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Crafty Ideas For Re-Purposing Glass Food Jars

Everyone purchases grocery items that come in glass food jars and there are so many ways to re-purpose these into pretty storage containers for the home.

11/03/2021

 

 

While placing empty glass food jars into your glass recycling bin is great, there are also plenty of ways to re-purpose your glass food jars into pretty and practical storage containers for your home. Starting with the idea above from lollyjane.com, we put together some great ideas for re-purposing glass food jars that might save you money.

 

 

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PAINT PRETTY TOPS FOR GLASS JARS

When you re-purpose glass food jars, it costs you nothing other than some acrylic craft paint, or leftover paint that you have, and something pretty or practical to top-off the lid. Think about how these jars can be handy for storage in the bathroom, for your hair supplies, or even your makeup. 

 

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A little bit of creativity can go a long way when you are looking for ideas on decorating ordinary glass food jars, like using a plastic wine glass as a base for your painted jars.

 

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Anything goes when you are decorating your glass jars. If you don't want to paint the tops of the jars, cover them with fabric in pretty patterns and colours that match the decor. Or use the jars to bring pops of colour into a room.

 

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DECORATE GLASS JARS WITH PRETTY LABELS

Decorating glass food jars with pretty labels lets you customise your storage in your own personal style. If you don't want to keep the original screw-top lids, you will find a tutorial here on how to make wooden lids for your new jars.

 

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You can use your re-purposed glass food jars for all types of storage depending on where you want to use them. Make pretty storage containers for all your herbal teas or homegrown herbs, or use them for storage in your bathroom or bedroom.

 

Another great use for re-purposing glass food jars is to use these to store your homemade products, whether for the kitchen or bathroom.

 

 

HERE'S HOW:

  1. Make sure your glass food jars are clean and dry before working on them.
  2. Choose the designs you want for your labels. Use the web to download fonts and designs and print and cut these out.
  3. Liberally apply ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer over the area where the label will be placed.
  4. Carefully position the label and use your fingertip to gently push from the centre outwards to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.
  5. Let this dry and then apply 5 to 6 more coats over the design, letting each coat dry before applying the next one.

 

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USE DECOUPAGE TO DECORATE GLASS FOOD JARS

Decoupage is an easy way to add character to glass food jars that you want to use for storage. You can pick patterns from scrapbooking papers, wrapping papers, old greeting cards, serviettes and more. All you need to add decoupage to glass food jars is ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer.

 

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HERE'S HOW:

  1. Make sure your glass food jars are clean and dry before working on them.
  2. Cut out the designs that you want to place on the jars.
  3. Liberally apply ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer over the area where the design will be placed.
  4. Carefully position the design and use your fingertip to gently push from the centre outwards to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.
  5. Let this dry and then apply 5 to 6 more coats over the design, letting each coat dry before applying the next one.

 

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Combine paint and decoupage to create custom decorative storage for the home.

 

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USE MIXED MEDIA TO DECORATE GLASS JARS

If you enjoy scrapbooking, then mixed media is just for you and it's a perfect way to decorate glass food jars and turn them into interesting objets d'art. Using a variety of materials ranging from pretty patterned fabrics or papers, lace and ribbon trim and perhaps even air-dry clay objects, you can go to town and have fun.

 

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Of all the ways to decorate glass food jars, mixed media is my favourite. I like to shop for inexpensive silk flowers and other embellishments that I can use to create unique storage containers.

 

HERE'S HOW:

  1. Shop around for embellishments that can be used to decorate your glass jars - items that tie in with the style you want.
  2. I like to use silk flowers and paint these in the colours I need for my jars.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to apply the layers of embellishments onto the jar.

 

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