50 Ways to Re-purpose and Reuse Glass Jars {Saturday Inspiration & Ideas}

50 Ways to Re-purpose and Reuse Glass Jars {Saturday Inspiration & Ideas}

Whenever I come across an empty glass jar it is so hard for me to toss it in the recycling bin. {I know my craft room looks like {this} but I promise I’m not a pack rat} I just feel compelled to hold onto these versatile treasures – no matter what shape or size. {and yes I have bought the x-large jar of pickles a few times just so I could keep the cool jar}
This weeks Saturday Inspiration post is packed with 50 different ways to reuse and re-purpose glass jars – I’m pretty sure that alone justifies keeping my hands on any jar that may come my way.

If you follow along on facebook I shared a couple of these ideas I wanted to try a few weeks ago. Are you an empty jar collector?

Vacation Memory Jars
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Glass Jar Photo Frames
{Source: Photojojo}

Crochet Jar Covers
{Source: Freshly Found}

Crochet and Doily Jar Covers
{Source: Dottie Angel}

Recycled Jar Terrariums
{Source: Our Big Earth}

Twine Wrapped Jar Vases
{Source: Vickie Howell}

Fabric Wrapped Jar Vases
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Painted Bottle Vases
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Twig Wrapped Recycled Jar Vase
{Source: Garden Mama}

Color Pencil Wrapped Jar Vase
{Source: Country Living}

Hanging Baby Jar Vases
{Source: Good Housekeeping}

{Source: Pottery Barn}

Mixed Jar Centerpiece
{Source: Martha Stewart via Whole Living}

String Light Illuminating Jars
{Source: Country Living}

Decorative Jar Lids
{Source: Martha Stewart}

See Through Storage
{Source: Whole Living}

Stacked Jar Storage Center
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Chalkboard Label Storage Jars
{Source: Bradens Grace Wall Art}

Painted Storage Jars
{Source: Kootut Murut}

Wall Attached Jar Organizers
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Space Saving Storage Shelf
{Source: Country Living}

Under Shelf Jar Storage
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Baby Food Jar Organizer
{Source: Ehow}

Sewing Kit in a Jar
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Re-purposed Jar Button Storage
{Source: The Quilted Turtle}

Recycled Jar Yarn Holder
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Chalkboard Lid Craft Storage Jars
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Use Jars to Store Paint for Quick Touch Ups
{Source: Real Simple}

Recycled Jar Hardware Holders
{Source: Homemade Simple}

Re-purposed Jar into an Oil Lamp
{Source: Raised in Cotton}

Mason Jar Centerpieces
{Source: Apartment Therapy}

Recycled Jar Candle Holders
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Fabric Covered Baby Jar Votives
{Source: Prudent Baby}

Hanging Mason Jars
{Source: Pottery Barn}

Baby Jar Chandelier
{Source: HGTV}

Jam Jar Candle Chandelier
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Hanging Lanterns
{Source: Disney Family Fun}

Mod Podge and Food Coloring Painted Jar Lanterns
{Source: Gingerbread Snowflakes}

Make Your Own Jelly Jar Candles
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Recycled Jar Fish Bowl
{Source: Country Living}

DIY Jar ‘Snow Globe’
{Source: Disney Family Fun}

Bug Catching Jar
{Source: Oriental Trading}

Play Goldfish Jar
{Source: Disney Family Fun}

Kids Summer Job Jar
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Recycled Glass Candy Jars
{Source: Reebert}

Etched Glass Storage Jars
{Source: Martha Stewart}

Jar Mugs
{Source: Pottery Barn}

I have used some of my re-purposed jars on the following projects; how about you?

Make Your Own Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub
{Found Here}

Faux Glow in the Dark Firefly Jar
{Found Here}

Lazy Susan Under Cabinet Jar Storage Organizer
{Found Here}

The Sunday Showcase Party begins Tonight ~ Hope you’ll stop back and join in the fun!

Have a wonderful weekend ~ Enjoy!


  1. This is probably my favorite post ever. wow!

    • I have a similar collection. I use lots of coconut oil which I order on-line and save all the jars. Also save the jars from
      the cheese sauce, tomato sauce, jelly jars, etc. Have a box in the garage to go to charity, but I am afraid they will just toss them. Might find their way back to the basement. Only wish is that they be square for more compact storage.
      Thanks for the great post.

    • Wow, so many ideas

  2. Yup, great post – so many ideas…

  3. WOW! That is alot of jar ideas. My grandfather used old jars for all of the nails/screws/bolts and etc. in his shed/shop. I love some of these ideas and will never look at my pickle jars the same way again! Can’t wait to go see what I can do with them.

  4. thanks for the ideas. i have a whole stash of glass jars – i just can’t throw them out!

    • I’m with you! I love candles and cannot throw these beautiful jars away. I just brought a bunch into work and left a note for anyone to take them. I’m not very creative and don’t have the time, but I know someone else will be!

  5. This was such a fun post! I loved all these ideas! My head is spinning with ideas now!

  6. love all these girl! I actually did a pencil holder..and i have done chalkboard labels for my sugar and coffee! 😉

    XOXO Andrea

  7. loved ’em all– great list! Thanks! http://www.inbetweenlaundry.blogspot.com

  8. What a wonderful resource you have created here! I love those chalkboard labels. Clever.

  9. WOW! So many fantastic ideas…I think my recycle bin will have a few less glass jars from now on 🙂

  10. Michaels Crafts now carries Ball canning jars that have no embossing on the glass so that they can be decorated more easily. I LOVE that they did that!

  11. Wow, that’s a lot of ideas. Guess I need to save some jars. Hugs, Marty

  12. I love this post! So many ideas, so little time!!!

  13. Wonderful ideas!!! Thanks so much for sharing them.

  14. What a post! Awesome stuff… gonna have to “favorite” this one!
    Thanks, Tiffany

  15. Post. Bookmarked. Now.
    Thank you! Now I can start weeding down my collection into something useful!!

  16. Thank you for finding all these ideas- This is wonderful. I will busy looking into all of these ideas!

  17. You should see my glass jar collection–it’s quite the stash! Great ideas…thanks.

  18. These are AMAZING!!!!! I can’t wait to try some of them out — my favorite? ALL of them!!!! Have a great weekend!

  19. So many great ideas! Thanks so much for putting this post together. Enjoy your weekend!

  20. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have so many jars waiting for projects.

  21. Love all those ideas. I’m an avid empty jar collector too. Cheers

  22. Wow, what a lot of beautiful and inspiring ideas. Thanks so much for making this collection.

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  23. These are super cute, but please don’t keep live goldfish in a jar! Goldfish are heavy polluters and actually need a filtered aquarium (at least 1 gallon per inch of fish) to thrive. About the only fish one can really keep in a (large) jar are betta fish, and even they would prefer a larger space. I’ll definitely be using some of the other suggestions here, though! 🙂

  24. All great ideas, I’m always looking at a jar a can or anything and trying to figure out what I can make with it. I have to force myself to recycle some things or you would be seeing me on hoarders LOL. Well its good to know I’m not totally koo koo.

  25. Well thanks, you have officially given me a reason to keep them! I was at a friends house the other day and she emptied a juice bottle. I wasn’t listening to a thing she said because I was thinking that is a cool jar, what could I use it for????? Another blogger just found a whole section of her yard with all kinds of jars buried! Great find, maybe that is how I can store them!!!lol

  26. fantastic!! i’m gushing over the painted jars, the twig-wrapped jar turned vase, and the candle filled jars. Thanks for sharing such inspiring ideas!

  27. Oh. my. gosh. Have you ever seen so many exciting ideas? And all for the lovely jar! I am sooo glad I snagged the two Ball jars today at a yard sale for 25 cents each 🙂

    Mary @ Redo 101

  28. I love these ideas! I’m in jar inspiration heaven. Thanks for this post. 🙂

  29. My favorite if I had to pick is the mason jar centerpiece. Love candles and that is so pretty!
    Great post!

  30. great ideas!!! thanks a lot !!!!!!

  31. Loved this post. I imagine jars will come out of the storage room this week…

  32. Now that was awesome~!!

  33. WOW! This post is amazing. I can’t believe how many ideas you were able to post. I’m bookmarking this post. 🙂

  34. Great post! I’ve saved this one to my favorites. How about having a linky party for just jars?

  35. Fantastic ideas! This is probably the best example I’ve seen yet with sooooo many ideas. One other one that I want to do is make a hand soap dispenser with an old blue jar. I’m sharing this link so even more can come see this jarlicious post.


  36. I love these ideas. Fortunately I am an empty jar collector!

  37. Love the jar ideas! We use them for markers and pencils and pens…works and looks great!

  38. Dear Stephanie Lynn, I love your posts with all of your fabulous ideas. Sometimes, though, I think they are too long, and would like to see something like “50 Ways to Use Glass Jars – Part One” and Part Two on the next post. That might just be me. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  39. Wonderful ideas thank you!

  40. I enjoyed this post so much! I love to repurpose stuff and try to make them look as pretty, yet functional. Now I think I’ve got a whole lot of uses – not just for jars, but also all the crockery I don’t use.

    What a wonderful, wonderful eye-candy post! Thanks!

  41. I love this post! There are so many different ideas that I can’t wait to try!!

  42. I love this post! There are so many different ideas that I can’t wait to try!!

  43. Kelly Weeks :

    Thank you for the inspiration, I am an empty jar collector and can now start putting them to use! I work with young people and intend on using one idea for a project 🙂

  44. You did a great job here…I have bookmarked your page so I can try all the different ideas you gathered. I am going to clean out my fridge of all the old glass jars so I can get started!

  45. Well thanks, you have given me a reason to keep them to reuse it ….great ideas …thank you so much

  46. I love the string idea!! All of mine always gets so tangled up!

  47. Thanks for sharing! Love all the ideas! I am new to following you! Found you thru’ Pinterest!

  48. What a great bunch of ideas. I have saved my jars for years, and now i have some great things to do with them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  49. Just to let you know that I reposted this (did link to your site) – very clever! Check out my blog on rescuing and recycling.


  50. Absolutely fantastic ! Thanks

  51. Absolutely fantastic ! Thanks

  52. Absolutely fantastic ! Thanks

  53. I don’t know which one I want to make first. There are so many useful and pretty ones. I really like the hanging ones best.

  54. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Thanks for taking the time to share these wonderful ideas. I shared your post here:

  55. Love the idea of a Recycled Jar Terrariums – but sadly, the link doesn’t seem to be effective anymore. However, a bit of experimental effort will do it, too – at least, I hope so 🙂 Thanks a lot for the loads of inspiration from Berlin! Astrid

  56. really lovely, my favourite is the simple stack of jars to organise desk supplies! And the twig-covered one! Thank you 🙂

  57. Dear Stephanie,
    just found your blog – it’s great – i love your pics!
    Thanks for searching & sharing all there amazing ideas!!

    regards from Austria!

  58. Fantastic ideas maybe just found an answer for my evening wedding reception! Thank you

  59. These are all really cute ideas! I love the “job jar”…as I’m rarely home to assign chores to the kids, they can just pick a chore instead 😉 Thanks for the awesome suggestions. I guess I won’t be throwing glass jars away anymore!

  60. love these ideas!! thanks for posting!

  61. Love this post! So many ideas in one spot keep me from having to search for hours. Thanks!

  62. I love every single one of these ideas! Thanks so much for posting this!

    Feel free to stop by my blog!

    Best Wishes,

  63. Oh wow so glad i found this!! Thankyou sooo many ideas!! 🙂

  64. I love this post! I shared it on my Facebook page! Thank you very helpful and inspires my creativity and desire to repurpose!

  65. Simply awesome, I have tried few things earlier too and after checking your website i have a wave of ideas for all the waste bottles at my home. Loved all the ideas, they are worth trying.

  66. Manel Fonseka :

    Very creative ideas, love them.

  67. Thanks for sharing such inspiring ideas!

  68. You can also store food in them. Pasta, beans rice etc. I save mine for food storage and other storage items, as well. If you can think of it, you can store it. I also save some plastic jars, too. Peanut butter jars are great to hold beans and such. If you backpack, plastic is best.

    Don’t forget drinking glasses, too.



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