Winter is upon us and means more days spent indoors sipping on hot tea (or hot chocolate in my case) and Netflixing your night away. While a good movie or series binge is sometimes appreciated and sometimes even called for, we like to change it up at TDC. One of the best ways you can spend a cold rainy day inside with your loved ones is by doing a craft together, especially if it’s to up-cycle something. You’ll laugh, you’ll bond, you’ll glue your fingers together and curse the day you decided to craft but all in all, it’s going to be a fun story for later.

Since we really want your craft to be also helping out our planet, we’re suggesting you upcycle! Upcycling is a lot of fun, you get a new functional item that’s made from something you would have trashed. So, you’re benefiting yourself and the planet by reducing your waste. One potential upcycling item that we all have in abundance in our homes is glass jars.

 

So, here are 5 easy ways you can upcycle your glass jars, that are functional and fun to make.

 

Candle Holder

 

Spruce your jars into this unconventional candle holder that will keep your rooms lit and help you strike a cool conversation when you have friends and family over. Here’s a video showing you how we did it and what you’ll need below.

 

What you’ll:

  1. A glass jar
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue gun
  4. Ribbon
  5. Mesh
  6. Wax stick candle
  7. Different size rope ad
  8. Your creative will.

 

Personalized Vase

Next time you mess up with a loved one that will appreciate a nice hand-picked bouquet of flowers alongside your apology, get them flowers in a hand decorated vase that was made just for them. Use the colors and textures that remind you of them. It’s really easy to make and makes your flower bouquet work wonders for your apology appeal. Or, you could just use the vase in your own living room as another great conversation started. Here’s a video to see how we decorated the one you see here.

 

What you’ll need:

  1. A glass jar
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue gun
  4. Thin twine
  5. Lace
  6. Half pearls (make sure to get the ones that have a flat back for easier application)

 

Pantry Jars

 

Going along with the whole sustainability theme of this fun craft means you can ditch buying grains that come wrapped in plastic and start buying bulk. You can buy all the grains you love, rice, oats, chia, and flax seeds and pretty much every other grain out there in bulk. Now here’s where you can take your glass jars to the عطار and let the salesperson fill it up with the amounts you need. You can take it a step further and decorate each container, watercolor them or just write with a permanent marker on them for easier identification.

What you’ll need:

  1. A glass jar
  2. عطار Or bulk section in large supermarkets

 

Pro Tip: You can store the exact measurements you need for let’s say (rice) in the jars, so when it’s time to use them, you know exactly how much cups of rice you’re adding by emptying one jar. This could shed a bit of your cooking time.

 

Halloween/Christmas Kid Project

This is one for the entire family to enjoy. You can get your kids, your nieces and even the neighbor’s kids for a glass jar decorative party where each home gets glass jars from there home to decorate whichever way they like. They can draw on them with markers, watercolors, or even make a papier-mâché bird out of them (kids are wild like that). The one shown here is a pumpkin made last October for Halloween.

 

What you’ll need:

  1. A glass jar
  2. Watercolors
  3. Colored Permanent markers

 

 

DIY Diffuser

This one is our favorite way to use glass jars, we’re all about essential oil diffusers here. All you do is just get your glass jar and add those shish kabab sticks used for well, shish kababs. You just now pick your favorite essential oil scent and add a few drops on the stick inside the jar and add around a 1/4 cup of a light carrier oil inside the jar itself. Your room will start smelling of your favorite scents and it took you practically no money, no time and no harming of the planet.

What you’ll need:

  1. A glass jar
  2. Wooden Sticks
  3. Carrier oil
  4. Essential oil

 

There are so many other ways you could use the abundant glass jars in your home, but we felt these were the most fun and functional ways you can use up those jars. We want to thank Glow for providing all the glass jars used here in this article, and to be honest all the ones used in our personal lives, because you know we have a DIY diffuser at the office.