Five Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Empty Peanut Butter Jars

Happy Earth Day, Peanut Butter Lovers! Did you know that what looks like just an empty PB jar is actually full of endless opportunities for fun DIY projects that truly define the word "upcycle"? Completely transform your plastic peanut butter jars into stunning works of art with one of these creative craft ideas!

 

 Empty Peanut Butter Jar Repurposed into a Planter

Cover a clean, empty jar with a few coats of water resistant matte paint and allow to fully dry. Wrap rope or yarn to the center of the jar, affixed with craft glue. Adorn with lace, ribbon, or crocheted fabric. Fill the bottom of the jar with a layer of lava rocks or river stones and add some potting soil. Gently place the roots of a small plant in the jar and top loosely with more soil.

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Miniature Sloth Terrarium

Turn your empty jar into a desktop habitat for a miniature version of your favorite animal. Attach small craft tiles, beads, or glitter to the outside rim of a clean jar lid with craft glue. Affix faux leaves, moss, or grass to the inside of the empty jar lid. Build up the scene by adding larger accessories and finish off with your tiny creature figurine.

 

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Sewing Kit

With a little bit of effort and a few items you likely have taking up space in your junk drawer, you can turn an empty PB jar into a stylish sewing kit!

Cut a 6x6 inch circle of fabric. With a needle and thread, make a loose running stitch around the inside edge of the fabric. Gently pull the thread up to gather the fabric into a shape that resembles a mini shower cap.

Generously stuff the fabric with some loose cotton filling or a few cotton balls. Place the flat center part of a 2-inch mason jar lid inside the fabric pouch and pull the thread closed around it. Add some craft glue to the edges of the fabric to secure in place.

Using craft glue, affix a 2-inch circle of felt on top of the fabric pouch. Push the completed cushion into the mason jar ring until it is snug in place. Fill your empty peanut butter jar with spools of thread, needles, scissors, and other supplies. 

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Repurposed Into a Pencil Holder Filled with Colored Pencils

Create a cute pencil holder with a viewing window by stenciling a circle, heart, or other fun shape onto the surface of a clean, empty PB jar with a marker. Cover the entire jar in one or two coats of water-resistant matte paint.

Adorn the clear window by outlining with garland, glitter, rope, or yarn attached with craft glue. Finish by attaching a piece of ribbon around the opening of the jar and fill with craft supplies like colored pencils or markers.

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Time Capsule
Create a time capsule or trinket jar by attaching stickers, washi tape, or craft paper to the outside rim of a clean jar lid. Fill with anything that fits inside: tiny toys, sentimental tchotchkes, jewelry, and special notes. Store away and pick a date in the future to open for a trip down memory lane!

 

COMMENTS (1)

Kat_

Great ideas!
Other ideas (I’ve done):
1. terrarium
2. Snack jars
(So far I’ve just used for cereal, but could easily be used for other things too, like crackers, cookies, trail mix, etc!) Great to have on hand when the power goes out (or need a late night snack!). Just grab the jar of cereal, jar of pb, and a spoon and I’m good to go! :)

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