Hi lovelies! This post is a follow on from last week’s glass recycling info post which was brought to you by The Glass Recycling Company You’ll already know what a fan i am of finding other uses for glass jars, i thought i’d spell out some other fabulous uses for all those empty jars collecting dust in a dark kitchen cupboard. Of course, if you’re not going to repurpose your jars – take them to your nearest bottle bank (to find out where your closest one is SMS the name of your suburb to 32310 and you’ll receive a response regarding your closest glass bank. And…if you think you need one in your community, at your school – you know that The Glass Recycling Company will bring you one for free, right?
Whether you’re planning a wedding or a summertime party, glass jars are the perfect receptacles for tea lights. The trick is to have LOADS in different sizes and shapes grouped together. if you’re feeling handy, make a string or wire cradle and hang them from your trees – instant flickering fairy lights.
2. COCKTAIL GLASSES OR COFFEE CUPS
Say fiesta with a tray crammed with recycled jars and a jug of icy Margarita! Make sure you have another jar filled with cocktail decoratoins so people can dress their drinks. Some people also like to make themselves a milky latte in a jar – i’m more of a milkshake fan myself but either way, it looks great!
3. SALAD DAYS
Jars are ideal for making kickass salad dressings. Add oil and vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper lemon and fresh herbs and shake, shake, shake. Now all you need to do is bring to the table and pour. I have friends who have an ever evolving salad dressing jar in their fridge, they top it up when it needs it and somehow the everlasting dressing is always, always delicious.
4. GET PICKLED
Pickling is a definite kitchen trend these days – and what better time to do so than in spring when all the beautiful spring veggies show their faces. From radishes to carrots and kimchi, save your jars for a Saturday pickling session – that’s a bunch of Christmas gifts sorted right there!
5. BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
Cotton wool pads, Q tips and other odds and ends are given the beauty treatment when stored in pretty matching jars. Up the ante by customising your lids – spraypaint in the colour of your choice and add pretty handles for a stylish look and feel.
6. OFFICE STORAGE
All that the pens, pencils and all the other stuff that collects on your desk need is a collection of cool, decorated jars. Choose smallies for staples and paper clips and bigger ones for keeping your washi tape and ribbons together.
7. CLEAR CRAFT CLUTTER
Isn’t this idea for keeping string and ribbons tangle free so cute?
8. LUNCH ON THE RUN
Making food for lunch tomorrow? Pop your pasta or salad into a jar. The trick is to layer your salad – wettest stuff at the bottom and the lighter leaves at the top.
9. FIRST AID & SEWING KITS
First Aid kits are essential at home – but you need one for the car and when you’re away for the weekend too. An easy first aid kit option is to make a couple of themed jars – one for allergy stuff and one for cuts and scrapes – that way you can just grab and go without carting a huge kit with you! Repurposing a jar into a sewing kit is also so easy!
10. FLOWER POWER
Jars are absolutely perfect vessels for flowers – whether you arrange single blooms in teeny tiny baby food jars or use a large coffee jar for a bunch of roses for the garden, you just can’t go wrong with jars as vases. I like to create an ‘installation’ of a bunch of different sized and shapped jars and mixed blooms and greenery from our garden.
Happy upcycling! And if you’re not upcycling – make sure you’re recycling your glass my lovelies!