Approximate Time: 45 minutes
I'm starting to think about making Christmas gifts and recycled jars are a good way to contain your gift, and to help the environment.
I'd been saving some unique jars like an artichoke hearts jar, and a horseradish jar. (It's also interesting to see what you can find in your fridge as far as possibilities. Jars with colored lids are really great, as that will be your background color, and you can work with that when you make your "motifs".)
Add a little bling to your lids by making a "motif". Hot glue a pretty "jewel" right in the center, then start gluing your string, or loose beads, around it, then add another string of beads for the outer edge, let dry, and that is it. Fill the jar with candy, or whatever you wish to give your fav someone. They will even have 2 gifts in one and can use the gift jar for storing something else in later on.
Some gift ideas might be a jar filled with pretty beads for a favorite sister, fishing tackle for a big brother, home made cookies for dad, and a sewing kit for mom. (*I find that using a bamboo skewer works really well to "fine tune" your beads into place.)
By CDC from FL
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By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours
Source: I saw a similar project in the book, 2 Hour Garden Art, by Ruby Begonia
By ~gloria from western NY
By shotpusher from Lucama, NC
The larger jars make pretty candy jars with a little dab of decoration. The very large jars are great cannisters for staples like flour or sugar. Dried beans, peas or macaroni look attractive with a touch of decoration on any shelf.
By Elizabeth from Dodson Prairie, TX
By Erin from Blue Bell, PA
By Longworth from London, Middlesex
Approximate Time: 30 min
By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Approximate Time: 10 minutes
Cut a band 2-3 inches narrower than the height of the container. Make sure it is long enough to completely encircle the container, plus 1 inch. Join 2 pieces of paper together with your adhesive if necessary (as I had to do in this sample). Apply adhesive to one short end of the strip and to both long ends of the strip. If your strip is particularly wide you may need to add another line of adhesive in the middle.
Carefully position the short end of the strip at the center front of the container (the seam will eventually be covered with your label). Here is the tricky part. Go slowly to assure the strip is properly positioned on the container as you will not easily be able to remove it and reposition. Turn the container on its side and apply adhesive to the remaining short end and secure over the beginning of your strip.
Create a label (I used Stampin' Ups new Label framelits dies). I used 3 different ones, but used coordinating papers and dimensionals to give the label height, contrast, and interest. Stamp a sentiment and adhere to the label.
Mount your label to the front (covering the seam of the 2 short ends of paper).
Fill with treats and enjoy or give as a gift!
By Diana from Prospect, KY
I have about 20 or more little 2 oz. glass jars with lids. Seems a shame to throw them out. Any ideas what to do with them? Thanks!
By Batwing from Virginia
Use them to store leftover food. Or use them as drinking glasses. Save the lids and use them so that if you knock over the "glass" it doesn't spill out. Peace!
I hate throwing away and even just recycling glass jars. I wash and reuse them instead. As a result, I am overrun and need some thoughts on additional uses for glass jars (with lids or without).
Recycle small wide-mouth glass jars to store leftover onion. Store on a shelf where you can see it. No odor and no waste since it is easy to see and does not get pushed to the back of the fridge.
Glass jars are great for other foods, since you can easily see the contents; you know the old saying, "out of sight, out of mind."
We have a sandwich shop and end up with empty glass gallon jars from the pickles. Any suggestion for a craft or other uses?
By C Hop from Winter Haven, FL
You could donate them--preschools and art teachers would love them.
You could sell them in your shop for $1 each
Sell them at Christmas full of cookies made in your shop (06/18/2009)
We did this down the walkway in front of the house one year at Christmas time and it was really pretty! I got the candles at the dollar store and I used all white candles.
You could use other colors at Christmas (red, gold, green, etc.) or switch them out depending on the holiday. Red for Valentines, green for St. Patrick's, pastel for Easter, etc. You could use more than one color candles: red and green for Christmas or red, white and blue for the 4th of July!
Hope that you get lots of neat ideas! Elizabeth Jane (06/24/2009)
I store my sugars in glass jars, like the big pickle jars, same thing for flour, cornmeal, oatmeal. Bugs can't get in them, because my house is so small. I decorate my jars first and put them on shelves hung in front of window that doesn't get sun. It is like having my personalized canister set.
By Moonseekerjade from Onset, MA