WHAT DO YOU DO WITH EMPTY GLASS JARS?

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Crafty folks find glass jars to be a versatile medium to work with in a variety of projects. Glass jars range in a variety of sizes and shapes so you can use them in all sorts of ways around the home and garden. From DIY projects to handcrafted gift ideas, glass jars are an essential element in a crafter's toolbox.


Here are several creative ways to use empty glass jars:

Tea Light Holders

Set the mood at your next party by creating tea light holders from empty glass jars and items from your pantry. Fill the jar ¾ of the way with kernels of corn, dried peas or beans based on your color scheme or party theme. You can also mix a variety of colored beans for a more festive celebration.

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Twig Vases

Create a simple, natural-looking twig vase for your table top. Chose the appropriate size glass jar to serve as your vase. Collect twigs and sticks from the backyard and cut them down to a size just slightly larger than the jar. Pruning shears are a good tool to use for trimming the sticks. Using a hot glue gun, start gluing the sticks to the jar in a circular pattern. Once the glue has set, you’ve created a fun and functional vase for your next bouquet or collection of fresh-cut flowers.


Twine-Wrapped Jar Sets

Twine is an easy-to-use craft staple. Create decorative twine jars in just minutes to hold your pens or favorite flowers. Simply apply a strong craft glue suitable for glass crafts and wrap twine around the jar. Start at the top and work your way down. Snip off excess twine at the bottom of the jar upon completion. Create a collection of twine-wrapped jars in a variety of heights to make a stunning centerpiece for your next dinner party.

 

FUN FOODS

Jarred Birthday Cake

For a new twist on an old classic, serve your next birthday cake in a glass jar. Bake the cake as directed. When cooled, cut circular pieces of cake big enough to fit into the jar. Add one layer of cake then top with icing. Add another cake layer and more frosting. Not only will the cake taste extra good, it can also serve as a party decoration.


Powdered Sugar Shaker

For your Saturday morning French toast breakfasts, add powdered sugar into a glass jar. Use a nail to hammer a few holes in the top of the lid and viola – the perfect powdered sugar dispenser without the mess.

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Salad Jars

Use a large sized glass jar to prepare you next salad. Add all of your favorite ingredients into the jar and chill. Bring your favorite dressing along. When you are ready to eat, pour in the dressing, replace the lid, and shake.


Herb Garden

An array of glass jars in various sizes will help you create a lovely herb garden for indoors or out. Fresh herbs like cilantro, rosemary, and thyme are easy to grow. You’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without access to fresh herbs for every meal.


Sun Tea

Sun tea is the perfect summer treat. Select your favorite herbs including mint and chamomile to fill up a jar. Add water and set out in the sun for 6 to 8 hours. When the tea is done, strain out the herbs and discard. The tea can be sweetened as desired and served over ice. Sun tea will last in the refrigerator for up to a week – if it lasts that long!