i thought it would be fun to do a repurposing challenge with jars, since they are one of my favorite things to repurpose. the whole idea of doing a challenge came about from a couple of different things... i'm a huge fan of Project Runway, where on each episode they have a different & fun challenge, you know, like the one where the contestants could use only materials from a recycling center & had to create an innovative garment.
also i really enjoyed this book, Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase, have you seen it yet? 20 designers took the pillowcase challenge & came up with 28 (mostly sewing) craft projects.
so i took this concept of a challenge, thought it would be fun to apply it to glass jars & share the results with you. and here each weekday during November --- a total of 21 days --- i plan to share ideas on how to repurpose a glass jar.
maybe you'd like to play along? i would love to see photos of your ideas & creations.
i also have a request, if you've ever seen an entire book (or lengthy magazine article) on repurposing jars, please let me know, i'm curious to know if there's a book solely on this subject... thanks in advance !
so where can you get glass jars? ...make a point when you're out grocery shopping to look for & buy your food items in fun glass jars, check out: garage or yard sales, vintage or antique shops & flea markets for vintage ones, freecycle, eBay, .... looking for baby food jars? ask a friend who has a baby/toddler or ask someone who runs an in-home daycare if they happen to have any.
day 1 repurposing a jar :: bathroom
this first idea is reusing jars for storage in a bathroom & for this one i used only Bonne Maman jars, you know, the yummy French jams & jellies in the jars with the cute gingham lids ! i was just in the grocery store yesterday & saw that they had a Bonne Maman jar with a brown gingham lid, i believe it was some type of chestnut spread? so now your choices for Bonne Maman jars are: red, blue, and brown lids. how fabulous is that !?! another thing i need to mention is that the paper labels come off very easily on these Bonne Maman jars, just soak the jars in water & the paper peels right off - no glue left on the jar!
so it turns out that these Bonne Maman jars are the perfect size for cotton swabs & most sized Band-Aids, other ideas for bathroom storage: cotton balls, toothbrush & toothpaste (without the lid), cosmetic puffs, hair ties, bath salts...
also, i didn't get a chance to make one of these myself, but this is a great idea to have by any sink, bathroom or kitchen, check out this mason jar soap dispenser how-to.
see you tomorrow for day 2 !