Spicy!


Okay, lately I have a problem. I am having a hard time throwing away these:

Is it because Baby Hughes is getting ready to turn one? Is it because I don't want to add to the landfills? I am not sure. We recycle so I guess they wouldn't end up in a heap. But I have been washing and keeping these baby food jars for about a month. I have decided that I will use these to sort my beads and other small craft supplies. Mr. Hughes (the upcycler) uses them to hold roasted red peppers for sandwiches. Then, I decided that they would be perfect for spices. And, if you only knew how many times that I have rearranged our spices and the different "systems" that I have for them.... Plus, we just happened to have this really cool old metal caddy. So, I made a spice rack and here it is:



It was pretty simple, just time consuming painting the lids. I spray painted the lids with primer and then covered them in Heirloom White. I cleaned the remaining glue and "fresh by" date off the jars with googone. Then, Mr. Hughes printed me some labels and I used my new circle puncher to punch them out and stuck them on the lids. I put the label for the caddy on magnet sheet so it would stick without being permanent. I sprayed the labels and magnet sheet with a clear coat to protect them from liquids before I put them on the jars and caddy. Then, I added the spices and rearranged the interior of 3 cabinets (okay, that isn't a "have to" but it was one of my steps!) If you happen to like my labels, here is a download that Mr. Hughes set up. It is a large pdf file and it may take awhile to download. We printed them on full sheet labels and cut punched them out with a 1.5 inch circle punch. Well, mommy duty calls! Have a great evening!

22 comments:

  1. You are brilliant Michelle! Such a clever idea! :) I saved all of the tops of my daughter's baby food jars to make magnets for the fridge...of course I haven't got to that yet, but I will soon...hopefully. :) I LOVE the metal caddy!

    Hugs,
    Rachel

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  2. Perfect! They really turned out great!

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  3. freakin' cute!! My imaginary child needs to start eating up so I can do this! :)

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  4. what a great idea! I'm totally impressed! Love the metal thing you put them in!

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  5. Hello Michelle - I LOVE what you've done. Great recycling idea. I don't have a baby around any more, but you better believe I'm gonna be hunting one down so that I can copy this! LOL. Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  6. Wow what a nice idea. I used to have a hard time putting the baby food jars in the recycling bin. They just look too cute. I have kept some. My husband uses them in the utility room to store nails and screws and stuff but they look nowhere near as nice as yours.

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  7. adorable. what a great idea. very clever of you!!

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  8. Beautiful...the jar lid color...the labels....the adorable tin caddy!! The entire project is so unique.
    Thanks for the labels, they are perfect!!
    Have a great day! Hugs xoxO, Nerina :)

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  9. That's great....That metal caddy couldn't be MORE perfect! I love the simplicity of the labels , too.

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  10. That is SO creative, I love it!!! Love your blog by the way! :)

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  11. Hi! I just found your blog and love it! What a great idea for the baby food jars and I will be copying that label! Neat! And that pirate ship I LOVE it! What a great job! I just became a follower and will be back for more! I would love for you to come visit me at my new blog! Thanks! Julie

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  13. Love this!! I like that you saved the jars and repurposed them into spice jars, super creative! And the lables...perfect! XO

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  14. that is the most charming spice "rack" i've ever seen! i love this.

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  15. Oooh la la, Love it, so all neat and organized!! Tootles, Janna

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  16. loved this, great ideal and I too have a time keeping my many spices in order. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Very cute and I love that metal caddy!

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  18. Very cute idea! You won't be sorry that you're saving those jars; I saved mine for years and found so many uses for them.

    Nancy

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  19. LOVe this idea! It's adorable. I just wish I could find a metal crate as cute as that one! :) I'm linking this post to my blog for future reference.

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