Friday, January 5, 2018

Repurposed glass jars for something special

Do you ever see something in a store or at the mall that provides inspiration for your own interpretation of an item or set of items?

Over the holidays, my daughters and I spent a couple of mornings at our local mall, where I was struck with the appeal of some filled jars on a ledge of a kiosk. I won't give away what was in those jars just yet. Anyway, I thought "gee, I need to get me some of them neato jars." My two daughters were with me that morning and agreed that my idea would be awesome. Once home I found that I had 6 of these square Lemon Curd jars, which looked to be perfect for my little project.


The obstacle (as always with repurposed jars) is the labels, front and back and very well-adhered to the glass. However, these jars are square, which means the labeled sides would rest flatly in a shallow dish of rubbing alcohol. Just before heading out to run errands I placed 4 of the jars in a glass dish with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. When I came home I used a metal scraper to remove the bulk of the label on the underside, and then flipped the jars over. After removing the paper part of the labels I continued to soak the jars for a little longer, until I could use a cloth to rub off any sticky residue. I ran the jars through the dishwasher and I now have 6 wonderful square jars for filling.


Come back on Monday to see what these are now filled with.

The rubbing alcohol is reusable. I put what was still in the dish into a glass jar to use another time.

16 comments:

  1. Are you trying to keep us up at night wondering what you're putting in those jars? :)

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  2. Hmmm, very intriguing Lili. Can't wait to see how you use these jars.

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  3. Those jars are adorable! Can’t wait to see what is in them.

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  4. Thanks for the tip...I have struggled with trying to get labels off....and wouldn't have thought to reuse the alcohol. Now to see how you fill yours��!

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  5. Those jars are beautiful... can't wait to see what you do!

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  6. SO cute, I can't wait to see what is in them either. :)

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  7. Love those jars! Just wondering....I've never bought lemon curd. Where did you purchase it and what do you use it for?

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    1. Hi Ruthie,
      The lemon curd came from Trader Joe's. The luncheons/teas that I volunteer for on a monthly basis serve lemon curd with scones. I scavenge the empty jars out of the recycle bin each month. I don't know how expensive the TJ lemon curd is, but you can make it from scratch for very little. On the jars, Trader Joes has quite a few nicely packaged items, like jams and spreads. I've also snagged a couple of larger squarish jars from the recycle bin that have had some sort of spread in them. I hate to see nice glass jars just get crushed to be remade into other jars. I'd rather reuse the original jars.

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  9. I have a fondness for jars and have to force myself to limit how many I will save to re-purpose. They are great for storing nuts, seeds, bulk popcorn kernels, etc. Can't wait to see what you filled those nice square jars with!
    Mary

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  10. I gave a little glass jar to my daughter a few months ago. She covered it with washi tape and uses it to hold odds and ends. There are so many things you can do with them!

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    1. I remember you mentioning that, Kris. Now I need to find out what washi tape is!

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  11. My husband is not too happy with me these days because I love all kinds of jars! I use them to store everything and he just doesn't understand why I need them all! At Christmas we had a couple of potlucks and I brought salad with home made dressing. I used a very pretty jar (the kind that Aldi sells their flavored peaches in) for my dressing and it was beautiful! I put sugar cubes in tall jelly jars from Aldi, leftover pasta when I use 1/2 a box, spices, flour and so much more. Yes, labels are the most difficult thing to remove but no necessary to have a beautiful jar!

    Alice

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    1. Alice, I have a cupboard filled to bursting with glass jars. I save all of them, too. I've found that they make great containers for gifts, as well, even gifts that wouldn't normally be stored in a jar, using some shredded, colorful paper to cushion an item.

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  12. Glad to hear I'm not the only one saving our jars and buying used jars at thrift stores. Especially if I have lots of the same style, I keep it automatically, pill containers, boxes, produce plastic bins. I love turning trash into art. Got my granddaughter hooked making junk journals, so I save for the both of us.

    Have a great day, can't wait for the reveal tomorrow!!

    YHF

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  13. My project turned out fun! I'll show you in the morning. It's nothing super monumental, just a fun thing for my family this winter.

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