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Pasta sauce jar flower vase (or tealight holder)

  1. Take an empty glass jar from pasta sauce, peanut butter, coconut oil or any other foodstuff. (Hopefully you didn't trash it, but were planning on recycling it instead ;)
  2. If there's a paper label on it, remove it by soaking the jar in a larger bowl of warm, soapy water for 30-60 min. & then gently peel or scrub off said label with your fingers or a scrubby sponge. Dispose of the label (but not in the sink, for goodness sake!)
  3. Next, wash the inside & outside of the jar with some additional warm, soapy water & dry it well with a cloth towel.
  4. Now here comes the fun part: use any materials you have on-hand - sequins, ribbons, markers, Sharpies, Washi tape, you name it (get the kids in on the action, too)! - and decorate the outside of the jar however you like.
  5. Go & put your creation to good use! Brighten your (or someone else's) day by filling the jar with a bit of water and adding fresh-cut flowers from your garden or the grocery store.
  6. And as a bonus, you can use the jar as a tealight holder, as well. Either way, it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. :)

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