I love using old mason jars to store various things around the house, and one of my favorite (and practical) uses is storing my baking ingredients. Not only do the jars keep things like sugar, flour and oats real fresh, but I dig the way they look which means I leave them out on open shelves in our kitchen.
Well a few weeks ago my husband, who plays more of a “guest star” role in the kitchen, was cooking and almost mistook the flour for convenctioners sugar. Not an appetizing susbtitute. The reason for the close call is that I don’t have our mason jars labeled. I mean why would I? I know where everything is! ha. Well that was enough to convince me to label the jars, and I knew just how I’d do it.
I had some leftover chalkboard contact paper from this project, and liked the idea of being able to change what’s on the labels, should I ever change the ingredients inside.
First remove the discs from the lids, trace them onto the backside of the contact paper, and cut them out.
Attach the contact paper to the disc by pressing firmly in the center, and then use a coin to flatten out the inside circle. Since the discs are elevated on the sides, it’s going to gather around the perimeter, but it’s okay since the lid will cover that part.
Note: You can put the labels on the actual jar or on the lids. I did both! I prefer labeling the tops so that you can fully expose the detailed writing on the jars, and also run them through the dishwasher. However as you can see two of my jars had fully screw on lids, so I did a combination of both types of labels.
Now comes the writing! To get your chalk as sharp as possible you can widdle it down with a sharp knife, or use an eye pencil sharpener.
And voila! No more close calls in the kitchen!
Project difficulty: Easy
Cost: FREE (I had all of the materials, but the contact paper should cost under $8)