What Can I Do With Old Pickle Jars?

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You can recycle old pickle jars into fun containers for a variety of items. These gallon-size jars have a smooth surface that can become a canvas for specialty storage. Using paints and a limitless supply of crafting materials, you can create a beautiful home decor item to enhance a room's style or match a recipient's personality. Recycling will keep these pickle jars out of landfills and help organize your home.

Teacher's Gift and Storage Jar

  • Lightly spray the outside of a pickle jar and lid with clear, acrylic spray sealer. This will give the surface that will accept the paint. Paint the entire jar and lid with black acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry and apply a second coat for complete coverage. Use a white paint pen to write letters, numbers, small words, simple mathematical equations, stick people, tic-tac-toe puzzles or anything else that might be on a school blackboard.

    Tie a yellow ribbon into a bow around the rim of the jar. Paint a wooden craft heart using red acrylic paint. Use a black paint pen to draw stitch lines around the edges of one side of the heart. Print the teacher's name on the same side. Dip a wood skewer into black acrylic paint and dot the letter ends. Hot glue the heart to one of the ribbon ends.

Halloween Candy Jar

  • Lightly spray the outside of a pickle jar with clear, acrylic spray sealer. Paint the entire jar with orange acrylic paint and the lid with green acrylic paint. Repeat with additional coats, if needed. Paint a Jack-o'-lantern face on the front of the jar with black acrylic paint.

    Rip a strip of green fabric and tie into a bow around the rim of the jar. Fill the jar with Halloween candy and station it by your front door to greet your trick-or-treaters.

Snowman Cocoa Jar

  • Lightly spray the outside of a pickle jar with light blue spray paint. Use a small household sponge to sponge paint the entire jar with white acrylic paint and the lid with black acrylic paint. Paint a flat button using orange acrylic paint. Glue the button to the center of one side of the jar. Apply blush on each side of the button for the snowman cheeks. Dip the eraser end of a new pencil in black acrylic paint and dot two eyes above the button nose. Paint five evenly spaced dots below the nose to form a smile. Use a black permanent marker to further embellish the face with eyebrows, eyelashes and freckles on the cheeks.

    Tie a colorful strip of fabric or ribbon in a bow around the rim of the jar. Fill the jar with packets of cocoa for storage in your own home or as an inexpensive gift for a friend.

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  • Cyndee Kromminga, Craft and Interior Designer; Kro Crafts; Winfield, Kansas
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