Decorative Recycled Jars

I mentioned in this post that I like to stock up on the cute little birds that Dollar Tree brings out in the spring.  I’ve made several things with these birds, like a faux pewter dish and a jewelry tray.  Well, the birds are back for another project:  recycled decorative jars!  These adorable containers are easy and inexpensive to make, and they’re perfect for gift giving or storage.

Pink Bird Jar

Project estimate:

  • Glass Jars, on hand
  • Birds, $1
  • Acrylic Flowers, $1 and up
  • Glue, one hand
  • Spray paint, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  $2 and up

Decorative Jar Tutorial

Step one:  Clean your jars and remove the labels.  I was able to wash the label off my tomato sauce jar, but the Frappucino jar required some Goo Gone to remove the residue.

Step two:  Glue the bird onto the lid of the jar.  My birds had wire legs that I removed.

Step three:  (optional) I like to add little flowers under the bird.  It just seems to finish off the “look”.  Glue the flowers in place.  I used E-6000.  Allow it to dry.

Step four:  Spray paint the bird and the lid.

Red Bird Jar


Recycled Glass Jar

I think these bird topped decorative jars would look great filled with Cadbury chocolate eggs for Easter.    Another idea is to fill them with bath salts for a pretty mother’s day or teacher appreciation gift.  What else might you do with them?

Bird topped jars