I am sure in your fridge and pantry right now there are items in jars- pasta sauce, pickles, jelly and peanut butter. So when you use up what’s inside- sure you could recycle them. But how about repurposing them! Here are some ideas to repurpose jars and give them a second life. And I will start with my fave (and one you may not have heard of):
1. Keep berries fresh- When you get a pack of blueberries, don’t wash them and then transfer them from the plastic package to a glass jar. Wash them when you are ready to use. You will be so surprised how much longer they last! (Thanks to my dear friend Melody’s mom, Linda for this awesome tip!)
2. Vase- These are perfect for cut flowers from your garden or I like to splurge sometimes and pick up Manager’s Special flowers for my self.
3. Nuts, Bolts and Nails- Jars (glass or plastic) are perfect for organizing your workshop or garage. This is one handed down by both of our dads. (my dad built a cool rack that the lids are all attached too!)
4. Leftover paint- When you are done with a room painting project you often have just enough paint left over for touch ups. Instead of keeping an entire can for a few cups, use a jar! Be sure to write the details on the jar – color name, room used in, date of use.
5. Pantry food items- Often you open a package of food but don’t use it all in one shot. Being able to tightly seal a jar makes them great for keeping food fresh- oatmeal, chocolate chips, bread crumbs… more! Also the clear jars make it easy to spot what you need. (Great for homemade items too, like my granola!)
6. Tea light holder- Wether it’s a real flame to one of those light bulb variety, a table setting with several different sized, shaped jars would be so adorable!
7. Batteries- Not only do jars make great storage containers for new batteries (much easier to store and get out of than those blister packs) but they are good for dead ones too. Dead batteries should be disposed of properly, so save them up and get rid of them all at once. You can also check local hospitals sometimes they recycle them.
9. Loose change- I keep a jar on my washing machine, hubs always seems to have a few coins in his pockets.
10. Crafting Supplies- baby food jars are great for small pins and buttons. And the clear jars are great for ribbons and other crafting what nots since you can easily see what’s inside.
11. Consequence/Reward tokens- As a parent, you try all kinds of way to teach your kids “right behavior” and many parents have resorted to some kind of consequence or reward token system. Repurposed jars are perfect for this. Tape a note to the outside to help your child visualize what the tokens are for (pictured is our “consequences” jar for poor choices. We also have a “happy” jar that we would move the tokens between according to their actions. However, I curiously could not find it to take the pic!)
12. Reader Marcie shared a great way she repurposed candle jars for her son’s Give, Spend, Save Commission Jars
There are 10 times more ways to repurpose jars. What are your ideas?
I also talked with Mikaela Hunt about repurposing jars on NBC4. See that repurposing video here.