I blogged recently about upcycling and my desire to tap into my creative side again. So to ease myself back in I decided to share with you a quick and simple idea.
We all acquire empty jars from time to time, be it from a pasta sauce, marmalade or some pickles. I love to wash these jars and repurpose them. You’ve paid for them, why not re-use them!
I soak them in some hot water and washing up liquid to remove the sticky residue from the label. Let them dry and you’re left with a blank canvas.
One very simple use is simply to use them to store your cutlery. I keep all mine in jars, one for steak knives, one for the other cutlery, one for small utensils and one for all the kid’s cutlery. This keeps them out of drawers so out of the toddler’s reach and makes laying the table that bit quicker.
It also looks cute if your cutlery has pretty handles!
You could repurpose your jar to store sweets, a really cute idea to give as a gift. Just fill with pretty sweets and tie a bow around the neck of the jar. You could cover the lid with some decorative paper or personalise it with a handmade label.
Another really simple upcycle is to turn the jar into a pretty candle holder. This can be done as simple as you like or you can put in some real effort and create a truly unique piece.
A quick and simple design is to braid some wool in 2 or 3 different colors and tie it around the neck of the jar. This is an easy way to incorporate the color scheme of your room into your accessories.
You could also use some glass paints to decorate your jar for different holidays throughout the year, ie; Christmas or Halloween!
Or you could paint it to match your bathroom and use the jar to hold toothbrushes. The possibilities are endless!
Finally, you can use the jars as glasses for a party or bbq, they add a nice rustic touch to the dinner table!
Whatever you decide to use them for, have fun and let your imagination run wild. Art is a great way to relax and relate back to your inner child. It ignites a curiosity about the space you live in and the objects around you, something adults are often in too much of a hurry to notice.
Yummy Mummy Tip
Save at least one jar this week, give it a wash and a new lease of life. Let us know how you get on!