Seeing is believing, and what I have to show you will definitely make you a believer— a believer in your ability to make beautiful and useful items out of glass jars.
When I started my search for creative projects, I really didn’t think I’d find many unique ideas, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found projects for every type of container: baby food containers and half pint, pint, and quart canning jars, not to mention jelly, salsa, and peanut butter jars. Below, you’ll find a large collection of photos and ideas to choose from. Scroll down and follow the links to the specific instructions.
Don’t throw out that jar— read on for many ideas for creative re-use!
Instructions for the chandelier shown above can be found at Sunset.
1. Raised Letters
Make a cookie jar or a personalized vessel to hold just about anything. This would be a great gift idea for a teacher, mom, dad, or friend. Use one word or a saying to express your feelings for the recipient. All you need is a container, a glue gun or some raised letter-shaped stickers, and some spray paint. Visit the Lettered Cottage to see how really beautiful and simple this project is.
2. Etched Drinking Glasses
You don’t need to know how to etch for this project, you just need to brush on some etching solvent. Especially nice is the fact that these are washable, not just for looks. See how to make these by visiting A Beautiful Mess.
3. Vintage String Holders
This is a perfect way to keep string balls from getting all knotted up. And they are so cute! It looks. A great project for kids, too. Find the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
4. Crocheted Jar Cover
T-shirt yarn is used to make these crocheted covers that look like little sweaters. You can easily make your own t-shirt yarn using any old or unwanted t-shirts that you have on hand. The crochet pattern is found at LVLY. It’s a very easy project and so cute with the added ribbon.
5. Snowman Luminary
This little snowman actually looks cold with his fluffy snow finish. Put a battery-operated candle inside and it glows! Safe to use anywhere in the house or hang on the tree. Go to Club Chica Circle for the tutorial to make this winter luminary. Remember, snowman are appropriate all winter long.
6. Pumpkin Jack-o-Lanterns
If it’s possible to think of a pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern as being “elegant,” then that is what I’d call this decoration. If you’re looking for an alternative to carving pumpkins this year, consider this craft project for your Halloween party. Find the tutorial at Chica Circle.
7. Sequin-Enhanced Vase
A surprising addition to the regular Mason jar vase: Beautiful sequins make an understated and unique decoration for a wedding reception or holiday party. Don’t the sequins glisten like little bubbles? Find the tutorial at It All Started with Paint.
8. Cranberry Glass
I think these are so elegant looking they give any jar a makeover appropriate for a wedding. You’ll find the directions for this project at home.work.
9. Starry Night Luminaries
You’ll find the tutorial for making these at Shabby Creek Cottage. They suggest using the luminaries as wedding decorations. That would be beautiful! I think they would also be very nice, and appropriate, for Christmas decor. This is a very simple project that even young kids will enjoy.
10. Tissue Decoupaged Bottles
Do you want to add a bit of color without a lot of expense? These tissue paper decoupaged bottles will add the colors that you want in your decor with very little time. You’ll find the tutorial at Crafting a Green World. So simple and easy, but a beautiful addition to any room!