Posts Tagged ‘Jars’

(Re) Using What You Have

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Our family likes applesauce. We usually make a huge batch in the fall and freeze it in hopes that it will last the year. It never does. So we inevitably end up buying jars from the store with whatever coupon we have at that time.

I was rinsing one out for the recycle bin when I noticed how nicely my scrub brush fit inside - concealing the ugly brush part and making it easy to grab the handle. Hmmm...

So I took off the label and cleaned off the sticky stuff. Then I shook up a can of cream spray paint I had and gave the jar a few coats, with drying time in between coats. I don't have one of those amazing Silhouettes for vinyl, so I used what I had - some basic letter stencils - and traced an "S" (for our last name) onto the jar. A pro probably would have taken the time to paint on the stencil. But I took my black sharpie and filled in the outline of the letter.

To finish it off, I wrapped jute around the top. (I know, jute. Again. I love this stuff!) Now it sits beside my kitchen sink with my scrub brush at the ready. No more hunting around a pile of dirty dishes and mucky water in search of that scrub brush!

I had everything I needed, so the cost to make it was free! Well, we had to buy the applesauce initially, but even that was inexpensive with a coupon. Have you reused jars for something fun? Please comment and share - I'm always looking for new ideas!

 

Mason Jars

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by ssteinruck 4 Comments

I'm on the verge of an obsession with glass jars.

        

I found a bunch of old mason jars at a local furniture store (random, right?) They were only $2 each so I bought 8. Now they sit on top of my shelf in my “studio” (it's technically the dining room, but we don't “dine”, so I moved my stuff in.)

I've started a button jar and have a few scrap ribbon jars. The others are empty at the moment, just sitting there looking pretty waiting for a purpose. Some don't have the wire that holds the top on, but I bought some 12 gauge jewelry wire to see what I can do. I know I can at least make the jars into hanging lanterns like this tutorial from Brown Paper Packages.

Any other ideas?

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »