Reuse Your Spice Jars for Flowers

July 2nd, 2011

I have a fun Saturday tip for you: Reuse a glass spice jar to bring some summer indoors!
I know I’m probably not the first person to think of this reuse, but it never hurts to recall simple ways to enjoy nature.

Also, it’s good to remember that not everything has to be immediately thrown into the recycle bin.

In this case, I accidentally broke off part of a petunia in the hanging basket outside my kitchen.

I’m sure you can purposefully break off some stems too! Petunias grow like weeds, so says my husband.

I dropped my freshly snipped petunias into an old cumin spice jar I’d been saving.

It was instant (and free) sweetness in a corner of my guest bathroom.

If you’re feeling extra creative, try decoupage to make your jar fit with your decor even more. I’m going with the lazy, whimsical “cumin” look for now.

Of course, another way to reuse your spice jar is to fill it with spice from a bulk container at a store like Whole Foods.

Pet owners: If you decide to do this with a petunia, don’t worry. ASPCA lists the petunia species as non-toxic to cats and dogs. That’s such a bonus to me with my two ever curious cats.

Other ways to enjoy flower-filled spice jars:

  • Place jars beside the kitchen sink and add a few lemon or orange peels to the bottom for more color.
  • Use as part of place settings with a single flower in each jar. Tape name tags to jars or paint names on.
  • Arrange several jars on a cupcake tree or cake stand for a fun centerpiece for a party or dinner with friends.
  • Line up a few jars on your mantel or other shelf. Alternate colors: white rose/red rose, etc.
  • How else do you reuse spice jars?

2 Responses to “Reuse Your Spice Jars for Flowers”

  1. Denise on July 7, 2011 10:57 pm

    I love the idea of reusing the spice jars. In fact, I’m using these as favors in my upcoming wedding. Do you have any idea where I could buy extra jars? (The ones shown in the picture?)


  2. Peggy on July 7, 2011 11:53 pm

    Hi Denise. The spice jar in the photo came from Whole Foods. If you’re looking to reuse old jars, try ebay, antique stores and garage sales. I know there are some listed on ebay. If all else fails, you can buy some at Penzey’s Spices and reuse them later or give them away as favors.

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