Asked on Aug 01, 2016

5 gallon glass water jug

by Kim
I have an 5 gallon glass water jug and would love to reuse it but can't find any ideas for a jug that large.
  64 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 01, 2016
    Use the jug for the base of a lamp shade. Research if you like the idea.
  • Pat Ruge Pat Ruge on Aug 01, 2016
    This would make an excellent terrarium, perhaps with a fairy garden motif. You have a nice wide opening so small fairy-like items could be inserted. But even just plants would be beautiful.
  • Deb Foglia Deb Foglia on Aug 01, 2016
    use it as a pitcher with some fresh stems. That would look great on an outside tabletop.
  • Loretta Loretta on Aug 02, 2016
    you can always toss your change in there and use it as a piggy bank
  • Zosebrina Zosebrina on Aug 02, 2016
    Piggy bank, good idea!
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Aug 02, 2016
    Two of my ideas were already taken. I have a large one like that, but with a smaller mouth and I was thinking of using it to make something like pineapple wine:
  • Darnaga Darnaga on Aug 02, 2016
    J'en ai une aussi. Je vais faire une baignoire pour oiseaux. Faire une porte au cutter sur la paroi de la bouteille. Fendre en deux de la durite pour protéger les pattes des oiseaux des coupures. Mettre tout autour du trou. Suspendre la bouteille assez haute pour que les chats n'y aillent pas et assez bas pour la remplir sans effort. Par ces temps de canicule les oiseaux seront bien contents. Janine
  • Jan3794979 Jan3794979 on Aug 02, 2016
    You could fill it with some sand, seashells and white x-mas lights or a candle? makes a nice lamp for the garden
  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Aug 02, 2016
    I filled mind with potpourri and christmas lights. then cover with a piece of christmas fabric cut in a circle held on with a piece of ribbon around the top. It smells great when lite.
  • Yellow Barn Interiors Yellow Barn Interiors on Aug 02, 2016
    I would cut off the top to make a wide opening then would fill it with beach rocks, sand, and shells. Set a 12"x12" piece of tile from Home Depot on it as a table. Or you can just fill the uncut bottle with sand and stick a beach umbrella in it.
  • Angie Crews Angie Crews on Aug 02, 2016
    We have used a 5 gallon water jug for years to fill with coins and it is amazing how fast you have $1,000 plus dollars for vacations, etc.
  • Karen swift Karen swift on Aug 02, 2016
    i agree with angie ..bling it up and put your spare change in it ....
  • Lori Kelly Lori Kelly on Aug 02, 2016
    Layers of sand, rocks, seashells, etc. or you could use it as a planter. Just put rocks (or pretty stones that come in different colors) in the bottom for drainage.
  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 02, 2016
    I have never seen a water jug with a wide mouth. I have the glass water jugs that used to be used in water coolers before they switched to plastic. I converted mine to lamps and did not drill holes. You can get lamp parts at a lamp shop or HD, Lowes or a craft shop. I used a lovely triangular shaped shade which enhanced the glass jug. If you want you can fill it with unused toys or legos or sand and shells or rock or even use it as a contained tiny environment with miniature people and houses etc. I would not cut the jug because they are quite collectable and you may want to use it for something else in the future. As with anything such as this or furniture please investigate it before altering.
  • Madilyn Madilyn on Aug 02, 2016
    I turned 2 bottles upside down, first putting a piece of round decorative wood that was taller than the bottles. I filled bottles with electric Christmas type clear lights, making sure the cord and the pole stuck out. I then turned bottle upside down and buried the neck of the bottles and poles, which were added for stability, in dirt in my yard. The tables turn into fun side tables for the yard. I spaced them so I could put a board over the both of them to form one long table. I also buried the cords to the lights in dirt and plugged the ends into an outside outlet. Very fun and cute at parties!
  • Samantha Baxter Samantha Baxter on Aug 02, 2016
    I think it would look lovely with some large fake peacock feathers, and some bling on the jar. You could switch it up for seasonal and holidays by removing the feathers, and say adding poinsettias at Christmas. It could make your porch or entryway pop!
  • Dol7382879 Dol7382879 on Aug 02, 2016
    It would make a nice terrarium.
  • Holly Hecker-Pupo Holly Hecker-Pupo on Aug 02, 2016
    Make a water feature.
  • Maurice meier Maurice meier on Aug 02, 2016
    Frozen lemonaid ice 1/5 vodka,party.
  • Bec4750872 Bec4750872 on Aug 02, 2016
    It would make a great 4 season jug on a porch or entryway, example : fill with shiny christmas bulbs with spruce branches coming out, for fall use little pumpkin gourds etc.. spring you could use cherry blossom branches from craft store etc.. possibilities are endless !
  • Dusty Dusty on Aug 02, 2016
    You could drop in a string of twinkling holiday lights. Then you could create a funky funnel at the top and drop in your change for a really unique piggy bank.
  • George Knipp George Knipp on Aug 02, 2016
    An Aquarium with tropical fish.
  • Judy Riley Judy Riley on Aug 02, 2016
    I've made a terrarium with a 5 gallon plastic jug before, just ad a half inch of gravel and charcoal chips mixed together and about 2 inches of potting soil and carefully use BBQ tongs to add small plants. spriz with water, and watch it grow, If you seal it, you may never need to water it again. sealed-bottle-garden-david-latimer-1
  • 861650 861650 on Aug 02, 2016
    You can google, "how to repurpose a five gallon glass jug." I did this and found so many that I cannot count...Have fun!
  • Dana Oleske Dana Oleske on Aug 02, 2016
    Rain collecting jar, they cost 60-120 brand new at the store & rain water is much better for your flowers I've read
  • Jaj5998390 Jaj5998390 on Aug 02, 2016
    clean it... add faux lavender like the high end shops do…for your mantle adorable and easy!
  • Ang6697298 Ang6697298 on Aug 02, 2016
    I used one to put change in every day. When filled, it was a lot of money saved.
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Aug 02, 2016
    Make a terrarium!
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Aug 02, 2016
    A lamp or side table.
  • Thomas J Peterson Thomas J Peterson on Aug 02, 2016
  • Bobbie Littlefield Bobbie Littlefield on Aug 02, 2016
    Fish tank!
  • Carol Malloy Carol Malloy on Aug 02, 2016
    home wine or beer
  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Aug 02, 2016
    Here is what I found on google. But you could also use it for coins, collectibles, long grasses like pampas, teasel or cats many things!!
  • Vickie Ramsey Vickie Ramsey on Aug 02, 2016
    Candle with a little sand
  • Ann Ann on Aug 02, 2016
    Turn it on its side, add a bit of dirt and moss and make a mini fairy garden. Add some living and fake plants and let your imagination go nuts. You could just use fake plants and dried moss and not deal with the dirt. It could be lovely. At Christmas time, switch over to a snowy wonderland with miniature reindeer and fake Christmas trees. At Easter add moss, fake mini eggs and a cute rabbit figurine or two. Just think of the possibilities for Halloween and even Thanksgiving. Such fun!
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Aug 02, 2016
    Lots of ideas, my first thought was a terrarium. I had one years ago. Either sitting up or on its side. But I like the fairy garden idea too.
  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Aug 02, 2016
    It would make a nice lamp base.
  • Susan Axsom Curtis Susan Axsom Curtis on Aug 02, 2016
    Use it to make your own beer or wine. Paint it with mercury glass paint it come is different colors it looks like really old mirror. and you have yourself a lamp base.
  • Dal7217550 Dal7217550 on Aug 02, 2016
    Believe me when I tell you this! I would kill to find a bottle like yours so I could make it into an aquarium! I did it when I was 14 yrs. and could never find the right glass bottle since. Please get in touch with me: I hope I can give you some help if you want to do it this way.
  • Sta7845006 Sta7845006 on Aug 02, 2016
    Want to sell it???!! I have a 5 gal. I use to save my change in.
  • C C on Aug 02, 2016
    Yep, we put only pennies in ours and keep it in a corner of the living room. A friend of mine used the change from his to go on an annual vacation!
  • Ben Di Gaudio Ben Di Gaudio on Aug 02, 2016
    How about filling it with layers of different colored small rocks and marbles and half way filled place a bamboo plant in center and finish up with more layers until you reach the base of the neck . Place it in a corner or where you'd like to view it and then fill with water to the top of your rocks/marbles.
  • Dolores Dolores on Aug 02, 2016
    This would make a beautiful terrarium or a darling fairy garden.
  • Edith Runninghawk Edith Runninghawk on Aug 02, 2016
    Put decorative design paper print inside ,no need to glue or paint.change print to set different decor in it . And put decorative branches n flowers ...
  • Sandi Key Sandi Key on Aug 02, 2016
    Make a terrarium. That's what I did. Beautiful jug.
  • Brenda Brenda on Aug 02, 2016
    Mine is filled with wine corks
  • Phyllis A Tims Phyllis A Tims on Aug 03, 2016
    we filled ours with loose change for the Grandkids
  • Tet Filart Puzon Tet Filart Puzon on Aug 03, 2016
    Glass is also a canvas!
  • Iti Fox Iti Fox on Aug 03, 2016
    Hmm, I think id fill it with either rocks, or sea glass, or both, throwing in some other bits, a few small sticks with moss. Maybe a special button or two. But first id drill a hole in the side and turn it into a lamp. Could have a shade or go more industrial with the contents inside, it would soften the industrial look. cant make up my mind which!
  • Sheila D Sheila D on Aug 03, 2016
    I like to do large floral arrangements. Tall bamboo sticks or beach grass make pretty arrangements. You can add sand & shells to bottom if you like the coastal look. Or branches from a tree that has interesting textures.
  • AlisonGrimes AlisonGrimes on Aug 03, 2016
    Make it into a terrarium. Some of the plants can get nice-sized due to the height of the jug.
  • Ann Ann on Aug 03, 2016
    I don't know if this will help but we live on the Florida Panhandle where severe storms are frequent. I have 6 jugs that I keep to fill up with water
  • Suzette Suzette on Aug 03, 2016
    I made a coastal lamp out of mine.
  • Kathy Anello Kathy Anello on Aug 04, 2016
  • Cynlane55 Cynlane55 on Aug 05, 2016
    I love your jug, I think it would make a great fairy garden. make the bottom the inside of house & just go wild. Then hang it
  • Sheila D Sheila D on Aug 06, 2016
    Cynlane's idea sounds good-you can mount or hang vines from the top back to give texture and a background
  • Lorraine Lorraine on Aug 06, 2016
    It's beautiful,you can give it an ombré effect and put some cool branches in it,for your porch,or even inside! Or partially fill with stones,shells,glass stones,wine cork...and the branches or string lights!
  • 34296168 34296168 on Jan 25, 2019

    Ant farm?

  • JI WON JI WON on Sep 13, 2021

    Hello, can I please buy this? I can pay up to $60.

  • Mark Battles Mark Battles on Nov 29, 2021

    I would throw my change and $1.00 bills in it

  • Malissa Lenzzo Malissa Lenzzo on Sep 20, 2023

    A vase for tall flowers. Up to you if you want to put fake or real.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 21, 2023

    Make a mini garden in it!