How Can I Reuse My Glass Jars?

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One of the most widely used objects around the house might not even cross your mind on a daily basis. The abundance of glass jars around the house is often overlooked when we want to organize our living space.


In case you're still not convinced, think about everything in your refrigerator that is packaged in glass – wine, baby food, salsa, chili, pickles etc.

Convinced yet?

Instead of recycling them once you've used up the jar's contents, try repurposing them for future use. There is a bunch of fun DIYs to enjoy on family craft night.

However, before you begin to repurpose them we advise you to clean them out first. This part could range from easy to tricky. If it's a wine bottle, simply rinse it out with warm water and dish washing soap. However, if you want to use an old pickle jar for you masterpiece, it might get a bit complicated. The labels on the jars are usually one of the hardest and most annoying things to take off of the jar. If you try and scrape it off with your fingernails or a utensil, the sticky residue becomes gunky and sticks to the jar. This makes the jar have a sticky spot and not work as well.

There are two similar ways to prevent this from happening. One, you submerge the glass jar under warm-hot water for 30 minutes. When you come back, the label should be easily peeled off, along with the sticky residue. The second way is a bit faster. Run the jar under hot water for two to three minutes and slowly rub the labels off with you thumb.

Now that the hard part is done, it's time to get crafting!

  • A wine or glass beer bottle makes an excellent rolling pin.
  • Decorate the kitchen by creating a mini terrarium with a clear bottle or jar.
  • Drill a hole in the lid of a glass jar and thread in Christmas lights to enhance your decorations.
  • Use wide-mouth glass as containers for herbs and spices.
  • Use baby food jars to store different sizes of screws and bolts.
  • Use wide-mouth glass jars as storage for pasta.
  • And more...

If any of these ideas have sparked a creative nerve and you currently don't have enough jars for these activities, store them at your local storage unit until you have the time!