Do you reuse glass jars? Glass jars are extremely versatile items that come in handy around the home and garden.
In this blog we list 28 clever ways you can reuse glass jars (don’t worry, salad in a jar is not an included suggestion).
How to prepare glass jars for reuse
Don’t let sticky labels and stubborn food remnants deter you from reusing glass jars. Put them in a bowl of boiling water and let them soak for a few hours or even overnight. Once done soaking, labels will be easy to remove and any remaining gunk should be easily sorted with a quick wash.
If you want to use glass jars to store food items, sterilise them after cleaning.
Now without further ado, here is our list of 28 handy ways you can reuse a glass jar.
1. Store herbs and spices
Glass jars are perfect for storing herbs and spices as they seal tightly, helping keep seasonings fresh. Glass jars are also easy to organise, especially if you use a number in the same size. One idea is to store glass jars filled with herbs and spices inside a kitchen drawer. Label the lid of the jar so items can be quickly identified.
You can also build a custom spice shelf.
2. Make DIY lanterns
Create a DIY lantern using leftover glass jars. Simply insert a tealight or pillar candle inside a glass jar, light it and voila! You have a lantern. Take things up a notch by adding sand or tiny rocks to the bottom of the jar and tie twine or ribbon around the outside.
Tie twine or ribbon on the outside of your DIY lantern
Add gravel or stones to the base of your latern
3. Carry soup with no spills
Forget Tupperware. Glass jars are the best containers to use for carrying runny foods like soup and stew. Use them to carry soup or stew to work, or to store said foods in the freezer.
Store soup and other liquids in glass jars for freezing
4. Keep buttons organised
Buttons are notorious for popping up, solo, all over the home. Keep them in one place by storing them in glass jars.
Keep spare buttons in glass jars
5. Protect fruit trees from birds
To protect fruit trees, you can cover them with bird netting, available from hardware stores. To support the bird netting, drive four stakes into the ground around the perimeter of the tree. Put a glass jar on top of each stake to prevent the stake from poking through the holes in the netting, then drape the netting over the stakes so it rests on the top of the glass jars.
6. Access makeup brushes easily
Make it easier access makeup brushes at home by storing them in glass jars. Grabbing the right brush will be as easy as reaching over and plucking it out of the jar.
7. Prepare and store salad dressing
Nothing tastes better than salad dressing made from scratch and nothing is easier than using a glass jar to make salad dressing. The key to a great dressing is adequate mixing, so all the flavours are blended into a delicious final product. When you use a glass jar to make dressing, mixing is made easy. All you need to do is secure the lid and shake vigorously. No need to decant leftovers since the jar also serves as a storage container.
Glass jars are ideal for storing salad dressing whether you are eating at home or outdoors
8. Thrifty toothbrush and toothpaste holder
Glass toothbrush holders can cost as much as $50. Glass jars may not be as eye catching or as fancy, but they do the job just as well and are a great budget-friendly option.
9. Store hand tools in the workshop
Keep the workshop organised by using glass jars to store hand tools. They will be easier to access than if they were jumbled up in a drawer.
Reuse glass jars by using them to store hand tools
10. Preserve leftover paint
Even the smallest amount of leftover paint can be salvaged. If there is a small amount of paint left in a can, decant it into a glass jar for storing. Using glass jars will save space and keep paint fresh.
11. Infuse your own olive oil
Infused olive oil is incredibly easy to prepare, however it is essential to use a container with a tight fitting lid, which makes glass jars perfect for such an endeavour.
If you are new to infusing oils try a classic combination like basil and garlic or mint and lemon.
12. DIY money box
Turn a leftover glass jar into a money box. Cut a hole in the lid to create a slot or just leave off the lid completely. If you don’t like the idea of being able to see how much money you are stashing away, paint the jar before using.
Turn a glass jar into a money box
13. Collect and display seashells
Don’t know what to do with all the seashells collected on your last family holiday? Store and display them in glass jars! Simply add sand and then arrange the shells to your liking. These displays work particularly well in bathrooms.
Use glass jars to display sea shells
14. Store cotton buds and wipes
Cotton buds and wipes are cheaper bought in bulk but it’s not ideal to have a huge packet of cotton buds in the bathroom cabinet. Use glass jars to store cotton buds and wipes in bathrooms and bedrooms, topping up from your main stash when needed.
Store cotton buds in glass jars
15. Make a mobile terrarium
Turn a glass jar into a beautiful living display by creating a terrarium. The basic supplies you need to make a terrarium are rocks, charcoal, soil, plants and, in this case, a glass jar. Lay the rocks, sprinkle the charcoal, add the soil and then plant away. It’s that easy.
The benefit of creating a terrarium in a glass jar is that you can move it around with ease, even using it as a roving centrepiece for indoor and outdoor tables.
Turn a glass jar into a beautiful living display by creating a terrarium
16. Organise grains and legumes
It can be difficult to pour grains and legumes out of the plastic packaging they are sold in. Transferring them to glass jars will make cooking and storage easier.
Use glass jars to store grains and legumes
17. Make your own pickles
Homemade pickles are very easy to prepare and do not require specialty jars. Almost any sterilised, clean and dry glass jar can be used in a pickling recipe.
If you are novice, start with a simple recipe for bread and butter pickles.
18. Recycled stationery holder
Keep desk areas tidier for less by using glass jars as stationery holders. Glass jars are particularly great for storing coloured pencils as you can easily find the colour you are looking for. Kids in particular will be more likely to use one pencil at a time rather than emptying an entire pencil collection onto their work surface.
Turn a glass jar into a stationery holder
19. Sewing kit storage
Use glass jars to store sewing kit essentials like needles, threads, thimbles and stray buttons.
Store sewing essentials in glass jars
20. Store and display lollies
Why buy a lolly jar when a recycled glass jar achieves the same result? Use glass jars to store lollies for personal use or tie a ribbon around them and hand them out at as gifts at parties.
Hand out lollies in glass jars instead of gift bags at parties
21. Grow your own sprouts
Use a glass jar to grow your own sprouts for eating. To sprout your own seeds you need a wide mouth jar, mesh and seeds. Popular sprouts include alfalfa and mung beans but you can also sprout vegies like lentils, peas and broccoli.
To sprout your own seeds you need a wide mouth jar, mesh and seeds
22. Arrange and display flowers
Larger glass jars work very well as vases. Use them to create floral displays inside and outdoors and to share cuttings with family and friends.
Create a floral display using glass jars
23. Make your own jam
It’s easy to find jam in flavours like strawberry, apricot and raspberry. It can be harder to find selections like fig, date and passionfruit and when you do find them, they are often more expensive. Making your own jam is cost-effective and easier than you might think.
24. Keep nuts fresh
Use glass jars to store and organise nuts in the pantry. The tight seal will keep nuts fresher for longer.
Use glass jars to store and organise nuts
25. Store weights for blind baking
Ceramic pie weights for blind baking pastry are easy to lose track of. Use glass jars for effective storage. Make sure you label the jar clearly so no one confuses them with edible objects.
26. Collect ceramic for mosaic displays
A fan of mosaic displays? Use glass jars to collect fragments of ceramic, coloured glass, stone and so on, until you have enough material for a display.
27. Store spare screws, nuts and bolts
Use glass jars to keep spare screws, nuts and bolts all in the same place. You can either store them all together in a “junk jar” or use several jars and organise by item, size and so on.
28. Take smoothies on road
It’s really trendy to serve smoothies in glass jars but it can also be really practical. Fancy a liquid delight for breakfast but need to be out the door ASAP? Pour your delicious concoction into a glass jar, secure the lid and go.
Depending on the ingredients, you could even make your smoothie the night before, making your morning even easier.
It’s really trendy to serve smoothies in glass jars but it can also be really practical