Recycling & Repurposing

  1. Solar Powered Lanterns made with Barker's of Geraldine Preserve Jars

    Solar Powered Lanterns

    With the addition of a solar-powered light, our jars make the most wonderful solar-powered lantern to your outdoor space – perfect for alfresco dining!What you need:Barker’s Fruit Preserve Jar, label removedSolar Powered garden lightsWhite twine – we used macrame chordWhite painters / masking tapeHot glue gunScissorsHow to make a Solar-Powered Lantern:1. First, break apart yourRead more

  2. Barker's Sugar Skull Lanterns

    Sugar Skull Lanterns

    Bring the spirit of Día de los Muertos into your home this October with these bright and colourful lanterns! What you need:Barker’s Fruit Compote Jar, washed and label removed Acrylic paints in neon colours such as orange, red, green, yellow and bluePVA GlueA sponge brush. Metallic and coloured felt tip pensA Day of the DeadRead more

  3. Lavender Candle made with Barker's Chutney Jar

    Lavender Candle

    Bring the smell of spring into your home with these lovely lavender candles – they are so easy to make and a great present. Get creative and experiment with other dried herbs such as rosemary and thyme.What you’ll need:Barker’s of Geraldine Onion Marmalade Two pillar candles 8cm height x 3.5 – 4cm diameter, (if youRead more

  4. Dad's Toolkit

    Dad’s Toolkit

    Make Dad’s day this Father’s Day with a handy place to store his tools – with the help of some up-cycled Barker’s Meal Sauce Jars.What you’ll need:3 Meal Sauce JarsA cutting board, about 30cm in height and 40cm in length3 x 65mm hose clamps3 x keyhole hanger Pyrography kit RulerPencil A printout of ‘Dad’s Toolbox’AnRead more

  5. DIY Bird Feeder with preserve jar

    DIY Bird Feeder

    Repurpose your Barker’s preserve jars and create your own DIY Bird Feeder. Invite our feathered friends into your back yard with this easy to make bird feeder – out of a Barker’s of Geraldine preserve jar! Now is a great time to put bird feeders around the garden, in winter, food is more scarce – soRead more

  6. Fantail fairy lights

    Fantail Fairy-Lights

    Repurpose your Barker’s bottles and create your own DIY Fantail Fairy Light bottle Fun to make and very effective, – it provides perfect low lighting for an outdoor BBQ table, a child’s night light, or simply mood lighting for the favourite room in your house. What you’ll need: 710ml Barker’s fruit syrup glass bottle (label removed)sticky back vinylRead more

  7. Glass Upcycling

    Repurposing & Recycling Glass

    We love your enthusiasm for recycling and repurposing our beautiful glass bottles and jarsLike you, we’re very conscious of this challenge and the role we play in the future of a sustainable New Zealand.The Power of RepurposingOur customers tell us they reuse our glass bottles for:Rustic vases – our 710ml bottles resemble the old-school glassRead more

  8. Recycling Inspiration

    Repurposing Inspiration Gallery

    Do you have glass jars and bottles in your recycling bin you’d like to repurpose? If you are looking for inspiration, check out our gallery.TIP: here’s an easy way to remove sticky labels from glass bottles and jars!If you have a photo to contribute, we’d love to hear from you too. Just connect with us viaRead more

  9. Upcycling Bottle Inspiration

    Many of our customers tell us that our Barker’s glass bottles and jars are so handy for a multitude of uses  Beyond a simple vase or place setting for your dining table or special event, here are some creative usage ideas we couldn’t wait to share with you.Bottling homemade tomato sauce and fruit juices: Barker’sRead more

  10. removing sticky labels from glass

    The secret to removing labels from glass bottles

    We have many inquiries from customers wanting to know the secret to removing labels from glass jars and bottlesHere’s what we recommend There are many different paper stocks used for labels (including matt, glossy and textured paper) and you’ll soon discover that some will be harder to remove than others. What is common however isRead more