37 Ways to Wow with Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass bottles and mason jars are one of the best décor trends around right now. And they’re trendy for good reason. They’re sweet and simple, adaptable to any space and style, and they have endless possibilities.

Here’s how to get in on the trend that can add exactly what you want to your space, whether it’s color, light, rustic charm, or modern elegance.

First, of course, you have to find the bottles and jars. Head to your local thrift store, antique shop, or even recycling bin.

Look for:

  • Unusual shapes, like square bottles or short round ones for contrast
  • Pretty tints, like blues, greens, yellows, or pinks
  • Interesting designs, especially ones that are part of the glass itself
  • Vintage labels, like classic soda bottles

Get your finds home and clean them, with labels removed if you want. If you’re in love with how the bottles look just as they are and want to keep things simple, all you have to do is arrange them in the right spot.

If not, it’s time to add, wrap, fill, and arrange them until they’re exactly what you want.


  • Numbers, with stencil and paint, vinyl, or even address stickers. Put your street number on a row of bottles and line them up on a rustic crate on your porch.
  • Letters, whether it’s initials, the family name, something simple like “love,” or even a favorite quote spelled across several jars or bottles
  • Labels, handmade or printable, like vintage-style apothecary labels
  • Corks, especially unique or colorful ones. Or you can dress up any cork with a costume pin or brooch.

Wrap with:

  • Ribbon, any color, pattern, or width
  • Twine, string, or rope, especially if you want a coastal effect
  • Beads, any color or style, even faux pearls
  • Washi tape in your favorite pattern
  • Twisted wire for an industrial feel

Fill with:

  • Votive candles for romantic lighting
  • Pebbles
  • Sand and shells
  • Photos, one in each jar
  • Branches, small or large, bare or leafy
  • Freshly-picked flowers
  • Dried roses
  • Whole spices
  • Messages in a bottle. Roll up pieces of parchment paper in different sizes with secret messages on them.


  • By color, especially if you have different sizes and shapes in the same color
  • In a row, which looks great on a shelf or windowsill
  • In a cluster to show off different heights

For a vignette, combine with:

  • A mirror, hanging behind to double the effect
  • Driftwood
  • A steer skull
  • Succulents in clean white pots
  • Leafy potted plants
  • Vintage trinkets like costume jewelry, a music box, or antique toys
  • Stacked dishes in a single light color like white or blue
  • Old books with colors that complement the bottles or jars
  • Framed typography with a single word, short phrase, or the first letter of the family name
  • Vintage illustrations, especially flowers and plants
  • Rustic wooden tray
  • Woven wool runner for color and texture

And when you’re ready for a change, just swap, rearrange, unwrap, empty, or refill them to your heart’s content!

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