What can you do with empty glass jars?

Glass jars (with lids) can be used for a variety of purposes, including:



  • to preserve food (tomatoes; peaches; etc.)
  • to sort items (nails; screws; buttons; etc.)
  • to fill with colored sand to create an enclosed "picture"
  • to catch lightning bugs
  • to fill with water, a bar of soap, and washcloth to use on a camping trip
  • to recycle
  • to throw safely against a garage wall when angry (wear safety goggles)
  • to use for a urine sample taken at home when a doctor requests it (use a very clean jar)
  • to put candies inside; add a bow & make it a gift
  • to handpaint to make original gifts




Glass jars without lids can be used to:
  • catch rainwater when camping and you have no other water
  • put cooking utensils in and keep on a counter
  • collect pennies, nickels, dimes in their own jars
  • make a swear-jar --- if you use a swear word, put a dollar bill in a jar
  • place over a bug in the house until you can get cardboard to scoop the bug up and then dump the bug outside
  • hold a candle
  • use as a flower vase
Glass jars (with lids) can be used for a variety of purposes, including:



  • to preserve food (tomatoes; peaches; etc.)
  • to sort items (nails; screws; buttons; etc.)
  • to fill with colored sand to create an enclosed "picture"
  • to catch lightning bugs
  • to fill with water, a bar of soap, and washcloth to use on a camping trip
  • to recycle
  • to throw safely against a garage wall when angry (wear safety goggles)
  • to use for a urine sample taken at home when a doctor requests it (use a very clean jar)
  • to put candies inside; add a bow & make it a gift
  • to handpaint to make original gifts




Glass jars without lids can be used to:
  • catch rainwater when camping and you have no other water
  • put cooking utensils in and keep on a counter
  • collect pennies, nickels, dimes in their own jars
  • make a swear-jar --- if you use a swear word, put a dollar bill in a jar
  • place over a bug in the house until you can get cardboard to scoop the bug up and then dump the bug outside
  • hold a candle
  • use as a flower vase