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Re-Purpose & Up-Cycle Your Jars and Bottles!

Re-Purpose & Up-Cycle Your Jars and Bottles!
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Do you wonder what to do with those left over glass jars and bottles? Here are a few ways to re-purpose & up-cycle your bottles you have been collecting! Easy, inexpensive, and make great gift ideas.

Let’s start with Jars

 

Use them for seasonings!
You can buy these Ball Herb Shaker Lids or create your own by poking or drilling holes through the original lid.
I used a label maker to list what was in each jar. Or you can write on the jar with a sharpie.


Take an old Parmesan shaker lid and put it on a glass jar. This one actually contains the Parmesan, but you could use this lid and put your seasonings in it, glitter for crafts … the possibilities!
Turn it into a dish or hand soap dispenser.
You can buy the pump kit or make your own. Saving a pump out of an old soap container, poke a hole large enough for the pump to fit through on the original lid, and stick the pump in the hole.
Turn it into a coin jar. (Mine is holding pressed pennies, collected souvenir coins, and money from other countries I’ve visited.
Buy a slotted lit or make a slot in your own lid.
Turn it into a memory jar.
Put item from places you’ve been (sand from a beach, rocks, shells), or keepsakes you treasure in the jar.
Make it into a candle holder.
You can find the full tutorial here Fall Candle with Leaves
Use them to store things in.
Re-use it in the refrigerator and put home made creamer, left overs, salads for lunch, etc in them.
You can find the tutorial here for my Simmering Pot To Make Your House Smell Wonderful
Turn it into a gift.
Cookie, cake, soup mixes, candy jars…
Or make a kit – crafters, first aid, mani/pedi…
This one my neighbor made for us – super cute!
Turn it into a fun drinking glass or use the lid and it’s a fancy container.
Use E6000 to glue a candle holder to the base of a jar. Let dry and you’re done! Fancy it up a bit by adding a handle to the lid.
Use them as a vase.
Use them to hold supplies like q tips, cotton balls, etc.
Make it into a photo frame.
For this one I put a picture inside and added leaves from the day we took the pictures in the bottom. You could put the lid on to keep dust from getting in.
Turn it into a solar light.
I took the top part off a Dollar Tree solar light and fit it into the lid. You can just set them inside, I have done that as well. Fill the jar with marbles, glass rocks from the dollar tree, whatever your heart desires. For this one I put a bunch of agate rocks I had collected in it.


Now Bottles…

 

Use it as a vase.

Clean the label off and use it to serve water.

Add some food coloring too it, and some cranberries. Put a taper candle on top.

Fill the bottle with marbles and put a taper candle on top.




Fill with sand, rocks, shells, etc. Add a solar light on top.

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Comments (28)

  • OMG, so many cute ideas. You have such a creative mind. 🙂 We don’t have many jars because I can a lot in the summer and I use every canning jar I have. I might have to think about buying more. 😉

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    • Thanks Linda, and I LOVE that you can. I used to can with my mom but I never learned really how. Still need to get that done on my bucket list. I do a lot of freezing though so I can save my garden items that way 🙂

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      • I sometimes freeze too – especially fruits. But tomatoes I want NOW, I don’t want to wait for them to defrost. We try to do a couple of bushels every summer. I make crushed, chopped and spaghetti sauce. We still use them all an usually run out just before the season starts again. I also can apples. We got an apple peeler/slicer a couple of years ago and they are so easy to can (as are tomatoes) I love having apples to top my yogurt or even waffles, pancakes or French toast. I even have a healthy muffin recipe that is made with oatmeal and I often add apples & cinnamon to them. It’s not hard at all to can. There are tons of recipes/instructions online, but I’ll walk you through it if you want to try next summer. 🙂

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  • Wow!!! so many inspiring ideas… I will have to try one or 2 to start… I am just a DIY Challenge … lol 🙁
    Lovely to connect with you through #TrafficJamWeekend

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  • I think reusing things is practical and sensible. It’s using money I’ve already spent and creates less trash. I’ve used some of these ideas and appreciate the new ones.

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  • I love glass jars and save most of them as I avoid storing food in plastic. You have some creative ideas that I had not thought off before. I also use them to store craft supplies.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

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  • Chas, great ideas! I hate plastic, so I use a lot of jars for storing food in pantry, fridge and freezer.

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  • Thank you for providing so many neat ideas! Could you explain the solar light from Dollar Tree a little bit?

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    • Hi Bobbi, sure thing. So for both the bottle and the jar I filled them with something (bottle was clear marbles, and the jar was rocks). I bought a regular solar light from Dollar Tree, and I pull the metal stem/base off the light. I glued the light into the wine bottle, and for the jar it fit right into the lid center. Hope this helps, if not let me know.

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  • So many good ideas! I love re-purposing glad jars! So glad you shared your post on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop! As one of the co-hosts I will be featuring your post this week!
    – Nancy ( Nancy On The Home Front )

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  • Chas, this has been a popular post and the Blogger’s Pit Stop will feature it on Thursday.
    Well done.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

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  • These are some great ideas. Some I’ve tried, but others I haven’t…yet!

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  • I just threw away a bunch of bottles but I do have a few mason jars on hand. The soap dispenser will be the first one I try. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

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    • Thank you Sandra, I’m so pleased you want to give one a try. The soap dispenser is one of my favorites and I love mine. Thank you for having a place for all of us to share ideas 🙂

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  • I can never throw nice looking jars or bottles away either. I love them for storage or as vases. You got loads of great ideas here.

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    • Thank you Julie and I love that I’m not the only bottle and jar keeper 🙂 Sounds like you have a bunch of great uses for yours too.

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  • I had no idea they sold slotted lids for coins! I’ve been meaning to upcycle my saved-up jars and now you’ve given me a ton of ideas! Plus they make great gifts. ????????

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    • Thank you Zaleina and I’m so glad you like some of these ideas and are interested in giving a few a try 🙂 I love that recycled jars and bottles can make great gifts too!

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  • Love your ideas! I hang onto so many interesting jars, my husbands asks before he throws one out now. Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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