When you buy different food and condiments, you are going to wind up accumulating a lot of glass jars. Instead of tossing them into the recycling bin, put your jars to good use. Here are several ideas for repurposing your glass jars.
Indoor Herb Garden
If you do not have the space for a garden in your yard, you can use glass jars to create an indoor herb garden. You can plant herbs such as basil, chives and parsley in each jar, and all you need are soil, seeds and water. The herbs are great for meals, and you can save money on buying herbs at the grocery store. Remember to label each jar with its herb, so you can access a specific herb with ease.
Light It Up
A mason jar makes a great lantern for indoor and outdoor use. All you need to do is place a small battery-operated candle or mini LED lights into your jar. You do not have to worry about decorating the jar because you do not want to block the glow. Carry your new lantern around the house, save it for a power outage or light up your porch.
Similar to gift baskets, you can fill a glass jar with tiny gifts for a special occasion. Fill a jar with nail polish, nail files, toe spacers and a small bottle of nail polish remover to make a “Mani-Pedi” jar. If your loved one is under the weather, create a “Get Well Soon” jar with travel size medication, cough drops, pocket tissues and single packets of soup and tea. Finish each gift off with a ribbon around the rim.
You can also surprise a loved one with a jar of ingredients for their favorite cookies or hot chocolate. There are many websites that show you how to place the ingredients in the jar in a certain order. While this is a popular gift idea around the holidays, you can create an ingredient mix jar for any occasion. It is best to use a mason jar for this gift idea.
Use an apothecary jar to display your soaps, bath beads and bath bombs. You can also use smaller jars to organize your cotton swabs, toothpicks and travel-size toiletries. The jars create an attractive display on your vanity, shelf or window sill. It is also easier to keep track of your inventory, so you know when to re-stock a certain item.
An apothecary jar also makes a great candy jar for your coffee table, end table or kitchen counter. You can see the colorful wrappers through the glass jar, and the lid lifts right off the jar for easy access. When the holidays roll around, fill the jar with holiday-themed candy to create a fun display your children or guests are sure to love.
Glass jars can also be used to organize your craft supplies. One jar can be designated to colored pencils, while another jar is designated to paint brushes. You can even place odds and ends, such as pipe cleaners and cotton balls, in another jar. Not only is it easier to find the supplies you need, but the colorful display inspires you to start your next project.
Use smaller jars, such as baby food jars, to organize your smaller items. Start by organizing the nuts, screws and nails on your workbench. If you have a sewing kit, you can place spare buttons in a small jar for easier access. You can even use smaller jars to organize pushpins, paper clips and rubber bands in your office.
In a world with electronic payments and online banking, there are still many people who carry cash. If you are one of these people, a mason jar is perfect for holding your spare change. Use it to put money on the side for a special reason, or you can quickly grab change for the laundromat or toll booth. One idea is to cut a slit in the lid for slipping coins and bills into the jar.
If you have any glass jars around your house, put them to use by turning them into something new.