I have always loved jelly jars since I first saw my mother make crab apple jelly. From the quilt like texture of the glass to their small, elegant size made them special in my mind. So the other day I was at a mass retailer and bought a 12 pack of jelly jars on clearance. My intention was to use them to make jalapeño jelly for the boys for Christmas. I did this last year and it was a hit! However, that plan went awry…here’s what actually happened to those jars.
I know I should have taken a “before” picture, but I rarely think about that until after the fact. Just the same, I would have been too embarrassed to post a picture of that mess anyway! I decided to leave the rings or bands on the tops since they mimic the nickel finish on the hardware in the bathroom. I think it gives them a finished look that I quite like.
On the top shelf is my Netti Pot and salts. (If you have not used a Netti Pot before you don’t know what you are missing. Maybe I’ll post on that someday.) I used both the lid and the ring to keep the salt from clumping. The next shelf holds a jar with all those little over-the-counter remedies that are always loose everywhere because the box collapsed. (I take a fine point Sharpie and transfer directions and/or expiration date on the foil back if it isn’t printed there already.) Then there is one for bandages and antibiotic ointment.
On the bottom shelf, cotton swabs and balls dispense nicely from the open tops of the jars. Eyeliner and mascara standing upright make it easy to choose what you want. Toothpaste standing tall takes up much less space than laying across the shelf.
And finally…even wide handled toothbrushes are at home in a jelly jar on the sink. Easier to clean than the old ceramic holder I had, this one can be thrown in the dishwasher to clean and sanitize.
I hope you enjoyed my medicine cabinet remake. I’m off to the store to get more jelly jars. Hopefully they will find jelly in them by Christmas!!