Repurposed Glass Jars with Decorative Paper


Don’t these repurposed jars look lovely with fresh tulips?! I am willing spring time to be here soon!

There are so many ways you can repurpose glass jars. You may already have some jars you plan to recycle. Or maybe you have some in your pantry or refrigerator that could soon be re-used once it’s empty. The glass jars I repurposed used to contain pasta sauce, salsa, and jam.


I decided to decorate them with scrap book paper, ribbon, string and buttons. All items I already had in the house.

Here’s how I made my decorative jars:


I first picked out my scrap book paper. It’s from the same pack I used for my 3D heart project.

I then went searching for some embellishments to make the overall design more fun and interesting. The small white rope-like string is from an old gift bag handle. The white ribbon is from a different gift bag handle. The brown stretchy cord was from an unused eye mask. The buttons – I have lots of extra buttons. I may not be able to sew but I can at least do a minor stitch to secure a button. 🙂


I cut each paper into the height I wanted and also made the width sized to fit around the jars. I secured the paper onto the glass jars using Mod Podge. You could simply use glue on the ends which was my original plan. I decided to use Mod Podge instead to have a more finished look. It’s an all-in-one sealer, glue and finish. This was my first time using Mod Podge (or any kind decoupage glue ). I have a more involved project coming in a future post. So this was the perfect small project to practice my decoupage skills.


I first applied Mod Podge on the back of the paper and also on the area of the glass jar the paper was going to be placed. I placed the paper onto the jar carefully and smoothed it out. I waited 15 minutes for it to dry. I applied Mod Podge on the top of the paper (already dry and secured to the glass)…waited again 15 minutes for it to dry. I then put another coat of Mod Podge. Overall, the project was quick and simple. The drying time was what made the overall time to complete long. I’d say this was a first time Mod Podge success!

(Side Note: If you want to learn more about Mod Podge, I highly recommend watching the Mod Podge Rocks tutorial videos. They…well rock! It helped me get the know-how and confidence to try it.)

Lastly, I added the finishing touches with my “embellishments” – string, ribbon and buttons.


I am currently using these newly decorated jars as vases in my living room. I can group together on one table or separate them and place on different tables.


And because I like to think of all possibilities…The glass jars also make cute office or craft supply holders.


Have you repurposed any glass jars?! If so, I’d love to hear about it.


(This is linked to I’m Lovin’ It , Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday,The Frugal Girls and The Spring Fling!!)

Clippings on my Inspiration Board for this project
I must tell you about all the projects that inspired me and some I may do in future related glass jar projects. For example, wrap jars in yarn, jute, beads OR how about covering using a piece of a sweater? All beautiful and inspiring creations!


  1. Love this idea – thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Maura! 🙂

  3. Debbie ~ these are absolutely gorgeous! What a FUN way to spruce up old jars!!

  4. that is such a cute idea! Love it!

  5. I have a jar that I have been wanting to make into a change jar for weeks now, but I couldn’t decide how to do it. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very, very cool! Love it.

  7. That is cute and smart decorating.

  8. I plan on doing this! Just for fun! I love repurposing things! I hate clutter, but this is not what I would consider clutter! I can’t wait for spring, too!

  9. Thank, thank you all!
    Hi Carla – I hate clutter too!
    I want to point out…The jars are the only things I have on my living room tables. The before pic would have shown 3 tables with nothing on it. Oh and my house has many blank walls. I hope to change that slowly. Anyways, my point is I like to keep my decor at a minimum and only display things I really love.

  10. Love this idea! How cute!

  11. Too Kee-UTE!

  12. I LOVE this idea!!! Thanks again for linking up!! I featured your post on my wrap up post!

  13. These are beautiful..

    Thanks for sharing your step by step


  14. so creative and easy to do thanks for sharing.

  15. I love this idea. So simple and yet so stylish. I can’t wait to try this in different color combos. Thanks for the idea!


  16. Thanks again EVERYONE!
    Cheryl (TidyMom) Thanks so much for featuring this on your blog.
    Hi Denise – Thanks for visiting and for your compliment!

  17. These are such pretty little jars. What a creative idea! I will be making these real soon. I saw your post on Tidy Mom.

  18. These are darling! I hope you’ll link them up at I Heart Nap Time

  19. Saw your cute jars on Tidy Mom and had to be a follower. So cute! I too would like to will spring to come ASAP. I think Ill be buying flowers tomorrow and repurpose my jars today. Great idea 🙂

  20. I love the jars! They look great!!

  21. Beautiful jars! You could use these for any occasion and in any theme. What a great idea.

    I’d love it if you would like this project on our new Party themed blog link party here:

  22. I love these jars! They’re really cute. What a fun way to dress them up

    PS- I’m doing my first ever giveaway on my blog and I’d love if you would participate!

  23. Brilliant idea! 🙂

  24. Hey there! Just stopping by to let you know I’m showing this off over at Crafts & Sutch today! Please pop over to take a peek and grab a “SUTCH an Inspiration” button! You deserve it! 🙂

    Have a great week!

  25. What a great idea! You could even us canning jars and over up the “Ball” logo. LOVE IT!! You should come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday at 🙂

  26. I just re-purposed some jars too! :oD
    I would be honoured and would love it if you linked this or another Green/Spring project up @ my very first linky party!
    All the Best
    …M… @ Require Life

  27. These are just so darn cute…love the idea! Come by and share it at my NTT party…I’m having a GIVEAWAY…so hop and enter to WIN!


  28. How cute are those? I would never have thought of that but I am TOTALLY doing this! I love them! I am your newest follower! Would love it if you checked mine out!

  29. So cute! I would love it if you would share this upcycle over at The T-Shirt Diaries (

  30. I love this idea. Super easy but so pretty. I have a few jars that need a new life. Thanks for sharing.

    I stopped by from Get Your Craft On at TCB.


  31. how fun are these?

    i couldn’t help but giggle…you can even “tie” in your blog name to this…clipping scrapbook paper makes me just as happy as clipping coupons. 😉

    thanks for linking up to the FLING!


  32. BIG thanks to all who have commented!

    Hi Erin @ Crafts & Sutch – Thanks so much for featuring this on your blog.

    Hi Kellie (This Blessed Nest) – It is funny how my blog name can tie into cliiping scrapbook paper. In fact, most of my DIY projects (so far) I am “clipping” papers and happy about it…hmm…

  33. I love the look of these and now I’m kicking myself for recycling those jars I found when I cleaned my kitchen. If you visit my blog you will find one of the many usages I have found for babyfood jars.
    Thank you for sharing.

  34. I love re-purposing glass jars… I like the way you decorated yours… I will have to try it!
    Here’s a party if you would like to join…

  35. Great jar idea!!!
    Love glass and jars and containers in general 🙂

  36. *LOVE* this idea! I just re-purposed a jar to become my new q-tip container! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  37. So simple and sweet! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

  38. Ruth Ann says:

    What a wonderful idea! Im going to be useing this one…ALOT
    Great use of any jar.

  39. Cute and thrifty! I reuse glass jars for many different things, but my favorite is storing food: leftovers, food bought in bulk, or food from an open package that doesn’t protect it well. Glass is better than plastic at keeping food fresh and maintaining the flavor.

    We now use glass jars to store most small items on the open shelves in our bathroom; they look a lot prettier than a bunch of ripped-open packages! With lids on, they protect things from shower steam and are easy to dust.

  40. These are super cute! I love them!

  41. I’m a huge fan of repurposing glass jars, and I’ll have to add your super cute idea to my “to-do” list! My favorite way to repurpose glass soda bottles or tall skinny jars is to fill them with m&m’s and add an artificial yellow daisy…it’s an inexpensive & cheerful thank you gift!

  42. Very cute. I love the fabric and buttons on them. I like to repurpose glass jars I get at the grocery Atlas still makes a lot of the sauce jars. (The Atlas canning jars from the turn of the century are a little more rare, like Ball) But the ones you can get today can be transformed into all sorts of things

  43. They turned out great! I LOVE that scrapbook paper. Where do you buy yours? The craft stores around here don’t have any with patterns as nice as those!

  44. Hi JoDi – Most the paper you see in my recent projects are from Michaels.


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