DIY Gift: Upcycled Jars

With the holidays in full swing, its time to think outside the conventional box for those last minute gifts! Back when I started my journey out as Project Less Waste on my sister-in-law’s blog I shared this super easy and inexpensive DIY project turning old food jars into decorative storage systems. I feel like no matter how minimalistic you are, storage jars, particularly pretty ones, always come in handy. Whether it be to house barrettes, sewing odds and ends, wooden clothes pins, rubber bands, essential oils – there’s no shortage of opportunities to put these jars to use. And with the little extra special touch, you’ll be sure to make their “holi-day.” 😉

What you need:
– Old food jar
– Acrylic paint
– Modge Podge
– Drawer knob (bonus points if you can find one secondhand or vintage)
– Paint brushes
– Drill with 1/4″ and 3/8″ bits
– Bolt cutter

Paint each lid with several coats of acrylic paint, allowing adequate time to dry between coats. Any other crafters out there have the hardest time waiting for paint to dry? This is always the hardest thing for me because once I’m doing something I want to finish it. I found that if I plan my painting around several other to-do’s its a lot easier to paint a coat and step away. If I don’t, then I just waste time sitting around impatiently watching paint dry.

Once the lid has 3 to 4 good coats (none of the original lid color showing through), finish with 1 to 2 coats of Modge Podge, again allowing dry time between coats. After thoroughly dried, its time to drill some holes!!

Since I don’t know my way around a power tool as well as I do a paint brush, I had the hubs help me with the drilling step. For all of the drawer knobs, a 1/4″ drill bit worked to create the hole. We then used a 3/8″ drill bit to smooth down the jagged edge around it.

Secure in place the knob and trim off excess “stem” using a bolt cutter.

Fill their jar with goodies from bulk bins, small pieces of package free soap bars for a bath sampler, art supplies or some cloth cosmetic rounds and you’ve got two gifts in one!

Come back later this week as I’ll be sharing alternative ways to wrap up gifts this holiday season!

xo, Erica

2 Replies to “DIY Gift: Upcycled Jars”

  1. Those are SO cute!!! I want to make some 🙂

    1. Thank you love!! They are so easy!! 🙂

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