How to Decorate Bottles & Jars

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorating with glass jars and bottles is an inexpensive way to make a personal statement in your home decor Whether you use keepsakes or nature items to fill a jar or colourful glass discs to cover the outside of a bottle, you'll design an eye-catching accessory for a desktop, countertop or windowsill. Remove the labels from store-bought sauce or condiment jars by placing in boiling water and scrubbing with a brush before using them to decorate your home.

Pour a small amount of white or black sand into the bottom of the glass container. Cover the entire bottom of the jar and fill to the depth of about an inch.

Place a "focus" item in the jar such as an interesting twig, seashell, or small antique item like a pen or piece of costume jewellery. Secure the object by pressing lightly down into the sand.

Replace a screw lid with a cork to fit the opening of a jar or for a smaller opening like that of a bottle, use an item that relates to the inside item. For example, if you place a piece of costume jewellery inside the bottle use a ring to cap off the bottle.

Add a paper tag on a thin string around the neck of the glassware titling the "display" or explaining the meaning of the object inside.

Heat the glue gun and load with clear glue sticks.

Place glass discs around the bottle to determine how many and what sizes you need for the best fit around the bottom row. If discs won't fit nicely, leave approximately the same amount of space between discs.

Attach coloured glass discs to the outside of the bottle, starting at the bottom, using the hot glue gun. Apply just a dot of hot glue to the middle of the disc to attach.

Work your way around the glass, varying size and colour of glass discs. Alternate areas where more of the jar or bottle shows, as you would stack bricks.

Cover the entire bottle with glass discs. Use smaller discs to cover narrow bottlenecks if necessary or leave uncovered.


Fill a jar with smooth stones, love notes or antique photos to highlight special memories.


Place decorated glass bottles and jars out of children's reach. They will be curious to look at your designs, so avoid broken glass by displaying on high shelves or locked cabinets.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean jars and bottles
  • Sand
  • Focus objects
  • Cork
  • Parchment paper
  • Thin string
  • Glue gun
  • Clear glue sticks
  • Glass discs
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