Recycled Jars

No one in my immediate household drinks coffee, except for me. So rather than making a whole pot, I make a cup at a time using instant coffee. Over time, I have accumulated a few empty glass coffee jars. The shape of these jars fit perfectly in my hand and I hated to simply throw them away. It seemed like such a waste. So, I found ways to reuse the jars.

Recycled Jars - Spices

They turned out to be perfect for spices like cinnamon sticks and leftover sesame seeds. I reduced the clutter in my pantry by saving smaller items in these jars rather than keeping bulky cardboard boxes or using plastic baggies. They also look very nice lined up in my pantry.

Recycled Jars - Kitchen

When I spin my own fiber, I use an old ball of acrylic yarn to tie up my skeins for storage or before dyeing. This little strawberry jam jar was just the right size. My son punched a hole in the lid and presto, I had a yarn pull jar.

Recycled Jars - String

Leftover candle jars are also great for storing items in plain sight. When the candle burned out in this thick glass, it became a repository for my double-pointed needles and other knitting doodads.

Recycled Jars - Needles

These empty candle jars collect my leftover yarns. From time to time, these leftovers become useful – like for wrapping packages, adding a hint of color to another knit piece, or for anything where a piece of string is needed. The lids keep the dirt and moths out and they display nicely.

Recycled Jars - Yarn 1

Recycled Jars - Yarn 2

My yarn jars make me happy and I feel like I am contributing just a little bit to making the earth greener.

17 thoughts on “Recycled Jars

  1. I love reusing jars too. With my candle jars I bought a huge block of candle wax, some scent and wicks, and I just keep remaking candles. You can also remelt down the left over candle bits to make new candles.

  2. Love all the different uses for leftover jars. My stock is made of old jam jars, all the same shape and perfect for storing titbits. I think I will keep my poeces of yarn like you do. Looks pretty and it’s useful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love the idea of storing yarns in jars. I usually use them to plant cactus, or keep my son’s small toys, but yarns in jars will also be on my mind from now onwards. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. So pretty how all the different colors and textures are ‘ framed’ by the glass! Kind of reminds me of the old ‘still rooms’ where household crafts and remedies were made.

  5. Cute ways to glam up shelves and areas in the house! Unfortunately my husband only drinks coffee but he has one of those little coffee pod machines, otherwise I would do this!!

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