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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

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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