husband like to play a fun game in our house called “put the dishes wherever they’ll fit” when emptying the dishwasher. We’ve lived in this house their entire lives, and yet, they have no idea where anything goes in the kitchen! Cooking dinner is an adventure that requires scouting every door and cabinet for whatever item I may need, and I’d be more irritated by it, but I hate doing the dishes more than pretty much anything, and so, I’m willing to put up with the mystery location of my favorite spatula every night.
I’d love to tell you it stops at the dishes but this was also the case with my cabinets, drawers, my unorganized pantry and until recently, my spices. It’s amazing how crazy things can get in a kitchen without a proper storage solution. We needed to get on that ASAP!
Still, I wanted a solution that is pretty, as well as practical and that doesn’t break the bank. Enter these Kate Spade inspired spice jars made from tall baby food jars!
HOW TO MAKE SPICE JARS FROM BABY FOOD JARS
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Tall baby food jars
- A gold sharpie pen
- A round, foam stencil brush
- Mod Podge
- A paintbrush
- Painter’s tape
- Black Spray paint and craft paint
- Puff paint in black
- Optional: White paint
WHAT TO DO:
CLEAN THE JARS
Remove the labels from the jars. Pull off the paper label. Spray WD 40 on a cotton ball and rub over the residue until it begins to disintegrate. Wash the jar with soap and water to remove the greasiness left over from the WD40, and you have yourself a clean jar.
PAINT THE LIDS
Spray-paint the lids in a flat black and allow to dry. I used black craft paint with a q-tip to touch-up and painted the edges of the lids. To bring texture to the lid, add dotted puffy paint in a circle pattern. When dry, paint over the entire lid in a final coat of black craft paint.
PAINT THE JARS
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 added a window on the side by cutting out an oblong oval with painters tape and adhering the cutout to the glass. I then applied multiple coats of white craft paint, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between. When the white was dry, I removed the painters tape, revealing a window to see the spice through.
APPLY THE DOTS
Using a small stencil dauber (a round sponge) carefully apply the 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 relatively opaque and therefore carefully applied at least three coats of both colors. I then baked the bottles in the oven at 250 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.
CREATE AND ADD LABELS
To easily identify what spices I had in the drawer, I added labels on both the front of the jars and on the lids. For the bottle labels:
- Cut 1.5″x 1.5″ squares out of black cardstock and write the name of the spice gold sharpie pen
- Mod Podge the label to the jar, using an elastic to hold the tag in place while it dried.
- Apply three additional coats of Mod Podge for durability.
For the jar lid labels:
- Draw out the design directly on to the lid using the gold sharpie pen. This works perfectly on the dark finish!
- Let the ink dry then apply two coats of mod podge to protect the written label.
Fill with spices and enjoy!
At less than a dollar a piece, these jars are air tight and super cute – exactly what I wanted. The size is perfect for my beside-the-range spice jar drawer, and the largemouth size makes them ideal for being able to spoon directly from the jar. It’s so wonderful to be able to locate what I need when I need it! Now, if only I could locate my can opener!