DIY Decorative Vegetable Jars

DIY Decorative Vegetable Jars

Display your gorgeous, colorful garden bounty all year long in these beautiful jars.

Homegrown vegetables are always welcome as an ingredient as a meal, but have you ever thought of them as part of your kitchen décor?

Use these lovely jars and bottles filled with colorful sliced fruit or plump vegetables to add a homey touch to your room. With a few household materials, this guide and filling suggestions, your veggies can truly be garden-to-table in no time!

Jars with lids and seals
Butter knife or wooden skewer
White vinegar or mineral oil
White craft glue


  1. Layer produce in jars in a decorative way. Keep fruits and vegetables separate.
  2. Use butter knife or flat end of skewer to move items around the bottom of jar. Continue layering, packing the jar full.
  3. Cover contents with white vinegar or mineral oil.
  4. Pipe a layer of glue inside threads of jar ring. Put lid in place and tighten.
  5. Cut fabric about 2 inches larger than the jar lid. Attach to jar using white glue.
  6. Gather fabric around lid and tie twine around the rim. Trim as needed.

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Filling Suggestions
Choose either fruits or vegetables, and keep them separate to maintain a unified look. Pick colors, shapes and sizes you like the most and adorn jars with:

Citrus: Lemons, limes and oranges
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
Other fruit: Kiwi, peaches and apples
Vegetables: Peppers, carrots, pearl onions, baby corn, fresh herbs, cucumbers and olives

Filling Tips

  • Slice citrus thin so you can see light through it. Apples and kiwi can be sliced or cut into wedges.
  • Add banana peppers and jalapenos whole. Slice or cut bell peppers into pieces.
  • Slice carrots and cucumbers into thick rings.
  • Leave herbs and small vegetables like pearl onions, olives and baby corn whole.

With these tips, you can use what’s left over from your harvest every season! Do you use your garden’s bounty in unique ways? Let us know how in the comments section!

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So which is better Mineral oil or white vinegar? Obviously, vinegar is least cost but I want to do the best. Also do I understand you can't mix fruits with vegetables in the same jar? Thank YOu Rick

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I tried this and bacteria grows in some of the veggies, bubbles up and pushes the lid up so the oil leaks out. I just want them to be decorative but need to find a solution to his problem . Any ideas would be very welcome!!

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These jars look beautiful, but since the food hasn't been processed by canning, won't the food rot? Maybe the oil prevents that. Just a thought. I guess the best way to find out is to try it.

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Remember this is for decoration only. Vegetable oil is too yellow. Mineral oil is clear and will let the beauty of your bounty shine through.

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Indeed fresh fruits and vegetables add a lot of beauty as well as liveliness to a room. Such beautiful jars, love them. I liked the idea of using vinegar and using butter knife to move the items in teh jar. Thanks for sharing the tips with us.

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