Ideas for Filling a Large Glass Jar

Empty jars, from small jelly containers to milk jugs to large glass jars, are great for use in a number of applications. By reusing them, you're not only exercising your ingenuity, you're also helping the environment by recycling and repurposing. Consider creative ideas for filling a large glass jar.

Living Things

Put plants in the jar. One option is growing bamboo in it. Place a layer of decorative stones in the glass jar. Purchase young bamboo cuttings at a plant nursery. Nestle the plant securely among the stones, add water to reach the base of the bamboo, place the jar somewhere it can get plenty of sunlight and water frequently. Use the jar as a vase in which to display a different bunch of freshly cut flowers each week.

Odds and Ends

Use the glass jar as storage. Keep it in a craft room and use it to collect cloth scraps, buttons, marbles or beads. If you still have the lid, use it in the kitchen to keep dried goods fresh, such as beans, pasta, nuts and seeds. In a garage or workshop, the glass jar could hold your screws, bolts and nuts. If the jar has a wide mouth, use it in a classroom to hold rulers, paintbrushes, markers, pens and pencils.

Capital Place

Turn a glass jar into a piggy bank and keep money in it. You could take all the singles out of your wallet at the end of each day and place them in the jar to save up for a purchase in the near future. If you have pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters all over the place, gather them up and put them in the jar, and place all your loose change in it from now on. Or use the jar to keep souvenir foreign dollars and coins in when you return from travelling out of the country.

Lovely Light

Glass jars work great with candles. If you're outside on a windy night, place a candle in a glass jar, which will protect it from being blown out as you enjoy its glow. Another technique is to make container candles, pouring the wax right into a jar to make a large candle. You could also create a stained-glass effect by painting the jar whatever shades and hues you like, then placing a lit candle inside to produce a colourful glow.

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