Saturday, August 27, 2016

Simple Upcycled Canning Jar Project

I recently SCORED a boatload of canning jars for my Aunt and Uncle who can just about everything on the farm. Seeing as though they had so many, we agreed that I could keep a few from this stash for my finder’s fee. I decided to keep the “plain” canning jars that didn’t have logos or brand names. A few Christmases ago, I bought a couple dozen canning jars during a sale and I have been slowly making my way through them ever since. Instead of storing these new jars with the others, possibly risking their disappearance under the ever-growing pile of craft supplies upstairs, I decided to find a use for them immediately. After loading the jars into the dishwasher, I gave myself time to think of a project. I decided that my yarn stash would point me in the direction of a project. I decided that today these jars would become a centerpiece of my dining table. But since these jars could see different uses in the future, I decided not to use any kind of glue or adhesive to keep the yarn in place. I chose some yarn leftover from a previous project, but you could use any kind of yarn, twine or even ribbon.

Here's what you need:

On a serious note, if your jars have been sitting around for a while, give ‘em a quick run through the dishwasher before starting this project. First, tie the yarn around the jar, pulling it as tight as possible. Then, just wrap as much as you want. If you wrap more than one jar, the don't all have to look the same (unless you are going to symmetry). I chose to wrap each one of mine a little differently.


When you have wrapped as much as you want, cut off your yarn, leaving plenty of tail. Then tie the end, cutting off the excess.

And voila! You have created one (or several) pretty jars!

I placed tealight candles in my jars and lined them up on the table.


You can use these jars for just about anything. They would be great for decorative storage in the bathroom. They could hold your wooden spoons on the kitchen counter or be a fun gift for a friend. It would also be super easy to thread beads or a charm onto the yarn for a fun twist! Then, when you are ready for a change, just unwrap and start again! This project is a fun, quick and easy way to jazz up some plain jars and (possibly) use up some leftover supplies from previous projects!