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Most people have a variety of glass items in their pantry and/or re cycling bin. Depending on size and shape they can be used for drinking glasses, food storage containers, vases, pen holders, and any number of other projects. I collect glass bottles and jars and use them as containers for various gifts (Irish cream, salad dressing, hot cocoa mix etc.).
Below are a variety of projects you can try, but first things first:
Removing the label. At the moment, my approach is to clean the jar or bottle first. Sometimes that process takes the label off. Fill it with water, place in the microwave for a couple of minutes on high and let the water come to a boil. The label will just peel off. It’s going to be hot so be careful. If there is any glue residue, baking powder and steel wool or a scrubber takes it off. Since I primarily use my glass items for food and drink, I then put them in the dishwasher to sanitize them.
Some bottles, particularly ones that may be kept in a cooler for long stretches of time (e.g. beer) have a thin plastic layer for a label. I’ve had good success with hot tap water and just peeling them off. They can leave a sticky residue, which can be removed with dish washing detergent. There are lots of “goo” removers, so there is a bit of trial and error factor with this.
If you are using a jar/bottle that: wont fit in your microwave; you want to save the label (such as a wine label); or it did not contain food (e.g. candle jar) check out the following videos:
• How to Remove Wine Labels: This is when you want the bottle and don’t care about the label.
Now that you have a clean jar or bottle, consider the following:
Painting jar lids: Use spray paint, which adheres to metal (e.g. enamel). Be sure to use light coatings to avoid streaking and clumps. Add floral or other types of decal for a different look. To protect your decal, use a clear gloss spray to finish.
Decorative jar lids: Gluing something to the lid, such as a small plastic toy animal, and then spray it all one color. With Easter not that far off, a jar of jellybeans with a bunny sitting on top would make a fun hostess gift.
Outdoor Lighting: Fill the bottom of a large glass jar with sand or rice. Insert candle and light.
Match Holder: Fill a jar with wooden matches. Use one of the following options for the “striker” part. Glue a piece of sandpaper to the bottom. If using a Mason jar, use sandpaper for the lid. Put a good size dollop of etching cream on the bottom of the jar, wait about 30 minutes (much longer than the instructed time for the cream to sit), rinse off the excess cream. This should create a sufficiently rough surface to act as a striking surface.
Create a Glass Indoor Herb Garden: Don’t limit yourself to just Mason jars. Some of the larger peanut butter jars will work very well for this project
Wine Bottle Cutting 30 Seconds Perfect Edge Bottle Cutter: Re purposing wine and beer bottles as drinking glasses isn’t easy. However, if you want to try it, this is the best video I’ve found on cutting glass bottles.