Jars made using quilling ribbonsWhat to do with containers? #1

We recently discovered that we had a huge number of used jars and boxes that are basically, being wasted! We’ve eaten up the food, and now the jars are kind of an eyesore. So, the easy solution is to throw or recycle them. BUT. A better alternative is to upcycle them instead –  making them useful, without looking odd. This lead to a massive clean up session, where we found a lot of ways and means to make boxes look better. Here’s the first idea of the lot, for all those empty cookie and chip boxes! 

before and after shots of chip box

A few days ago, we bought a lot of quilling ribbons which we have been using for all kinds of DIY projects (example). So, it makes sense, to try and use them to cover up here. Making it the main material used here. Alternately, paper strips or ribbons can be used to get the same effect.

Time: 1-1.5 hours

Budget: Low


  • Ribbon/Paper strips
  • Glue
  • Old boxes/ jars
  • Paper
  • Scissors

Materials to make quilling jars

Steps :

  1. Plan out your colors and which order they will come in.
  2. Measure the length of the box, and cut the ribbon to size.
  3. Smear a thin layer of glue on the jar and start sticking singular ribbons. I’d suggest going bottom to top. Make sure, the ribbon doesn’t have bumps in it, as it is being pasted.

How to cover jars with quilling ribbon4. Once, the box is covered, you can choose to cut a circle/square of paper for the top of the box, in case it doesn’t look very fresh.

5. Last, push the threads close to each other, so that gaps are reduced. And it’s done.

quilling ribbon used on jars

Things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t use too much glue, flecks will show through the ribbon.
  • Take your time in sticking the ribbon. For the best effect, keep it even.
  • In case, you don’t have a lot of time, you can cut out thicker strips of paper, that cover more area.

jars made with quilling ribbon

Easy way to make old boxes useful. Yes?

Let us know in the comments below or let us know on any of our social media, with the links here. If you’ve made this or something similar, show us with the hashtag #thecraftablesproject. Have a great day ahead. Bye!