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Reusing Pickle Jars

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Pickle jars are handy to reuse for crafts or storage. This is a guide about reusing pickle jars.


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November 1, 2007

I decoupaged fabric onto pickle jars and put piece of vinyl flooring for a countertop disguise. I have a Mary Englebret theme in my kitchen.

By Maggie from Bloomington, MN

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November 30, 20070 found this helpful

Yep, I just wipe them down with a little spray cleaner on the sponge and they're good to go! Using Mod Podge is quick and does work as a sealer, but will turn "milky" looking if soaked in water, until it drys again. I just put some on the item, lay the fabric on it and give it a heavy coat and it's a done deal :0) You could also (depending on the item) give a a coat of two of clear spray paint, for a final coat. (Walmart, about a $1 a can) I use it on everything!

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January 17, 2017

In the last two years, I have managed to break two or three Tupperware canisters. They are so old, that Tupperware no longer makes them, so they could not replace them.

I wanted clear glass canisters and found them rather pricey as I try to avoid plastics. As I was emptying a pickle jar, it dawned on me that would be the perfect canister. I have now put three to work, and will use more as we eat more pickles. Since they are clear, I can see how much we have left.

We farm, and as most farms, we get mice due to the grain and such that is in the barn. If the mice get cold in the barn, they tend to move into the house.

These jars are perfect for storing beans, pasta and popcorn and keeping the mice at bay until a cat catches up with them. We grow a good part of our food, and I can, dehydrate or freeze it. The large jars are perfect for the dehydrated food.

Just a tidbit of info you will probably never need to know, but a child's wagon full of onions from the garden, will dehydrate down to a 1 gallon jar when chopped and dried.

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October 12, 20160 found this helpful

Pickle and old fashioned salt and pepper shakers next to an empty jar with a fork in it.

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This is a guide about removing pickle odor from a jar. Some odors can be very persistent and present a cleaning challenge.


September 21, 20120 found this helpful

Pickle Jar Candy Jars

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This guide is about pickle jar candy jars. This is a creative way to recycle pickle jars.



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April 28, 2009

I am looking for uses for pickle jars. How can I make kitchen canisters out of them? I need some ideas please.

By Shannonh8 from Maceo, KY

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May 1, 20090 found this helpful

The easiest method for making them into canisters, whether they are the big ones, or the little ones, is to simply spray-paint the lids. Scrub 'em with a good scouring pad and regular dish soap (Ajax or Crystal Octagon work well) to fully clean them, and then thoroughly dry. Place the lids on newspaper, and spray paint them. My favorite color for this is red, as this is what my grandmother used for hers- she started this little family tradition in the 1920's, and stocked the family's cabin with "canisters" in the '50's.

I was lucky enough to inherit a couple of those "canisters"- the reproductions of the same interestingly-patterned jars turned up at Williams-Sonoma and (chuckle) Walmart the same year that my mom gave me the real ones! The trick is to use as interesting of a glass jar as you can find (ie- neat patterns in the glass itself), but color the lids the same- you get a "matching" set, but with textural interest, in the glass itself. (I lucked out- I also inherited the canning jars, circa 1908-1975- you can't beat the old Atlas jars for visual interest!) Good luck, and remember- if your paint job fails the first time, just remove the paint, and start again! :o)

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May 2, 20090 found this helpful

I found some large sunflower stickers at the dollar store. (I think they were meant to be some sort of wall stickers.) I painted my pickle jar lids and then added the stickers. I use mine for different pasta shapes, beans, rice, grits, etc.

Tracey in Jacksonville FL

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May 3, 20090 found this helpful

If the jars are the same width at the top as at the bottom, get some sticky backed wallpaper border and stick it all round the jar, or use paper glue and plain border paper. There are so many designs out there I'm sure you could find one to suit your kitchen decor.

Another idea - embroider or cross stitch a simple kitchen theme design onto fabric sized to fit all round the jar, and glue that on with pva glue. make a matching piece of the lid and trim with zig zag scissors before gluing.

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

This is not a kitchen tip but a bathroom tip.

For the bathroom, you could use the large jars and put a toilet brush in. You cover the jar with fabric and put elastic around top edge and bottom. The bottom you draw up to a small circle on the bottom of jar. The top edge you leave about an inch or inch and half. Decorate top edge with lace and put pearls, little rosebuds, more lace around top part and turns out really pretty.

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May 5, 20091 found this helpful

I try to use glass jars of all sizes for storage. I used to have problems with getting rid of odors from the lids. This is my method for getting rid of the odors.

After washing the lids, I put the lids unwrapped in the freezer for a few days. Sometimes longer because I forget about them. It doesn't leave an odor in the freezer. After taking them out, I let them defrost/air dry. If this doesn't work, I place the lids in the hot sun for a day or two.

I have soaked them in bleach and water and this has worked but I don't always have the time to go through this for every lid I save. The other method may not be faster but it is more convenient for me.

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

My Aunt got me started canning in them. She used the jars at least twice for Jams, Jellies, pickles. The rubber is strong, but unless you have canned, and have the experience I wouldn't advise it.

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

Paint the jars or decorate them to match your kitchen add beads or ribbon or decoupage them with tissue paper or pics from magazines.

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May 9, 20090 found this helpful

How about collecting coins in them? Or maybe buttons? If you really want to use them in your kitchen, I think keeping different kinds of pasta in them would look really pretty. If you want to keep flour, sugar, etc. in them, I like the other posters' ideas about decoupaging or painting them. Painting the inside may not be a good idea, though. Or, you could put something like colored marbles, rocks, shells, etc. and display them on a shelf or near a window. How does that sound?

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