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5 Minute DIY: Decorative Candy Or Whatnot Jar

DIY projects don’t have to take a ton of time to be great! This 5 minute DIY is a versatile piece. It can be used to display all kinds of things or used simply as a candy jar. Nothing wrong with candy at all especially if it’s chocolate.

I put various things in the glass container after fixing it up a bit and took photos of my favorite displays.

5 Minute DIY Thrifty Decorative Candy Or Whatnot Jar

Today is Thrift Store Decor Tour day and my thrifty friends have some awesome projects…..as always.

For those of you who are new to Petticoat Junktion, Thrift Store Decor Day is all about finding a thrifty buy at the thrift store, flea market, junk shop, wherever and giving it a new life.

Our creative team shares new projects on the second Wednesday of the month. Be sure and bookmark Petticoat Junktion or sign up for our email list so you don’t miss a thing. 

thrift store jar

Let’s go over my simple 5 minute DIY. I bought the glass jar for $1 at the thrift store. I could see using it as a cloche or a decorative container to show off collectibles.

use Gorilla Glue for crafts

To class it up a little I added a glass drawer pull from my stash to the cork top using clear Gorilla Glue. I chose the clear knob to keep the look neutral. If I used a red knob ( or any other color) it might not go with what I wanted to put in the jar.

how to add a furniture knob to a glass jar lid

I gave the glue about an hour to dry.

add a drawer pull to a glass jar top and make a candy jar

The project took 5 minutes if you count the time it took me to find the Gorilla Glue. Nice looking glass container for less than $2. The jar actually looks good without anything in it. I noticed in this photo I didn’t get the lid on straight. It’s a bit cockeyed.

how to make a candy jar from a thrift store find

First I filled the jar with some of my favorite chocolate candy.

thrift store jar with cork lid Easter DIY

Next I tried a cute little Easter display. That’s the great thing about containers like this…..change the display with the seasons….or candy craving.use a thrift store jar to show off seashells for vacation memories

You guys have seen me display seashells in glass containers a bunch of times. This is a good one here where I scratched the ugly gold lettering off of the glass. Did you know you could do that?

display a bird and nest under glass

And here’s the cute little birdie on his nest. This might be my favorite display of the bunch.

thrift store candy jar craft

For now I’m using the container as a candy jar. Around the first of March I’ll take a couple of minutes and put the Easter display together.


You can find all kinds of glass containers at the thrift store. The succulent display above was made using thrift store glasses. You can find the detailed project info here.

thrift store decor

Another easy project is to find like items such as a bunch of owl or rooster figurines and spray paint them the same color. Makes a great new look and display idea. See the owl project here.

5 minute craft thrift store decor

Which display did you like the best? I’ll bet it’s the candy.

Time to see what my thrifty friends have for us today. Just click the links below the “before makeovers” photo collage……

Thrift Store Decor Team projects before makeovers

How to Make a Cement Pot
Decoupage Sewing Drawer
Antique Kitchen Tools for Spring
Create A Natural Raw Wood Look
DIY Coffee Pot Terrarium
Retro Canisters for Vintage Kitchen Decor
Decorative Candy Jar
DIY Footed Tray

Tomorrow I have a painted furniture project to share. It’s a beaut. As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. uh, oh, Kathy. It was not the candy that made me love that little jar. It’s the cute little bird sitting in his nest. Love it – could use it all spring and through the summer. You have the best ideas!

  2. Endless possibilities is RIGHT! And of course, I’m craving mini peanut butter cups now…

  3. My favorite also Kathy is the little bird in the nest. So adorable! Then of course followed closely by the jar with the candy:) I like to clean out certain empty candle jars and reuse for something. They are too pretty to throw away…..

  4. I actually love the Easter and the birdie!
    I’m sure I would also love it with Easter candy in it because of the colors!



  5. I liked all of the ways you decorated the glass jar, but I love the one with the bird. Thanks for sharing.

  6. So super creative! Love adding the knob to the top to create a versatile piece!

  7. As I scrolled down and saw the little bird in the first picture it just brought a smile and lightened my day.