Stop throwing old glass jars away. Here are 15 creative ways to upcycle them at home

Lots of us clean out and reuse glass food jars that come from pickles or jelly figuring that we can store food in them or find some other use for them.

But more often than not, they just end up accumulating and taking up space in our cabinets and drawers.

But what to do with them? Here are some ideas…

Photo Jar

Place a photo inside of a jar upside down, put the top back on and display your photo upside down to create a quirky photo display. Some people do this right side up and fill the jar with vegetable oil and decorate the jar.

Pin Cushion

Fill a jar with sewing supplies and glue piece of fabric stuffed with some cotton or other stuffing onto your lid to create the pin cushion. Now you have a cute little pin cushion/sewing kit. Check out how it’s done in the video below.

Fancy Canisters

Paint the lid of your canister whatever color you like. You can also paint the entire jar if you fancy. Then, glue some pretty door knobs to the lids of your jars to make a fancy canister to store food or things like cotton swabs in. You can also glue a candle stick to the bottom of your jar if you want your canister to have some height.


If you have some carpentry and electrical skills you can make this jar chandelier by watching the video below.

Jar Bathroom Organizer

With a trip to the hardware store for a few fasteners and a piece of wood, you can create this great bathroom organizer.

Utensil Caddy

This utensil caddy was made from a wooden box from Goodwill, some pickle jars, stencils, and some paint.

Lid Coasters

You can decorate the lid of a coaster in numerous ways and glue a piece of cork to the inside of it and use it as a drink coaster. You can even use resin instead of cork.

Party Favors

You can create favors for all kinds of parties by decorating a jar and filling it with themed goodies.

Hanging Jar

Create a hanging jar with some knotted twine that you can fill with plants or a candle. Learn how below.

Snow Globe

Glue some items onto a lid and fill the jar with water and sparkles to create a snow globe.


Plants herbs or other plants in your jar. Just fill it up with dirt, seeds, and watch it grow.


You can decorate a jar in a variety of ways and use it as a vase to house some fresh flowers.

Soap Dispenser

Cut out a hole into the top of your jar lid for the pump and glue it in place. Fill the jar with soap to create a cute soap dispenser. You can leave it clear or paint and decorate your jar.


Fill a jar with succulent plants, dirt, and stones to create a cool terrarium.

Night Light

Fill a jar with some string light to create a night light.