August 21, 2014

recent craftiness: upcycled pickle jars...

Well, that's a post title I didn't see coming. I may or may not have lost my marbles.

The thing is, I've been able to get these over-priced jars of pickles for ridiculously cheap (around $1 per jar) thanks to the goodness of couponing. I started saving them a while back, because they're actually pretty unique as far as jars go. They are a good size, and they even have ML and Cup notations in the glass. The hoarder in me refused to let me toss them, so they've been taking up space in our over-filled cabinets for several months now. But at least I don't have any frozen owls in my freezer, right?

(I may be watching too many episodes of Hoarders right now. Send help.)

Anyway, this week I decided to finally rinse off the labels from these jars and make use of them. It's one of those things I thought would take much longer than it actually did, and I'm glad I made the time to do it!

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Here are the jars pre-scrubbing! Please tell me I'm not the only one who would feel driven to keep something like this. I mean, honestly.

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To remove the labels, I simply soaked the jars in a hot sink of soapy water for about a half an hour (it probably didn't need to be that long, but I was distracted by a small child for a while). After I took them out of the water, I rubbed off as much of the label as I could, then scrubbed the adhesive off by using a rag with nail polish remover. It came of so quickly with the nail polish remover, it was quite fantastic! I was thinking I would have to go out and buy something to remove the adhesive, but Google came to the rescue once again.

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I have a couple more jars waiting to be scrubbed down, but the first three ended up holding coffee grounds, flowers, and oats. For the gold-ified one, I just poured some gold paint inside and swirled it around for a while to make sure it was fully coated. (I tried using a paint brush, but you could see the paint strokes, which annoyed me.) To me, it looks more brown than gold, so I think next time around I'll just spring for some spray paint and do the outside of the jar instead of the inside.

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These roses grow near our duplex, and I cut a few to put in the jar for these photos. I'm pretty sure there were a few creatures living in them, though, so they may not be in here for long. (Some day I will convince my husband to buy me flowers on the regular. Until that day, these will have to do!)

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We keep the other two jars on our kitchen counter. Not fancy, but I find them quite charming, if you ask me. I was toying with the idea of spray-painting the lids, but wasn't sure if that would be a good idea, since we're keeping food inside of them. Thoughts?

A bunch of people have told me how they use mason jars as drinking glasses, and although these seems a tad too big for that, the next two jars I clean may end up serving that purpose. Come to think of it, we just got margarita mix from Costco, so…want to come over? Seriously.


  1. i just LOVE them. good job making your home organized and beautiful with them!

  2. I love these! The gold paint is fantastic. I'm a bit of jar hoarder myself, so this is definitely going on my to do list. :) what kind of paint did you use?
    Also for extra sticky labels, I use very hot water. These glues are usually heat activated, so the heat from the water melts them too. Just place some spoons inside to avoid cracking, and pour in very hot water (just shy of boiling). Wait for couple of minutes, and carefully peel off the stickers. If there's any residue you can use a dish scrubbie and soap (after it's cooled down of course). Hope you have a good one!


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