In the spirit of being sustainable and reusing as much as you possibly can around the house, I thought you might like to see a few ideas on how to reuse glass jam jars.
I actually started this post (if taking two photographs counts as starting a post) a good few months ago now and then forgot all about the idea until this week when I saw a post on Facebook about how the owners of the company who make my favourite brand of jam, Bonne Maman, actually hid a family in Paris during World War 2 as part of the Nazi resistance effort. The story was really heartwarming but potentially (as with anything on social media) isn’t as accurate as the 27k+ people who liked the post I’d read would like to believe as I can’t find anything definitive on Google to confirm either way.
Whether it’s true or not though, it made me remember about the idea I’d had for this post so I dug out the photos I’d taken and decided to actually write the post before I forgot about it again. 😂
(Also, I just read this back and realised that I should have pointed out that it’s not just jam jars you can reuse, I reuse cooking sauce jars, coffee jars, and anything else that I can rather than throw it in the recycling.)
10 ways to reuse glass jam jars around the house
– make a hole in the top of your jam jar by hammering a nail through and using it to store a ball of string. It’s easy to snip off what you need and there’s none of the tangles or knots you get when you store your string in the random drawer in the kitchen with all the other bits that have no home.
– I use a couple of mine to make a hot chocolate station in the Winter with one filled with cocoa powder, one with chocolate chips, and another one with mini marshmallows.
– You could use one to make overnight oats as the jars are a perfect size for a breakfast-sized portion. You can pop them in the fridge overnight and then because they’re pretty much leakproof then you can pop it in your bag for breakfast at work if you need to.
– They’re perfect for cocktails or homemade lemonade if you’re having people around for drinks.
– What about making your own jam or lemon curd to refill a couple of the jam jars?
– They’re great as storage jars for random baking bits and bobs like these super cute little mini eggs that I bought for some cupcakes I was making. I also have a glass jar that I use to stack cupcake cases in rather than have them all over my baking cupboard. Mine is a bit taller as I’ve accumulated loads of different cases but a jam jar would be perfect for a smaller collection.
– I love to use mine as a little vase when I need one for smaller stems of flowers. This one is one that I wrapped a piece of lace around to make it look even prettier although from memory I think this was a slightly taller jam jar or it could have even been a cooking sauce jar.
Do you have any of your own spice blends that you mix up? I make an apple pie spice blend and a taco spice blend that I keep in jam jars.
– You could use them as a pen pot or even a jar to store your pretty stationery – a jam jar filled with paperclips or cute drawing pins would look fab on your desk!
I’m pretty sure I could do a part two of this post as there are so many more things I could think of! 🙂
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