Mongs of My Thrifty Closet: Upcycle a Jam Jar

Filed under Be Creative DIY Projects on May 20 12 by

Hi! I am Mongs from My Thrifty Closet. I live on a tropical island called Singapore. I am a stay home mom of two boys. It has been a blessing staying at home to look after my husband and kids. Staying at home also allows me to develop myself as a woman in Christ. I have been learning precious lessons on living a frugal life and how to be content with what I have.

I started a blog at My Thrifty Closet to journal my ideas, thoughts, style, and projects. God has been inspiring me to remix thrift and hand-me-down clothes, sometimes refashioning them into functional and lovely things. He showed me that I don’t need to be rich to be beautiful; he gives me the creativity to maximize what I have. Beauty is an outward expression of what God is doing in and through my life. When I am experiencing the love of God and feel secure about my identity in Christ, confidence and beauty will flow from within.

This project is a great way to upcycle a jam jar and recycle your old buttons and scrap fabric.

Upcycle a Jam Jar

What you need

  • Empty jar
  • Scrap fabric ( I am using some fabric cut out from an old baby blanket)
  • Fabric tape
  • Old buttons
  • Small doiley
  • Fabric glue
  • Glue gun



  1. Trace the jar cover on the fabric using a pencil and cut out the circle, leaving some allowance around it. Apply fabric glue on the fabric circle and paste it over the cover.
  2. Paste the fabric tape around the sides of the jam cover.
  3. Apply fabric glue on the doiley and paste it on top of the jam cover.
  4. Arrange the buttons on top of the jam cover. Apply glue on each button with a glue gun. Paste them one at a time onto the jam cover.
  5. Voila, your DIY jam jar is done!

Upcycle a Jam Jar

About Mongs

I would describe my personal style as simple, functional, and uniquely me. I don’t always follow trends; I use whatever I have, understand what suits me, and create outfits that I feel comfortable in. Sometimes I find thrifted pieces and alter or refashion them to update the look.

The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done is starting a blog, doing outfit posts, and sharing it with the whole world. Believe me, I am a very shy and introverted person by nature, it doesn’t come naturally.

I feel most in love with God when I am constantly reminded that Christ chose to die for sinners like me. The grace of God makes me realized how much he loves me and it compels me to want to love him too.

The number one item on my bucket list I really don’t know…there are so many things that I want to do that I am not sure which comes first. Maybe to start an online shop, or maybe to help a christian organization run a charity thrift shop…I don’t know yet.

I feel most beautiful when I have joy in my heart. When I am down or depressed, I feel lousy even if I am wearing my best outfit.

The passage of scripture that I live by is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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  • Erica

    Mongs is one of my all time favourite bloggers, a pleasure to see her guest blog post DIY jam jar cover!

  • teddi

    i think of mongs as the queen of upcycled & refashion. she has an eye for style. :) i adore the dress she’s wearing in that photograph too.

  • Agy

    I love mongs’ style and her creativity in upcycling. Always excited to see her new looks!