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Jam, Good. Jar, Goooood.

July 17, 2009

For those of you that watch Friends, I hope you caught the reference in the title (Jam, good. Meat, Gooood). Anyways, I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to finally buckle down and do something with all those souvenirs from vacations. I like scrapbooks, but never really got into them…besides, rocks don’t glue to paper very well.

So when I came across this idea at Young House Love, I was in love. It’s cheap, easy, and much more visible than a scrapbook (and no messy glue!). So I decided to give it a try. Here’s the result.

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Here’s a closer look at a couple jars.

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The best jars have a few different textures in them. If you only have paper (ie. tickets, boarding passes, etc.), it looks nice to turn some horizontally like I did in the left jar (labeled NY). I had to get smallish jars because the bedside table has small spaces between shelves. If you have a choice, try to buy jars based on the souvenirs you have so that they fit easily.

The jam jars that I used came in packs of twelve at the grocery store (for $7.47). I thought it would be cool to try some other things with the jars. If you notice in the jar labeled “Savannah,” there are some very pretty pieces of glass (I “borrowed” this glass from a fire pit at the hotel Sean and I stayed at for our anniversary). Well, I had some extra, so I put them into another jar and made a pen/pencil holder.

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I still have 5 left, and until I figure out another amazing use for them, I will use them as drinking glasses! My mom always did that growing up, and they actually make a really cute decorative glass. They would make for a very cottagey table setting for a nice dinner. Using similar things throughout the house helps everything stay cohesive, which makes for a less stressful home.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christy permalink
    July 17, 2009 3:25 pm

    Hi Bria!

    William can’t bear to throw away Halloween candy – you know, the cool ones that look like eyeballs or skeletons – so I’ve used jars to save it for him. The thing I wanted to mention is that if you turn the jar so that the lid is the bottom, then you can see into it more. Works better for some jars than others.

    You’ve also reminded me of something my dad did in his workshop that I’ve always thought was absolutely brilliant. He used baby food jars to organize all of his hardware – each size screw had its own jar, for example. The coolest thing was that he attached the lids to the underside of his workbench so he could just unscrew the jar he wanted. He actually went a step further and attached the baby food jar lids to a larger tin trash can lid and mounted it underneath so it would spin. I’ve often thought of doing that with spices, but I am not industrious enough. 🙂

    Christy

    • Briana permalink*
      July 17, 2009 9:22 pm

      I actually think I have seen the jar setup that grandad had in their garage! That’s funny- i had forgotten about that. Very creative. I guess we can see where we get our good ideas! I would put the jars upside down, but I’m not sure that I would be able to arrange the jars very well. The ones with paper I could pretty easily just turn, but the ones with rocks, etc. might crush the other stuff in the jars. I like decorative things that help me organize everything 🙂

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