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25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars

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25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars

Did you just polish off a jar of pasta sauce or jelly? Don’t toss that empty in the container! You can wash and save old glass jars for all kinds of crafty uses.

When it comes to recycling, glass is pretty efficient. The turnaround is quick, and there’s a big market for recycled glass. Like a lot of other recycling, though, the process at the recycle center is better called “downcycling.” Glass jars don’t usually get melted down and turned into more glass jars. Instead, recycled glass is used to make a lower-quality product. Jars, according to Earth 911, might be ground up and used to make fiberglass, for example. After enough rounds of recycling, that glass becomes too low-quality to recycle, and then it’s off to the landfill.

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Kind of a bummer, I know, but don’t let this news get you down! Instead of tossing that jar in the bin, you can use your crafty skills to turn it into something just as useful as a pasta-sauce-holding-vessel. Heck, you’ll probably get even more use out of these upcycled glass projects than you did from the jar in its original form!

When you take something that was headed for the recycle bin or landfill and up its value, you’re upcycling instead of downcycling. Not only does upcycling help reduce waste, but when you choose to craft with reclaimed materials like those empty jars, you’re skipping a trip to the store for those materials, which is a double win!

Ready to get your glass jar craft on? Check out the awesome project ideas on the next pages!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:35PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Thank you for this article!

12:55PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Terrific ideas. Thank you!

12:50PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thank You. The Magnetic Spice Rack is a great idea!

5:41AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013


3:17PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Thanks for the ideas

11:27AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

You can also fill them with the ingredients for homemade cookies or other treats, put a pretty bit of fabric and ribbon on the lid, and it's a great gift!

10:05AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

I love it! Thank you!

11:01AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

i have used taller bottles for holding dry flowers in before now...but most jars i keep for home made chutneys etc....thanks for sharing

10:59AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013


6:08AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Excellent tips. I "upcycle" them a lot. Almost everything in my kitchen closets gets stored in them avoiding plastic containers whenever possible and when I give something to friends like teas, herbs,soup, I put them in jars.

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