Today’s post is an ode to one of my very favorite kitchen items: the humble glass jar. Whether it’s a traditional mason jar or a repurposed pickle jar, I just can’t seem to stop looking for new ways to use and reuse them. I’ve actually written about glass jars quite a bit over the years! I’ve used them in DIYs, recipes, health tips, home decor projects, and much more. So I thought it would be fun to revisit some of those old posts, to remind myself (and you, of course!) of just how useful those little glass jars can be. :-)
If you have a favorite way to use glass jars that isn’t listed here, I’d love to hear all about it. Leave a comment at the bottom of the post and we’ll keep the conversation going!
13 Brilliant Ways To Use (Or Reuse) A Glass Jar
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1. Put A Spout On It
This is one of my all-time favorite mason jar projects, because it’s so easy. And it’s really useful too! You simply cut the pour-top off of a carton of juice, and slap it on top of a spare mason jar. Then just screw a canning ring on to keep the pour-top in place, and voila! You have the world’s easiest pour-top dispenser. (For more specific details and instructions, see the full post at the link below.)
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Mason jars are already useful, but mason jar accessories can up their utility even more! There are tons of cool accessories out there that can transform a standard jar into something totally new. I shared some of my favorite mason jar accessories a little while back, so check that out at the link below!
3. Marinate Meat
Have you ever used a mason jar to marinate meat? I highly recommend giving it a try! It’s a great way to really infuse the flavor of the marinade into the meat. And you can wash and reuse the jar afterwards, so it’s less wasteful than using a ziplock bag. Get all the details at the full post below.
4. Make A Soap Dispenser
Speaking of wasteful, think of all the plastic that could goes into making hand soap bottles. When they’re empty, a lot of people just toss theirs in the trash and buy a new one. Instead, why not make your own soap dispenser jar top? They’re easy to make, and much less wasteful! Get the details at the link below.
5. Give It A Makeover
Love the vintage look of those blue-tinted mason jars? It’s actually pretty easy to replicate! That way you can have the vintage look you love, without shelling out the money for a whole new set of jars. Smart! Get all the instructions at the link below.
Related: DIY “Vintage” Mason Jars
6. Light It Up
Mason jar luminaries are not only cute, but they’re practical too! You can use them inside or outside, or carry them around to light different areas. The light source itself is just a simple LED insert you can buy online, so no tricky DIYing or installation required! Get all the details below.
7. Make A Pretty Candle
Transform any glass jar into one of these pretty water candles! They smell great and look very elegant as well. These candles are sure to add a classy touch to your decor, and no one even has to know how easy they were to make. ;-) Learn how to make them at the link below!
8. Plant An Herb Garden
The only thing better than fresh herbs is having fresh herbs on hand all the time! You can start your very own indoor herb “garden” with a few mason jars. Soon enough, you’ll have more fresh and fragrant herbs than you’ll know what to do with! Get all the details on my own herb garden below.
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9. Stop Snoring
If you or someone you love is a snorer, give my homemade snore relief gel a try. I like to store it in a mason jar so I can cap and un-cap it as needed. The gel itself contains natural essential oils that can help provide relief to snorers (and their bedmates, of course!) Learn how to make it at the link below.
10. Take Yummy Noodles For Lunch
Use a jar to make your own “instant noodle” cups to take to work or school! It’s a healthier option, and way more delicious than the store-bought kind. Check out the recipe below.
11. Relieve Congestion
Both colds and allergies can lead to stuffy noses and congestion. But with the help of a mason jar, you can relieve congestion fast! Using some cotton balls and a few essential oils, you can make your own portable “breathe jar” that will help reduce inflammation and open your airways. Get all the details on how to make your own at the link below.
12. Add Some Sparkle
One can never have too much sparkle, in my opinion. And these easy-to-make salt votives are a quick way to add some sparkle to your home decor! With just a mason jar, some salt, and a tea light, you can add warmth and character to any room. Learn how to make your own salt votives below!
13. Make A Room Smell Great
A mason jar is the perfect container for my homemade gel air fresheners. They’re totally customizable, and you can make them your own by choosing your favorite colors, decorations, and scents. If you have enough jars, you can make one for every room in your home! :-) Read the full post below for all the details.