Reusing Condiment Jars

There are plenty of crafts to make with mason jars.  I’ve done a few myself!  In a world of ‘buy, buy, buy’… for which I can be guilty of at times myself (although I do try), there is so much we can reuse and make pretty to boot!


Last year when I was on maternity leave, I saw an episode of the Nate show and he had a guest named Bao-Khang Luu who re-made these fun jars with drawer pulls to fancy them.  It’s one of those projects you see and you want to smack your forehead for not thinking of it yourself lol.

Here is my go at it.  I opted to use glue instead of drilling holes in metal, as I thought it would make the project more accessible to people who aren’t comfortable with power tools or don’t have access to them.

Collect some empty jars.  If you don’t have any, hit up your neighbours recycle bins the eve of garbage day.  Wash and dry them of course.  You will also need some medium / light grit sandpaper, E-6000 adhesive and some pretty drawer pulls.  Again, if you don’t have any, hit the neighbourhood when the trash gets set out.  The weather is nice now and people are more likely to set out furniture.  But take a few screwdrivers with you and just take the knobs.  No sense in dragging the whole piece back to your place!  Unless of course… you have a vision for it as well.

Sand the lids of the jars to remove any paint or lettering and to just rough them up in general.  Once done, rinse the lids off and dry thoroughly.

Apply E-6000 glue to the drawer pull and the centre of the lid.  Wait five minutes for the glue to get tacky, then press the pieces together.  They will set quickly, but will need hours to cure completely.  The nice thing about E-6000 is it dries clear.  So if a little bit seeps out from under the knob, don’t worry.

Then, just put the lid back on the jar and that’s it!  Make a few with matching knobs if you like, or leave them mismatched like I did.  I use a couple in the bathroom for cotton swabs, cotton balls and little soaps.  I use others on my desk for coloured pencils, buttons and glue sticks.  You could use them in the kitchen for munchies or pasta.  Have fun with it!

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness I love it! And I just saw some cool knobs in the $1 isle at Michaels too! Awesome! Thanks for linking up @ RaisingOranges

  2. Hopeful1 says

    Oh my goodness, those are so cute! I have got to put this project on my to-do list! Have a great day!
    – Hope : )

  3. Michele says

    There is nothing better than upcycling household items so they don’t go in the trash. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. says

    I’ve had to come over here twice to check these out. Why do I not think about the fact that jar lids are just paint on metal. This is the second time in one day that this fact (that metal is under paint) was brought to my attention. How perfect to just sand them off and have that look underneath. I love it! And with those knobs, it’s perfection. I do have trouble remembering my screwdriver when I’m out and I often regret it. I’m going to go put one in the car right now. Great post!
    Liz

  5. says

    It sounds weird, the video I mean, or is it my computer? I dunno. Well, I loved this tutorial! I actually am really into all of the 101 and beginners tutorials, they’re so informative and go “to the grain” !!!

  6. says

    Great article, Monica! Thank you for the reminder that we all could do better in the way we show love to one another. It would be a wonderful thing if we could love like, and forgive like Jesus at family gatherings. But, what would be more amazing, is if “families” could, and would, practice good will year-round, and not just on a holiday. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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