bottle & jar decor projects

Bottle & jar decor projects

Many different jars and bottles are used in home decor.  I am partial to the vintage styles of many different types, including apothecary bottles, demijohns, milk bottles, canning jars, seltzer dispensers and the list goes on.

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The marketplace is also flooded with many reproductions or contemporary versions as well.  Whether you prefer the vintage styles of the past or lean towards newer versions, there are many simple ways to upcycle everyday bottles and jars to create your own personal items.


Today I will share 5 different projects you can apply to items that would normally end up in your recycling bin.  I hope this inspires you to create something new and unique to your style.  Some of you might remember I recently shared my brown bottles with French labels I created a few years ago.
French label bottles 1French label brown bottles DIY
If you follow the link to the original post above it will give you the instructions on how to create these.  I love how these turned out and they are very versatile to use in many ways.  Here I used them on our mantel in the living room for an early Fall feel.
Woodland mantel7woodland autumn mantel
I also used these bottles in a romantic tablescape for Valentine’s Day last year as little vases at each place setting with a eucalyptus sprig.
Romantic tablescape for 4-2romantic tablescape for 4
Most recently I used them in my front foyer vignette.
Bookprint leaf garland 9bookprint leaf garland
If you want more details remember to click on the links to the original posts where you will find more photographs and detailed information.  If the process of creating your own upcycled bottles intimidates you, you might want to start with this quick and easier project.
Bottle twine2quick, up cycled decor
This is made from everyday beverages like sodas, beers, ice teas, lemonades, frapuccinos, etc.  After I distressed the bottles I then foraged my yard for some organic elements and viola!  The above vignette had a Fall feel to it and then I changed it up to a more Spring like vibe.
Quick upcycled decor update5quick, up cycled decor update
 There is a wide range of things you can do based on how you choose to display the bottles plus what items you use to accent them.  Super easy.  Super fun.  Super unique.
Another project, which is as much practical as it is pretty is this match stick apothecary jar.
Apothecary matchesmatchsticks apothecary knock-off
Matchsticks are a necessity as the days get longer and we start to nest in our homes more & more over the Holidays.  We use candles, votives, lanterns, fireplaces and more.  Why not have the utilitarian, much needed matches be pretty too.Apothecary matches5
The next project is probably the most complex of them all but it will add the most fun to your decor by far…..if you’re a Halloween decorator that is.  I created a batch of potion bottles for Halloween vignettes.
Potions11halloween potions, poisons, powders and more
You can do as much or as little as you want with these.  I also made quite a few, which you obviously do not have to.  These are super fun to use for Halloween vignettes every year.  I know everyone is not a Halloween decorator but if you like creepy Halloween this is for you.
Witchcraft1witchcraft 2015
One year I used the potion bottles in my centerpiece for a Halloween tablescape.  My gears are turning on a different, fun way I can use them this Halloween season.
Green & black halloween tablescape2green & black Halloween tablescape
The last project I will share with you is for Christmas.  I used Salt & Pepper shakers from the Dollar tree to create this craft but the thrift store is a great resource to pick up a S&P set shaker as well.
S&p shakers8christmas crafting
I created these snowy scenes with bottle brush trees in each jar and I’ve used them in so many different ways.  They are a great little accent for a decorated Christmas kitchen or you can use them as unique ornament on a tree.

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They also make a unique hostess gift for all the Holiday festivities with family and friends.  These are also the perfect accent for a Holiday placesetting and tablescape.

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Many of these projects use the same or similar techniques so once you have gone through the process once you can apply your own creative twist.  I hope this inspires you to create something of your own.
“Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
~ Mary Lou Cook~

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  1. I love crafts and DIYs with old jars and bottles. Your rustic jars and bottles are really pretty. Thanks for sharing with. #omhgww

  2. Thanks so much Clearissa. Your sweet comments means so much to me. I appreciate you stopping bu.
    XO- MJ

  3. Jenn Dynys says:

    Your posts are always creative and unique! Thank you for linking up with us at Embracing Home and Family!

  4. Thanks so much Jenn! Love joining your party and very appreciative for you hosting.
    XO- MJ

  5. Naush Samama says:

    Maryjo, I love upcycling projects. Your bottles have got a new lease of life. Love how creatively you use them in your decor – Fabulous !
    Thank you for linking at Meraki Link Party

  6. Naush Samama says:

    Congratulations Maryjo. Your post is one of our features today at Meraki Link Party.

  7. Thank you so much Naush! That’s very exciting too hear. TY for letting me know and for hosting.
    XO- MJ

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