Creative Ways to Reuse Bottles, Jars and Cans

Creative Ways to Reuse Bottles Jars Cans

We have all heard the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. When it comes to priorities of which of the three is best for the environment AND best for our wallet, the order of the phrase is correct. Reducing is the #1 option, reusing comes second, and as a last choice we should recycle items. While recycling is AWESOME, it does take energy and resources to recycle the items – which makes reusing a better option.

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With that said, I love to find creative ways to reuse bottles, jars and cans – things that would otherwise wind up in the recycling bin. Some of the most useful things are cans, jars and bottles. While classic Mason jars are the easiest to reuse, other jars you bring home from the grocery store can be put to good use after you have used up their original contents. One of my favorite ways to use them is for packaging homemade beauty/personal products like sugar scrubs. (Check out my recipes for lemon sugar scrub or coffee sugar scrub.)

Recycled Jar Crafts

That is just ONE way to reuse jars. There thousands more!! To get you started, here are a few great ideas.

Creative Ways to Reuse Bottles, Jars and Cans

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases – DIY Inspired
No More Bored Jar – The Realistic Mama
Disney’s Frozen Craft: Chill Out Bottle – LalyMom
Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece – DIY Inspired
Garden in a Jar – See Vanessa Craft
Fireworks in a Jar – I Can Teach My Child!
Gifts Kids Can Make: Jar Lid Picture Frames – Red Ted Art’s Blog
Wood Grain Mason Jar Candle – See Vanessa Craft
Starry Night Light from Recycled Jars – Powerful Mothering
DIY Mason Jar Craft – Katie’s Crochet Goodies
Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder – Fireflies and Mud Pies

More Recycled Jar Crafts


What creative ways do YOU reuse Bottles, Jars and Cans?

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. The most creative thing I’ve seen jars reused for is to organize small hardware like nuts and bolts. The person created a way to hang the jars by the necks and you could easily sort and find the items.

  2. I love your ideas on how to use and re-use jars and cans. I like to help out the environment in a decorative way.

  3. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I love the toothbrush holder! This would be a great way to hold makeup brushes, too…or desktop items like pens.

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