Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DIY: Happy Jars

Happy Jars
Like many of you, I live in a city apartment. So my craft supplies are stuffed in a corner of our hall closet. Recently, I couldn’t find my sewing scissors – which are like the North Star of my crafting galaxy. So I vowed to tidy up.

Of course, one of the best parts about reorganizing is the range of pretty canisters and storage supplies. But I decided to kill two birds with one stone and also weed out our cupboard above the fridge. We save our empty spaghetti sauce and mayonnaise jars, but it was beginning to look a glass graveyard up there.

So I plucked a few of the most useful ones and repurposed them to hold my supplies. That way, I can see at a glance what’s what in the closet. I should also mention that I recently hopped on the Japanese paper tape bandwagon, and this was a perfect first project for my cheery new tape collection. And yes, I am encouraging you to buy yet another craft supply in order to organize the rest of your supplies – this irony is not lost on me! But the tape is indeed happy tape, as billed!

All you need is…

1. Japanese paper tape (available here)
2. Leftover glass jars with lids
3. Scissors
4. Grocery bag

If your lids have printing on them, cut out a circle of an old grocery bag and tape it on top of the lid. Then place strips of the Japanese paper tape across the face of the lid, alternating colors and patterns.

If you have a one-piece lid, extend the strips slightly over the edge. When you’ve completed the top of the lid, then wrap one piece of tape around the “side” of the lid as shown, to cover all the ends and finish.

Photos: Kelly Wilkinson

About Kelly... I grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia, the middle of three sisters. Now I'm in San Francisco, trying to straddle the country-urban worlds. For now, this means access to the city out the front door, with veggies and bees in the back. All my life, I've loved making stuff: crafts, dinners, skirts, preserves...and grand designs for my life!

Thanks Kelly!!


MichMade said...

Such a cute and smart idea!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh i love this idea!! I keep alot of lil things in baby food jars cuz it's great to organize small things I have a few of. The jars could really use a lil sprucing up. Thanks!! =)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

So fun and such a great idea! Happy tape indeed!

Katrine K said...

Thanks for sharing, a wonderful idea!

Katrina said...

What a cute storage idea! I am definitely going to have to spruce up a couple of jars this weekend.

Ooty said...

So simple and such a great upgrade!

blue moss said...

LOVE these...what a great idea that i want to try and a pal of mine just gave me some grid patterned tape....

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are SO pretty! I'm always cleaning and saving the jars, then recycling them because there is no cohesion. This is a great idea! I'll be linking.

Unknown said...

so pretty! im linking this (:

las sandalias de ana said...

simply and beautiful! ;)