Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Upcycled Glass Jelly Jar - From Trash to Treasure in 15 Minutes

Sometimes, I clean and save empty glass jars.  I'm not sure why.  There's something inherently crafty about them.  However, there's nothing crafty about them if you let them sit on a counter, collecting dust (as is usually the case in my house!).

Sometimes, inspiration strikes.  I was looking for a container to hold Q-tips on my bathroom counter.  Using an old jelly jar (with a name like Smuckers, it has to be good), a scrap of fabric and glue, an upcycled apothecary jar was born!

Here's how to make yours...  This whole project took about 15 minutes, total. 

Upcycled Glass Jelly Jar - From Trash to Treasure

  • Clean glass jar
  • Fabric scrap
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
How To:
  • Clean your glass jar (after you remove the label, a ride through the upper rack of the dishwasher works!)
  • Cut a strip of fabric long enough to wrap around the jar, with enough to overlap slightly where the fabric will meet.
  • If you have a sewing machine, you can fold the edges under and sew them in a pretty color (make a 1/8 inch seam all around or so).   Or, you could hand sew.  
  • Using craft glue, glue the fabric strip onto the jar, making sure to glue the overlap, as well.
  • Wipe off excess glue with a wet paper towel while glue is still wet.
  • If desired, you could also glue a thinner ribbon around the middle of the fabric for extra contrast.  
I use my creation for Q-tips, but it could be used for anything - pencils, cotton balls, markers, straws, etc.!  
Step 1:  Clean a glass jar

Step 2:  Cut a scrap of colorful fabric and matching ribbon (ribbon optional)

Step 3:  Sew 1/8 seam all around, glue to jar, and enjoy!