So you’ve finished your Organic Merchant loose leaf tea in a jar and are wondering what should I do with my empty jar? Well, there are a multitude of easy and crafty ways to re-purpose and reuse glass jars around the home so they aren’t left lying in your recycling bin.
Here are our favourite ways to re-purpose and reuse glass jars:
1. Make a lantern
Lanterns can be created and decorated in many ways. For example, simply add gravel or stones to the base, place a tea light inside, light it and you’re done! You could also hang the lanterns up with a sturdy thread. Lanterns are perfect for picnics outside, dinners at the table or for creating a relaxed ambiance in your bathroom.
2. Storage containers
DIY storage containers are a simple way to reuse glass jars:
- Toothbrush and tooth paste holder – Say goodbye to toothpaste marks on your bathroom sink and hello to organised toothbrushes.
- Store cotton buds and Q tips – Remove cluttered plastic packaging and place your cotton buds and Q tips into the jars for a presentable, sophisticated and easy to use storage system and decorative piece to your bathroom or bedroom.
- Makeup brush holder – Fill the empty jar with some rocks, rice, crystals or sand until its ¾ full, then slot your makeup brushes in.
- Snack jars – Arrange a classy and cute snack assortment that is easy to manage and see. The tight lid seal will keep snacks like nuts and crackers fresher for longer and remove the cluttered plastic packaging out of your pantry.
- Stationary holder – The transparency of the glass jars is an extremely simple way for kids to separate their coloured pencils, crayons, paint brushes and more so they aren’t left as a mess on the floor or in a drawer. This DIY hack is a life saver for an organised craft room… That’s what we do in office.
3. Crafts with kids
Let your creative juices flow and turn your jar into an exciting bonding activity with your kids. Bring out the paints, googly eyes, ribbons, glitter and sharpies and let your kids turn the jar into a masterpiece of their own. Here’s some creative inspiration:
- Painted Character Jars, e.g. a ‘Sprout Man’
- Sea shell collection
- Glitter snow globe
Please be careful not to break it though…
4. Savings Jar
Savings jars are an extremely simple yet fun way to reuse glass jars and teach your children how to start saving. Let them personalise and decorate their own glass jar with their name on it. Tell them its their first piggy bank and they can start putting aside pocket money each week. Its a creative way to get them excited about helping out around the house for coins and takes a load of your housework at the same time.
5. DIY Flower Vase / Succulents
A more obvious way for reusing glass jars, a flower vase, is a cute way to decorate the kitchen with lovely flowers and floral smells. For a longer lasting little cup of mother nature indoors, add 1-2 cups of soil into the jar and plant and a succulent or two. A couple of these succulent jars will create a low maintenance garden and natural earthy ambiance in the room.
6. Herbs for garnishing
Want to spice up your dinners? Repurpose your glass jar into a kitchen hand by planting a mini herb garden for easy access to fresh herbs and a cute decorative piece in the kitchen. Become a pro at adding a flavour punch to heart-warming dinners. Make sure to water the herbs from time to time so they last as long as possible.
7. Restock your tea
Want to get more organic loose leaf tea? Find your nearest bulk stockist and take your empty glass jar there to refill it with your favourite OM Tea. Not only will you reduce your plastic footprint but you will also come home with more tea!
Got any more ideas how to reuse glass jars? Comment on our Facebook page and let us know! Share these handy repurpose ideas with your friends and send us photos of your creations.
Can’t wait to try some of these upcycling ideas but don’t have any empty containers yet? Head to our online shop to stock up on your tea collection: https://organicmerchant.com.au/product-category/buy-tea-online/