The Humble Kilner Jar…

We picked up a batch of old kilner jars at Shepton Mallet Flea last year for a wedding. They were covered in cobwebs and even had a resident spider but once cleaned up they added a (cheap!) vintage touch to beautiful table decorations – both flowers and candles.

These are now stored away – but many of them can be found in my studio keeping things tidy (pah!). They are ripe for an upcycle and can be used to store buttons, ribbons, pins or dried food. You can be more adventurous with these too so here are a few other ideas to inspire you….


The screw tops of newer jars can be used as amazing light features at weddings/parties or even to hold herbs and dried foods under your kitchen cabinets simply by using to screw to secure the lid. These can then be twisted off when needed but remain airtight and safe…

Or simply put one tea light in each jar and string up in a tree. Amazing hanging chandelier!

Photo: Gonzalo Manera

One hydranger is all that is needed for a gorgeous flower arrangement at a wedding – or use wild flowers for a different look.

Alternatively, you can curl old black and white photos of your family inside and line these up – they make gorgeous photo frames or table decorations…

If you’ve got too many like me just tidy up those shelves in the kitchen or studio….they look lovely lined up on a nice shelving unit.

You can even add a personal touch by adding a pin cushion to the screw top…

It’s nice to think that these may have been used once to fill up the store cupboard with preserves before cosying up through the winter months.

Hello autumn…

If you live in the UK and you’d like to discuss sourcing some of these jars please email me at

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