and people thought it was "art" and wanted to know where she bought it - HUGE laugh!!!!! Incidentally, I sort my laundry by color, so there was red, and grey, and darkblue, and nearlyblack, and verypale, and mottledcolors in sort of wavy stripes (I wasn't actually trying to place it carefully).
 

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I keep instant coffee in a large one and a small one I keep sugar. I think its cute!
 

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wine bottle corks
 
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