Today is the day to stop throwing spaghetti sauce, baby food and other jars into the recycling bin. Not only is this great for the environment, but jars are the perfect thing to repurpose into something new and exciting. Are you crafty? Great! You are going to love these super cool crafts that let you use those jars to decorate, organize and generally make life even better than it already is. Here are some great ideas to get you started. Have fun and let me know how it goes!
1. Create Really Cool Terrariums
An adorable terrarium looks perfect on end tables, your coffee table or your entertainment center. You can use virtually any size jar to make one, so they are perfect for both large and small spaces. Start by filling the jar about a third with small rocks, then layer in some potting soil. Add small succulents and you’re done. Cool!
2. Hang Jars for Easy Organization
This works in many of the rooms in your house. Simply mount the jars on the wall or line them up on shelves. In the bathroom, use them for cotton balls and swabs, makeup brushes or small bottles of nail polish. In your sewing room, use the jars to organize buttons, thread and other odds and ends. In the garage, jars are perfect for nuts, bolts, nails and screws. The sky is the limit here!
3. Make a Fun Soap Dispenser
A clear jar is the perfect thing for turning into a unique soap dispenser. Remove the label and fill the jar with soap. Poke a hole through the lid of the jar, then insert the pump from your store bought soap bottle into the lid and screw it back on the jar. This is the perfect way to showcase cool colors of soap in your bathroom.
4. Fashion Really Cool Outdoor Vases
I like to display fresh flowers in my outdoor space, but I certainly don’t want to put my good vases outside where my kids’ baseballs and Frisbees will knock them over and break them. Jars filled ¾ full with water allow you to display all your favorite blooms outside without worry.
5. Hang Candles from the Trees for an Outdoor Party
Speaking of outdoor parties, you can hang lights from the tree branches with jars. Fill each jar about ¼ full with sand then add an LED flameless candle to each. Tie string around each jar and suspend them from tree branches throughout your yard. You’ll love the cool ambiance the candles add to your space.
6. Turn Lids into Super Cute Picture Frames
If you can’t think of anything to do with your jars, you can still use the lids for something cool. Copy and print your favorite photographs, cut them to fit the jar lids, then glue them inside. Use small picture nails to hang the photo frames on the wall anywhere you need a photo collage to round out your space.
7. Make Adorable Little Snow Globes
This is a fun craft to do with baby food jars. Your kids will love it! Glue small items to the inside of the jar lid to create a scene. Look for items in the dollhouse section of the craft store, but stick to plastic items as the wooden ones won’t last submerged in water. Then fill the jar with water, glycerin and glitter. Glue the lid firmly to the jar and you’re set. Here’s a great tutorial: whattoexpect.com.
Do you save or recycle your jars? Any other ideas to add to the list?