I’m so excited to share my sassy spice jars today and hope you love them as much as I do!
stalker loyal follower of Hi Sugarplum! and loved the author, Cassie’s post on her Kate Spade inspired Gold Dot Vase from a while back. I just loved the simplicity of the dots and had kept that design in the back of my head ever since reading her post. Being that I didn’t need another vase – I am a bit of a vase hoarder – I wanted to do something similar but was reserving the design for just the right project.
It’s a well known fact that I was in desperate need of something in the way of spice storage. Things were getting just a bit out of control with spices in multiple places. Cooking was challenging unless I prepared ahead of time, which is I know is what I should do.. but that’s just not how I do things – I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl that adds spices as I go along.
My criteria couldn’t be more simple –
- They must be cute – and.. what is cuter than polka dots, especially in gold?!
- They must be cheap.. it has been non-stop birthday central around here – with the constant gift giving and parties, cheap was a definite necessity! At $.69 a piece, a large baby food jar and lid fits the bill – it doesn’t get much cheaper for a glass container. The size is perfect for my beside-the-range spice jar drawer, and the large mouth size makes them ideal for being able to spoon directly from the jar.
I started out by removing the labels from the jars. After removing the paper label, I used WD40 to remove the leftover glue on the glass. I know it sounds crazy, but it works – got sticky stuff? Try it. Just spray the WD40 on to a cotton ball and rub over the glue – the glue will disintegrate. This removes all the leftover residue, just like magic. Wash with soap and water to remove the greasiness left over from the WD40, and you have yourself a clean jar.
The lids were spray-painted in a flat black and allowed to dry. I used black craft paint with a q-tip to touch-up and paint the edges of the lids. To bring texture to the lid, I dotted puffy paint in a circle pattern. When dry, I painted over the entire lid in a final coat of black craft paint.
The jars were done in two different finishes – A milk glass style and a clear glass style. Guess what? As much as I loved how the milk glass style turned out, I got tired of the amount of work involved pretty quickly – I painted six, but, since I needed a total of 32 jars.. well, you do the math. I do love them though, so, I decided I would still share them with you with the caveat that they are time consuming! Regardless, this is what I did:
For the milk glass style, I wanted to be able to see the quantity in the jar without opening it, so, I added a window on the side by cutting out an oblong oval with painters tape and adhering the cutout to the glass before painting. I then applied multiple coats of white craft paint, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between.
No additional prep was needed for the clear bottles.
Using a small stencil dauber (a round sponge) I carefully applied gold dots on to the plain bottles, and black and gold dots to the milk glass style bottles, in an alternating pattern. I wanted my dots to be fairly opaque and therefore carefully applied at least three coats of both colors. I then baked the bottles in the oven at 450 degrees for an hour, and allowed the bottles to cool completely before removing them from the oven. This both hardened the paint and made them dishwasher safe, as well as increased the shine and metallic in the gold paint.
I wanted labels on both the top of the jars or lids, so I could easily pick out my spices while they were in the drawer, and also on the front – some spices are similar enough that I wanted to ensure the appropriate lid went back on to the correct spice jar. Too, if I decide to display the jars outside of the drawer, a front label would be more appropriate. For the bottle labels, I cut 1.5″x 1.5″ squares out of black card stock and hand drew the name and design using a gold sharpie pen. I then used modge podge to apply the label to the jar, using a hair tie to hold the label in place while it dried. I then applied three additional coats for durability. For perfect modge podge application every time, check out this tutorial.
For the jar lid labels, I simply drew out the design directly on to the lid using the gold sharpie pen. This works perfectly on the dark finish! After letting the pen dry, I applied two coats of modge podge to protect the written label.
So there you have it – Sassy – and Spicy for that matter – Spice Jars. I love them, don’t you?