Eco Tip: A Guide to Turning Glass Jars into Spray Bottles
If you’re feeling creative on a rainy day (or even on a sunny one), there are lots of DIY ideas online. Besides saving up materials and money, you also have the satisfaction of doing something with your own hands. Of course, you can always buy spray bottles, but truth is that they are not cheap nor helpful for the environment. So why buy one when you can make one yourself from a simple glass jar?
Before starting up the job, you will need to get: a glass jar with a metal lid, a hammer and a nail (or a handheld drill if you’re more handy), an empty spray bottle that has a working sprayer (if you don’t have an old one, you can get one from allinpackaging.co.uk, for example), a Sharpie pen or other pen that writes on metal and an X-acto knife or something similar.
- Change the bottle size by cutting it into half
Take the plastic bottle and, with the knife, cut a circle around an inch from the “mouth” of the bottle. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, so don’t worry about that. If you want to get even more creative, you can use the rest of the bottle for other things.
- Trace a circle around the bottle at its top
It’s not an easy task to get the pen in there, but just try your best. Place the bottle mouth on the jar and then draw the circle outline as perfect as you can, using the Sharpie or the special pen you have.
- At this point we will have a hole in the middle
With the help of a hammer and nail, or the drill, poke some holes around the circle. It’s very important to follow the circle as closely as possible, so that nothing will leak through the top when you will have the final product. Carefully, push and twist the metal inside the circle until it comes out.
- Now the top of our bottle needs to be pushed through hole we’ve previously created
The top of the mouth should be pushing up through the lid. It might be a little hard to squeeze it through, but with some twisting and pushing you should be all right. All you have to do now is to screw the lid onto the jar where it would normally be and then attach the spray nozzle onto the bottle mouth.
You may need to make some adjustments here and there, such as trimming the tube part a little with scissors, so that it fits into the jar. However, the best part here is that you can make the tube long enough to reach all the liquid, which is rarely the case with spray bottles that you can buy.