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What to Do with Old Jars
From Mason jars and Ball jars to old jam jars and even baby food jars, the humble food jar is the multifunctional dynamo of clever cottage style. Not only do these cost-conscious containers keep you organized and tidy, they look great and can be the raw materials for a host of crafty projects. Here are a ways to repurpose them for your home:
Written and photographed by Jickie Torres

  • Use them for flower arrangements or bud vases. It’s a great alternative to store-bought vases for large parties and outdoor gatherings. Cluster them on a tabletop for a more grandiose effect or arrange them down a long farm table for a simple yet elegant look.
  • Place tea lights in them and scatter them on tabletops for a glittery lighting scheme.
  • Transform larger jars into hanging lanterns. Wrap thin gauge wire around the lip a few times and overtop as a handle.
terrarium jars
  • Make a terrarium with an oversized jar. Just layer gravel, sand and soil at the bottom and plant ferns or succulents for a chic trendy look.
  • Turn them into hurricanes and luminaries. Fill them with shells, pebbles or other small items then place a pillar candle on top. Line them along walkways to illuminate a path.
cotton call caddies
  • Reinvent them in the bathroom as vintage-inspired Q-tip and cotton call caddies.
  • Gather a collection to use as containers for craft supplies or kids toys in a craft or playroom.
creative photo frames
  • Reuse them as creative photo frames. Place a photo inside and press towards the glass for better visibility.
  • Nail the lids to the underside of garage, kitchen or laundry room cabinets to create screw-on containers for small supplies and odds and ends that keep clutter off the countertops.


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