Freecycle Friday – Etched Kitchen Storage Jars

Yes, I’m VERY late again today. Don’t ask.
Anyhoo, I saw these on Martha and then looked at my OVERFLOWING supply of recycled jars (mostly peanut butter :), and thought “I need to make some of those.”

So, I gathered my jars (3 PB, and 2 cool salsa) and got to work.

I started by spray painting the lids with my cool “brushed nickel” spray…….but I will definitely NOT be putting these into the dishwasher (hint, hint). I will only be wiping these clean with a damp cloth since I don’t know how they would hold up. Also, make sure the paint is only on the outside, so it doesn’t touch the food :)

Next, I used my vinyl cutter to cut out my labels and then stuck them onto the jars.

As Martha shows, you can also get some alphabet stickers and blue tape and do it this way. It works great too!
But, whatever way you do it, try to apply the letters with tweezers, so they don’t get oils from your fingers and stick nice and tight to the jars.

Now get you cute jar of etching cream and a popsicle stick and slather it on, baby…….nice and thick like you are icing a cake!! I’ve found that a paintbrush just doesn’t give the best coverage and you WANT it thick for a good etching.

I wait 5 minutes, then scoop it off the surface, back into the jar (yes, you can re-use this stuff!). Then, I apply a new coat and wait another 5 minutes.

After your 10 minutes (total time), scoop it off again and back into the jar to use again and rinse the remainder off in your sink with warm water. you want to remove the stencil/tape right away to make sure no cream is under the edges.

Now, just add your goodies, and…..


Now, your pantry can be cute like Martha’s, but for wwwaaaaayyyyyy cheaper :) 

Have fun! 

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. as usual this is fab!! I haven’t done any glass etching yet but it is on my “to do” list :)

  2. I have been wanting to try the etching since I got a Cricut. Thanks for the step by step. I’m not as scared!!! They turned out great.

  3. Great idea with the jars!
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  4. Those turned out great! Now I have to start saving my jars!

  5. oooh! i love it!

  6. I want these!

  7. oooh I loooove this! Etching goo is definatly going to be my next purchase! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  8. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your ideas. I love them!

  9. I have been saving all my glass jars because I knew there was something cute and useful I could do with them. I love this idea!! Thanks

  10. Fabulous! I’ve been collecting glass jars for a few months now, rather than throwing them in the recycle bin, because I want to phase out our plastic food storage containers. Now I can’t wait to try this!

  11. Super sweet idea! Love it! My girls are a little older and would love to make some of these with me! Thanks!

  12. Great idea! I’ve gotta try that!

  13. This is a great idea, I have so many jars. It would also be cute to do the kids names and make a little bank out of it.

  14. darling!

  15. Those turned out so adorable! Great job!

  16. I think you just made the WHOLE internet jealous with these :D

  17. LOVE this idea – thanks for sharing. I’ve etched other glass, but never thought about jars! Fantastic!

  18. hmmm…. another reason I NEED a cricuit! Think my dh will be overwhelmingly convinced of my need if I show him this?

    Seriously though – great idea!

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  20. OMG I may never throw a jar out again. Here’s my awesome idea: bath salts with gorgeous etched labels…. ultimate home made Christmas present.

  21. I’m so glad you did this! I was curious to know how Armour Etch worked. I bought some candle holders at Ikea for .40c and some bigger ones for $2.99. Thanks!! They look great!

  22. Your creativity is never ending!

  23. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been wondering how to do this for ages. I am super excited- I’m gonna have to bookmark this post!

  24. Such a great idea! I think I will try this!

  25. Thanks for the tutorial on this I just got a cricut and some vinyl so I tried this out and it turned out cute. I made one that said YUM and put green candy in and St. Patrick’s Day ribbon! Thanks for the help. I may post it on since I’m a contributor with a link to your lovely site and your tutorial.

  26. great great great idea. BOOKMARKED!

  27. i LOVE this post!! ok..i need to be a follower..haha. so glad i came across your to explore it! :)

  28. Way cool!! I just bought some Armour Etch so I can totally do this! Thanks for posting!

  29. I loved the idea. So I gathered all my jars and organized all my small craft items! I love my spring cleaning… After I posted this I found chalkboard paint on sale, so I’ll be updated them tomorrow~!

  30. what?!! how have I never heard of this glass stuff!!??!! This is so great! I will definitely be making these!!

  31. how cool is that! I will have to buy some of that arm etched – thanks for the series I really enjoying reading your past blogs on upcycled -thanks again!

  32. This is EXACTLY what I needed. I save every glass jar and now I’ve got a great use for them. Besides as decor. I’m going to link to this post in the near future, ok?

  33. Super cute!!!!!!!!!!

  34. That is so cool – and easy! I always knew there had to be some use for those glass jars!

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