decorating tip: reuse glass jars and bottles as vases


Here’s an easy decorating tip from Better Homes and Garden magazine and stylist Donna Telley.


Cheer up dull spaces by adding fern fronts and single flower stems in assorted glass jars. Flea markets, thrift stores are good sources to score inexpensive jars and bottles. A more budget friendly source – your kitchen pantry. Recycle  daily use glass bottles and jars. Mix oil bottles with pasta sauce jars and clean wine bottles and milk bottles to create an assortment. A selection of varying shapes and sizes creates an attractive cluster.

I remove labels by immersing the jar/bottle in a pot of boiling water and soap. Scrub label and sticky residue away using a dish brush. For more stubborn spots BHG recommends using an adhesive remover, which can be found at your local hardware store. Let them air dry. 

Fill jars/ bottles with warm water and place flower stems and foliage. Viola!

images, MDH, BHG and Matthew Benson


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  2. These are great ideas on how to use house items when you DON’T have adhesive remover handy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You can use WD40 for adhesive remover. Works great to get the stickers off any glass.

  4. Using adhesive remover to remove adhesive?? Why, that’s ingenious! Who would’ve ever thought…?!


    *eye roll*

  5. Use lemon essential oil, rub it on any sticky residue and it will take it right off.

  6. great tip…but I can’t see the pictures, but the top one 🙁

  7. I use a mixture out of vegetable oil and baking soda to remove stickers and label. So far I have tried it on glass and even wooden surfaces and it work great.

  8. try vinegar and water…it takes sticky labels off and is EASY!

  9. Also with a simple glass cutter you can make regular jars like pickle jars etc look like straight chic vases by using masking tape and taping a straight line at the area you want to cut off and you wont have the screw on top band and it wont look like a jar, can do with various sizes wine bottles etc and make a great candle scape too!

  10. To remove the sticky residue, you can just use baby oil. Or oil of any kind really. It’s much easier than scrubbing it off.

  11. use mayonaise i know it sounds wrong… but smear mayonaise on the label leave it a while and itll all just scrap off with a nail or something of the likes… great tip!

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  14. Great tips! But please know that the word is spelled “voila,” not “viola.” 🙂

  15. What a resourceful idea, glass bottles are definitely reusable and can serve many different purposes. I really liked the look of the vases in the last picture.

  16. great tip. simplicity combined with functionality. i think A:T had another great use of glass jars and bottle – as picture holders!

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