Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DIY baking ingredient jars

Last week I embarked on a project that was well overdue...for a while I've had my baking goods (flour, sugar, etc.) in un-labled glass containers in the pantry. I knew which was which from the size of the container, and from looking at the contents. One night I realized maybe that's not the best system for others in my house (aka the Mr.) - he was making a delicious dinner for me, and used some flour to thicken the sauce he was cooking...except instead of flour, it was non-descript icing sugar he grabbed. Woops. Fortunately it didn't change the sauce too much because it was a very small amount, but from there on in he started asking for labels!

My friend Lindsey at Recreated did a great DIY Spice Jar post a while back and these served as my inspiration:






















Aren't those fantastic? So cute, and so easy! So, the Mr. and I embarked on a similar project for our baking jars.

We started by emptying out all of the jars:

(and yes, all the contents did stay in bowls on our island for about a week, thanks for asking)

We thought we could make templates out of newsprint, so I got to cutting and the Mr. got to spraying:

We obviously were not following Lindsey's directions because this is what happened:


woops. a few drips and leaks here and there. Back to the drawing board - i.e. actually looking up how to do this and breaking out the frog tape:

Then paint away!



After a little bit of clean-up with paint thinner (especially on the first round of newsprint templates), and a good soapy water wash, the baking ingredient jars were done:

*That round one is my favourite! It's from the newspaper templates but the Mr. cleaned it up for me. I now use it for baking soda so it's easily identifiable from baking powder!










11 comments:

redesigningsarah.com said...

I love this idea - I am terrible at writing with chalk though. Need more practice!

modern jane said...

I should really do this. I have jars full of stuff but forget what is in them! Cute idea!

Janet @ House Four said...

love this idea!
My husband once tried to make cookies with our kids and instead of using flour, he used icing sugar. He couldn't figure out why the "cookies" melted on the cookie sheet in the oven ;)
So your story made me laugh....apparently my jars need labels too!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Cute! I'm so glad you shared the "oops" moment too. I love blogging for that: the realness of projects! Happy they turned out in the end. Such a clever idea.

Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

Cute cute cute!!!!!!! ah!!! LOVE EM!

Kelly said...

The end result is so cute! I really need to do something about the sad state of our pantry...

Amy said...

These are awesome! Great job :)

Stefania @ ouryellowlovenest said...

These are so cute!

Adding the finishing touch said...

Amazing! They look great!

Nette @ This Dusty House said...

They look great! I need to do something like this... I tried labeling my canisters using dry erase markers... now, I get blue all over my hands every time I make coffee. Does not work!

Julip Made said...

I am definitely OCD in the kitchen so I love this completely organized, but stylish look!

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