Kilner® Jar Terrarium

These on trend terrariums will make a great gift and are perfect for bringing a touch of the outdoors into your home.

To make your very own Kilner® Jar Terrarium, you will need:

Your choice of Kilner® jar
Small stones
Activated charcoal
Potting soil
Waterproof ornaments/ trinkets
Small plants
Step 1
Pour a 1 inch base of small-medium sized rocks on the bottom of the jar for drainage.

Step 2
Next add an even layer of activated charcoal which acts as a natural filter to absorb toxins, remove impurities and rotten soil smells.

Step 3
Add the potting soil. If using cactus or succulent plants, make sure that you add some sand or small rocks as these plants require good draining soil. Only fill the jar ¼ full with soil to leave room for the plants to grow.

Step 4
Gently shake off any loose soil from the roots of your plants and bury them into the terrarium soil so the base of the plants are even with the top of the soil. Pack soil around each plant to hold it into position. Don’t overcrowd your terrarium, leave space for air to flow around each plant.

Step 5
Next add your top dressing décor of mixed size rocks, dried mosses, driftwood, crystals or waterproof trinkets. Again, don’t overcrowd your terrarium with décor, leave some space for the plants to grow and still have good air flow.

Step 6
Water only when soil becomes dried out and light brown in colour. Water sparingly, being careful not to over saturate the soil. Check terrariums weekly and remove any dead leaves promptly.

Hints & Tips

  • Succulents and cacti are best planted in vessels with good airflow and less soil room. They also require full sun exposure.
  • Tropical plants like ferns and mosses can grow in low light and are best in terrariums with lids since they love humidity. They also require more space as they grow quickly.
  • Air plants are the most versatile since they don’t require soil, they prefer indirect light but can also handle low light to full sun. They are called air plants because they absorb moisture through their leaves and only require misting or soaking weekly. Air plants are slow growing so you can use them in small vessels.
  • For air plant terrariums, follow the same steps except don’t use soil or charcoal. You can use rocks as a base, or sand and shells. For care, we recommend removing the plants from the terrarium and soaking them in a bowl of distilled water for 5 minutes before returning them to the terrarium. Leave the lid open so that they dry out within a few hours of watering, this will stop them from rotting.
  • Succulent and cactus Kilner® terrariums only require watering once a month.Taking the lids off every day to allow air flow would also be beneficial.
  • The air plant terrarium and the tropical plant terrarium will be fine with the lids on the majority of the time and with monthly watering.

Thanks to Sarah Gies and Eric Gibson at Axis Mundi Artistry for this tutorial and images. Axis Mundi Artistry


4th May 2017

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At Home With Kilner

You can find a place for a Kilner® creation in any household.

From kitchen to garden, dining room to living room, a lovingly crafted item from Kilner® can bring quality and style to all parts of a home.

At Breakfast

There are many Kilner® items in our range that can help start your day the right way. From making homemade butter with the Kilner® Butter Churner, to serving your jam in our Mini Jars, we can help you at every step.

At the Coffee Table

Nothing tastes better than fresh coffee. Grind your favourite beans and store them easily with the Kilner® Coffee Grinder.

Cold brew your own blend with our brand new Cold Brew Coffee Set. Prepare the night before and it’ll be ready to enjoy at your leisure in as little as 12 hours!

Need a little extra sweetness in your coffee? Try our homemade flavoured syrups, and save a fortune on takeaway coffee too!

In the Garden

Barbeque season isn’t a million miles away, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy your garden. Invite some friends over and impress them with some refreshing drinks from a Kilner® Storage Jar with Dispenser Tap and Handled Jars.

Feeling experimental? Show off your mixology skills with the Kilner® Cocktail Shaker Set!

In the Evening

Take the weight off your feet, and enjoy a quality whisky, brandy or cognac from our Kilner® 1 Litre Barrel Dispenser. Put your favourite spirit pride of place.

To celebrate 175 of the famous Kilner® Jar, we’ve redesigned the original and the best for 2017.

Functional and decorative, it can be used in a variety of interior design contexts, like this beautiful desk lamp (Image courtesy of AdornGirl).

6th April 2017

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Kilner®’s Great Christmas Gifts for Makers, Creators, and Entertainers

Struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift for that special someone in your life? We’ve compiled a list of some great items to suit your homemade hero, regardless of their experience level.

If you’d like to know where to buy these, or any other products in the Kilner® range, check out our list of stockists.

Butter Churner, Glass Dish & Paddles

Who knew that making, and flavouring, your own butter would be so easy..?

The Kilner® Butter Churner offers everyone an easy way to make, and flavour, their own homemade butter and makes a stylish addition to any kitchen. Just add whipping or double cream in to the jar, turn the handle, and in as little as ten minutes fresh and delicious butter will be ready for spreading or cooking with!

The Kilner® set of 2 butter paddles are an essential item for any homemade butter enthusiast. They can be used to mould the finished product, and the deep grooves in the beechwood are perfect for squeezing out any excess buttermilk, keeping the butter as fresh as possible.

The elegant design of the Kilner® Glass Butter Dish is perfect for storing fresh butter in the fridge, or serving it at the dining table.

Check out our handy video showing all the steps needed to make homemade butter with the Kilner® Butter Churner.

Cocktail Shaker

Mixologists rejoice! Indulge someone’s creative side and give them the tools to create a unique experience in their own home with a Kilner® Cocktail Set for 2.

The set includes a Kilner® 1ltr Preserve Jar, cocktail shaker lid and measuring jigger cap, 2x 400ml Kilner® Handled Jars, a wooden muddler and a recipe booklet to get started!

Sloe Gin Set

The Kilner® 8 piece Sloe Gin Set is specifically designed to provide all the essential items required for making sloe gin, but it doesn’t have to stop there: Homemade flavoured vodka, fruit-infused water, or tropical tequila are only a few easy steps away with this box of fun! Ideal for that creative entertainer.

The gift set includes:

  • 1x 2 litre Kilner® Clip Top Glass Jar
  • 4x 0.25 Litre Sloe Gin Bottles
  • 1x Plastic Funnel
  • 1x 50cmx50cm 100% Cotton Muslin Cloth
  • 1x Recipe card containing 2 recipes

The large clip top jar is ideal for distilling the alcohol and the muslin cloth and funnel make decanting the creations simple and mess free!

Spice Jar Set

Perfect for the home cook, this 20 piece Kilner® Spice Jar Set is great for storing herbs and spices in the kitchen or pantry. Our famous airtight clip top seal helps to lock in aromas, keeping an arsenal of herbs and spices fresher for longer.

Set contains:

  • 6x Kilner® 70ml clip top spice jars
  • 1x Wooden storage crate: W 330mm x H 60mm x D 25mm
  • 12x Labels
  • 1x Recipe booklet

Use the included recipe book to create spice blends or inspire a spice savant to go off script and create their own unique mixes, labelling them accordingly with the labels provided.

Coffee Grinder

The perfect cup of coffee not only starts with the beans, but also the storage. The Kilner® Coffee Grinder helps to make a great cup of coffee and comes complete with a Kilner® jar and airtight lid to keep the grinds fresh!

We hope this list inspires you to pick the perfect gift for that special someone you were looking to buy for this Christmas!

2nd December 2016

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Kilner Pop-Up Store, Liverpool

We’re coming to the Rex Concept Store on Liverpool’s Bold Street for a very special family-friendly #KilnerPopUp event from Friday November 25th to Wednesday November 30th.

This is your chance to browse the range of Kilner products, get involved in creative workshops and chat to the Kilner team about preserving and pickling, we are here to answer your queries.

If that wasn’t tempting enough, each in store purchase of £10 or more will receive a Kilner Work Surface Protector (worth £10) absolutely free! On top of that there will be a chance to win a Kilner Christmas Hamper!

So, come and join us and get involved with everything our entire jam-packed schedule contains! Speaking of which…

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th November

The #KilnerPopUp opens its doors. Whether you’re here for a prolonged pit stop between bouts of Christmas shopping, or a quick dash in on your lunch break, we’re sure you’ll find something you love.

Looking for gift ideas? Need some advice? We’ll be on hand to help!

Saturday 26th November

Freak Shake Masterclasses at 11am/1pm/3pm

These monstrous mash-ups of drink and dessert have taken the world by storm and we’ll be running you through the basics of what makes the perfect indulgent treat. Milkshakes topped with cream, cake, waffles, sauce, sweets and anything else you can think of? No wonder kids love them…

Drink Infusing 12pm/2pm

Kilner have a long history of infusing drinks with a wide range of flavours and we’ll be more than happy to guide you through the process, offering hints, tips, and tricks along the way.

Spiralising 3pm/4pm

This is your chance to discover the wonders of using the brand new Kilner® spiraliser to prepare vegetables to be used in a tasty salad, or as a healthy alternative to pasta!

This is your chance to try your hand at making your own food gifts. We’ll show you how to make a great-tasting food look even better by serving it inside a Kilner Jar!

Sunday 27th November

Create & Make Session 11am/12pm

A cold Sunday morning needs hot coffee and buttered toast. We’ll teach you all you need to know about making your own butter with the Kilner Butter Churner and your own coffee with the Kilner Coffee Grinder.

Christmas Crafting 12pm-1pm (drop in)

This drop-in/drop-out workshop is perfect for families. You’ll be let loose with a range of crafting materials, a miniature Kilner Jar to decorate and to keep (for a small price), and guidance from our in-store team to create your very own Kilner Christmas tree decoration!

Spiralising 3pm/4pm

Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th November

The #KilnerPopUp will remain open during this time for you to come and explore the Kilner range, and purchase any items.

Head to our Facebook Event, mark yourself as attending, and get instant updates of all the goings-on!

REX: The Concept Store opening times:

  • Monday: 10am – 7pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 7pm
  • Friday: 10am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

REX Concept Store, 24-26 Bold Street, L1 4DS.

15th November 2016

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Spiced Spiralized Courgettes Recipe

Super tasty spice & spiralized courgetti…yum!


  • 3 courgettes
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • A pinch of dried red chilli flakes

For the Brine

  • 400ml Sarsons Malt Pickling Vinegar
  • 200g white sugar
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (dry roasted in a frying pan over a medium heat for a few minutes)

Suggested jars:

1 x 0.5 Litre Round Kilner® Clip Top Jar or Kilner® 0.5 Litre Preserve Jar


  1. Trim the ends then using a mandolin slicer, slice the courgettes into 5mm thickness. Peel the onions and again using a mandolin slice the red onion into 2mm rings.
  2. Separate the onion rings and put them into a large bowl along with the courgettes. Sprinkle with salt and mix to coat. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for about 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile put the vinegar, sugar, turmeric, mustard seeds and coriander seeds into a Kilner® preserving pan and bring to the boil.  Turn the heat down and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and let the brine cool to room temperature. Leave the salt on the courgettes and onions and drain well.
  4. Fill sterilised Kilner® jars with the courgettes and onions. Pour in the brine ensuring you leave 1.5cm headspace.  Tap the jars to remove any trapped air.
  5. Wipe the rim of your Kilner® jar and seal. Process your Kilner® jars (please visit our section on processing your jars for information).  Allow to mature for 4 weeks in a cool and dry place.

25th October 2016

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