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25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars

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Mason Jar Lantern

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. SilhouettesThe 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!

sand art

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 JarsThis 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

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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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