How to Recycle a Glass Coffee Jar

Updated February 21, 2017

Glass coffee jars are put in the garbage daily. You can recycle these nicely shaped containers and use them in a variety of ways. Coffee jars work well to store many different kinds of items. They make nice storage jars for snacks, pasta, gifts, home made confections,craft supply containers and decorative canisters. You can paint them to match your kitchen or craft room decor. They are also nice containers to use when giving gifts that need to be in jars such as cookie, soup and other dry mixes. Use your creativity to 'green' up a glass coffee jar.

Remove the outer label from the jar. Pour a very small amount of cooking oil directly on to the adhesive that is stuck to the jar. Rub adhesive off with a dry paper towel.

Remove any protective foil liner from the mouth of jar. Wash coffee jar thoroughly with hot water and dish washing detergent. Rinse with hot water and set to air dry in a dish drainer. You can dry with a paper towel.

Choose a stencil, picture or pattern to decorate the jar. Use the item as a guide and outline the design you have chosen on to the outside of the jar with white or black paint or marker.

Paint and fill in the character, still life objects or letters of your design on to the jar. Let it air dry 24 to 48 hours according to the paint manufacturer's directions.

Cut a piece of ribbon to match the size of the outside of the jar cover. Glue the ribbon with white tacky craft glue to the cover sides all the way around.

Finish off the jar cover top by gluing a circle of scrapbooking paper to it. You can make it personal by gluing buttons, glass beads, glass marbles, mosaics, figurines or baked clay pieces to the top for decoration.


Wrap in bubble wrap to protect your jar creation when giving it as a gift.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass coffee jar
  • Glass paint
  • 1/2-inch wide ribbon
  • White craft tacky glue
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.