Peanut Butter Jars


Peanut butter jars make fun storage! They’re sturdy, see-through, and have colorful lids. Plus, they’re free!

Back in the year 2000, when I was working with a great, organized teacher, Deb Bittle, she introduced me to the idea of reusing peanut butter jars in the classroom. Since then, I’ve continued to wash out and use these handy containers in a variety of ways:

  • store math manipulatives or office supplies in the classroom
  • store little things at home like Barbie shoes, shells, coins, craft supplies, etc.
  • put snacks in them when you’re in the car

Get as much peanut butter out of the jar as possible. Remove the label. Then, wash in the dishwasher. If you’re a teacher, send a parent note home asking for clean, empty peanut butter jars. I did this whenever I needed more for my classroom and the parents were great about sending them in. Just make sure they’ve been washed completely since severe nut allergies are common. Or ask your friends and family to save them for you. As for what to put in them, the possibilities are endless!


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  1. says

    You know, this is a really clever idea! I never thought of that! My friend is a school teacher, I need to mention this to her.

    Thanks so much for linking up to “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! :)

  2. says

    Great ideas, Carrie! I love the idea of kids seeing recycling and repurposing in action in the classroom … not just waiting for Earth Day! Another way that I used peanut butter jars in my classroom was as an estimation jar.
    Their transparency and durability were perfect for all the handing the jar would get from little hands while they tried to estimate how many tiny erasers, marshmallows, etc. were inside the jar. :)
    Thanks for sharing at Mommy & Me Creations Tuesday linky party.

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