12 brilliant uses for Kilner jars that you won't have thought of

Jam jars, click top pots and more - check out these brilliant ways to display your Kilner jars

kitchen with glass jars lemon and wooden chopping pad
(Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme)

Since 1842, the trusty Kilner jar has been a stylish and sturdy essential in our kitchens. The iconic gingham-topped jars have seen us try our hands at marmalade making, and the clip top jars have been pickling our gherkins for decades.

In a bid to get our favourite jar into every room of the house, we've found some pretty nifty ways to use the handy little number...

1. Make it green

table with giant push top jars

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro)

Giant push top jars act as mini greenhouses inside the home during the winter. This display looks beautiful on the windowsill as the light streams in.

2. Store food

glass jar with spoons

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Terry Benson)

Click top pots make adorable little pudding pots. Bake an oozing crumble or pot some poached pears with crème fraiche and serve immediately.

3. Keep it pretty

glass jar with flowers in it and black frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

This jar is the perfect size to hold a small bouquet of flowers. Decorate the jar with a loop of decorative ribbon or a small handle to hang them.

4. Treat yourself

glass jar with chocolates in it

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro)

Jam a jar full of chocolate treats, glue a little figure onto the lid and paint before handing them out as gifts.

5. Make your own light fixture

glass jar with bulb

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole)

Dress up a simple light fixture by drilling a hole through the lid of your Kilner, secure it into place and screw the jar around the bulb.

miniature house and glass jar with spoon

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Turn the jars upside down to create the perfect snow globe. Glue a figure to the lid, add some sparkly water and have hours of festive fun.

7. Keep it practical

glass jar with colourful lids

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore)

Stick all those little odds and sods without a home into a mini jar. The metallic lids will also cling to a magnetic shelf to get them out the way.

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8. Factor in a display

jar with candle wooden table and potted plant

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Pop some tea lights in old jam jars and decorate the lids for a glitzy yet inexpensive candle display.

9. Take it outside this summer

glass jar with pickle

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Terry Benson)

With barbecue season upon us, these little glass click tops are perfect for serving up dip, pickles or salsa - and any leftovers will remain fresh in the fridge.

10. Store punch

glass dispenser drinking jar and coffee mug

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Craig Wall)

Perfect for sipping punch or zesty lemonade - stick a stripy straw in your drinking jar to make the perfect picnic glass. Cheers!

11. Keep food fresh

kitchen with glass jars lemon and wooden chopping pad

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme)

Decant your dry ingredients into large click top jars to keep everything fresh, tidy and uniform in the cupboard.

12. Display photographs

glass bottles with photographs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme)

Wrap old family photos on the inside of your Kilner for an alternate photo frame display. The older and rustier the jar, the better.

Which idea is your favourite?

Deputy Editor

Jennifer is the Deputy Editor (Digital) for Homes & Gardens online. Prior to her current position, she completed various short courses a KLC Design School, and wrote across sister brands Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes, Country Homes & Interiors, and Style at Home.