Don’t throw away your old food jars! Instead, reuse them in a ton of different ways, like these bathroom storage jars. Plus, learn how to cut the ends off of long screws on decorative knobs!
A couple of months ago, I gave our bathroom a much needed face lift, and these glass jars were a part of the space. A complete gut job wasn’t in the budget this time around, but I did make some major improvements to the space with only $200.
These glass jars were part of my bathroom refresh, and they cost almost nothing to make. I took some old glass jars that I’ve recently started saving instead of recycling.
I have a box in my basement with a ton of different glass jars. Sometimes I worry that I’m becoming a hoarder, other times I’m so glad I have it because I’ve found so many ways to use them. Here are just a few of the projects I’ve completed using old glass jars from that box.
Recently, I took all of my large glass jars (both vintage from thrift stores and flea markets and saved food jars) and used them to store all of my dry pantry goods. I created DIY pantry labels for the glass jars that is easy to apply with packing tape. You can download the labels or view the tutorial here.
Before starting on the project, I cleaned and removed the labels from the jars. I finally found the best way to remove labels from glass jars, even the most stubborn ones. This post explains it all:
All I did for these glass jars for my bathroom was to first spray paint the lid. I originally thought I wanted a hammered silver look, but after painting them, I didn’t love it. In the end, I painted them in black and sanded away a little of the black to show the silver underneath.
I drilled a hole through the top of each lid that was big enough for the screws to fit through.
I finally figured out an easy way to shorten the screws on these types of knobs, and ever since, I’ve been able to use these knobs for far more than furniture.
This bolt cutting tool is the perfect way to cut down those screws. You do need a little bit of hand strength, but I’ve found it’s the easiest way to cut them down so you can’t see them sticking down when you close the jar.
Simply screw the nut on the end, and you have a decorative top for those glass jars! I used some vintage knobs I’ve pulled off old pieces of furniture or found without a pair at flea markets. You could also use new knobs as well – Hobby Lobby is a fun place to search for the perfect knobs!
Right now, these jars are holding all the bathroom items that cluttered up the drawer before. I’ve seen them used for displaying candy, dry goods, or office and craft supplies. The possibilities are endless, and they are so cheap to make!
Here are all the tutorials on how I created the plank wall, the towel rack, and how I took our old vanity and gave the top a completely new look with concrete. For now, you can see everything in the space here.
My friend Kati from Houseful of Handmade reused some old glass jars in her kitchen, and I love the look and functionality of them now. You can see how she did it here:
Here are 10 MORE ways to reuse old glass jars:
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