Things to Do with Glass Jars : DIY Recycling Projects


Looking for things to do with glass jars? You’ve stumbled upon the right article! Today, I’ll be giving you a roundup of 17 DIY glass jar crafts!

Things To Do With Glass Jars: Upcycling 101

Loads of articles will pop up if you search for ‘things to do with glass jars’. Trust me, I’ve seen and even DIYed a whole bunch of them to place in my home. Today, I’ll be sharing with you the best upcycling projects I’ve tried, in the hopes that you reuse your glass jars instead of merely throwing them in the dump.


1. Soap Dispensers 

I’ve used both glass jars and bottles as soap dispensers before, and I have to say, I’ve never been happier. To be honest, I’ve actually found glass to give off a more elegant look to a room compared to plastic containers. They’re so easy to make too!

Tip: Use a hammer and a screwdriver to easily puncture a hole to fit your pump.

2. Striped Vases

It's pretty mind-blowing how easy it is to reuse glass jars as vases. Simply grab some of your spray paints, cover the parts of the glass jar you don't want to be painted with a paper or aluminum foil and rubber band (to recreate the striped pattern), then just fire away and paint the jar.


  • Paint the glass jar in several light coats until the desired opaque finish is achieved. Also, Allow each coating to dry before applying another coat.
  • You can also use a roll of washi tape and wind strips of tape around your jar.

3. Craft Storage Hack

Sometimes, I reuse my leftover glass jars as storage for my different crafting materials. In them, I place my beads, markers, and even coloring pencils.

Tip: You can choose to stick on a plastic animal on top of the lid for a more quirky storage piece.

4. DIY Galaxy Glow Jar


All you need to make this galaxy jar is a glass jar, some glow in the dark paint, and paintbrush. Simply add dots on your jar, starting from the bottom going up.

Tip: Want a faster way of painting? Place your paintbrush inside the jar and flick the paint off on the insides.

5. Minion Party Favors

Wondering what to do with your kid’s empty baby food jars? Turn them into minion party favors!

Tip: Get creative with a black Sharpie when drawing the minions’ facial features. You can add spiky hair or a cheeky grin to the characters.

6. Utensil Holders

Recently, I've gotten tired of searching for utensils in my drawers, so I made a bunch of holders to help me in the kitchen.

Tip: Be careful when pouring the acrylic paint inside the jars. Once the paint has rolled on the sides, you’ll want to place it on a piece of cardboard to catch the remaining paint.

7. Fairy Lantern

The trick to getting a textured frost on the glass jar is by gluing a sheet of tissue on it. If your tissue sheet is too big, simply trim off a bit of the excess. Remember, the more tissue overlaps there are, the harder it will be for the light to shine out of the fairy lantern.

8. Memory Jar

Preserve memories by making a summer memory jar with the kids! Here, your kids can place the mementos they’ve collected over the summer, such as seashells, sand, and even little trinkets.

9. Snow Globe

DIY a snow globe for your little one’s room. All you’ll need are the following: distilled water, glycerine, a glass jar, glitter, a glue gun, and a little toy to place inside the snow globe.

10. Monogram Light

This monogram light will look amazing displayed in either a living room or a bedroom.

Tip: Get the edges of your letter straight with the help of some tape. That way, if you go beyond the lines, the extra paint will stay on top of the tape and not on your wooden board.

11. Ocean In A Bottle

This ocean in a bottle craft makes for a cool DIY lava-like lamp. To make this project, you’ll need a mini glass jar, water, blue food coloring, and cooking oil.

Tip: Use a funnel to help pour the liquids into the glass jar.

12. Money Saving Jar

Teach your kids all about the value of saving by making them a DIY money bank. Don't forget to leave a strip open so they can see how much money they've saved so far.

13. Terrarium

This terrarium will look great whether you make it in a large jar or a medium sized jar. Simply layer in decorative rocks and a thin amount of charcoal (in that order). Then, add your potting soil and arrange the plants however you’d like.

14. Herb Garden

DIY an herb garden to display your favorite herbs to cook with!

Tip: Tighten your pipe clamps to ensure the glass jars won’t fall off the wooden board.

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15. Bathroom Storage Essentials

Here’s a neat storage hack for the bathroom: Simply paint the lids of your jars, drill a hole in the lid, insert a screw, and attach a quirky knob. Once you’re done, add in your bathroom essentials such as cotton swabs and cotton balls.

16. Lanterns

Turn your glass jars into chic lanterns by winding some twine to the mouth of the jar. Then, add in a handful of decorative rocks and prop a candle inside. Tada! You now have a homemade lantern!

17. Glass Jar Planter

These glass jar planters will look adorable as a centerpiece or as mini party favors.

Tip: Remove the sticky food residue in your jars with this trick: Pour hot water into the jar and leave it for a few minutes. Once the water has cooled, throw it away, and start scraping. Soon, you'll find that the hot water has made it easier to scrape off the remaining food pieces stuck in the jar.


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I sure hope this roundup gives you enough ideas and things to do with glass jars! Remember, you don’t have to spend too much to have a chicer looking home. Sometimes, all it takes is a few upcycling projects to help get you started.

Which ideas or things to do with glass jars have you noted down? Let us know in the comments below!

Interesting in more upcycling organization hacks? Check out what you can do with your extra mason jars!


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