How To Upcycle An Old Jar or Bottle

March 27, 2021

Disclosure
Upcycle an old jar or bottle with this easy and inexpensive design trick.

Then pepper them around your table to add a festive touch to your Easter celebration. It's a quick DIY that can be customized for any occasion and a great way to feature your old glass.


Hello friends! Today I'm excited to share a colorful spring DIY and a few projects from my friends as we hop our way into spring. 

In my neck of the woods, Mother Nature has been quite kind lately.

While the threat of snow doesn't completely disappear until late April, the birds have been chirping, the air has been warmer and the forsythias have bloomed.

That's always a good sign.

And with Easter on the horizon, this week felt like the perfect time to whip up something light, and a bit pastel, for the holiday. 

So we start today with a fun way to upcycle an old jar. 

You may remember this little glass milk jar from earlier in the month, when I used peanut butter to remove the old label.

Clean Glass Jar

You see, I knew then exactly what I was going to do with these charming tiny bottles once they were all clean. Way back in 2018, I gave them a similar makeover for Thanksgiving.

I adored that crafty project and have always wanted to replicate it, but never got around to it. 

It was a super simple idea, inexpensive and quick.

In a nutshell, I'd purchased some round Avery labels, created a design, filled the jars up with holiday appropriate candy and dressed them for the table.

These are the Avery Round labels.
These are similar mini milk bottles.

Jelly Beans In A Jar

You can peek at that old post for the full instructions, but basically, I chose a few stock designs on PicMonkey, arranged them in a way that made me smile and then printed the design out onto the labels according to the directions on the package.

The labels have a link to a website that allows you to drop your design into a printing template so everything is lined up perfectly and printing is foolproof. 

Took me about 10 minutes to make these sweet Bunny Brunch labels. No joke. And the majority of the time was spent choosing elements for the composition. 

Bunny Brunch Sticker

When I was done, my old bottles had been transformed into darling, color filled confections for my Easter Brunch table setting.

However, I was so smitten with my new creation, that I couldn't just stop at upcycling those little milk bottles.

I also decided to make a printable and frame it for my table. 

It was another simple task. This time, I just printed out my design, full size, and popped it into a round frame I had on hand.

Framed Easter Print

But I still couldn't stop.

It's been kind of a long winter around here, so something about all that pink and green really fed my spring starved soul.

So I grabbed another old jar, a white ceramic mason jar to be more specific, and placed a round label on it as well.

Quickest upcycle in history.

I grabbed my jars at Michael's years ago, but you can give any old glass jar the same look with this crafty DIY trick.

I turned a bland and boring old jar into a bright and cheerful vase for our upcoming brunch.

White Ceramic Mason Jar

Coupled with a few pink plates from another brunch, my mother's gold flatware and several raspberry hued roses, I had the makings of a fabulous Easter table.
Bunny Brunch Table Setting
Of course, as I said when I first tried this craft, years ago, the idea can be used for any occasion.

The stickers are a breeze to design and use and can be customized to make tiny favors for birthdays, bridal or baby showers, christenings, graduations, Mother's Day celebrations and of course, any holiday you celebrate.

Winter, spring, summer, fall...the options are endless.

Best of all, you can use any old jar or bottles you have on hand.

The mini glass milk bottles I have were leftover party favors. They all happen to match, but yours don't have to. 

Imagine a table with a collection of vintage glassware, different shapes and sizes, perhaps even different colors. The stickers are easily removable, so there's no worry about damage to the bottles. 

And you don't even have to use PicMonkey to create your graphic, any design program will work fine. You can also find free printables online and if you like my design for Easter, you can grab it here.

I'm happy to share.

My printables, my crafty DIY ideas...

Just not my jelly beans.

Ok, maybe a few.

But I get all the pink ones. 

What's your favorite color jelly bean?

Upcycled Jars For Easter

Now it's time to hop with the Do It Over Designers!!

Do It Over Designers

There's a lot of fabulous DIYs to see, so make sure you check them all out. I'll be visiting too, and snacking on my jelly beans! Happy Spring!


The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

Purple Hues & Me

Unique Creations by Anita
  1. Those jars are wonderful and so colourful! They definitely chase the winter doldrums away. Such a great idea to add the matching frame too.

    My favourite colour is green. I've never been a fan of pink to wear, but it looks incredible on your Easter tablescape! I've never used PicMonkey before; I think I'll have to check it out! Happy Easter Kim!

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    1. Thanks Sara! Yeah, I've had enough of winter, for sure. I love green, that's my favorite color. I wear a lot of it, although lately I have been adding some pink to my wardrobe. That's a big change...and I love the color combo on the table! Happy Easter!

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  2. Wow, Kim! Your jars are adorable! I think we were thinking along the same lines about sprucing up old jars we have for this 'Do Over' challenge! We also like some of the same things - like the label design you chose. I used that same one on a waterslide transfer project I did earlier. Sounds kinda eerie doesn't it? Lol!

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    1. That is eerie, Gail! Great minds! I’ll have to go to your blog and find it. I love using PicMonkey it was so easy to create the labels. Just grab the elements and go.
      Enjoy the weekend!

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  3. You are truly the Queen of crafting!

    I hope Spring arrives full time for you very soon.

    Lisa

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!! What a sweet thing to say! 💕

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  4. Love these Kim, so pretty. Love the Bunny Brunch name too.

    Gorgeous day today!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Bunny Brunch was one of the preset designs. I just picked it, a bunny and a wreath and arranged them. Super simple.

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  5. Hi Kim, Sharing at the Weekend Edit on Everyday Edits in the weeks ahead!
    Most likely next week ;0) Love it!

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  6. Thanks Cindy! Bunny Brunch was one of the preset designs. I just picked it, a bunny and a wreath and arranged them. Super simple.

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  7. Oh my goodness, how sweet are those!!

    Tania

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  8. My favorite color jelly bean is red. After that pink. Boy, you got going and couldn't stop on those bottles. But they're all very cute and now you have lots of spring/Easter decor. Whereas I have none!
    Brenda

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    1. Haha! I really couldn’t stop! I guess I was hypnotized by all that fresh color with all the grey outside my window. Although, true confessions? Everyone already ate the jelly beans. Going to need more for the actual day! 😉

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  9. Hi Kim,
    The jars are adorable and I love the idea of the jelly beans to make the colors pop. Love the bunny brunch labels too. Just so cute for Easter. Happy Weekend. xoxo

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    1. Hi Kris!! Thanks so much. I have a jelly bean weakness…can you tell? And those stickers are so easy to use. I couldn’t resist. Hope you have a fabulous week!! xo

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  10. What a wonderful way to update those jars for Spring and Easter, Kim! I love all jellybeans - except the black ones...they taste like licorice - bleh! I'll set aside the pink ones for you.....

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    1. Thanks Ann! And thanks for saving me the pink ones. ☺️ I actually like them all except those nasty ones from Jelly Belly…Buttered Popcorn? Not a fan!

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  11. I'm a big fan of these bottles too, Kim! Love your cute labels--it really elevates them for a special occasion! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift

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    1. Thank you, Cecelia! I was craving some spring color and those stickers were the perfect way to get there. The jelly beans helped a little, too! 😉 Have a great week!!

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  12. Hi Kim,
    I just visited a new thrift store in our village, The Farmer's Wife. I found some unique glass ware. And you posted this.. how perfect.
    Thank you, love the ideas.
    Carla

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    1. That’s so funny, Carla!! I hope you can use the idea one day. And like I said, the best part is that the stickers won’t damage the glass. Thanks for the kind words and joy the week!!

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  13. I like your pretty jars, the frame, and the pretty labels. You did a great job and your table will look beautiful for Easter!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Of course, I'll have to buy more jelly beans, since we already ate the ones in the jars! Ha!! Happy Easter!

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  14. Kim, another home run. Love your table setting with the pink china and the gold flatware. It looks so festive and would be a joy to sit down to. This is really a cute idea and you do those cute ideas so well!..Stay well..xxoJudy

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    1. Thanks Judy!! I love those pink plates, too. You know me, I have a dish addiction...I know you have one, too!! Have a great week!! xo

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  15. This is too cute! I love old bottles and this is such a fun way to spruce them up.
    I use the Avery website to make cute gift tags at Christmas, this is a similar idea and I'll be trying it. Thank you!

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    1. Gift tags...interesting! I just peeked at your site to read the post. So that's very cool. You use the templates and post on card stock? I love that idea and I'm going to try to remember it for the holidays. Thanks!!

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  16. I love your jellybean bottle...and I LOVE JELLYBEANS!!! My favorite is BLACK:) Then RED, then WHITE, then PINK, then PURPLE...do not like the yellow, orange, or green. Bought myself a bag the other day and ate all but those colors:) Wish I had some more right now!!! I adore your Bunny Brunch...adorable. I do have a thing for bunnies!!! HAPPY EASTER!

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    1. I have a thing for bunnies, too, Cheri...and jelly beans! I like all the colors except the Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn one. Jelly beans are yummy and so is popcorn, but together, no? Happy Easter!!

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  17. Your jar are really adorable. What a great way to add some colour to your Easter decoration. I love the idea of a bunny brunch, hope you have a happy Easter.

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    1. Thanks Anita! All those colors (and jelly beans) really make for a fun holiday table!

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  18. Kim,
    I love this idea!! So cute!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Glad that you enjoyed the post on my Kitchen...I do love that wall paper border!! Bought it on Ebay....Stay safe, healthy and happy!!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I like the colors on this one a lot. Spring!! Enjoy the weekend!

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  19. Such a lovely way to dress up a bottle for Easter or just because. Heck, I would totally do something like this for our kitchen or bathroom and just eat all those jelly babies ;-)

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    1. The jelly beans are a definite incentive, Michelle and I agree, they look great in any room!

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  20. The bunny label is so sweet, Kim. I love it. Your brunch table will look fabulous! Hugs.

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  21. Your stickers and design are so precious! I don't blame you for making so many version of it. Enjoy the holiday this weekend.

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