These are the jars from Wednesday’s post that I used for organizing the pantry. They are plain ol’ wide-mouth quart-sized canning jars with plastic lids. They are frugal and very effective for organization, but once I got them in the pantry, it was hard to tell what was in each jar without pulling them out. Not helpful! So….
I made labels! How cute is this?!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wide mouth quart jars with lids (I used plastic, but you could use the metal ones. Plastic just seems easier to open and close.)
- Paper with a pretty color and/or pattern (I used scrapbooking paper)
- Contact laminate sheets (be sure you don’t get the “heat” laminate!!!)
- A circle cutter (you may also use a compass and scissors)
What to do:
- Open up a Word document and type in the names of each item you will be storing in jars. Play with the font and color until you find something you like.
- Adjust the font size until the largest word is 2 1/4 inches, then change the page orientation to “landscape”.
- “Select” all of the words and change to three columns. Add enough space between words that you have only six words per page with plenty of space between them.
- Do a test print on plain paper.
- Using your circle cutter, outline each word by centering the cutter in the middle of the word using a pen to draw a 2 1/2 inch circle around each word. If any circles overlap or go off the page, adjust the placement of the words on the computer. Do a final test print to make sure all is well.
- Once you are sure that you have everything ready, print the words onto your decorative paper.
- Use your circle cutter (or a compass and scissors) to cut out the circles.
- Use your circle cutter (or a compass ans scissors) to cut out 2 7/8 inch circles of contact laminate.
- Working one at a time, peel the backing off the laminate circle and lay it on the table sticky-side-up, then center the label face down on the laminate.
- Working from the center, smooth the label/laminate on the clean, dry lid (make certain not to allow any creases or air bubbles!).
That’s it! The tops of the lids can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and the insides can be washed and rinsed, but do NOT submerge the lids in water. You don’t want your pretty labels to peel off! 🙂 There you have it- adorable labeled jars without the crazy price tag of store-bought “labeled jars”.