10 Ways To Repurpose Old Jars

Whether they are old candle containers, sauce jars, or even alcohol bottles, repurposing your empty containers is an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to store, save, and decorate. Here are ten uses to consider before recycling that glass:


  • No need to spend money on expensive resealable containers and zip bags, clean out old sauce jars to use for your own sauces, soups, even salads for your lunches and leftovers.

  • Keep a few empty jars on hand as easy ways to give dinner guests leftovers.

  • Old candle containers with lids or tops are an easy way to organize your cotton swabs and pads.

  • A lid-less candle container can also be a great holder for makeup brushes or toothbrushes. Just fill the bottom with beads, river rock, or glass pebbles to make a base for them to stick up in.

  • Large liquor bottles emptied and cleaned out make beautiful and fresh carafes for water. Soak in sudsy hot water to remove the labels and maybe a little adhesive remover for any remaining stickiness.

  • Smaller alcohol bottles from bourbon or grand marnier are a perfect size to store homemade dressings.

  • Just about any jar can be repurposed as a candle holder

  • …not to mention a funky and fun way to gift wrap small items.

  • Use old glass jars or candle containers to store dry goods like flour, sugar, and rice. They can be easily labeled and decorated with glass markers. Your cabinet will look much tidier and organized using repurposed containers than simply chip-clipping the original bags!

  • Use wine bottles and other slender liquor bottles as dispensers for your infused olive oils or vinegars. Just top with an easy pour spout.


Snapguide has a great technique that I regularly use to clean out the residual wax in used candle containers. Check it out here. One helpful tip to keep your jar lids reusable is to make sure you dry the tin tops right after washing as they rust quickly. Other than that, have fun repurposing!