We all use items that come in glass jars… spaghetti sauce, pickles, olives, spices, apple sauce, jellies and jams. And if you are anything like me, you think to yourself “I could probably use this for something else” just as you drop it in the recycling bin or trash can. Well enough is enough! I’ve put together a list of fun and useful things that you can do the next time you have an empty glass jar on your hands. Next time you think “I could probably use this for something else,” you can just come back to this post (don’t forget to bookmark it) and get a great idea or two.
– Use the empty jars for storage. You could use them to hold screws and assorted hardware in the garage, to hold buttons and other crafty items, or even use them to hold baking staples that normally come in bags or boxes. If a plain jar just isn’t fancy enough for you, bust our your favorite adhesive and some ribbon and go to town.
– Use them for gift packaging. Have you been thinking about making your own bath scrubs to give as Christmas gifts? Saving smaller jars, from olives or even baby food, would make perfect containers for your gifts. Add a scrap of fabric and some ribbon to the lid so that your gift recipients aren’t put off by what used to be in the jar 🙂
– Jars make great receptacles for candles. This is also a great way to recycle your old candle wax into something new and useful. Buy some craft wick or make your own by braiding three pieces of 100% cotton string. Use a double boiler to melt your wax remnants and pour them into the jar around the candle wick. You will probably need to use a fork to push the candle wick straight down toward the bottom of the jar. Hold the wick in place while it cools by placing a pencil across the top of the jar and laying the end of the wick over the middle of the pencil. (suggestion from 10 Unique Ways to Recycle and Reuse Glass Jars)
– Larger jars can come in handy at your next party. One idea is to use them for vases. Another is to use them for candle holders. You can fill the jars with water and use floating candles. Or, you fill the jar with candy or coffee beans and then put a candle in the center. If you fill the jar with something fragrant, you will have a pretty candle AND keep your space smelling nice.
– Tiffany at Nature Mom’s Blog, suggests making a Jack-o-lantern jar. This is a great Halloween project. Cut shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth out of masking tape (or contact paper), and place them on the jar. Paint the whole jar with orange paint, and remove tape when dry. Add a candle or small light to make it glow.
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