9.20.2013

Pickle Jar Fish Bowl

Every so often, in the name of the blog, I bring home something that makes my family members scratch their heads.  

The most recent example was this one gallon jar of pickles.  I mean, there are only four of us.  How many pickles can we eat?

But I had a really good reason for buying all those pickles.  Earlier that week, at my favorite thrift,  I found a glorious-looking (empty) one-gallon glass jar. 

And my brain swam with the possibilities.


Then I looked at the price.  $6.00?!  The way I saw it, I could get my own jar at the grocery store for less than that AND it would be full of food!

Turns out I was right.  One trip to Smart & Final later and I had myself a gallon jar of pickles.  


Thankfully my kids (and their friends) love pickles.

In no time at all I had an empty jar....

...and a dream!


After removing the label (you can find instructions on that HERE), and soaking the jar in boiling water to clean it...

I did this:


That's right!  It's a Pickle Jar Fish Bowl!


I whipped up some "Here Fishie, Fishie, Fishie" stickers on my Silhouette and stuck them on.


Then it was just a matter of adding some rocks, some decorative plants...


...and a FISH!


Allow me to introduce you to the newest resident of `a casarella: Pickles the fish!


Isn't he pretty??


My girls were over the moon when they came home and found him.


I'll keep you posted on his progress as time goes on!



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22 comments

  1. How beautiful! If pickles doesn't make it the Mexican fighting fish last without filters they're very resilient. Brilliant idea!!

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  2. Super cute & the weirdest post title ever at the same time!

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  3. Oh that's great and I love the color of the plant in there!

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  4. Too cute. I knew I saved those old gallon jars for something!

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    1. Me too! My husband recently discovered my stash of jars in the garage and may or may not have accused me of hoarding ;)

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  5. Hahaha!!!! I simply adore your here fishie fishie pickle jar aquarium!!!! And one gallon -- wow! I'd need to visit Costco to find one that big ...

    Pinning and FB sharing and all that other fun stuff!

    :) Linda

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  6. Oh I LOVE up cycle projects! great idea. Check out my up cycled milk and juice jug project ;-)

    http://sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com/2013/09/friday-night-football-jug-shakers.html

    JoAnn

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  7. It looks fantastic, Im with you I reuse food jars as well. What a perfect fish size for a siamese fish as they dont need a lot of room to swim in apparently they use to survive in cow paddies when it rained! Just be sure to keep it near a warm spot in the house so the water doesnt get too cold otherwise they wont swim around much theyll sit on the bottom. I had that problem in a very cold house I lived in and moved it next to the window and it was fine after that :)

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  8. Cute - and much cheaper then buying it from a pet store! Great idea!

    Sam
    The Kitchen is My Dance Floor
    http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is so cute! Lord Puckerlips III (our goldfish) would love this! I'll have to pin it and show it to hi later!
    Kelly

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  10. What a cute idea. I love the reusing items. My favorite is your addition on "Here Fishie, Fishie, Fishie." Love that.

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  11. As the owner of numerous Beta fish, I think this is a great idea and wish I would have thought of it after purchasing so many different vessels for fish.

    What is a Silhouette?

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    1. A silhouette is a cutting device. Imagine a printer, but instead of writing on paper, it cuts it. Here's a link: http://amzn.to/ZqZJcc

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  12. Loving Pickles the Fish's home! :) Pinning this to my DIY Pet Projects board! Simple fantastic, Elena!

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  13. Loving Pickles the Fish's home! :) Pinning this to my DIY Pet Projects board! Simple fantastic, Elena!

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  14. Totally love this!! I miss having a beta and this may give me a reason to go get pickles and a fish! you have to send this to Silhouette if you have not done so! I am pinning to my pet area (currently named 4 legged love=may have to rename that lol)

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  15. Awww, and to think that I have just been using mine to store those 10 pound bags of sugar. This is soooo much more fun!

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  16. That fish won't last 3 months. Why don't you set a good example for your kids and treat fish like pets, not decoration. I would reccomend you to do some reschearch about betta fish and to buy an appropriate tank with at least 5 gallons.

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