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Vases, Centerpieces, Candle Holders - Repurpose Plastic, Tin, Glass Containers

Updated on June 18, 2015

Don't Throw Them Away

Different shapes and sizes...they all work...
Different shapes and sizes...they all work...

How many empty containers had I recycled without thinking of how I could repurpose them?

...A lot, that's how many.

But no more. Now I will re-use as many as I can!

With the following containers, jelly jars, a tea tin, French's Onion container. I made candle holders, centerpieces, and vases. There is no limit, however, to what may be used. I even save shampoo bottles, lotion bottles, and any small containers that have lids. Plastic water bottles and soup cans will work, also. Basically, anything will work. If you look at it, see potential, then you can make something happen!


Jelly Jars

Any old clothes that you have...maybe with stains that you can't take to Goodwill...are perfect for cutting up and decorating your containers, especially if they have embroidery or buttons or lace.

Here, I used an old sweater that had buttons. I cut the pieces leaving the buttons attached, and used these pieces for wrapping around the jelly jar.

Version One. Pink and Blue for Baby Shower
Version One. Pink and Blue for Baby Shower
Version Two: For Baby Girl
Version Two: For Baby Girl

Baby Shower

After wrapping the material around the jar, use a pen or marker to make a circle in material to glue onto lid. Materials: cloth, ribbon, hot glue gun.

Other options for jar:

  • Glue on small plastic blocks on top of lid
  • Glue on small plastic pacifiers
  • Glue on small, plastic rattles
  • Blue, Pink, Yellow, Green bows according to boy or girl

Uses:

  • Set on tables with battery operated candles inside for centerpieces at shower
  • Fill with cotton or Q-tips
  • Fill with pastel candy almonds
  • Fill with potpourri
  • Fill with soft scented flower petals
  • Use as piggy bank

A Tea Tin

This is the tea tin I used, with blue jean material for wrapping.around the tin, I cut out a piece for the lid and glued embellishments on can.

Option One: Vase, day time
Option One: Vase, day time
Option Two: Vase, Night, with accented light. May consider using as place setting for dinner.
Option Two: Vase, Night, with accented light. May consider using as place setting for dinner.
Option Three: As a hallway light or to set on kitchen counter or bathroom counter.
Option Three: As a hallway light or to set on kitchen counter or bathroom counter.
French's Onion container, with battery operated candle effect.
French's Onion container, with battery operated candle effect.

Customize for holidays

  • Choose Valentine prints and pink or red bows - fill with candied hearts or small soaps
  • Choose Christmas prints or knitted Christmas scrap. Add shiny, green, wired ribbon and embellish with candy cane.
  • Choose Halloween prints and stretch fake spider webs across container and embellish with small, black, plastic spiders.

Your imagination will soar as you go along. You'll see. It's a very simple concept, and it's fun.


Jelly Jar wrapped in wine-theme print and bow, with battery operated candle effect.
Jelly Jar wrapped in wine-theme print and bow, with battery operated candle effect.

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      Essie 2 years ago from Southern California

      Oh, thank you, Alicia, for taking a peek at my humble creations. I was throwing away these containers and in the back of my mind thinking surely there must be some use...they are so convenient...most have nice little lids and pumps, etc, and can be totally re-used again and again!

      I like that you repurpose too!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like to repurpose items whenever I can. Your containers look lovely. The embellishments and lights are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the ideas.