Upcycling Jars

Whether it is something that I need or desire, I always think of Elijah and the widow in the bible.  God always adds on to what we have when we start with what we have first.  I have been guilty of thinking so much of what I don’t have, that I have missed out on looking at what I do, and seeing that I am in the right position for praying, and allowing God room to do the rest.  Elijah convinced the widow that although she had a little meal and a drop of oil left, if she believed, and fed him first, her and her son wouldn’t die, and there would be enough food left over for them as well.  Sure enough, God provided.  As a matter of fact, they ate for several days.

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lordsends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

1 Kings 17: 13-15, NIV

One of the bonuses to some things that we have in life, is that they can be upcycled and used for so many other things, that we could possibly write a whole book on them.  I think that jars would fit into this category.  A couple of years ago, I was looking for something to place on the trunk in my bedroom, and of course, it was one of those times when money was scarce.  I started walking around my house, and wondering if I had something in one room that I could swap for a new home in my bedroom.  

I didn’t find anything, but what I did find was a relish jar and pasta sauce jars that hadn’t gone to the recycle bin yet.  My mind got to going as it does when I get into creativity mode.  I cut out pictures from my French book from high school, and with the little change that I had, I bought a small container of Modge Podge for about $2.50 with a coupon from Michaels, and the rest is history.


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Activity:  Creating vintage jars


  • Used jars (home)
  • Books or Magazines (home)
  • Modge Podge $2.50 (Craft Store like Michaels)
  • Foam Brush (home or craft store for $.25)


  • Wash jars and dry thoroughly.
  • Cut out the pictures that you need.
  • Using a foam brush, place Modge Podge all over each of the jars.
  • Place the pictures on the jars.
  • Use Modge Podge to cover the entire surface of the pictures so that they will stay attached to the jars.