I have a thing for recycling simple glass jars and using them around my home. Glass jars are just so versatile and very easy (not to mention cheap) to come by. As you already know, I like to make outdoor lanterns out of mason jars.
Jars are perfect for storing pantry items, too. Foods come packaged in glass jars of all sizes so you can easily find ones to recycle and meet your pantry needs. Eat the spaghetti sauce, or pickles, or jam; wash out the jar, and you have new storage. And, they are clear so you can easily see what is in need of a refill.
If you want some unique labeling for your jars, try chalkboard paint! Paint a few coats and let dry in between each. No need to make sure the edges are perfect, either. (Just note: you can’t put them in the dishwasher or the label will wash/melt away.)
I also added some chalkboard paint to my compost canister to spruce it up a bit.