Give a second life to your empty Bonne Maman jars

Posted on 11/06/2017 by Eileen Schuch
Bonne Maman Upcycling Kitchen

If you are following me in Social Media you will have probably seen that we recently started to work with Bonne Maman on recipe and DIY ideas. I am very delighted to be part of this project because recycling – or upcycling – and eating well are subjects that are very important to me. Both concern everyone on the planet and thus I am happy to support any initiative that contributes to better living and the protection of the environment.

Giving a new life to used objects is fun, inspirational and makes absolute sense. Why throw something away after it served its primary purpose? Repurposing things and giving them a new allure stimulates the creativity of big and small. It makes for quality entertainment with the kids and teaches them the value of things in a fun way. I do not have kids (yet) myself but if I were a parent I guess I would embrace creativity to evoke subjects like loyalty and sustainability to counterbalance the effects of our fast paced, throwaway society that is so harmful to other species and our planet.

But even if the education of your children is not the primary focus or if, like me, you do not have kids, developing recycling ideas is very recreational. It is a great way to reconnect with bits and bobs and not just bites! I spent most of my working life in front of a computer or mobile so that in my spare time, I like to get as far away from that as possible. I derive much joy from getting hands-on, be it in the kitchen or DIYing my way to new home decor.

Here three very simple ideas for giving a new life to your empty glass jars. The Bonne Maman jars are iconic and very cute with their label à l’ancienne. It reminds me much of how my grandma used to label her self-made marmelade and pickles. The lits of the jars come in different colours – red, blue, brown – depending on what they contain. With Charlotte, we produced a little series of photos with the oh so typical red lit: the jars as containers for your condiments and cookies and as vases for small flower bouquets.

Tell us in the comment box below how you like these transformations. Maybe you have recipe or recycling ideas with Bonne Maman of your own. If you want to share them with our community, please do not hesitate to tell me. Just leave a comment below and I will contact you by e-mail. I am looking forward to getting even more creative together with you over the summer!



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