glass jar upgrade and upcycle

Hey, hey … happy hump day.

I have a fun, easy little jar upcycle for you today.  I know, I know…It’s a Cinch was SOOO last week, but easy peasy, lemon breezy projects are addicting.

The satisfaction of a completed project is so satisfying.

This is coming from a girl who has been working on a door turned something-or-other project for what…like 2 years months?!?!  It’s coming along, really it is kind of.

But my filing-cabinet-files-organization-project-turned-filing-cabinet-upgrade project has turned into a mini office organization project.  And I just so happened to have been washing out and holding onto empty glass jars without any real plan for use.

Until I thought they’d make great little office item organizers.  I just didn’t like the look of the lid threading around the top, so I wrapped and hot glued some jute.

Then I taped around each jar and used a glue stick to adhere some beach sand for additional texture.
And then, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I added a few small shells and pieces of sea glass.
I stopped that after two jars because my little supply corner was getting a bit busy for my taste.  I like the touches of color, but do love me a good monochromatic look. Especially one made with natural elements – jute and sand.

So now I have pens, pencils, binder clips, tacks, paper clips, and rubber bands in a variety of jars on my work space and newly updated file cabinet … which I am also now using as a magnet board.  Bonus!
So happy I’ve taken this baby out of the corner.  She has definitely gotten me moving on a my work space/office upgrade.

This is the first time in the over 2 years we’ve been in this house that I’m creating spaces that are bit of a reflection of me.  Jaime might even call them “Karah projects”.  They make me happy.  🙂

To see another great jar upcycle idea you need to see what Natalie did.  And, if you’ve repurposed any glass jars, I’d love if you share them here.

One more pic for fun …

Enjoy your space today!

Leave a comment


  1. Very cute project and a great way to re-purpose jars. This would be a fun project to do with kids too.

  2. This is really cute and a smart way to re-purpose jars. Great job.

  3. Those jars look so snazzy now! That was a cute idea to dress them up like that.

  4. That is the perfect Karah idea!! Now I just need to get my hands on some beach sand!!

    • creativeinchi

       /  April 4, 2012

      Kelly, I bought a big bag back from Florida the last time I was down there…got stopped going through security and had to have it tested for drugs!

  5. Anything with tropical sand, sea glass and jute makes my little heart go pitter patter! Really love these. And am so jealous of the whole tropical sand.

    And it seems, so far, the comments thread is working for me.

    It could be an internet browser issue … I have and use both MS and Firefox and sometimes one or the other restrict access …

  6. creativeinchi

     /  April 4, 2012

    Excellent…more sea glass! You know how I love it!

  7. Hi Karah– VERY COOL. I think my 9-year old son would be into this!

  8. I wish wish wish we could get Sea glass here. Love your jars – Im doing a few more… And thank you so much for the lovely shout out hugs xx Nat

  9. You are just so gosh darn creative! I’ve never seen anything like these, and they’re really cool!

  10. Karah, I LOVE these jars. They are simply elegant!

  11. karah,

    I laughed out loud when I read your comment on my blog. I should have added “lipstick wearing.” Why didn’t I think of that. And why didn’t I think of making these Caribbean organizers! I love the top with all that texture.

    Have a blessed and wonderful day.

    🙂 me

  12. Karah…what a fun project!…I love them!…I am always trying to get simple projects for my little granddaughter…this one she can definitely do!!…

    Happy Easter to you and your wonderful family!

  13. These are fun-would be a good Father’s Day craft for kids. Thanks for linking up!

  14. I’ve seen a lot of versions for repurposed glass jars and the one thing that had me not fully enthusiastic about the results was the glass jar threading … bothered me for some reason. Now with that jute you wrapped around those threads the original function is hidden; great idea.

  15. Hi! I saw your link on Made in a Day. What a cute idea! I love figuring out how to upcycle things.

  16. Very crafty! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Tammy

  17. this is so awesome and so you!!!!! LOVE it and there are just so many possibilities! you really rock at original and fabulous projects! this is one that i am going to try! : ) thanks for sharing my friend and thanks for the kind words — what you said about the header was EXACTLY what i was going for : ) so THANK YOU sooooo much! sending holiday hugs! much love! ENJOY and tons of hugs for the pups!

  18. your jars are very neat. my son would love this with his rocks. stopping by from tater tots, come say hi sometime.

  19. Karah, they turned out lovely!

  20. wishing you and yours (and the pups of course) a very wonderful Easter! tons of hugs!

  21. Hi! Finally getting around to dropping in on the co-hosts from Ginger’s party 🙂 I love the look of the sand on there…how creative!

  22. kellyatvatw

     /  April 8, 2012

    I love your little “Karah project,” it is so cute! 🙂 Any project that includes a glue stick gets a thumbs-up from me!

  23. Your jars came out great! Very beachy & colourful & fun 🙂 It’s fun to create a space for yourself with handmade items and things that you love 🙂


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