9 Awesome Uses for Glass Jars

Step away from the recycle bin and try some of these handy uses for glass jars instead!

Recycling glass is getting tougher and tougher. Even if your area accepts glass for recycling, it may end up in landfills, because glass recycling is dangerous and the market is flooded right now. The good news is that glass is ripe for reuse. Glass jars are probably the easiest glass item to reuse in your home, and there are so many amazing uses for glass jars!

Step away from the recycle bin and try some of these handy uses for glass jars instead!

This list isn’t totally comprehensive, but it’s meant to offer an array of uses for glass jars. Think of it as a jumping off point, so that next time you finish a glass jarful of juice, pasta sauce or anything else, you’ll have a place to find reuse inspiration.

Uses for Glass Jars

Salad in a Jar

1. Pack your lunch – Glass jars are great for toting soups if you have access to a microwave at your office or school. Small jars—like the ones that once held marinated artichokes—are great for smaller items, like salad dressings, nuts and seeds, or dried fruit. You can even pack a salad in a jar,

glass jars for storing dry goods

2. Storing Pantry Items - This is especially handy if you shop in bulk. Before we started using glass jars for storage, my pantry was a mess of those brown bulk item bags. Now, everything is neatly arranged in glass, so I can see what’s in my pantry. Since glass is airtight, it also keeps your food fresher and safe from critters.

DIY Cleaning Supplies in a Glass Jar

3. Storing Homemade Cleaning Supplies - Making a non-toxic cleaning kit? Store any DIY cleaning supplies that don’t have to be spritzed in old glass jars.

DIY Glass Jar Lantern

4. Making a Cute Lantern - Hanging mason jar lanterns make lovely accent lights, and they are so easy to make! You can even get that old-school incandescent look with an energy-efficient LED Edison bulb. Want a low-tech version of this? Fill the jar halfway with sand or stale, dry beans and drop a tea light inside. Instant mood lighting!

5.  As a To Go Cup –  If your glass jar will fit a mason jar-size lid, you can replace it with a straw lid for a cool to-go cup. If your jar doesn’t have a standard-sized lid, you can make a DIY straw yourself!

Glass Jars of Buttons

6. Storing Small Things – Glass jars are perfect for organizing smaller items like screws, nails and buttons. As you can see on the right, I also have my paint brushes hanging out in an old glass jar.

Bouquet of Flowers in a Mason Jar

7. Flower Vase – Just add water and flowers. These look lovely on a windowsill and make a great gift. If you don’t want to worry about cut flowers, you can even make your own fabric flowers to display in pretty glass jars.

Glass Jar Terrarium

8. Make a Terrarium – Making a terrarium in an old glass jar is easy! Just layer in sand, rocks, soil, moss and decorations. The one pictured has been in my office for years. The moss and that little sprout are dead now, but they dried out and are perfectly preserved!

Mason Jar Handprint Craft

9. Make the Best Grandparent Gift – This is a craft my kid did in preschool. Paint a glass jar any color you like, then have your kid do a paint handprint in a contrasting color. Let it dry, stick some flowers inside and watch grandma’s heart grow three sizes!

What are your favorite uses for glass jars? I’d love to hear your reuse ideas in the comments!

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