DIY Spice Jar Labels

Hey guys! Today I have a non-Christmas project for you. Although one can argue that Christmas is the best time for spicing things up in the kitchen πŸ˜‰

I’ve been meaning to share this project for a while now so I figured I’d just go for it. It started out with my mom complaining that her spice cabinet was out of control. She had this really neat cabinet custom made for her teas and spices and all that, but over time she filled it with jars of all shapes and sizes and it was a nightmare trying to find anything in there.

Case in point:

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So how did I get the fancy “after” look ? Easy peasy.

First I ordered 7 packs of Droppar jars from Ikea. I love these – they’re affordable and look really great.

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Then I cut some rectangles out of black cardstock (about 5 cm x 2.5 cm). You can cut the labels to any size (and shape) to fit any jars you want to use, the principle is the same.

I grabbed my White Gel Pen and drew a leafy border around the edges. This is a very forgiving pattern so you don’t have to worry too much about straight lines.

Then I wrote the names of the spices in the middle using different styles. I mostly used script, which is my favourite style, but I also used plain old caps and they still look fab. You really don’t have to be a hand-lettering genius to make these, I promise :).

WP_20150928_19_11_34_ProΒ This chalkboard look is very “in” and looks super cute. I hope you give this a try (even if you’re not spice hoarders like us πŸ˜€ ).

P.S. (for my English readers): In case you were wondering about some of the strange names, they’re in Romanian. I couldn’t have my mom Google Translate whenever she needs a little thyme πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Memories in a jar (DIY keepsake)

Today I have a sweet little keepsake idea (I just love this one!).

This summer I went to the south of Italy with two of my close friends. We went to the beautiful region of Puglia, known for its majestic olive groves, magnificent sandy beaches and amazing food. Everything about the place is inviting and beathtaking. So naturally it offers endless creative inspiration.

While I was there I collected sand and small pebbles from some of the beautiful beaches we went to (I always seemed to have ziplock bags with me πŸ™‚ ).
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So when I got back I thought…hmm…now what ? I didn’t want to stick the bags in a drawer and just forget about them.

And then it hit me! I had a few empty Ikea Rajtan jars in the kitchen so I set to work. Luckily I had enough sand and pebbles to fill three jars. I made one for myself and another two to give to my friends who were with me on the trip.
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This was the perfect way to remember our trip. When I’m feeling particularly nostalgic I take the lid off and take a whiff. It still gives off that lovely, salty sea smell (I’m sighing just thinking about it).

To decorate it I cut a circle out of watercolour paper, used a light blue to give it a soft background (you can’t really see it in the photo, it’s very light) and then I wrote the location, month and year on it and added a little flourish to fill the space around the edges. Tied a piece of coarse linen twine around it and done!
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I keep mine on my desk and it always makes me smile <3.