Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[How-to Tuesday: Numbered Jars]

Well, I am finally hopping on the bandwagon of making numbered jars. They have become quite the trend lately. They are very stylish and create instant order for any type of clutter you may have around your home. And if you have been wanting to have these fashionable numbered jars, then you've come to the right place. :0)

Many of you may have already seen these jars from Pottery Barn. You could buy them for about $40, if you enjoy spending your money. But if you are as frugal as I am and get a thrill out of saving a buck or two, then you could easily create them yourself.

Supplies needed:
3 jars of any size and style
printer paper or sticker paper
tape (if you are using printer paper)
black paint (I used fabric paint...it was all I had!)
small sponge brush

[These jars sit on a shelf that my hubby built right above the washer/dryer. The large jar holds detergent, the medium jar holds stain remover (a lifesaver for moms with messy toddlers), and the small jar holds fabric softener sheets.]

Step 1: Open up a word document and type the numbers "1", "2", and "3". Select the desired size and font for your jars. Print them out and cut out only the number to create a template (example shown below).

Step 2: Tape the template onto the jar (or if you are using sticker paper, then just peel and stick). Try to center it as much as you can. Don't worry if it's a little off. It's meant to have a "rustic" look. :0)

Step 3: Begin painting the black paint on the jar. Let dry.

Step 4: Carefully peel off the template once the paint has completely dried. If you are using fabric paint, then some of the paint might peel off with the template, so be very careful. If yours looked as rough as mine did, then just scrap off the paint around the edge of the number to clean it up a bit.

Step 5: Step back and admire your work because you are done!

I am quite pleased on how it all came together. It really fits into the decor of my laundry room nicely. I could always "distress" them later to give it more of a worn out look. Plus, I didn't have to spend $40! Score!! Happy Tuesday!

Oh, and please feel free to check out another fabulous blog over at Lemon Tree Creations that did something similar. I found them very inspirational. :0)


  1. Love this! Thanks for the great idea/tutorial!

  2. They look great! Nice work and way to be frugal. =]

  3. I love these, especially the first photo with the partially scratched numbers. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Very cute, I think i will need to make some of these.

  5. They just make your laundry room seem so fresh and organized!! love it!
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

  6. Totally adorable - great job! (Here from Frugal Friday.)

  7. Very cute! I love the idea of jars in the laundry room instead of the tacky plastic containers. :)

  8. Very cute idea and so much more wallet friendly than PB ones.


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