Recycle Reuse & Repurpose – Glass Jar Photo Frames

July 16, 2010 · 124 comments

in Crafts,Featured,Inspiration,Lifestyle,Tutorials

In South Africa, recycling is way of life that not very many people incorporate into their daily routine. Partly because we do not have the facilities or many places that offer this service, but mainly because most people are too lazy to think about what happens to their rubbish once they toss it in the bin.

So instead of carelessly dumping your trash, one of the ways you can help give used things a second life, is to reuse your glass jars, and use them as novelty photo frames.

You will need

A selection of different shaped glass jars
A bunch of your favorite photos
Paper Towels
Scissors / cutting knife

Step 1: Remove the label

After speaking to several people in search for the best method to remove the gluey sticky mess left behind when attempting to soak off labels on glass jars, I have discovered the secret is… Doom.  No, I’m not referring Dr Doom the super villain from the Marvel comics, but rather the insect killing spray of death.
Simply spray a thick coat of Doom onto the stickiness, wait 5 – 10 minutes, and then effortlessly wipe away the glue with a kitchen towel. Rinse with hot water and soap. Easy as pie.

Step 2: Measure the Jar

Using your ruler, measure the height of the flat part of the jar (the part excluding where the bottle curves) – this is where the photo will fit.

Step 3: Cut the Photo
Using your ruler, knife and pencil, trim the height of the photo neatly, to fit the height of the flat part of the jar.

Step 4: Place photo into the jar

Slightly roll the photo, with the image facing outwards, and insert it into the jar upside down. You may need to adjust it with your fingertips so that it fits snugly into its new home.

Step 5: Display it!

Turn the jar upside down, so that it rests on its opening, and display it somewhere special!

Use a selection of different shaped jars with different heights to create interest.
You can also use glass bottles, although this is a little trickier as you will need to roll the photo tighter, and make sure the height of the photo is as tall as the widest part of the bottle. When using bottles, do not place the photo inside down.

If you liked this photo craft, then also check out how to make recycled frames from CD covers.

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

rikki hibbert October 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

You can even put in photos of flowers and use the glass jars as center pieces on your table :-)

katalina jewelry October 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Great photo display idea! Thanks for sharing!

rikki hibbert October 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Thanks Katalina! :-)

Rose October 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

This is so awesome and so simple! Bookmarking!

rikki hibbert October 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks Rose! If you try this out, please post a list!

Laura November 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Another option really easy option for removing stickiness from glass is nail polish remover – wet a cotton ball or piece of paper towel and rub!

Mao Mao November 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Love this!!!

Tina Wegner November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Great idea, I pinned it!

rikki hibbert November 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Yay for Pinterest, thanks Tina!

Shelly November 24, 2011 at 12:58 am

This is such a cute idea, I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

angie November 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

also after you put the photo in you could tape the photo part off and spary paint & decorate the rest of the jar!

rikki hibbert November 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thanks for the great idea Angie!

Gina B December 3, 2011 at 7:56 am

I pinned, too! Thanks for sharing!

Julian December 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

This is such a creative and simple idea!

Hydi December 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

A very nice idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought there must be something DOOM can be used for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tanja allemand January 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

Love it , so simple but yet so beautifull

CREATIVE MIND January 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Love it :)

Rikki-Dee January 12, 2012 at 4:55 am

I love this idea and I love your name even more!!

rikki hibbert January 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thanks Rikki-Dee ;-)

ashley nicole. January 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

i absolutely love this idea. i think the idea of pictures of flowers for a sunny kitchen table is super cute. thanks for the great post!

ashley nicole.

Heather F. January 21, 2012 at 1:05 am

This is really a striking idea. I have to try it.

kathy January 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Doom! lol, never heard of using that before. I’ll have to that and the rest of this idea. Thanks for sharing!!

R'NN Photography February 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I absolutely adore this idea! All your posts have been so inspirational and creative. You’re a true artist.

Ben February 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Bit late but just found this post via another blog and absolutely love the idea. I’m definitely going to give these a go!

Cindie Angeroth April 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I bet this is cool with photos printed on vellum and a flameless candle inserted under the jar for an evening outdoor or other event!

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I use steel wool and water in the kitchen sink to remove the sticky glue on the bottles. Green and chemical free! Thanks for the help. I’ll be using this for a Father’s Day gift! Cheers

Christine June 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

I’m always looking for creative ways to display my photography, this is awesomeness in a jar.. literally!! Thank you so much for posting this!!

Maeve November 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

Love this… Good thinking.

lauradodson December 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I’ve never been to South Africa, however I have traveled to Uganda and the use of DOOM in this project makes me laugh. I cannot wait to try this! We do not have DOOM in South Texas, maybe Raid will work. Thanks.

rikkihibbert January 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hi Laura, I’m sure Raid will do the trick! We have that here too, Doom is just another brand name ;)

Mary March 11, 2013 at 6:05 am

you can also use a Mr Clean Eraser to take off the gooey stuff from the label

Evey April 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this project on the front page of (a new submission-based website) for my Looksi Takeover day (today the 4th) featuring my favorite mason jar projects from around blog land! :) The project will linked back to your site. I hope you will check us out and maybe even submit a few projects as well!

DOROTHYNONE October 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I lovlovlov ur idea’s.

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