It's true: glass jars have many uses beyond storing cookies and pickles. They can be used to organize your craft supplies, grow herbs indoors, or make a snow globe. In this post, we'll show you some of the best ways to put them to use in your home!
Use a glass jar as a vase.
- Use a glass jar as a vase.
This is probably the most obvious thing to do with your empty jars, but it's also the most versatile. You can use your glass jar to display flowers, greenery and/or candles in any combination you like! It's great if you don't have many decorative elements on hand or if you're looking for an easy way to add some character to your home decor.
- Make some air plants:
Air plants are cute little plants that don't need soil; they grow in glass jars filled with water instead! Air plants are pretty enough on their own, but adding them to a vintage jar gives them even more personality than they already have by themselves.
- Turn down lights:
If there’s anything more romantic than candlelight at dinner, we haven’t found it yet—and these mason jars make perfect holders for votives or tapers (as long as they aren’t too tall). You could even fill two of these up with water and floating candles for an instant table centerpiece.
Make a snow globe.
Fill an empty glass jar with water and add glitter. You can also add a plastic snowman or snowflake, but I think the paper ones look more festive.
Making candles is a great way to reuse glass jars. All you need is:
- Wax (either paraffin or beeswax)
- A wick (preferably one that doesn't have metal in it)
- A double boiler or other heat-proof container that can hold the jars and has enough water in it to cover them
The trick to getting your candle to look nice and burn evenly is knowing how much wax you're going to need for your jar. For example, this classic Mason Jar candle recipe uses about 1/4 cup of soy wax for every two cups of oil. If you want more information on making homemade candles, check out our article on How To Make Candles At Home!
Fill glass jars with food for gifts.
Fill a glass jar with cookies, chocolates or other treats. It's easy to personalize a jar like this by writing a message on it using acrylic paint or even sharpies (if you're feeling extra crafty).
Then tie on tags with ribbon or string and you have a gift that is ready-to-go! If you're not worried about food spoiling, grab some festive patterned paper, cut out shapes and glue them onto the jar for an extra special touch.
If you don't want to add any food items in the jar because they may spoil before people have time to eat them all (and who does?), then choose another type of edible item for filling instead—like candy corn! This idea works great if your recipient likes Halloween since there are plenty of fun colors/designs available year-round at most grocery stores now.
Keep your nail polish collection organized inside glass jars.
Another way to use glass jars without lids — which also has the added benefit of keeping your nail polish organized — is by using a few small mason jars to store your nail polishes. All you need is a small funnel, label and marker in order to do this.
First, you'll want to fill up each jar with its own brand of nail polish by using the small funnel. Then label each jar (use tape or string) so that you know exactly what color is inside each bottle when it's time for application. Finally, mark down some usage tips on one side of the lid so that there's no confusion about how many coats will look best or how long they should dry before applying another layer!
Glass jars can be used for much more than storing pickles
Glass jars can be used for much more than storing pickles. In fact, they're great for organizing small items in your home as well!
While we’ve only scratched the surface of what you can do with glass jars, it should be clear that there are many uses. You can use them to create DIY projects, organize your home or office, or even give away as gifts. The possibilities are endless! If you haven’t tried using mason jars yet, now is the time to start!