Five Things You Can Do With an Empty Nutella Jar, According to Katherine Sabbath

Katherine Sabbath Empty Nutella Jar
Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

Mar 27, 2024

Katherine Sabbath may be the Queen of Cakes. But she’s also pretty crafty when it comes to creating something out of the empty jar of chocolate spread, that you’ll occasionally find in one of her whimsical creations. Just in time for the Easter school holidays (and the chocolate overload that will likely come with them!), she shares her four fave hacks on what you do with an empty Nutella jar. Because, sure, you could recycle it. But reusing can be even more fun!

A pretty and practical pen holder

Empty Nutella Jar Katherine Sabbath 1 pen holder


  • Spray paint 
  • 1 empty Nutella jar 
  • Self-adhesive lace tape 
  • Double-sided adhesive tape 
  • Cord or string Scissors
  • Pens 


  1. Spray the jar in the colour of your choice. 
  2. To make sure the cord stays firmly in place, wrap some double sided adhesive tape around the threaded neck of the jar. 
  3. Now you can wrap your chosen cord or string over the adhesive tape. 
  4. Stick the lace tape around the jar. You can vary the position and number of rows of tape as you prefer.
  5. Now, simply fill your jar with pens. All done!

Make it a money box

Empty Nutella Jar Katherine Sabbath 2 Money Box


  • 1 empty Nutella jar with lid
  • Acrylic pen Acrylic paint 
  • Self-adhesive film 
  • Craft knife 
  • Small tweezers 


  1. From the self-adhesive film, carefully cut out small hearts or motifs that match your savings goal and stick them onto your jar. Make sure you leave a free space to write your goal. 
  2. Carefully paint your jar in the colour of your choice and let it dry well. You can give it a second coat if necessary. Now carefully remove the stickers with the tweezers. Note: As every type of paint reacts differently on glass, read the paint instructions carefully. Don’t forget to cover your work surface. 
  3. Use the craft knife to carefully cut a slit approx. 3-4 cm long and a few millimetres wide in the lid to make the coin slot. Then screw the lid onto the jar. Note: Be careful not to cut yourself when using the craft knife. Now you can work on the free space. What goal do you want to achieve? Write it down. Happy saving!

Shine in the dark light

Empty Nutella Jar Katherine Sabbath 3 light


  • 1 empty Nutella jar (750g) 
  • Paper Christmas patterns (Although we think Easter themed cut outs would work well too!)
  • Fluorescent paint 
  • Red drawing paper 
  • Scissor
  • Scotch tape


  1. Draw the outlines of your designs on your red drawing paper. 
  2. Cut out the inside with a cutter.
  3. Stick the red drawing paper on the jar with scotch. 
  4. Spray the paint to the cut part of the drawing. 
  5. Remove the scotch tips.

Perfect for pot planting

Empty Nutella Jar Katherine Sabbath pot plant


  • 1 empty Nutella jar 
  • Pebbles 
  • Potting soil
  • Plants


  1. Fill the jar with pebbles to a depth of approximately 2 cm. This will prevent your jar from becoming waterlogged.
  2.  Fill the jar with potting soil, up to the top third. 
  3.  Arrange the plants in the jar and fill with soil up to the rim. Gently press the soil down and add water. Tip: Make sure that no water is left standing in the jar.


By Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Writer

Marie-Antoinette Issa is a contributor for The Carousel and has worked across news and women's lifestyle magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Madison, Concrete Playground, The Urban List and Daily Mail, I Quit Sugar and Huffington Post.



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