These simple upcycle ideas for bottles and jars are a great way to add an affordable DIY decor element to your home and divert these containers from heading to the landfill. It’s a win win! (Also, the gin made for some amazing quarantine cocktails!)
You can also turn your creations into gifts for friends and family. (It’s never too early to start planning a few DIY Christmas gifts!)
1. Floral Vase
Turning an empty bottle into a vase is as easy as picking up fresh or faux florals on your next errand run.
When shopping for flowers, keep in mind the height of your bottle and where you plan to place it in your home. This will help you choose a flower style and color that works well in your space.
*Bonus Tip: A beautiful label adds character so don’t worry about trying to scrub it off if you love the look of it! This also makes the bottle more of a conversation starter (I know how to make the best blueberry gin fizz!).
Plus, it’s a great conversation piece ( Hendrix is our favorite gin!)
2. Food Storage
Honey, pasta sauce, and olives all come in jars that are perfect for storing well, more food!
Reusing these jars will also allow you to shop in the bulk section at the grocery store (once it’s safe to do so again). That means less plastic waste and better bulk prices.
Here are some of the things I put in used containers: Walnuts, pine nuts, popcorn kernels, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, and pistachios.
3. DIY Faux Terracotta Display Vases
This idea seems to have originated with Geneva Vanderzeil from Collective Gen and she’s calling it #TrashToTeracotta– which I love!
It’s often done with jugs and larger containers but it would look just as charming with whatever container you’re working with.
For this project you’ll need water-based wall paint in a terracotta/clay color, baking powder, mixing bowl, and foam paint brush.
Combine 1 cup of paint with 1 tablespoon of baking powder. After a quick mix, you’re ready to start painting! (Check out Geneva’s post for a step by step tutorial)
4. DIY Drip Candle Holders (Best for bottles with narrow necks)
This beautiful upcycle had me hooked from the moment I saw it on Pinterest back in 2015 (I almost DIY-ed these for my wedding that year!)
You’ll be creating the drip look by lighting a candle and holding it sideways (be careful!) to allow the wax drippings to roll down the sides of your bottle.
Once you’re happy with the way the drippings look, shave down the end of your candle (if needed) to help it fit smoothly in your bottle.
**DIY TIP: Add a few wax drips to your candles to create the illusion that they melted down over the bottles.
5. Simple Syrup Holders
This upcycle is more about what you’ll be making and pouring inside the bottle rather than on it.
Simple syrup is an easy to create kitchen staple that makes it easier to sweeten teas, lemonades, and cocktails.
Combine equal parts water and sugar (or honey) in a medium-size pot over medium heat. After the sugar/honey is fully dissolved (approx. 10mins), turn off the heat and let the liquid cool.
Once the liquid is cool, you can pour it into your container and store it in the fridge for future use.
*DIY TIP: You can customize these containers with cute labels or a chalk paint pen!
Upcycling Home Decor
Upcycling your used bottles and jars is an affordable way to engage your creativity while also lowering the amount of waste you’re creating.
Before you toss anything out, I encourage you to give it a second look and ask yourself, “Can this serve any other purpose?”.
Let me know in the comments if you have any upcycled decor in your home!