Have you recently cleaned out your pantry and are now wondering about what to do with all those old spice containers? Looking for creative upcycling ideas and ways to reuse them? There are SO many ways to repurpose old spice jars around the house that you should definitely not just toss them in the recycle bin, never to be used again.
Small jars like this, especially ones that have that sprinkle top insert, are incredibly handy around the house and yard. Once you’ve used up the spices (or had to throw them away), consider giving those old spice containers new life instead of recycling them.
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We go through a lot of spices in my house. We don’t add a lot of salt to our food and using herbs is a great way to get flavor without adding sodium. Of course, fresh herbs are the tastiest, but that isn’t always an option.
In the dead of winter, my oregano is…well…DEAD! And who in the world even knows where things like paprika or coriander come from. Certainly not my backyard!
Our spice addiction results in me trying to find new uses for a whole lot of empty small jars. I figured maybe you all would like to know a few ways that I have discovered to use them.
How to Repurpose Spice Jars
Before you toss your old spice containers in the recycling bin, look for creative upcycling ideas instead. These are handy-sized jars, often with a sprinkle top insert. Remember, spices expire after a while and should be replaced. However, don’t throw them away! Check out my post about ways to reuse old spices after they expire. Then, get creative with reusing the small jar they came in.
What sort of things do you do around the house that could be better organized? Put spice jars and even empty perfume bottles to good use! Here are a few ways that I repurpose them around my house and home:
Fill Old Spice Jars with Flour
Fill them with a ‘sprinkle’ type cap with flour. Next time you make bread, pie crust, or anything else that needs to be rolled out you can just sprinkle your flour directly on the cutting board. No need to stick your dirty hands in the flour canister!
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Make a Cinnamon and Sugar Shaker
Combine a tablespoon or two of cinnamon with 1/4 cup white sugar and mix well. Place your cinnamon and sugar mixture into the spice jar and sprinkle on toast in the morning. Cinnamon and sugar are also great on top of muffins before they bake and in your homemade oatmeal.
Fill Spice Containers with Powdered Sugar
Repurpose spice jars by filling them with powdered sugar for easy ‘dusting’ of baked goods. Store the powdered sugar jar in a cool, dry place. Then, use it to give an upscale look to your sweet potato pancakes. Or, try my Chocolate Raspberry Kaiserschmarrn. They are seriously a delicious breakfast treat!
Make your own spice blends
If you always use oregano, basil, and garlic powder to make your garlic bread, just make up a big batch and put it into the old spice container. Place a piece of masking tape on the jar to remind you what the recipe was. This is especially handy with larger spice tins since you can make homemade seasonings in bulk.
If you grow your own herbs, old spice jars really come in handy. Check out my post on how to preserve fresh herbs and repurpose spice jars with your own garden fresh spices!
Try this Great Beach Hack!
Fill them with baby powder. This is a great way to remove sand from your feet after a trip to the beach.
If you cut your children’s hair with clippers, baby powder will also help remove the cut strands from the back of their neck and shoulders. Upcycled spice jars filled with baby powder can go in your pool bag, nursery, and bathroom!
Use Empty Spice Jars to Hold Paint Brushes
Save your old spice bottles (the ones with the holes in the top) and use them to hold your kids’ small paintbrushes. The fine-tipped paintbrushes you use for arts and crafts will fit right into the holes. To weight the bottom of the jar, just fill 1/4 full with raw rice.
Use Old Spice Jars in the Garden
Fill your empty spice jar with diatomaceous earth or salt. Use it to kill garden pests instead of lugging a huge bag or box of garden treatment around the yard.
Pro Upcycling Tip: Check out my post on how to cut a glass bottle in half with string!
Upcycled Sewing Hacks
Use this handy glass bottle to store sewing pins, needles, buttons, small nails, tacks, or basically anything small. You can also use a bar of soap to hold onto your pins.
DIY Cleaning Made Easy!
Fill old spice jars with baking soda for cleaning purposes. Store it in the bathroom and use it to clean your bathroom sink. Actually, this is a great way to repurpose spice jars all over the house. In the bedroom, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress when spring cleaning. Put in near the pet bed to sprinkle before you vacuum for odor control. There are a ton of uses for baking soda around the house!
Laundry Room Reuse Idea
Fill old spice jars with powdered laundry detergent for your next trip. That way, you can wash laundry while you are away and that means fewer suitcases to carry! This is great if you are particularly sensitive to changes in laundry detergent due to allergies.
Repurpose Empty Spice Jars for Kids
Let your child use them in pretend play. Fill with beans or small pasta that will not fit through the holes. Use a small amount of hot glue to glue the lid in place. Hand it over to your child to ‘season’ her latest pretend dinner creation!
There are dozens of ways to repurpose spice jars around the house. Use them for DIY cleaning products or to organize your pantry. Have your child use them in art projects or for pretend play. If you have too many yourself, give them to friends and family to use. Or, put them on Craigslist for crafters.
Get creative with your empty spice jars and keep them out of the trash and recycling bin! Sadly, the glass recycling program in our country is sadly lacking so finding new ways to reuse them is incredibly good for the plant.
Do you have any other creative ways to reuse old spice jars? Want an easy way to remove labels from glass jars? Check out my post about how to remove labels from jars easily to get started.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.