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Neat Things To Do With Used Glass Jars

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Spray-paint old food jars

Repurpose your old mayo, cola, and jam bottles and turn them into nifty containers that’ll hold anything small—thumbtacks, buttons, loose change, even flowers! Just spray-paint them in your color of choice; metallics work especially well. 

Use them as medicine organizers

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Vintage Apothecary Jars, P500 (medium), P300 (small), a11

In the olden days, pharmacists would place medicine in clear glass jars so that they could identify the contents at a glance. Apply the same principle to your modern-day medicine cabinet—just label the bottles properly. 

Use them as bathroom organizers

Parfait Glass, find similar at Dapitan Arcade; Jonathan Adler Vanity Tray (part of a set), HMR; Apothecary Bath Set, Rustan’s Department Store 

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Guest soaps can be tiny and annoying, especially if you just leave them by the sink. Pile them up in a large dessert glass, and let them do double duty as countertop décor.

Recycling Tips:

  1. Choose empty jars and bottles with interesting shapes and varying sizes. Old-school jars with embossed labels, baby food jars, and imported soda bottles are good choices.
  2. Remove labels and label glue. Wash containers in soapy water and let dry completely.
  3. Choose a well-ventilated spot and line the area with newspapers.
  4. Remove the lid of the jar or bottle and set it on the newspaper. spray-paint the bottle (enamel makes a nice, opaque finish). hold the inside of the mouth and rotate the bottle, spraying it evenly.
  5. After an hour or so, spray-paint a second coat. Dry completely before using. Do not use to store food.

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