How to Recycle and Reuse Glass
Old Glass Jars
Ways of Recycling and Reusing Glass
If you recycle glass, you are helping the environment by keeping it out of the landfill. But, why not take it a step further by putting that unwanted glass to good use in your home eliminating the need to recycle? Turn your trash it into a real treasure. It's amazing how beautiful reusing glass can be.
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Glass Jar as a Terrarium
Creative Ways to Reuse Glass
Reuse an old glass canning jar as a terrarium. This is a terrific reuse for kids. All you need is items from nature, such as moss, twigs, flowers, feathers, or pine cones. There are many other ideas for reusing old glass containers on the Go-Elsewhere blog too, such as old coffee pots and bottles.
Glass Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree
Make a Christmas Tree from Old Jars
With some old baby food jars, spray paint, a hot glue gun and a string of Christmas lights, you can make this festive holiday tree. The multicolored tree is sure to be a conversation piece for visitors to your home. It would also be beautiful done in solid green.
Outdoor Centerpiece from Mason Jars - Creative Ways to Reuse Glass
Outdoor Candle Holders
An outdoor centerpiece is a snap to create with these mason jars and floating candles. Fill the jars with water. Tie raffia to the top of the jar and viola, an outdoor candle holder.
Reuse Glass by Painting It
Creative Ways to Reuse Glass
If you come across a uniquely shaped glass bottle, you can make it into something special by painting it. This tutorial available at Craftbits, show you how to prep the glass before adding your painted artwork.
A Collage Jar!
Wash out that old mayonnaise jar and turn it into something useful... a place to store memories! You can make a collage jar by organizing some of your favorite photos and mementos into a reused jar. How about making a "best friend" collage jar, a "babies first birthday" jar, a jar from a special trip, or high school graduation?
These glass jars were reused to make Valentine's day candy holders. The same principle can be used for any holiday, St. Patrick's day, Christmas, or Halloween are all great excuses to decorate a small glass jar and fill it with holiday goodies.
Pin Cushion from Jar Lids
This tutorial is for a pin cushion and sewing storage from a canning jar. If you don't can food, ask some of your friends that do for their old rings and rims. The lids and rings can only be used once and then are usually thrown away. They often fit other jars and they can be reused to make this pin cushion and sewing organizer.
Holiday Themed Votive Candle Holder
Candle Holder from Reused Glass
Votive Candle Holder
This small glass jar was reused to create a candle holder. It is a beautiful idea for decorating the holiday table. It requires only glue, raffia, stickers and holiday paper. The same idea could be used to create a themed candle holder for any holiday. They make great gifts for a teacher, co-worker, family or friend.
Because I don't care much for plastic, I save glass containers and use them for storing left over food in the refrigerator. Many people do this with plastic containers, but there are dangers in reusing plastic to store food or drink.
More Ways to Reuse Glass
- A Tipsy Idea: DIY Lamp from Wine Bottles : Planet Green
You've had a lot of fun emptying those wine bottles and now they are just ripe for an upcycled illuminating reuse.
- 10 Crafty, Fun, and Functional Reuses for Baby Food Jars : Planet Green
Super ways to reuse baby food jars.
- Hanging Jar Lanterns: Candle Crafts
Make a hanging candle lanterns!
- How to Recycle a Light Bulb
WOW! I didn't know this was possible, but I've been trying hard to come up with ways to do this. Allfreecrafts shows up "How to recycle household light bulbs, with Christmas, Halloween and Home Decorating Projects."
- Painted Jars - Wheatsheaf Painted Jars
Pretty wheat jars.
- Secret Safe for Dad
Cool project for fathers day. "Secret safe."
- Potpourri Babyfood Jars
More uses for those baby food jars.
- Jar Animals
Animals from baby food jars.
- Table Top Wishing Well
Nostalgic wishing well for your home décor made from reused glass.
- Decorative Bean Jar
Bean jars make decorative gifts for any occasion.
- Body Glitter Jar and Recipe
Make a jar for body glitter and other homemade personal care products
More Reuse Ideas from Amazon
What do You do with Your Glass?
13 or so Ways to Reuse Glass Jars
Here are some handy ideas for reusing glass jars at home: Fermenting in jars, portioning out meals, mixing drinks or dressings by shaking at lunchtime, flower vases, premade mixes for cookies and baking mixes, already made cookies to keep them fresh in air-tight storage. as a water container.
Fun Ways to Reuse Containers
This video has uses for old plastic containers and glass containers. Some of my favorites mentioned for the glass containers include: Potted plants, terrariums or snow globes, storing extra paint from home improvement projects, lotion and bath salts, salad containers or food storage, storage for small cords, clips and other items that are small, and finally candle holders.