Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ideas for Recycling , Upcycling and Reusing Glass Bottles and Jars

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”
- New England proverb-

Recycling can save our planet making it more beautiful to live in…Reusing can save you money by sparing you from buying expensive items which you can actually create… Redesigning can save yourself from a stressful environment by giving you a creative outlet for expressing your individuality.

It is not only easy but also inexpensive to upcycle and transform glass containers into something functional and decorative at the same time. Nothing beats the delight of seeing your beautiful creation sitting prettily on a desk with a bunch of flowers or displayed in an open shelf filled with herbs and spices.

Transform used bottles into pretty containers of dry goods and spices… A delightful addition to your decorative storage collection!

First, clean the jar. I usually soak it in warm soapy water for a few minutes to soften the label. This also makes it easier to wash out any left over grease or oil residue. Scrub inside and out then rinse well. Let dry.

Old containers of peanut butters, fruit preserves or jams, sauces, oils, spices, beverages and other food items come in handy for storing various small stuffs in the home and office. Bigger glass containers in particular are ideal to protect dry goods such as noodles, oatmeal, nuts, beans, sweets and cookies. You can use adhesive labels to mark the contents then embellish them with twines, shapes, and charms.

To decorate a spice jar, you can cut out photos of different spices and herbs and decoupage it on the front of the bottle. Finish it with poly varnish. You can do the same thing with the lid or just simply spray paint it to hide the original label.

Decoupage tall bottles with colorful napkins, pressed flowers or vintage paper cut outs. You may also decorate with any kind of twine, raffia, ribbons etc. Fill with vinaigrette, dressings or sauces to flavor your favorite cuisine. These will certainly lighten up your meal. You can display them in sets or simply let it stand alone.

Upcycle Glass Bottles…turn them into decorative masterpieces

You can recycle used glass jars to create recycled crafts such as flower vases, candle holders, unique storage for craft materials such as beads, shells, buttons and gems. These creative bottles are great to give as one of a kind handmade gift.

Recycle a champagne bottle by wrapping it with bold colored cotton twine. The result is a delightful decorative vase that can hold a single pretty rose. It is such an attractive way to display flowers.

Use decoupage designs for a vintage and unique look. You can use the same technique to create a beautiful votive candle holder or luminary. This functions well as a night light with its romantic soft glow.


Cabootique said...

Ooh, I love the idea with making them for spices. I think I'm going to have to give it a shot!

Angela Brian said...

oh my goodness.

you blog is a gem.

such fun ideas!

thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog. i love comments!


Ruth said...

what a beautiful blog you have! thanks for sharing these ideas...following back from Admirer Monday!!

Liz from said...

This is a great post on recycling. I love these ideas! I think I'm going to have to try this out too.