One of my resolutions this year is to declutter my home and get organized. The first room I am starting with is my kitchen because we use it every day. When my husband and I bought our house I thought how huge my kitchen was with all the cabinets and drawers (and it was compared to a little one bedroom apartment!) but 7 years and 2 kids later that kitchen seems a lot smaller! The drawers are stuffed full of little gadgets, utensils, and odds and ends and it made finding what I was looking for seem like a prize in a scavenger hunt. I wanted an inexpensive storage solution to declutter and organize my kitchen drawers and came up with this easy inexpensive jar craft!
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To Get Your Craft On You Will Need:
Ball, Mason, or Empty Pasta or Jelly Jars (as many as you need to hold the items from your drawers)
Spray Paint (I used 2 colors for a variety and make sure the paint works on glass.) If you do not want to use spray paint you can use an all surface paint in a can with a brush or a glass paint such as the one by Coloration. All surface paints will adhere to the glass but can scratch so work best on decorative items such as the canisters.
Ribbon (Again I used 2 to coordinate with the colors of the jars.)
Embellishments (can be found at any craft store)
Decals, Stickers, or Paint Pen to put sentiment (Optional)
To Get Your Craft On:
First I spray painted the jars in a bright blue and green to match my kitchen colors. It took about three coats for the jars to no longer be transparent. A reader suggested using a primer so that may reduce the number of coats needed.
Once the jars were dry I measured the jar with the ribbon, cut it, and tied a ribbon around the neck of each jar. I used a green gingham to accent the blue jars and a green print with pinks, blues, and browns on the green jars. I am in the running for world’s worst bow maker so I did a simple tie but if your bows turn out nicer, a bow would be really cute. (Note the ribbon shown was too wide when I used it on the jars so had to make a last minute switch to the green circles. It frayed when I tried to trim it. But you can learn from my mistakes. )
Next I hot glued these blue and green flowers from The Paper Studio to dress them up even more. I put the big flowers on the large jars at the base and the smaller flowers on the side of the small jars. There are flowers, jewels, or you could even do polka dots using a small sponge. There are infinite possibilities to personalize the jars.
Finally I used my silhouette to cut out white vinyl letters saying “Choose To Be Happy”. I love the idea that for the most part our happiness is our own choice. I also thought the upbeat saying went well with the bright happy colors. If you want to do a message but don’t have a Silhouette, you can do stick on letters or even a paint pen.
I cleaned out two drawers of all of these items that there was no room for but I didn’t want to part with. I think the drawers actually heaved a sigh of relief like when you take off a pair of pants that are too tight! I did 2 large jars for wooden spoons, burshes, and whisks and then 2 smaller ones for my kids’ utensils, and smaller items like meat thermometer and measuring spoons. It made a huge difference in being able to find things in the drawers but also will make it easier to find the items on the counters. And I am willing to give up the little bit of counter space for some organization!
One of the newly organized drawers looked like this. Wow it actually closes now!
And the jar craft that helped declutter and organize the drawers looked like this! The whole project was so easy (paint, tie a ribbon, and glue on some doo dads) and was less than $10. One of the best returns on crafting investment that I’ve had some far! I’m coming for you Declutter Resolution!