7 Beautiful Ways to Reuse Empty Glass Jars

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I keep glass jars. Like a crazy person.

Just last week, after cleaning out the pantry, I spent 20 minutes emptying, washing, soaking and scrubbing a dozen empty jars. Just in case.

This flies in the face of my “less is more” philosophy, I know. But they are just so incredibly useful.

Here are 7 of the best ways to re-use your empty glass jars:

(And maybe just make your home prettier at the same time.)

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1. As a vase.

This is a fairly standard tip, is surprisingly useful and truly beautiful.

2. Protect ripening strawberries from possums and birds.

Simply pop a clean glass jar over each bunch of ripening strawberries. This allows the warmth and light to reach the berries, but keeps many of the strawberry-loving wildlife out. (This tip is via a beautiful gardening book I received for my birthday, called Harvest by Meredith Kirton).

{via Going Home to Roost}

3. Paint and use to store pens, paintbrushes or tools.

Simple, recyclable and so much prettier than any store-bought storage containers. (via Going Home to Roost).

4. Kids craft storage.

Small herb shakers are perfect glitter dispensers for kids craft. When your cinnamon or cumin is empty, clean out the jar and fill with glitter, sparkle stars or tiny beads. (This tip was found via a comment from Kathryn on Planning with Kids.)

Glass Jar Lantern

5. Outdoor lanterns.

Another simple, reusable way to bring character to your garden, patio or pergola. You can make them with or without the handle. (I made these ones for Sparky’s birthday party last year.)

{via Apartment Therapy}

6. Plant hangers.

A little bit 70s kitsch, and a lot awesome. I’m a big fan of succulent, or any plant indoors, and these (via Apartment Therapy) are a great way to green up your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

{via Birdoosh}

7. Dry goods storage in the kitchen.

Jamie Oliver does it, and so does Deb from Birdoosh. How pretty do your dry goods look lined up in glass jars? Just ensure you thoroughly clean and sterilise the jars prior to using them as food storage. And any lingering odours can be removed by leaving a tablespoon of bicarb soda in the jar and lid overnight.

Do you have a favourite way to re-use your glass jars? I’d love to hear your tips, as I’m loathe to throw something so useful into the recycling bin…

24 Responses to 7 Beautiful Ways to Reuse Empty Glass Jars

  1. Followed on from FatMumSlim :)

    I have lots of glass jars because I too feel horrid about recycling something that can be used. My son uses one as a piggy bank, so he can see how much he saves. You can also use them to make individual desserts. Another is used to keep the funny moments my kids come up with, I picked up from…


    ps. I didn’t know what a fairy wren was until I read your profile.

    • Luna, those two ideas are genius!! My daughter’s money box is full (lucky kid) and a jar would be a great option. And the jar of memories is incredibly sweet. I’m always terrible at things like that, so if I could see the memories accumulating, maybe I’ll be more likely to remember.

      Thanks! :)

  2. Hi Brooke, I found your blog while searching for info on cleaning with lavender and I have to say I am loving your blog – lots of fabulous information beautifully written. Cheers, Kathy.

    • Thanks so much, Kathy! I’m actually working on a post on using lavender, clove and eucalyptus oils to clean around the house – it’s pretty amazing what they can do.

      Glad you’re enjoying the blog. :)

  3. Just found your blog and LOVE it! Thank you for being you and sharing better ways to live a healthy, happy and simple life :) Perfect timing x

  4. I’ve been enjoying your blog today, Brooke. Thank you for such a pleasing and welcoming spot. I very much agree with a warm home vs a white box.

    I live in a sterile flat in Israel right now and do not own much. One way to make it feel homey was to put my dry goods in jars and line them up on the kitchen counter. Even though it feels a bit cluttered to me, the overall result is warmth and cheer. (Not to mention jars are relatively bug-free!!)

    I also use a jar to put my sea shells I’ve collected from the Mediterranean beach.

    I can’t wait to try your jar ideas and read future posts!

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  6. Thanks for sharing these very creative and clever storage ideas for glass jars. My family has a tendency to discard everything after they have been used and when we need a storage container, we just buy new ones. Well, I guess your article does open up our eyes to try our hands on recycling! Not only are they green but they are also cost effective! My kids are going to be thrilled about painting the storage jars and putting their stationeries in them for sure! Looking forward to more of your creative juices!

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  9. I use jars in the laundry room for the nails, screws, washers, etc. that I find in pockets before putting in washer. Then when it starts to get full and I’ve got a few mins (ha ha) I take the jar to the hardware drawers and return the items to where they belong. Also my husbands a drummer and sometimes things break when they’re doing a gig and he will put the parts in his pocket. I have a different jar there for found drum parts, then when he needs the part, he knows where to look.