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15 Cute Ways to Upcycle Glass Bottles, Jars, and Cups

Everyone knows that recycling your glass bottles, jars, and cups is a good idea, but how many people think about upcycling the occasional glass container instead? You don’t necessarily need to wash the bottle and stash it away from crafting every time you enjoy a beer in your favourite arm chair, but bigger bottles with interesting colours and shapes or jars of a size that you think will be useful are often great DIY opportunities.

Check out these 15 awesome ways to upcycle glass containers of all kinds!

1. Wine bottle pendant lamps

Win bottle pendant lamps

I Love to Create walks you through the process of cleaning, decorating, and wiring an empty win bottle in order to transform it into a practical hanging pendant lamp!

2. Chevron painted pencil holders

Chevron painted pencil holders

It’s amazing how some all-surface paint and a simple pattern can transform a boring old drinking glass into a bright, useful container. The Suburban Mom mom shows you how to create the pattern straight and neatly, without smudging or crooked free drawn lines.

3. Painted mason jar brush holder

Painted mason jar brush holder

Painting a mason jar might not sound like a labour intensive DIY project, but Everday Trish still reminds you how useful they can be to upcycle! For example, mason jars are the perfect height for storing makeup brushes easily and accessibly.

4. Decorative drink bottles

Decorative drink bottles

Have you ever seen small Starbucks drinks for sale in convenience store fridges? Those little glass bottles are the perfect size for making little decor pieces. The Casual Craftlete shows you how to make them in a number of different styles and looks.

5. Chalkboard message glass jars

Chalkboard message glass jars

Painting a strip or shaped area of chalkboard paint on the front of a glass jar lets you label the jar according to what you put inside. This is a great way to sort craft supplies by size and colour, for example. Check out how it’s done on Ice Pandora.

6. Beer bottle candle holders

Beer bottle candle holders

It takes patience, care, and a few special tools to cleanly and safely cut the top of a glass bottle off, but if you can manage that carefully, then you can also create these awesomely kitschy candle holders designed by Nur Noch!

7. Drinking glass planters

Glass planters with lace

Sometimes a simple little plan just needs a simple little planter to call its home. A small drinking glass decorated with lace, like this one by Mountain Modern Life, looks beautiful as a succulent planter. It gives the plant a much more delicate appearance than, say, a dark terracotta pot.

8. Firefly mason jar lights

Firefly mason jar lights

Putting string lights into a mason jar might be one of the easiest DIY projects in the books, but Mad in Crafts still shows you the value in making it, just so no one forgets about this pretty lighting technique.

9. Wine bottle marble art

Wine bottle marble art

Have you ever seen those beautiful shiny marbles at the dollar store or crafting stores that have one flat side and one rounded? Fresno Beehive suggest those as the perfect method of decorating a glass bottle for our side table or kitchen. Just make sure you use quality glue!

10. Scalloped storage jars

Scalloped storage jars

Painting glass is fun, easy to do, and it looks totally chic when you’re finished. Sarah Hearts shoes you how to create this pretty, evenly space scalloped pattern on the surface of your jar.

11. Glass jar map lantern

Glass jar map lantern

DIY Candy shows you how to create an upcycled lighting option that will also display your passion for travel to people visiting your home. The finished lanterns look slightly rustic in nature, giving your space a little extra character.

12. Sea glass bowl

Sea glass bowl

Debi’s Design Diary‘s tutorial is a little bit different from the others in the list! Instead of using glass bottles that you’ve saved to make this project, you’ll use broken pieces of glass that have been smoothed out by the tide and washed up within your reach on the beach! The final effect is gorgeous and absolutely worth digging around in the sand for the right pieces.

13. Canning jar and chicken wire lanterns

Canning jar and chicken wire lanterns

Are you throwing a rustic wedding celebration complete with cowgirl boots under the dress and dinner in a cleared out barn? These mason jar and chicken wire candles by Sparkle Living Blog will help you establish a stylishly rustic setting that comes off totally chic rather than too casual.

14. Ombre Glitter Glass Magnet

Ombre glitter glass magnet

This project is a littler different, but it’s still made from glass and it’s so pretty we couldn’t pass it up. Follow Morena’s Corner to create this absolutely beautiful glitter glass magnet out of simple glass crafting marbles and glitter! If you don’t need any more magnets, try making your cracked glitter marbles into awesome push pins instead.

15. Wine bottle hummingbird feeder

Wine bottle hummingbird feeder

My So Called Crafty Life walks you through the steps of making your very own hummingbird feeder, which is totally worth it once you start seeing their fast, beautiful wings hovering all around your garden!

Can you think of other upcycled glass projects that didn’t make our list? Tell us about them in the comments section!