Green Gleam Project: 7 Different Ways to Reuse Jars

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Green Gleam Project 8/4/10 - 8/11/10

 What to do with jars? That nagging, echoing thought when the glass jam jar hits the bottom of your trash can; it bothers me, too. But there are lots of ways to reuse Mason jars, jam jars, whatever jars you have that you don’t need, into nifty soap dispensers, fancy home decor, and storage crafts.

  • Keeping Clutter Off Your Desk:

It’s easy to turn glass jars or bottles into simple storage for pens, pencils, markers, and other utensils — even forks and spoons. Wash them out and decorate them with hair elastics and rubber bands, or wrap chenille stems around them (twist the ends at the back of thee bottle). Jars are good for storing anything and equal a simple glass vase if you fill them with seashells or layer them with colored sand (always a fun project).

  • Soap Dispensers:

Using a jar for your new soap dispenser is creating an item for your bathroom decor: they look classic, thrifty, and vintage.

First, measure and mark the center of the jar’s lid. Then, drill through the center of the lid a hole with a diameter that fits your soap dispensing pump, usually about a half-inch or so.

All you need to do now is fill it up with soap, insert the pump, and you have a perfectly functioning soap dispenser (I hope) that could’ve been thrown in the trash!

  • Vases:

All bottles and jars, painted and accessorized, or just washed, make great vases. Use acrylic paint and put a jar by a sunny window: it’ll shine just like a suncatcher.

You can also use [floral] wire to make a hanger for the jar and hang it in your kitchen, on your porch, or in your yard from a small tree or bush.

  • Smucker’s Jam Shelving:

Here’s an interesting idea I found:

First, make sure the jars are clean, no sticky jelly/jam residue left, and unscrew the lids. Flip the shelf upsidedown and place the lids evenly across the shelf (based on the shelf’s length, you can decide how many you want). Use two small nails to attach the lids snugly to the shelf: lids not hammered in securely enough will spin. Fill the jars with whatever you want to store them with: paper clips, ribbons, erasers, small trinkets. Twist them back onto their lids and you’re done! All it needs is a twist to the left to get what you need.

A space-saving storage shelf with jelly jars holding office supplies.

Wendell T. Webber                                                                      
  • Food Canisters:

Pasta, cereal, powders (flour, spices), grains, and sauces can be stored in jars. Airtight jars will prolong the freshness.

There’s nothing wrong against reusing a jelly jar as a jelly jar. If you can cook up your own sauces, salsa, fudge, or dog/cat treats, fill the jar up, tie a ribbon around it, and give it to a friend or donate it to a shelter for the homeless animals and people. And of course, there is something called a cookie jar

  • Jelly Jars to Candle Jars

Who says that they can’t merge? Jars are jars! Clean out the jelly jar, fill it with an interesting texture, such as sand, and add a candle. You can decorate the outside of the jar with patterns in paint, stickers, and leftover craft supplies.

  • Snowglobes:

Take a lidded jar of any size and wash it entirely. Take the featured object/figurine you have and attach it to the inside of the jar lid with florist clay. You can decorate the inside how you want as long as the objects/figurines are waterproof and dissolve-proof.

Fill the jar up with cold water until it is a centimeter away from the top. Sprinkle as little as 1/2 teaspoon to as much as one whole teaspoon of glitter into the water. You’ll want to judge how much snow to put in based on how large your container is. Too little doesn’t look good, too much will obscure the centerpiece.

Get a hot glue gun and line the inside of the lid with glue. Put the figurine in water and screw the lid on. Dry off any parts of the jar that got wet during this part; then glue around the lid’s edge to seal it shut. Let it dry standing (lid up) overnight.


I have to get some sleep now, something I’ve put off for the last few days.

Try some of these ideas yourself! You can always Google for more ideas on what to do and what to store. There are so many reasons for keeping those old, dirty jars. Using it as a waterjar is one, if you paint.


  1. Soap dispenser? Now that’s a great idea.
    Had lunch the other day at a cafe and had cranberry tea served in a jar that could have been used for artichokes.

    • Nevermoraven says:

      I’ve never had tea served to me in a jar, which sounds pretty cool to me ^_^
      But yeah, jars are very versatile, and the fact that so many end up in landfills is just unreasonable.

  2. Jingle says:

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    plus Thursday Poets Rally announcement,..


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