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Upcycled Home Decor – Altered Jar

Hi, May Arts fans! Virginia from Fynes Designs here to share a really easy Jar up-cycle project with you.

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

I totally missed the boat on the Mason Jar fad. While out shopping for some décor for my kitchen makeover I stumbled upon this very over priced decorative jar.

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the $30 price tag, I knew I had everything at home to whip one together and save myself the money!!

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

I had this Hot Pepper jar from Costco I stashed away waiting for a purpose, it was so happy to have a new life (a less smelly one I might add)!

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

I decided to make the jar a bit different as I wanted it to coordinate with the color scheme in my kitchen so I chose to wrap the base with 5/8” Buralp with a blue center stitch. If you wanted to get a look closer to the original you could use 1/8” burlap cord.

I started mid way down the jar and hot glued it in place as I wrapped it around. To finish the ends I wrapped a piece of natural colored 1/8” burlap cord around the bottom and top.

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

To complete the look I doubled over the 1/8” burlap cord (six strands) and braided approx. a 12” strand. After hot gluing the ends together I wrapped some utility wire from the dollar store around the raw ends and made a small loop. When gluing the cord around the mouth of the jar. I slipped on two small lanyard clips, (they could also be made from the wire) to be able to clip the handle on.

 Upcycled Home Decor - Altered Jar

I love how this inexpensive piece of décor ties in with the rest of my kitchen makeover.

 By Virginia Fynes



Other Supplies Used:

  • Large pickle jar
  • Utility Wire
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. TracyM #6773

    FABULOUS recycling Virginia, they look so pretty and are practical too!!!
    … this would be perfect for when visiting someone in hospital – thank you for the inspiration!!!

  2. Heather Thompson

    Great home decor ideas, I wish I have more time in the day to create, awesome ideas.


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