Empty Jars

Making use of empty jars is a great way to upcycle. And if you have a bunch of them lying around, you might as well put them to good use. Not only is it good for the environment, it can be a fun and rewarding experience that may even save you some money. And instead of throwing them out, you can turn them into something useful or decorative for adding functionality or style to just about any space.

Plus, jars tend to come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which means that there are a lot of different ways you can reuse them. Here are six great ways to put your empty jars to good use.

6 Great Uses of Empty Jars

Candle jar

A great way to reuse empty glass jars is to use them as candle holders. You can even make your own candles in any color and fragrance you want.

To make your own candles, simply fill the jar with wax, add a wick and let it cool. You can even add scents to your candle by adding essential oils or fragrance oils.

If you prefer something unique, you can create a custom scent by mixing and matching various fragrances of your choice. This will allow you to add some personalized scent and style to your space while keeping it beautiful and functional at the same time.

Flower vase

A jar can be reused as a makeshift flower vase. In fact, this is one of the easiest ways to repurpose empty jars. Anyone can create a beautiful flower vase by first cleaning the jar, filling it with water and adding one’s favorite flowers. These can then be used for decoration around the house and provide a quick and simple way to add some greenery to just about any space.

Snow globe jar

With most jars being just about the right size for snow globes, you can create your own DIY snow globe jar. Although it may look complex, the process is not as difficult, especially with the right materials and steps.

First, secure your figurine or ornament of chose to the jar lid using a glue gun. Glue the figurine by its bottom, and ensure that there is sufficient glue to hole it in place.

Next, pour about two ounces of transparent glue into the empty jar. Then, add a single cup of warm water to the mixture in the jar. Stir the mixture using a spoon.

Then proceed by adding about two tablespoons of glitter into the jar, and stirring them thoroughly after. After mixing, you can then place the lid along with its attached figurine face down into the jar. Ensure that the lid is secured and sits evenly on the rim.

Finally, shake the snow globe jar! Slowly shake the jar at first, to ensure it is sealed all the way. And you’re done! Your own DIY snow globe jar, ready to shake and enjoy.

Home Decor

There are plenty of ways to use jars as home decor, and all of them are simple, cheap and easy to do. You can customize the jars in any way you like, whether its by painting it, coloring, papering, glazing or simply decorating with ribbons and tags. Then you can use them for a multitude of things whether its for storage, display, or simply as a unique piece of home decor. The best part is that you can make a whole collection out of different shaped jars and they’ll all look amazing together. And if you find empty jars without lids, you can always find some great deals on canning lids bulk orders.

Jar drinking glass

Jars tend to come in useful sizes for many different purposes, and drinking glasses happen to be one of the best ones. Jars are great for drinking glasses because they’re large enough to hold a decent amount of liquid, but not so big that they look silly when filled with just water. They also have a wide mouth, which makes it easy to put ice cubes in them without getting your fingers wet.

Also, they are generally easy to find and inexpensive, so if you don’t have any old ones lying around you can always buy some for very cheap. If you want to drink out of something more interesting than a regular glass cup, try using a glass jar.

Spice jars

Empty jars mean storage, and among the many things you can store in them is food spices. You can put all of your spices in one place and keep them organized in one spot. This will make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for when cooking or baking, which is especially helpful if you don’t use the same spices very often.

The smaller sized jars will make it easy to find the spice you’re looking for. And if you want to make things even easier, label each jar so that you know exactly what’s inside.


Empty jars provide too many ways to be reused for them to be left lying around, or worse, thrown out. And with an abundance of possibilities, empty jars are an excellent way to get creative while also promoting a more environmentally friendly home. Although there are plenty of other ways to make use of empty jars, the six ideas mentioned above should be enough to get you started towards a greener and more sustainable home.

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