New Uses for Old Canning Jars

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I have admired and collected vintage canning jars for years. To me they represent simpler times, living on a farm and good old fashioned home cooking. I have never canned anything in my life but can remember my Grandmother canning tomatoes in her kitchen. Perhaps someday I will tackle the task of canning something myself….preserves maybe! Anyway, I have accumulated many jars of different sizes and shapes over the years. I have them all over the house. I am partial to the old blue jars. Old canning jars can be used in a variety of ways that’ll give your decor a hint of nostalgia!
 This old blue jar has been filled with sand and a votive candle for a beachy feel.
They can also be filled with sea shells or beach glass.


Fill one with popcorn kernels and topped off with a candle for a Country Look. During the Holidays change out the popcorn for peppermint starlight candies or red hots.
Turn one into a candle!
They also look beautiful filled with flowers.
They can also be filled with old buttons, marbles, etc.
The possibilities are endless!!!
Start your own collection by hunting for them at yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops!
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12 Responses

  1. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    I love those blue jars too, they are great to decorate with.

  2. Dot

    I wouldn't trade my Old Jars for anything! I use mine to store dry foods like pasta. They are gorgeous sitting on the shelf!

  3. Linda@Coastal Charm

    I have a love for these COOL jars too…hop over and join me at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY!


  4. Diane

    I have lots of old canning jars and love using them. You have some great uses here that I will have to try.

    I found you via Met Monday. Drop by and see me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

  5. Pam

    I love my old blue canning jars. Right now I have old buttons in one and old thread in another. Those jars are hard to find in my neck of the woods. These were passed down to me from my mom. So they have sentimental value as well. Thanks for sharing!


    I love your blue jars, I have a clear one on my table with pink flowers in it, such an easy way to add instant charm!

  7. Debby

    Beautiful jars, beautiful post, thanks for sharing.

  8. Pamela

    Loving the blue jars! I actually have seen soap dispensers made from canning jars too.

  9. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    I prefer to say I have a jar obsession…just cuts right to the point! 😉 I do can — and love it — it is easy — try it sometime! Love your jars!!

  10. nannykim/spindlecottage

    Old canning jars are so pretty. I like the idea of the candle and sand!

  11. Anonymous

    I love old canning jars too..i have made lamps with mine..I filled them up with marbles, buttons, and even made one with nuts and bolts for my husband who is a mechanic. you can buy the lamp kits at Walmart for very cheap.

    thanks for sharing!

    Melissa from Naches, WA

  12. Beansieleigh

    I LOVE canning jars! I collect them, and use them in EVERY room, really!!.. in any colors I can get my hands on! ~tina

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