Upcycled Jar Hangers ~ DIY Decor

Many times I get asked how do I find ways to decorate my home on a budget. Well, the answer is pretty simple…I do it myself. I know not everyone is able to do the same, but if you are able, you should – it’s fun! Take for instance this little pile of goodies. I grabbed a couple of empty pickle jars from my recycling bin, and a few wood scraps from my stash. My goal is to turn them into upcycled jar hangers.

Old Jars and Scrap Wood Before | prodigalpieces.com

One of the things that happens around my house is how I will find scraps tossed in our burn box from JC working on projects that I would NEVER throw out. Big surprise, eh? haha. He recently did an amazing job building our custom kitchen range hood using some hand-carved woodwork I found from an 1800’s home. Those wood scraps above were remnants from his build that caused me to literally eeeked out loud when I saw them tossed in the burn pile. tsk, silly man.


Beautiful walnut with patina is rare, so he had to have known I’d find a use…right? One day we may get on the same wavelength – at least one can hope. I love my guy! Makes you feel sorry he has to put up with me. tee hee!

Anyhoo, all I did to the wood was add a sawtooth hanger on the back, and a hook to the front. Simple enough.

However, those boring jars totally needed some DIY action to become the upcycled jar hangers I envisioned. First, I gave them a good soak in a bubbly bath to remove the labels.

Removing Old Jar Label | prodigalpieces.com

TERMS OF USE: when you create these upcycled jar hangers or my other projects, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own.

While that may do the trick, sometimes you need to remove the glue residue that remains. Just grab some rubbing alcohol to wipe off the rest. You can see how I used it to transform a collection of thrift store glass in this post.

Cleaning Glue Residue off of Jars with Rubbing Alcohol by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Now your jars are ready for some fun. I don’t know about you, but I find the uses for hot glue endless! I’ve made play stands for my kids, decorative embellishments for furniture, and the list goes on. Do you have any projects you’ve created with it?

After I cleaned my jars, I created a simple Fleur de Lis graphic to tape on the inside of my jars. You can use any text or graphic you choose – that’s the fun part!  Cut out your design in a simple rectangle and tape to the inside of the jar with design facing out.

Next, grab your glue gun. I highly recommend this battery-operated glue gun and these Gorilla Glue sticks. Begin to fill in the design with the glue. The process is similar to icing a cake or cookie.

Applying Fleur de Lis Design with Hot Glue Gun by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

No worries if your design gets a little wonky. You can use a toothpick to re-position it a bit while it’s still hot.

Adjusting Hot Glue Design with Toothpick | prodigalpieces.com


Or if your design has cooled and your found a mistake, you can also use an X-Acto knife to trim as needed.

Using X-Acto Knife to Trim Hot Glue Design by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can also use a hairdryer to re-heat the glue to work with it a bit more. And, in worst case scenario, if you really can’t stand how it came out, peel it off and try again. You can do it!

Once you have let your glue cure, it’s time to have some fun with paint. yahoo! There’s no exact science to this. Just brush it on and let it cure.

Using Chalk Paint to Paint Pickle Jar for Upcycled Jar Hangers | prodigalpieces.com

I did use a chalk paint with my Square Brush in this instance and it adheres wonderfully. Though, as I mentioned before in my other project post, I’ve used spray paint and latex too. After letting the first coat cure, I did a second coat and let it cure as well. During that time I, like a nut, decided to dig into my stash to create another piece of decor. {{giggles wickedly}}

Scrap Wood Pile for Creating Home Decor | prodigalpieces.com


No joke – I only had to shorten one of these pieces to create my vision. I feel like a kid in a candy store digging through my #trashure and then find all the pieces mesh together beautifully. It’s so exciting!

Using Miter Saw to Cut Scrap Wood | prodigalpieces.com

Once I had it all assembled by adding few pocket hole joints using my Kreg Jig and nailing it together with my nailer, I added some stain. On top of the stain I applied my crackle compound to get the aged effect I was after once I added paint.

Applying Crackle Compound to DIY Mantel by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m going to let that cure then add a whitewash of paint. Hang on and I’ll show you the after in a bit.

Back to those upcycled jar hangers… The paint has cured and now it’s time to add some dimension to our hot glue design. I chose to apply a gray wax using my Round Brush. Lightly brush it on and let cure for a few minutes, then buff with a soft cloth, if you like.

Applying Wax to Upcycled Jar Hangers | prodigalpieces.com

For a bit more drama and dimension, I added some silver gilding wax. Who doesn’t love a bit of bling?

Last, but not least. I use a length of jute twine to wrap around the jar tops, then thread a length and tie off on the sides.

Adding Jute Twin to DIY Jar Hangers | prodigalpieces.com


Now it’s time to see my upcycled jar hangers put together along with my last-minute scrap build. Are you ready? I am!

DIY decor in this romantic chic vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Chic Jar Hangers Made from Repurposed Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Dried Hydrangeas in Pewter Pitcher | Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Can I just say…this was so fun! My entire vignette is created from found objects either on the curb, at a garage sale, or thrift store. This is my kinds out-of-the-box-store decor. My upcycled jar hangers fit right in, wouldn’t you say?

Farmhouse Bedroom Decor Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They are nestled in under the quick mantel I built from my wood scraps I described earlier. These kinds of decor items can be showcased in most any room and are pretty simple to build.

Handmade Rustic Mantel created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Chic Mantel Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Style Decor with Collected Vignette Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My candlesticks on top were a thrifted find that I gave a fresh look to as seen in my video below. I’d love to have you come subscribe to my YouTube channel.

My goal was to inspire you to give DIY a try and I sure hope I did that. Either way, it’s fun for me to create and share. If you’d like to purchase the mantel (SOLD) or the jar hangers, you can find them available in my online shop. If you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get an instant discount on your first purchase. Details below.

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DIY Upcycled Jar Hangers Made from Repurposed Finds by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Lovely Collected Vintage Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can create this vintage vignette too! Farmhouse Style Decor Ideas at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this upcycled jar hanger project to inspire others to repurpose their #trashure too. tee hee!

Save your pickle jars!! You can create these upcycled jar hangers too with the DIY details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Who knew hot glue could look so good? | Tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Up next, I’m going to share what becomes of this thrift store bookcase. Any guesses? I bet you’ll never guess…mwahahaha. Head HERE to see.

Thrifted Bookcase Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more projects like these upcycled jar hangers:

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  • Susan Homeroad Stevenson

    What a great idea! I love the way they turned out Larissa! Pinned it!

    October 11, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Susan! This was a fun crafty project. 😀

      October 11, 2018 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Trish

    What a great idea! love the color choice and the fall bouquet used to fill the jars. Such a clever idea!!!

    October 11, 2018 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Trish. You know how fun it is to stage. 😀

      October 11, 2018 at 10:46 am Reply
  • d brossy

    very nice! love how that entire *corner* looks!

    October 11, 2018 at 10:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so 🙂

      October 11, 2018 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Cindy

    This is a super cute project. Turned out great. Who would think a pickle jar would be so pretty.


    October 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cindy! I’m so glad you like it. They sure have so much potential. tee hee! 😀

      October 11, 2018 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Lindsay Fay

    Larissa, the mantle looks amazing and the jars are the perfect touch! The whole time I was reading, I was expecting you to pull off the hot glue after you painted, and then (plot twist!) you didn’t and they looked fantastic. I now have two new mason jar decor ideas, so thank you!

    October 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…love it! It’s fun to do these as the options are limitless. So glad you liked it.

      October 11, 2018 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    Love, love, love! I’ve been reading your posts, but catching them at odd times, so never time to reply. AND wefinally bought a house…will be referring to your blog posts, old & new, while we make it our HOME. Thank you!!

    October 11, 2018 at 10:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How very exciting!! 😀 That is the best feeling ever. Congrats!

      October 14, 2018 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Maria Howard

    This is so cute!!!! I usually just put my jars in the dishwasher and then the label comes right off!!!

    October 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Maria. 😀 We don’t own a dishwasher as we prefer to wash by hand. 😉 My only caution to you is that your labels are going somewhere and may clog your dishwasher out-feed. I’d hate for that to happen. :/

      October 14, 2018 at 5:23 am Reply

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