Don't you just love glass food jars? You can make them into a gazillion things. I'm in love with pickles jars. They come in nice large sizes that beg to be re-purposed. I'm currently in the process of replacing various food storage containers in my kitchen with upcycled pickle jars.
The only problem with using glass jars from store bought food is that the smell of the previously stored product often lingers even after cleaning. This is particularly the case with pickle jars! However I discovered an easy way to get rid of the pickle scent and other food odors from glass jars. Simply clean away all food residue, fill the jar with hot water and a few tablespoons of baking soda and stir to dissolve. Put the cap tightly on the jar and allow it to sit for a couple of days and PRESTO the smell is totally gone. Once you get rid of the stinky smell, remove any manufacturer labels (I usually soak paper labels in warm soapy water and remove any left over glue residue with a cleaner like 409) and toss jar and cap in the dishwasher or hand wash thoroughly. Now you are ready to decorate!
I'm currently working on a coffee storage container for my kitchen counter. Ahhh...coffee the magical brown substance straight from heaven above!
After taking the previously mentioned steps to clean and deodorize the pickle jar, I painted the outside of the lid using black hammered spray paint. For these particular lids it takes several coats sometimes to keep the bright yellow/green from peeking through. It took quite a while to dry also but it may be because I painted it on my back porch when it was cold. When I did the last storage jar, I used a cheap can of flat black spray paint and it worked fine as well.
Next I headed over to the Graphics Fairy website and found a reproduction of a vintage french coffee and food label. I saved the graphic and then played around with it in a paint program until I got it to the size I wanted. Then I printed it on standard printer paper and cut it out.
There are probably a gazillion ways to add a label to a jar. For this particular label, I simply taped over the paper label with packing/box tape. I got the idea when peeling off the original label on the front of the jar. The consistency of the label reminded me of packing tape. If you smooth the tape over the entire label and extend the tape past the edges of the paper, it adheres well, helps protect the label and looks great.
You can find this particular label on this page of the The Graphics Fairy site.
I then tied a piece of thin jute rope around the top neck of the jar. I added a little glue to the ends to stop it from unraveling. I then filled the jar with coffee grounds and replaced the top. I think the jar looks much better sitting on my counter than a standard coffee bag or can. What do you think?
Happy crafting!!! :)
Update: This project has been featured on the Graphics Fairy Website. I am so honored! Graphics Fairy is the "go-to" place for graphics. It's an invaluable source for taking your project to a whole new level.