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Creative Ways to Reuse Small Mason Jars

Jun 24, 2015
Diane Hoffmaster

Every week, millions of people take their recycling bin to the curb for pick-up, which is great because recycling can help reduce your carbon footprint and cut back on your contribution to landfills. However, more and more people are starting to realize that finding a new use for something old can reduce your carbon footprint even more than recycling. For example, although mason jars can be recycled after use, there are a number of ways to reuse the actual jars. Check out the few ways I’ve put small or medium-sized mason jars to use below!

Creative ways to reuse small mason jars 

•    DIY Dessert: Use these little jars as a cute serving dish for ice cream sundaes, cookies and milk or strawberry shortcake, at your next soiree! You can also make your treats on-the-go and gift them as party favors for your guests. All you need is the lid and voila, a quick, easy and inexpensive parting gift for your attendees.

•    Plant a succulent garden: Place small stones on the bottom of your mason jar and fill it with dirt. Add tiny succulents and place the jar in a partially sunny location, watering it as needed. This is a fun project to tackle with your children on a rainy day in.

•    Bathroom organization: Use them in the bathroom to store cotton swabs, cotton balls, and small items like tweezers and nail clippers. Feel free to use multiple jars for each item. This will help keep your space nice and tidy.

•    For children's art projects: Turn your mason jar into a paint container for children's artwork. Fill the jar with water for washing/dipping the brushes during their art project.

•    Help organize your office: Use leftover jars to organize your office supplies. Sort paper clips, push pins, and other small office supplies for a neat desk-side anyone would be happy to work from.

•    Jewelry storage: Decoupage material or a bit of lace to the outside of your mason jar using a hot glue gun or craft glue (from your local craft store). Place on your bedroom bureau and use to store jewelry including rings, necklaces and earrings before going to bed. Perfect tool to help prevent your pieces from getting lost.

•    Upcycled décor: Use the empty jars to store seashells or stencil the outside and fill with it with individually wrapped candies. Leave one in the bathroom, kitchen or front walk way for a nice presentation or sweet treat. Tailor the decor piece in each of the jars to specific rooms in your home for a nice touch.

What items have you upcycled in your home and how have you used them?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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