The spaghetti dinner you lovingly prepared for your family has warmly settled in everyone’s bellies. The dishes are done, the trash needs to be taken out, but don’t get rid of that tomato sauce jar just yet! Here are five fun ways to upcycle a typical 24-ounce glass jar.
Before beginning, wash your jar thoroughly and let dry completely. For stubborn sticky labels, I like to use the product Goo Gone. Lids can be painted if desired.
- A vase. Wrap a jar with twine, ribbon, or fabric strips to spruce up the look of the plain jar. Even a thick strip of patterned paper would add a nice touch to the jar. The smooth, round shape makes it easy to decorate. Once you’ve achieved the look you’re going for, fill with water and fresh flowers from your garden or local market. Pretty flea market chic!
- Food storage. I’ve never been in a house that doesn’t have some sort of leftovers after a meal. Short on plastic food savers? Once cool, transfer the food into the glass jar, cover, and store in the fridge. The clear glass makes it easy to quickly recognize the contents. This works particularly well with soups.
- Keepsake jar. A clear glass jar makes for a unique way to display bits of a special vacation or significant event. Little trinkets, mini souvenirs, ticket stubs, natural dry elements, and small photos are just a few ideas of items that can be placed inside. Add a pretty label with the location or date on the outside. You can also use a jar to allocate all of the treasures your child brings from outdoors and collects. This way everything is limited to the jar instead of strewn about the house. Just be sure that your child safely handles the glass jar. No injuries please!
- Craft storage. If you’re like me and you love to craft, chances are you have quite a few supplies occupying space around the house. Use a jar to corral your notions and accessories. Buttons, beads, glue sticks, ribbon scraps, mini spools of thread, rubber stamps… any small items that fit and are in need organization! Don’t forget kids’ craft items too: crayons, pom-poms, stickers, etc. This method works well with all sorts of jar sizes. Imagine how cute a grouping of these would look on a shelf in a craft room. Organization and decor in one. Perfect!
- Edible gift container. The sky is the limit with the types of yummy treats you can fill the jar with. The recipients favorite candy, homemade cookies, or fresh salsa are just a few examples. You can even layer dry ingredients for cookies or soup. Be sure to attach the recipe with a cute ribbon! You can also decorate the jar as suggested for the vase use. Once your pal has finished off their tasty treats, encourage them to utilize any of the above uses to continue the lifespan of the jar. How’s that for up-cycling?
What is your favorite way to repurpose a glass jar?
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