Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thrifted Vintage Glass Jars to Canisters with DIY Labels

If you follow us on Instagram you know that I was pretty ecstatic last week about my thrift store find.  It's not too often you find three matching anything at Goodwill.  But I did!  I scored three of these large glass mason-like jars.  They were in perfectly good condition - aside from needing a good cleaning.  There were no chips or cracks and the closures all worked perfectly.

The top reveals they are Fidenza glass jars made in Italy.   It's hard to tell from the photos, but the jars big.  I'm guessing they must be half a gallon or a liter each.  And did I mention they were just $4 a piece?! 

Originally, I was planning on using the jars storage pantry thinking they would be too big on my counter.   Plus, I already have a set of stainless steel canisters.   Since we have regular flour, coconut flour, and almond flour in the pantry, I definitely wanted to make sure the jar was labeled - and from every side!

I created the labels and cut them on vinyl using my Silhouette (read more on how I created the labels and used both the negative and positive of the design on our sister site, Silhouette School).   Then it was just a matter of sticking them on.  You could also print out paper labels and mod podge them to the jar or make some DIY chalkboard stickers so you can easily change the label on the jar.  That's what I did before I had a Silhouette when I turned a couple of glass food jars into little craft storage jars. 

Once I put the vintage glass jar in my pantry, I realized they were just too pretty to hide in there.

And so I made the swap.   I made two more labels for the other two glass jars and now have all three being used as canisters.

My original set of stainless steel canisters were also given a facelift in the way of labels.  Labeling the canisters means I don't have to pull each one off the shelf to remember what's in each one.   The labels are temporary so they can easily be peeled off if when I decide they will serve another purpose.

Don't forget if you want to learn to make the labels or download my free studio file, head on over to Silhouette School now! 

What's your best thrift store find??? And how do you organize your pantry to make it more functional?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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