May 10, 2013

Upcycled Spaghetti Sauce Jars

I'm sure everyone has used spaghetti sauce from a jar at one time or another (at least I'd like to think I'm not the only one!) I actually happen to use this "sauce from a jar" ALL THE TIME- no homemade spaghetti sauce here! Although, I did make some awesome Alfredo sauce today, so I guess spaghetti sauce could be next. Maybe.

So, what exactly have I been doing with all my glass jars after all their mediocre sauce is gone? Upcycling them, of course! I've been using them to store my dry goods (pastas and grains), to be exact. A thorough wash is all you need to get these babies working for you!

Maybe you've  already seen my upcycled storage jars if you read my Kitchen Cabinet Organization post, since that was when they did made their first appearance, looking something like this:

Obviously, I spray painted some of the lids..but two weeks ago I added labels with a little chalkboard spray paint!

Look at em' now!

I totally misspelled a couple of my pasta names! Oh well! It's in chalk and it can be fixed!
These have been my perfect solution for dry goods storage. I really dislike the boxes pasta comes in because they take up so much room and have to be stored sideways, not allowing you to see which pasta is inside.

Now I have all my "storage jars" neatly stacked on a three tier wire shelf I found at the dollar store. I can easily see their goods and the chalk labels are just fun to look at!  

To make the labels, I simply used tape to get the rectangle shape I wanted...

....and used this cereal box (that already had this perfect cut out circle once I removed the DVD it came with) to protect the un-taped areas while spray painting. I didn't even have to remove my pastas since I spray painted nowhere near the lid and the cereal box caught the spray paint.

Why does this cereal box look dirty? My daughter was using it as her next piece of artwork when I snagged it away to use it for mine! It's okay, no tears were shed. I have me a tough little cookie who understands her mother's nuttiness. 
And there ya have it! You can have some pretty cool glass storage containers with just a little cleaning and spray paint! And you can use them for more than storing pastas or grains, too!

What would you store in these? I'd really like to know!

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LJ said...

Very clever and I love the cute labelling! I never thought of saving my spaghetti jars for storage like this, but now that I see it, I'm doing one of those smacks on my own forehead. I'm going to be saving my jars from now on!

Theresa said...

I often save jars for projects & to store dried herbs. Maybe I should make them more pretty & label them! Hope you drop by the party & share your project. Theresa @

Lena said...

I love how you painted labels right on the cans! They turned out great!

Kelly said...

This is so cute! :)

Kelly xx

Unknown said...

how cute! i need to get as organised as u :)

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

great idea! I use them to store leftover food in the fridge

Unknown said...

Great recycling idea!! Love the chalkboard paint idea too, that what you can change it if the contents in the bottle ever change! LOVE IT!

Sarah| Beauty and Lemonade xo

Unknown said...

Great idea for recycling. Love how they turned out. Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

These jars are great. Pinning! Found you on the Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Flaunt it Friday party.
Krafty Cards etc.

Rita said...

What an awesome idea! Thank You so much for sharing on last weeks party. Hope to see more from you on my next party.

Lori Vachon said...

Fabulous idea, love reusing things that we already have!

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Unknown said...

This is genius. I reuse containers but out of all things I haven't thought to reuse the jars. This is a big "duh" moment for me haha. I go through several of these pasta sauce jars per month so I'm going to start saving them. Thanks for the idea!

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