Glass Jar Frames

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We hate getting rid of jars. We’re so sure they’ll come in handy someday, but in reality a person can only use so many jelly-jar glasses.

We’re happy to say we’ve finally found a use for our motley collection of pickle jars, soda bottles and assorted glass receptacles: frames!

It’s so simple we can’t believe we didn’t think of it before: just slide a photo into a jar, turn it upside down and display your upcyclin’ genius for all to see.

Glass Jar Frames

Photo credits: ‘stpiduko’

What You’ll Need


  • A clean, clear jar (free of labels)
  • Photos
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Pencil (optional)

Step 1:

measure the jarMeasure how tall your jar is. If needed, trim the height of your photo to fit the jar (i.e. a 4″x6″ photo will be too tall to fit in a 3″ inch jar).

Step 2:

insert the photoRoll up the photo slightly and slide it into the jar so that the photo will be right-side-up when the jar is upside-down. Poke it into place with your fingers or the eraser end of a pencil.

Step 3:

glass jar frameTurn the jar upside down and display your simple thrifty genius in a place of honor!

Bottles: The Next Level

glass bottle frames
Bottles work just as well as jars, but they’re a little trickier. The photo won’t be able to unroll any further than the narrowest part of the bottle. There two ways to deal with that:

  • Pick a photo that looks good when it’s only an inch wide, or
  • make your photo no taller than the widest part of the bottle.

To use a bottle, roll up your photo tight enough to slip through the opening of the bottle. Slip the photo in right-side-up and maneuver it into place using the eraser end of a pencil.

More Ideas

  • If you have (or know somebody who has) a bottle cutter, try cutting a bottle in half and using the bottom half just like a jar.
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  • Mix different sizes of bottles and jars, and line your windowsill with them.
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  • Use beakers or test tubes to add for that “Mad Scientist” flair!

Photo credits: ‘stpiduko’