What do you do with your glass jars once you’ve finished the food they contained? I recently decided to research all the ways to use glass jars, and then tackled the project!
First, I cleaned out my refrigerator. It had been awhile since I looked at all of the expiration dates on my food, emptied the refrigerator, and gave it a good cleaning.
After I poured out the expired contents, I had quite a collection of jars!
I took the lids off and stopped up my sink with seriously hot water and dish soap. One of the luxuries I have is Williams Sonoma Fleur de Sel dish soap – it smells heavenly. I let it soak for quite some time while I worked at my day job. I probably let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour.
Most of the jars were completely clean and the label and adhesive came right off. A few jars still had stubborn adhesive, like this pickle jar.
After a good deal of research on the internet, it appears that many people effectively use Goo Gone or nail polish remover (both of which I have on hand), but I decided to try the non-toxic approach. This consists of making a paste of equal parts baking soda and vegetable oil. The baking soda provides some abrasiveness; the oil holds the soda in its place.
Rub the paste on the adhesive or label, and let it sit.
The labels and adhesive came right off. One jar required a little bit of scrubbing with the rough side of my sponge, but it was no big deal. Next it was time to spray-paint the lids. I used the box from my awesome wind chimes for the overspray. The box was a little small for the number of jar lids I had, but oh well. I just had to move them around with a chopstick during the process.
I used some blue that my Hubbie had in the garage, and some silver that I had purchased for an Easter Egg project that did not get done in time.
I love the way they turned out – do you?
Now the jars are ready for embellishment. I want to etch some of them with vinyl stencils cut on my new Silhouette Cameo. Here is my Pinterest Board with oodles of ideas. In a post soon, I plan to show you how to create stencils with a Silhouette and glass etching cream. But, if you decide to use one of the other ideas I’ve gathered, please share your results!