• From simple jam jar to delightful decorationGone are the days of hanging onto empty jars 'just in case' you find a use for them.

    With a little bit of imagination and some useful tips and tricks, you'll be recycling them yourself in no time at all. Here, we've gathered some ideas from some pretty inspiring blogs and sites on how you can create a whole new world of uses from a few small pieces of equipment, and that simple little jar.

    Starting Simple

    Give your bouquets a beautiful homemade feel by assembling them in an upcylced jam jar. Simply fashion a ribbon around the top of the jar for a dainty twist, or why not take things a step further and create something wonderful as shown by Red Online's idea here using paint? What a simple way to add a colourful little lift to your home!


    For dainty drinks

    Now that the sunshine is upon us, you can take your summer punch game up a notch by decorating your very own jars to drink from. Keep the design as simple or as sophisticated as you like - you could even create personalised drinks labels. Tikkido.com's excellent idea shows how you can fashion a lid for each jar, as well as add in a particularly stylish straw - ideal for a spot of homemade lemonade!


    To set the mood

    Another brilliant use of old jam jars is to create a little mood lighting. Simply invest in a few tea lights (or LED tea lights if you'd prefer) and watch them glisten on a warm summer's evening. A great way to add a touch of creativity to your lighting from The Forge involves using yarn and white spray paint - what a lovely effect! If you do use candles however, be sure to keep an eye on them, and if you'd prefer to use solar-powered lights in your jars instead, Dishfunctional Designs shows some brilliant uses, as well as explaining how to use your solar lights.