10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out

Photographs courtesy of Hartley’s Jam

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas. Hello friends. So how are you today? Do you also like to recycle, upcycle and reuse old glass jars? #RecycleWeek

I also 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? So cool, don’t you think? So here are some recycle jam jar ideas.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas: Creative jar DIY ideas.

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, Adding Cut Flowers And Fruit Into Your Jars.
  • Secondly, Growing Flowers, Bulbs Or Herbs.
  • Thirdly, Growing Flowers.
  • Fourthly, Bits And Bob Holders.
  • Fifth, Candles Holders.
  • Sixth, Homemade Jams, Marmalades And Chutneys.
  • Seventh, Keeping Sewing Bits Together.
  • Eighth, Creating Something Beautiful By Painting Them.
  • Ninth, Popping Battery Little Lights Into Them.
  • Tenth, Cutlery Holders.

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out:

Here Are 10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas: Also 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.

1.) Adding Cut Flowers And Fruit Into Your Jars. Firstly, 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. So 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. Secondly, why not grow your own bulbs, flowers and herbs in them. Wash 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.) 10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out Growing Flowers. Thirdly, how about growing some flowers from scratch? Or popping some pre-started to grow flowers inside. How sweet do these flowers look?

4.) Bits And Bob Holders. Fourthly, 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.) 10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out Candles:

Fifthly, use as a candle or tea light holder. Or maybe floating candles?

6.) Homemade Jams, Marmalades And Chutneys. Sixth, 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. Seventh, 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. Eight, try painting them, creating pretty patterns on them like butterflies? Glue pretty lace and ribbons on them. Sparkles and glitter always look great. Decorating glass jars, how much fun!

9.) Popping Battery Little Lights Into Them. Ninth, using them as mini lights. These look beautiful and perfect for dark evenings.

10.) Cutlery. Last but not least, why not pop your cutlery inside them? One set for each table setting?

10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas To Try Out:

Also, photographs courtesy of Hartley’s Jam.

Also remember these ideas for National Gardening Week (next week 11th-17th April). 10 Upcycled Jam Jars Ideas. What a great idea to try out!? Because I love all these ideas.

You can make your own little garden on a windowsill full of jars. So what do you think of these Upcycled Jam Jars ideas? Do you fancy making any of these ideas?

Also, for all my upcycle ideas you can find them here: Upcycled. So what else would you pop into old jars?


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  • Sixth, Long Life Raspberry And Bergamot Jam With Love. Also love jam on toast. To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in  June, Friends of Glass, the community that supports glass packaging, has teamed up with blogger Honest Mum to create a recipe to tickle her Majesty’s taste-buds. Long Life Raspberry And Bergamot Jam With Love From Friends of Glass.
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Claire Justine
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Photographs courtesy of Hartley’s Jam


  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. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    24th September 2018 / 8:14 am

    What great ideas!! I use them for cut flowers but not for bulbs – I will do now! xx Maria

  15. 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

  16. 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 🙂

  17. 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 🙂

  18. Pinkiebag
    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 🙂

  19. 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!

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

    Love the idea of using fruit slices. #mixitup

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 26th September 2018 / 10:34 am

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

  23. 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 🙂

    • 17th January 2020 / 6:58 am

      Thanks, they look lovely with flowers in them 🙂

  24. 5th January 2020 / 9:05 pm

    I hate throwing things away, the fruits look really effective in the jars. #KCACOLS

  25. 8th January 2020 / 4:41 pm

    Some great ideas, love the bulb growing one. Most of my jam jars go to relatives who make jam! #KCACOLS

  26. 9th January 2020 / 12:02 pm

    I love these ideas, personally I am going ot be using some I have at home o put some fairy lights in but I love the flowers and the citrus idea! #kcacols

    • 17th January 2020 / 7:00 am

      They look beautiful with lights in them 🙂

  27. 13th January 2020 / 2:18 pm

    Fun ideas! I especially like the first one with the cut fruit in it. So pretty!

  28. 14th January 2020 / 6:34 pm

    Love these ideas! I have 3 empty jam jars ready and waiting to be used creatively 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • 17th January 2020 / 7:01 am

      I love to save them too until I get inspiration for them 🙂

  29. Crummy Mummy
    17th January 2020 / 9:13 am

    Love all these ideas! Perfect for spring bulbs on the kitchen window sill #KCACOLS

  30. 1st June 2020 / 2:17 pm

    What cute ideas! I especially like the ones with fruit and cut flowers.

  31. Dee | Grammy's Grid
    3rd June 2020 / 8:23 am

    Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 18 for Crafting with Bottles and Jars, open May 30 to June 10. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

  32. 8th June 2020 / 2:43 pm

    Claire, these are such adorable ideas! I need to get more creative around here one of these days!


  33. 20th March 2021 / 1:45 pm

    The fruit slices inside the vases are fabulous! I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned!
    Creatively, Beth

    • 23rd March 2021 / 8:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Yes I will stop by and join you 🙂

  34. 27th March 2021 / 4:57 pm

    I love upcycling jars. I do it all the time and you have given me some new ideas. Thank you for sharing with #omhgww. See you next week.

  35. 24th June 2021 / 2:19 pm

    Very cute ideas. I love a good upcycle. Thanks for sharing @omhgww. See you next week. 🙂

  36. 28th June 2021 / 12:34 pm


    I like hanging onto a few jelly jars. They are perfect for storing small quantities of food. I hate how some plastic containers flavor food but you’ll never have that problem with glass jars. Cool up-scaling ideas!

    • 28th June 2021 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Cathy, yes I agree. I use plastic boxes too but I don’t like the idea of them because of the smell.

  37. 30th June 2021 / 6:50 pm

    The jars with fruit and flowers are so cute! Definitely will use this idea!

  38. 25th March 2022 / 11:27 pm

    These are such creative ideas for using those empty jam and jelly jars that we collect in the pantry. I really like the bulb plants and the flowers with citrus slices in the water. Very pretty!

    • 2nd April 2022 / 11:53 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by Carol 🙂

  39. 27th March 2022 / 1:17 pm

    The fruit and flower jars are so pretty, Claire. What a lovely vignette focal point they would make!

  40. 11th April 2022 / 8:24 am

    looks great indeed Claire… I love to try many of them as well. It will certainly make my home brighter

  41. 15th July 2022 / 12:54 am

    Super cute ways to repurpose jars! I love these ideas.

  42. 18th July 2022 / 3:49 pm

    I love that these are ideas for practical use, not just decorative. Thanks so much for the tips and for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop. We always love to see what you have in store for us.

    • 21st July 2022 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kelly 🙂

  43. 21st July 2022 / 3:03 pm

    Great ideas!

  44. 22nd July 2022 / 8:27 am

    Absolutely fabulous Claire… I need to do the fruit in the jars for sure!
    Thank you for sharing your 10 upcycle jam jar ideas at Create, Bake Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your projects at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    • 31st July 2022 / 6:44 pm

      Aww, thanks so much for the feature, I am late catching up.

  45. 28th July 2022 / 8:10 pm

    Great list of jam jar ideas! I’m featuring you at the #HomeMattersParty this week. Starts Thursday 9pm (est) through Monday. Hope to see you drop by!

  46. 29th July 2022 / 12:38 am

    It’s fun to find pretty jars. What a shame to toss them. Thanks for the ideas here and for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop

    Ridge Haven Homestead

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