How To Decorate and Reuse Glass Jars

Decorative Glass Jars

I was visiting at my aunt’s house and saw a counter full of used glass jars. They were shaped perfectly and immediately my mind went to how I could possibly reuse them. My first thought was to make a decorative jar filled with flowers. My second thought was that I would paint the flowers with glow in the dark paint. Okay. I gave up the second idea even though I bought the spray-on paint from Walmart. So, I went to Dollar Tree and purchased the items that I didn’t have for the project. Then, came home and started working.

Items for Glass Jar Project

These are some of the items needed for decorating glass jars.

  • glass jars
  • wire cutters
  • artificial flowers (small enough to fit into jar)
  • floral foam
  • LED Tough Light (you may be lucky enough to have one already)
  • reindeer moss (or whatever material you will use to hide the foam in jar)
  • hot glue gun or tape

That little bird in the picture didn’t make this project.   Maybe it can be used in another project.


Before you begin, cover the counter top. You may want to use gloves, also. The moss may cause itching to the skin. (You can use some other type of material besides the moss) Wash your jars ahead of time. I soaked the jars in soapy water for hours. The labels came off easily from the jars.

114116Artifical Flowers 3

Cut the foam to the size that you will need.  Using the wire cutters, cut flowers to desired height.  Get the flowers to the thickness that you would like.


Squeeze into the jar. I put the moss around the bottom of the flowers to hide the foam.

Artificial Flowers 5

Use a knife or some type of object to press the moss down neatly around the flowers.

Cute Glass Jar

This is the how the project looks at this point.

Reuse Glass Jars

To add another touch, I glued some leaves and flowers to the jar lid. Now, that gave it a pretty touch. It looked kind of incomplete without the leaves and flowers on top of lid. The jars look nice….but something is missing.

LED Touch Light

I thought it would look really cute if I could have some light inside the jar. It would definitely enhance the appearance of the flowers.  Plus, it would show up nicely at night when sitting on the counter. So, I found one of those LED touch lights that are sometimes used under cabinets or in closets for extra lighting.  I taped it inside the jar’s lid.  It didn’t fit as neatly as I wanted but it made the flowers look fantastic during the evenings/nights. (Just look at the pic at the top of this post. They look so nice at night.)  I only put one light inside one of the jars.  That way, I would be able to show the difference between a lit jar and one that’s not.  I definitely like the one with the light.  It looks lovely sitting in my mother’s kitchen.  So gorgeous! I’m sure that you can come up with many uses for these decorative jars.  Perhaps, they could be used as table decor during a special event, dinner, gathering, etc.

Have you made a DIY project with glass or mason jars? How did it turn out?

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  1. Love this!
    Wanda Mcphee recently posted…Angels Surround Us – Guest PostMy Profile

  2. Those are really cute! I am thinking about stringing some beads on a wire to do something similar. I’ll have to see how it looks. I love the way the lights worked for you. Did you hot glue them to the inside of the lid?
    Rabia @TheLiebers recently posted…Jammy Jams: Once Upon a Rhyme (Review)My Profile

    • Hi Rabia! The light had a sticker on the back, so I didn’t have to glue it in. When you finish your project with the jars, I would love to see how they turned out.

  3. Adorable!!

  4. This gives me an idea…my mother saves everything and has a cupboard full of empty glass jars! Thanks for sharing at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer
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    • Hi Michelle! Those empty glasses will definitely come in handy. The would also make great storage containers…and you could decorate them for that too.

  5. What a great idea you came up with Sharon! They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday.
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  6. That is a very beautiful idea to add the LED light at the top of the Mason jar, and do the flowers. I liked that very much, and I pinned it. Gloria
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  7. They’re lovely. Thank you for sharing. What a fun idea.
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  8. Those are really beautiful! I love finding new uses for old glass jars 🙂
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  9. Such a pretty idea!
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  10. ooo and forgot to tell you I voted for you today at topmommy! 🙂

  11. O yes I love using jars to make things. Those look great girl!!! I am stoppingby from the SITs Girls Saturday Blogfest! I look forward to your visit soon at

  12. Great idea and very beautiful! Have a great weekend.
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  13. What a fun project! Did you find the floral foam at dollar tree also?
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  14. Outstanding!!! How Creative!!! Don’t think I could have done a better job myself. I’m impressed. Thanks for the demo…


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