Jewelry Jars

August 9, 2011

I’ve been putting leftover yogurt jars to good use as jewelry organizers. Technically, these are not yogurt jars, they’re pot de creme jars instead — and they work especially well for this task because they have wide mouths and very low profiles.

Having my jewelry separated like this is so helpful to me! I keep all the little jars on a shelf in my bedroom and when I reach for a necklace or earrings, nothing is ever tangled or difficult to spot.

Since the jars are out in the open, I wanted to pretty them up a bit. So I lined them with origami paper. Perhaps fabric would work even better.

Start with scissors, a pencil, pretty paper and a jar or cup. The jar needs to have a rim that’s the same size as the bottom of the jewelry jar.

Trace a circle around the jar.

Cut it out.

Once your circle is cut out, simply put it in the bottom of the jar. The weight of the jewelry will keep it in place. Easy peasy.

That’s so simple it’s hardly even a DIY! : )

If you don’t have access to pot de creme jars, I bet the smallest canning jars would work just as well.

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1 Dee August 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

Very cute idea!


2 wordplayhouse™ August 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

You are very fortunate to have such pretty yogurt jars and not the plastic tubs every brand comes in back here in America. Of course, you prettied them up even more when you repurposed them. Lovely.


3 Tambryn August 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

Baby food jars might also work. I love this!


4 Heather August 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

Cute idea!


5 Jan @ Family Bites August 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

What a great idea!


6 From Belgium August 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

I see great opportunities for organizing all those hairbands and clips my girls have.


7 Jo(ke) August 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

Also from Belgium :)
We have these exact same yogurt jars here. Great idea! I usually keep mine for candles.


8 Design Mom August 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Oh! I hadn’t thought of hair ties. Great idea!


9 Julia's Bookbag August 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

I love this idea! Esp with the origami paper. Love, love, love! Trader Joe’s used to carry a European line of yogurts that came in glass jars; they were so great and I used to collect them, but alas! They are no longer available :( ~Melissa


10 Design Mom August 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I sure miss Trader Joe’s!


11 Mandie Peckover August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

that is such a good idea! All my jewlery is a tangled mess; I’ve tried several things to organize it but it never seems to work. Something like that would really help.


12 Jenny August 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

Such a fabulous idea. I have some extra fabric from my quilting project I should use.


13 Kasey August 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

Ohhhh I LOVE this idea!


14 elizabeth@doievenlikethis August 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

I love simple clear jars, maybe that’s why I have so many. I usually place small bunches of flowers in them and nestle them into a grouping . I now have some new plans for them. Chomping at the bit with my origami paper.


15 Emily August 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hmm. This looks pretty, but I don’t think I’d do it. Too busy, and probably harder to find things than when there is just a clear or single color bottom. Then again, I wear such tiny jewelry. :-)


16 Design Mom August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Good idea, Emily. Solid papers would work really well to help small pieces show up.


17 Misae August 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

What a lovely idea beautifully done. It might take a few minutes to do but you’d save all that back in time spend untangling necklaces. Love it!


18 August 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

That is such a great and simple idea! I’m going to do this with larger jars.


19 Melissa August 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Great idea!! I actually use the spice of life jars that I got from my mom when they moved to North Carolina. I have 3 different size jars, perfect for separating my bracelets from my necklaces & pins.


20 Terri August 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This is a GREAT idea!!! thanks for sharing


21 aimee @ paging supermom August 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

So simple and perfect!!


22 Corrin August 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Super cute. I use accordion mug racks – stretch them to fit the space you have, nail in place, and hang all your necklaces, bracelets, and headbands.


23 Katrina Crane August 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm

All right, now – how do you keep June out of them? In my “Mommy Futurevision” I see a kid with a bunch of jewelry on the floor and a smashed earring. Of course, I have little boys too…..


24 Design Mom August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hah! I keep them on an upper shelf out of reach. Otherwise, she would find them irresistible. : )


25 Andrea August 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

So elegant–waay better than a bulky jewelry box!


26 SAM August 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

Love this idea. I am not happy with my current jewelry organization so maybe I should give something like this a try.


27 Design Mom August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

The nice thing is, it’s a really inexpensive idea. So if it doesn’t work, no big loss. : )


28 Make and Play August 10, 2011 at 7:20 am

Simple. Nice.


29 Hannah/Sundry Mumsy August 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

I’m still hung up on the idea of yogurt in those little jars! How charming! Yogurt comes is plastic in these parts. Boo.


30 Sinea Pies August 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm

This is a brilliant idea. Keeps chains from getting tangled and one earring from losing the other one! I love it. We only have plastic, throw-away yogurt jars here. Got to come up with a plan! :)


31 bdaiss August 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Love the idea of using them for hair ties. (You know, instead of the doorknob of the bathroom like I do. Drives my hubby nuts.) Just wish they were so easily appropriated around here. Also – you say they’re pots de creme jars? Is that the same as the fabulously rich pudding type desert that I love at one of our restaurants here? Or a fancy name for something we already know (like sour cream)? Either way – jealous. : )


32 Sara August 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Very cute! Inspired by your idea to do something cute with them, I kept a set of 4 from when we were in Paris. This is a great idea!

I think I’m going to use my few to portion out some of the Swiss cocoa we brought back, and somehow incorporate the little french linen napkins I got on sale at BHV :).


33 Neda August 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Seriously loving this idea. They have some of these glass jars in England as well. Doing this!!


34 Stacie Smith August 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Ahhh. Yogurt in France. Such a treat and soooo many to choose from! Enjoy it while you can!


35 sara August 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Such a great idea! I’m betting that baby food jars would work well, no?


36 Jaime de Brebisson August 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The bottom left…what are those? They look like stitch markers! Are you a knitter and not telling us..or maybe I missed it! I keep all my stitch markers in one, usb keys in another..they are great for organizing desks too!


37 Gina @ Oaxacaborn August 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

We brought those back in our suitcase last time we were in France :) I have a couple on the ledge above my stove, with little tea lights inside.


38 Beka July 1, 2013 at 12:30 am

How about pimento jars little simply divine!!!


39 Christina August 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

So I got really motivated this past summer and made myself a wooden jewelry organizer that hangs on the wall. I have been gobsmacked about what to do with the little rings and earrings that can’t hang on the pegs. This idea is absolutely brilliant and the little jars I have been saving fit perfectly on the bottom. Thanks for the fab idea.


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