10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out

Photographs courtesy of Hartley’s Jam

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas. (Updated post. First published here 10th April 2016).

Hello friends. Do you like to recycle, upcycle and reuse old glass jars? {#RecycleWeek 24/09/2018}.

I love to upcycle glass jars and Hartley’s Jam has kindly let me share some of their recycled jar ideas today, alongside some of my own ideas.

How cool can you make an old jam jar look with add flowers and planting bulbs into them?

Here Are 10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas:

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas

What a beautiful idea?

Using old Hartley jam bottles: Simply wash out old jars and soak the jar in warm water to remove the outer label. Then let your imagination run wild.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas:

1.) Adding Cut Flowers And Fruit Into Your Jars:

Try slicing citrus fruit up and placed in the bottom of your old washed out jars, add some water to display, then add your favourite sweet little flowers.

How pretty is this idea?

You can mix and match the colours of the fruit to go with your theme or flowers.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas

2.) Growing Flowers, Bulbs Or Herbs:

Why not grow your own bulbs, flowers and herbs in them.

Wah out the jars well, remove labels, fill with soil and them add seeds to your favourite flowers bulbs or herbs.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas

3.) Growing Flowers:

How about growing some flowers from scratch?

Or poping some pre-started to grow flowers inside.

How sweet do these flowers look?

4.) Bits And Bob Holders:

How about cleaning some old jars out to fill bathroom bits and bobs into them?

Cotton wool, cotton bud, cotton balls in the bathroom.

Or maybe sweets, nuts, fruit or small biscuits?

Fun idea to keep all pencils, crayons, rubbers, paperclips etc in.

5.) Candles:

Use as a candle or tea light holder. Or maybe floating candles?

6.) Homemade Jams, Marmalades And Chutneys:

Old jam jars are perfect for making homemade jam, marmalade and chutney in.

You can find a great range of jam and marmalade recipes here: Homemade Jam RecipesHomemade Marmalade Recipes.

7.) Keeping Sewing Bits Together:

I can never find my sewing needle and cotton!

perfect for storing buttons, cotton, pins, needles and cotton inside for sewing.

8.) Creating Something Beautiful:

Try painting them, creating pretty patterns on them like butterflies?

Glue pretty lace and ribbons on them.

Sparkles and glitter always look great.

9.) Popping Battery Little Lights Into Them:

Using them as mini lights. These look beautiful and perfect for dark evenings.

10.) Cutlery:

Why not pop your cutlery inside them?

One set for each table setting?

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas

Remember these ideas for National Gardening Week (next week 11th-17th April).

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas. What a great idea to try out!?

You can make your own little garden on a windowsill full of jars.

What do you think of these Upcycled Jam Jars ideas?

Fancy making any of these ideas?

For all my upcycle ideas you can find them here: Upcycled.

What else would you pop into old jars?

Photographs courtesy of Hartley’s Jam

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  1. Suza
    10th April 2016 / 8:40 am

    so lovely.Happy weekend to you!susa

    • 11th April 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Suza, hope you having a lovely week so far 🙂

  2. Suzy
    10th April 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Oh how cute and Springy….love the fruit in the jar, gonna try this in the Summer!

    • 11th April 2016 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Suzy 🙂

  3. Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream
    10th April 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Super Cute! I love the orange, lime and lemon vases.

  4. Julia Nyanyo
    10th April 2016 / 9:22 pm

    The vases with the fruit look so good, what a lovely idea.

  5. thepaintedapron.com
    11th April 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Love the colored water with citrus, great idea!Jenna

  6. Margarett Murphy
    11th April 2016 / 6:14 pm

    How beautiful. Love the top idea!

    • 11th April 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks for the comment, that one is my favourite too 🙂

  7. Melanie
    12th April 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I've been looking for some new ways to display things and this is perfect!! I love the fruit pic w/ the roses! It must have smelled beautiful =PMelanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

  8. Create With Joy
    16th April 2016 / 1:27 am

    Dear Claire, I love both of the features you shared with us at Inspire Me Monday this week – as a matter of fact, they both made my preliminary "pick" list – but I ended up choosing this one since the jars and flowers were so lovely and so easy to do!Congrats for being one of our Featured Guests at this week's Inspire Me Monday Party (Week #223, goes live on Sunday)- have an amazing weekend! 🙂

    • 17th April 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much for featuring my blog this week at Inspire me Monday 🙂

  9. Jessica Pelasky
    16th April 2016 / 3:59 am

    Oh my gosh…these are just too cute!I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips and tricks. Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • 17th April 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Jessica 🙂

  10. Molly Wagner
    18th April 2016 / 1:29 am

    Love love love this! How pretty these would be on an outdoor patio set during a cookout. Great idea, just pinned 🙂

    • 24th April 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and pinning Molly..

  11. mummabstylish
    23rd September 2018 / 1:25 pm

    So pretty and great ideas Claire, Jacqui Mummabstylish

  12. 23rd September 2018 / 8:01 pm

    What great ideas. I love the one’s with Cut Flowers And Fruit in. They look so pretty x

  13. 24th September 2018 / 8:03 am

    Great ideas!

  14. 24th September 2018 / 10:58 am

    They’re all great ideas but I loved the first photo best with the fruit in the jars of flowers. #MMBC

  15. 24th September 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I’m so pinning this and collecting jam jars… Love the ideas especially the first. Beautiful post.

    • 24th September 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and the pin 🙂

  16. 24th September 2018 / 8:49 pm

    i absolutely adore little projects like this. Im glad i found your post as I have a stack of jam jars sat doing nothing! thanks for the inspiration

    • 26th September 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Claire. Hope you get to make something 🙂

  17. 24th September 2018 / 9:44 pm

    Hi, we reuse jar sheen we can love the idea of fruit and flowers I shall give it a try #mixitup

    • 26th September 2018 / 2:46 pm

      So many things you can make from old jars, isn’t there 🙂

  18. 25th September 2018 / 1:49 pm

    What a great idea with the citrus slices in the jam jars and add flowers. I am keeping some jar for sure!

  19. Catie
    25th September 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Love the idea of using fruit slices. #mixitup

  20. 25th September 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Clearly I’m eating the wrong kind of jam, I love these jars and the way you’ve used them!

    • 26th September 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Hehe, lovely jars, aren’t they 🙂

  21. 26th September 2018 / 10:34 am

    Wow some amazing upcucle ideas you have shared we have made candle from such jar and lamp too.

  22. 27th September 2018 / 2:21 am

    These are great ideas. Super cute upcycle activities. Would LOVE to have you share at Reader Tip Tuesday. We’re open and growing all week long. Hope to see you there. xo

    • 30th September 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks Jodie. I will pop over Tuesday 🙂

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