Upcycling Jars – 4 Beautiful Ideas

As glass jars account for about half of our packaging I thought I would share some of my favourite ideas for upcycling jars of all kinds, they happen to all be as candle holders or vases but really can you have too much ambiance in your house? I think not, and once you see how easy these are you’ll just have to give some a go!


The Quick And Easy One

burlap jar

The simplest and just as effective as the rest, perfect for when someone gives you a bunch of flowers that don’t quite work in your current vase. Would also look fantastic with peonies, hydrangeas or other old favourites

You will need – some strips of burlap, mod podge, twine

Method – Simply cut out enough burlap to cover the jar, stick it to the jar with mod podge and tidy up the top edge by winding the twine around it




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 The Simple Stylish One


 Almost as simple and involves minimal paint work for a thoroughly stylish result

You will need – yarn, spray paint, ribbon

Method – Wrap yarn haphazardly but tightly around jar, spray with at least two coats of spray paint in white or pastel colours, when dry remove yarn and tie ribbon around neck of jar.



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 The Artistic One

stenciled jarLet your inner artist run free and add your own personal touches to this one

You will need – coloured paint in at least two colours, sandpaper, craft knife/scalpel, pencil, paper, dark wax (optional), ribbon

Method – Give your jar two coats of your primary colour, gently sand away some paint for a nice textured finish and if you want an old weathered look apply a little of the dark wax to the surface. On your paper draw out whatever design you would like stenciled on the surface in your contrasting colour/s, cut out with knife and hold against the jar while dabbing paint on with (preferably) a fine sponge (a paint brush will work but is slightly less defined). Tie ribbon around neck of jar once dried.



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 The Just Plain Gorgeous One

jarupcycle03By far my favourite and a little trickier but well worth the result, especially if you have some special printed napkins or have seen some around that you wish you had a use for.

You will need – Pretty napkins, mod podge, brush, twine, charms, wire

Method – Pull apart napkin to just one layer, start applying your mod podge in small sections and carefully line up and stick your napkin over the top, ensuring you don’t start at an angle to the jar or create any wrinkles. Keep applying mod podge in sections and repeat until jar is covered. Once finished add another layer of mod podge to the surface of the napkin, tear away excess at the top and glue any overlap underneath the jar. You can hang a charm or other bits of jewellery around the neck before winding around and securing twine to give it a really fancy finish.

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~Mrs B

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