No longer the preserve of jam makers and picklers, the trusty glass jar has come out of the cupboard and into the spotlight and we just can't get enough of them. From Kilner jars and Mason jars to simple recycled glass jam jars, check out our favourite summer buys and clever new ways with jars.

Serving drinks
Trendy bars have taken to serving up drinks and cocktails in glass jars lately and while it's easy enough to do the same with your own recycled jam jars, the shops have got some lovely variations on the theme that are also worth a look in.

glass dispenser with lemonade in it

(Image credit: Dotcomgiftshop)

Serve homemade lemonade from this jar-style drinks dispenser. Garden Party lemonade drinks dispenser,
£29.95,
Dotcomgiftshop (opens in new tab)

glass jar with straw

(Image credit: Dotcomgiftshop)

Set of four drinking jars with carrier,
£14.95,
Dotcomgiftshop (opens in new tab)

jar glass with straw

(Image credit: Rose & Grey)

Serve milkshakes and smoothies in these jars with reusable plastic straws. Shake Jar, £4.25 each, Rose & Grey (opens in new tab)

printed glass jar

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Check out the meadow motif on this drinking jar with handle. Amber sweetpea drinking jar, £2, Wilko (opens in new tab)

Displaying flowers
There's no need to splash out on expensive vases when a jam jar can do the job just as beautifully. Single jars work well for small arrangements and posies of flowers, while a collection of jars with one or two single blooms in each can look beautiful as a table setting.

printed jar with flowers in it

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This printed jar doubles up as a mini vase or tea light holder. Sentiment jar, £3.95, LiveLaughLove (opens in new tab)

pink flowers in glass jar

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Fake it with this faux arrangement of peonies in a jar. Bright Peonies jam jar, £10, Next (opens in new tab)

glass jar with flowers in it and black frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Put your flowers in the picture by wall-mounting a jar inside an empty picture frame.

glass vases and flowers in it

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Use leftover paints to colour the inside of recycled glass jars and bottles.

hanging jar with white flowers and ribbons on it

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Sussie Bell)

Make your own hanging display by wiring a handle onto a mini jam jar and decorating with offcuts of ribbon.

glass jar with roses and white flowers

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Display mini posies in simple glass jars - hang them three-in-a-row for more impact.

glass jar with bouquet in it

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Jon Day)

Repurpose larger jars to use as vases - old pickle jars or sweet jars are ideal.

Creative lighting
Have a browse round Pinterest and you'll find hundreds of ideas for re-purposing Mason jars, with d-i-y lighting a popular choice. And lighting designers have switched on to the trend too, with lots of lighting-in-a-jar style designs popping up on the high street right now.

jar pendant light

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For lighting with a vintage vibe try these lights made from old-style preserve jars. Preserve jar pendant light, £55, Rose & Grey (opens in new tab)

jar wall light

(Image credit: Rose & Grey)

Preserve jar wall light, £49, Rose &
Grey
(opens in new tab)

glass jar with grey background

(Image credit: Atkin & Thyme)

These cookie jar pendant lights are a sweet idea. Cookie jar ceiling pendant in antique zinc, £49, Atkin & Thyme (opens in new tab).

glass jar with bulb and rustic wires

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Fancy trying your hand at making your own jar pendant light? Find out how to do it here (opens in new tab).

glass pendant light jars

(Image credit: Mia Fleur)

Create a focalpoint with this cluster pendant light. Jar pendant light, £185, Mia Fleur (opens in new tab)

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Lisa Fazzani
Lisa Fazzani

Lisa is a freelance journalist who has written about interiors for more than 25 years and has worked on all the major homes titles, primarily Ideal Home, but also including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Style at Home, Livingetc, Woman & Home, Easy Gardens and Good Homes magazines. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person, as well as being a serial shopper/bargain hunter.