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25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars

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25 Ways to Reuse Glass Jars

Tip: Removing Sticky Labels. Before you can do any crafting, you probably want to get any labels off of those reclaimed jars. Here’s how to do it without resorting to toxic solvents!

13. Seed Starter Pots – You can use reclaimed Mason jars or really any large, glass jars to make these wall-mounted, hanging starter pots!

14. Create a Terrarium – Glass jars are perfect for making sweet little terrariums!

15. Painted JarsThese solid-painted glass jars are a beautiful way to organize your craft supplies!

16. Fancy-Lid Storage Jars – Plain, clean jars make great storage, and I love this project for adding detail not to the jar, but to the lid!

17. Nature-Inspired Floating Candle – Glass jars make beautiful centerpieces, and I love the idea of combining a floating candle with natural materials for an organic look!

18. Hanging Organizer – Get your clutter off of those surfaces with this simple, clever trick. The tutorial uses baby food jars, but you could use larger jars, if you have bigger items that need storing.

19. Another Fancy Lid Idea – If you don’t like so much embellishment but do want to add a pop of color to your jar lids, check out this simple tutorial!

glass jar photo frames

20. Glass Jar Photo Frames – Smaller jars make beautiful, 3D photo frames!

21. Fill them with Cocktails – Got a shindig coming up? Serve your guests pre-mixed cocktails (or mocktails!) in reclaimed glass jars.

22. Create a To-Go CupTurn an old jar into a cup for sipping your drinks on the go!

23. Doily Luminaries – Reclaimed glass jar + vintage doily  = gorgeous ambient lighting!

24. Twine-Wrapped JarsGrab that spool of hemp or jute twine, and get wrapping for a lovely, shabby-chic look.

25. Soap DispenserTurn an old jar into a soap dispenser, no power tools required!

I’d love to hear from you guys, too! Have you been doing any fun upcycling with reclaimed glass? Tell us about it in the comments!

Image Credits: photos by Becky Striepe and Photojojo

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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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