You’ve met Parcel Pete and you’ve bought plenty of delicious treats and cupboard essentials from Groceries2Go (good choice). However, now you’re left with lots of empty glass jars.

Your first instinct might be to reach for the recycling bin, but what if we told you that your jars could be used for so much more than just being broken down and remade into more glass jars?

Why not keep them and do something a bit more creative?

Parcel Pete has been getting crafty again and here are his favourite ways to upcycle your empty glass jars.

Make a vase

Let’s make it an easy one to begin with. Even the most novice of DIYers can turn a glass jar into a vase. It doesn’t just have to be for your flowers, you can decorate them and use them to store your crafts or utensils.

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Create a bird feeder 

This is a bit of an unusual one, but the perfect way to use that empty Lotus Biscoff Jar that you’ve got lying around. Create a bird feeder. Simply attach a wooden spoon to the jar for the birds to use as a perch, wrap some ribbon around it and create a loop to hang it in a tree. Fill it up with peanuts, hazelnuts, seeds and dried fruit and watch from your window while all the birds come flocking.

This is one of our favourites because not only does it feed the birds but it also works as a decorative feature in your back garden. 

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Brownie mix gift 

If you have a sweet tooth and get through Nutella by the kilogram, we have the answer. Use your glass jar to create a brownie mix gift for a loved one. These are really easy to make but look so effective. 

All you need to do is layer all the dry ingredients that someone would need to make brownies into your empty Nutella jar, write down the recipe and give it away as a gift. Try adding some colourful ribbon to make it look even more spectacular.

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Soap dispenser 

If you’re not that into crafts, this is a great practical solution for your empty Korma Sauce jar from your Friday curry night. Why not turn your empty glass jar into a soap dispenser. It’s easier than you might think and you can use it for shower gels, shampoos and conditioners. Drill a hole into the middle of the lid and put a plastic pump through it, glue it in place and there you have it.

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Cocktail glasses

Another simple one, if you’ve got a party or event coming up, clean out your empty glass jars and serve juices and cocktails in them. They look great and are really practical. Add your favourite drinks, decorate with fruit and serve them to your guests. Alternatively they make great cups for milkshakes.

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Create a terrarium

Another creative way to upcycle your glass jars is to create a terrarium, they are a great way to add some greenery to your indoor décor and are fun to make. Start by adding some moistened soil to your empty jar and take your succulent and secure it in place. Add in some decorative stones and watch your miniature garden come to life. 

Hanging lights

You can use your empty jars as hanging lights to place around your garden or in your trees. You’ll need to use a fairly large jar such as Cooks and Co Goose Fat or the nation’s favourite Bisto Onion Gravy Granules jar.

To create your hanging lights, wrap some soft wire around the rim of the jar, leaving enough to use as a hanger, add in your tea light candles or bulbs and watch them sparkle in the night sky. 

These hanging lights are a great way to decorate your garden or even for your birthday or wedding.

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Photo displays

Last but not least, another fun way to upcycle your empty glass jars is to use them to display photos instead of a typical photo frame. They’re really easy to make and you can use a jar of any size. We recommend using a fancier jar such as a Tiptree Lemon Curd jar to add a decorative touch to your living room. Simply, print your favourite photos onto some translucent vellum paper and trim to size, stick them to the inside of the jar and admire your handy work. 


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These are just some of the ways you can use to up-cycle your empty jars. If you haven’t got any empty glass jars spare don’t worry there are plenty of jarred goods available at Groceries2Go Start shopping by clicking here.

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