Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Succulents and Spaghetti Jars

I'm sure this concept isn't new.
Not at all.
But this is my take on it.
I love Classico brand sauces.
Mostly because I love the Mason Jars they come in!
   Here is one in my Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

I thoroughly wash the jars inside and out.
Using a bristle brush in circular motions to remove the label.
For the silver look, I spray 2 thin coats of Krylon's Mirror Like Glass spray paint. 
It dries quickly and finishes beautifully.
 Succulents are super hardy and come in so many shapes and colors. 
I filled my jars 2/3 full with loose rocks and then the rest with a moisture control potting soil.
Then transplanted my succulents, roots and all, adding water.
At first, they need a good bit of water to stabilize.
After that, water when soil is completely dry, once a week or so.  
    In my jars I have:
Elephant Plant (learn more here)-the tall center
Blue Giant-the blue star
Sedum Album-small vines
Echeveria colorata-the red star

Another great way to repurpose the jars is to paint the inside.
   I used some latex in this one and just swirled it around until coated.
It gives it a lovely color while maintaining the glassy shine.

And just for fun:
 Did you know you can grow new leaves from store bought lettuce?
Just cut the bottom off about 1.5 inches and place in water.
The leafy lettuce above is about 1 week of growth.
  My kids picked wildflowers on the walk home from the bus stop.
Aren't they sweet?

This post is my own opinion and was not compensated.
I am in no way associated with Classico brand.
I just really like these jars.

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  1. I love ALL of them - those mason jars ( that you spray painted with mercury ) from Classico - that's how they look when you remove the paper?

    1. That is what they look like! Adorable aren't they??

  2. Okay, that's it. I'm officially buying Classico. Was this a sponsored post? Cuz it should be ;) I love finding different ways to reuse things like this! Thank you for sharing-- and I meant it, we're switching to Classico... mainly for the cute jars!

    1. Not sponsored! Just my opinion. :) Even the smaller jars by Classico are cute!

  3. Fabulous idea Christine, love the silver ones, and see you have sweet children too.. Have a great day...

  4. Wow! This is amazing! I would love for you to link this up to our new linky party, Give Me The Goods Monday! I am hosting with 4 other bloggers, 1 party but your links will show up on all 5 blogs!
    Jamie @
    PS: I'm your newest follower ;)

  5. Wanted to come by to say’s so very exciting to see garden posts again, winter has lasted way too long! Just wanted to let you know Fishtail Cottage’s Garden Party will be starting up again in May (Thursday May 2nd) Would love to have you come over and link up again and again! Hope you have a great weekend! xoxo, tracie

  6. I LOVE these so much! I have been looking for a way to do a succulent garden and this fantastic! You made the jars just gorgeous! Pinning! So glad you linked this up to Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  7. Okay, I'm officially buying Classico! Who knew the sauces came in Mason jars? Umm, awesome!!! I'm totally pinning this.

    Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday!

    Hope to have you party with us again next week!

    Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

  8. Awesome! I have a ton of spaghetti sauce jars, so I will have to gussy some of them up now. :)

  9. I love these jars! I always keep my spaghetti jars in hopes that I will find something to use them for. I can't wait to try this.
    Thanks :)


  10. This is amazing! I'll start buying Classico now!! Thanks for sharing!~~Angela

  11. Wow! What a great idea and so beautiful. I will have to try this out....Christine

  12. LOL- I love those jars too...I didn't realize anyone else had caught on to their reusability! I like your dispalys (my jars just hold grains, beans, etc. not very exciting.)

    Thanks for linking up on the Photo FRiday blog hop!

  13. Wow love theese jars, lovely way to use them! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day

  14. I love the look of that mirror glass spray! How unique.

  15. These are so pretty!

  16. You have inspired me to do something with my zillion jars! Im featuring this project at our Love It & List It Linky Party !! love to have ya back :)


  17. That silver look is to die for! Featuring you this weekend! THANK YOU for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!

    Kristine -The Foley Fam {unedited}

  18. Spaghetti sauce jars have never looked so chic! Gorgeous!!

    xo, Tanya

  19. This is gorgeous!!! I'm gonna make one for me!!
    love from Italy

  20. Well done!! I have yet to find this spray, but havent looked too hard! Thank you for the tutorial and pics!!

  21. Christine, where are you from? Reason I ask, is that the wild flowers you show at the very end (the adorable pink ones), I have in our pasture (Manvel, TX)! I showed my mother (who loves wild flowers as well) to see if she knew what they were. She did not but would look it up. Do you know what they are? They are soooo adorable and I have huge patches of them all around. Thank you for your awesome posts. NEW FAN!

    1. I don't know what they are either! But they grow like crazy here in Vail, AZ (south of Tucson). They are all over and are so beautiful!

  22. Love these! Just to be sure, did you spray the inside of the jars?

  23. Love the idea or recycling your jars! I am among the many who didn't know that the Classico jars were like that under the label.(And we use Classico!!) Thanks for sharing. I did know about the lettuce, but did you know you can do the same thing with celery? I read it on this website: She also has great pictures.
    She has a link from a friend that tells how how she starts hers in a saucer of warm water. I may have tot try the lettuce and celery this year. I would also love tomatoes. I'd have the beginnings of a good salad.

  24. so I've be using classico sauce forever and I've never thought to re-purpose the jars. What a great idea! I'll be saving some of my jars and trying this out. Thanks for the idea :)

    Pam @

  25. These look awesome! I am definitely going to have to check out that spray paint :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  26. Very nice. I had no idea that brand of sauce had such nice jars. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely have to check them out. -Val @

  27. Just saw your post. I have re - purposed these jars for years. I hate to throw them out. Just ask my husband. ..but never thought about the mirror paint. I was planning to paint some for a baby shower. But I think this mirror paint with pink flowers for our first girl in the family in 19 years!!! would really make a statement. Thanks Barbara Ann

  28. Hi . . . we just found your blog & LOVE the way you think!!! I'm glad to see someone else repurpose the Classico jars . . . and I really love the look of these vases. We also use some of ours to store our botanicals & herbs and for repackaging some of the bulk food-stuffs we get from good 'ol' Costco. They look great in the cupboard . . . and it looks like I do WAY more canning than I actually do!! Looking forward to seeing the other wonderful stuff you've put together!! Thanks. . . SAB

  29. Re-using spaghetti sauce jars- Genius!How does the pain adhere when the jars saren't porous, and you can't sand them?