Go to your recycling bin RIGHT NOW. Pronto, friends. I know, I know, this sounds silly. Rummage around and find a few old jars. Soak in a bath of hot water, scrub away and get them squeaky clean. Done? Okay, you’re ready.
Here’s the deal: You have been throwing away one of the most useful, frugal, and ethical home decor tools around! That’s right. Best part, they are nearly free. I say nearly because I know you still paid something for that jar of sauce, jam, or spice. Jars have many a use and I’m here to remind you of their greatness you may have surpassed.
Elegant Food Storage
This one is quite obvious, but I am always surprised at how many neglect this use. Most of our spices and dried foods are creatively stocked in clear jars. This not only looks beautiful in a light and airy kitchen, but makes finding ingredients a matter of a quick glance. Lentils, oats, flour, sugars, Chia seeds, rice, cinnamon, salt, taco seasoning, cocoa powder, and dried coconut are a few staple items that fill our kitchen storage jars.
How many times have you found yourself whipping up a delicious meal, quickly in desperate need of your spatula, whisk, or ladle? We keep our utensils out in larger jars (think large pasta sauce jars). It is not only artistic, but extremely helpful to have your cooking utensils within easy reach instead of stashed (ehem, smashed!?) in a drawer.
Florals + Greenery
Has your home been looking a bit grey and lifeless this winter? Swing by your local farmers market and stock up on fresh greenery and winter florals. Snag a few of your jars + old bottles and load ’em up with foliage and flora to suit your fancy. I guarantee the hint of color + the clean lines of the jars/bottles will revive your home in an instant.
Hand paint a simple white, geometric pattern over a recycled clean glass jar or dip the top quarter of a clear jar in gold paint and light a tealight inside. Decorating ethically doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive.
I love using jars in our bathroom! I use a jar as a razor holder in the shower, a small jar to hold my Bobbi pins and hair ties, another jar for my makeup tools, you could even use a large jar to organize your hair brushes and hot tools. Jars just make a space look clean, chic, and less cluttered. I also use jars for DIY hair deep conditioning treatments. One part castor oil + one part coconut oil. Massage through your hair and leave on overnight. Oh hi gorgeous, luscious locks!
Simple smoothie? Summer sangria? Iced tea? Iced coffee? Iced water? You get my point. Jars make wonderfully unique cups! I love the vintage look of a glass of something refreshing + a mint leaf or lemon slice skimming the rim. I guarantee your guests with find the recycled tumbler creative + artistic.
Dinner Party Spreads
Gather a wooden butcher block, an array of cheeses, crackers, and breads. Interweave small jars amidst the delicious chaos. Fill with homemade hummus, nut butters, jams, chocolates, and candied pecans. Is your mouth watering yet? Simply store the jar lids away during the festivities and pop it back on at the end of the night for easy clean up and storage.
These ideas are basic and most importantly, they are effortlessly ethical.