25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars
TIP: If your jar held something stinky, like pasta sauce, chances are even a run through the dishwasher might leave a little residual smell. For some crafts that’s not a big deal, but if you do need to get odors out of your glass jars, try this non-toxic method.
1. Mason Jar Lantern – Don’t you love Mason jars? If you’ve got any empties hanging around, you can turn them into beautiful hanging lanterns. Perfect for lighting up a backyard shindig, now that spring weather is slowly on its way back to us!
2. Silhouettes – The project calls for Mason jars, but you could really create these beautiful painted silhouettes on any reclaimed jars in your stash.
3. Striped Vases – Delicate tissue paper makes gorgeous, translucent stripes on reclaimed jars.
4. Hanging Lights – This is another one that calls for Mason jars but would work with any jar that still has its lid: transform it into an electric lantern!
5. Paper Covered Jars – I love how this tutorial uses just a touch of embellishment, so that most of the jar is still transparent. Perfect for organizing!
6. Create Sand Art - This is a great way to get kids into the upcycling action. Use reclaimed jars to hold beautiful, vibrant sand art that you make together.
7. Stained Glass Jar – Tinted Mason jars are rare, vintage treasures, but you can mimic that look with any old glass jar!
8. Magnetic Spice Rack – Do you have lots of empty baby food jars? Use them to organize and store your spices beautifully!
9. Chalkboard Label Jars – Talk about organizational power! Use chalkboard paint to create labels on your glass jars. When you need to change out the contents, just wipe the chalk away, and write your new label!
10. Frosted Jars – Frosted glass is beautiful, and this tutorial shows you how to create a frosted effect using…epsom salts!
11. Fill it With Booze – Reclaimed glass jars are the perfect vessels for holding homemade, infused vodka!
12. Pedestal Candy Jars – This tutorial uses new jars, but you could easily achieve the same look with reclaimed glass jars instead!
Image Credit: photos by Becky Striepe and Julie Finn