Picture of Repurposed Etched Glass Spice Jars...
As an avid recycler, I often find myself admiring the numerous
boxes of glass bottles in our garage, awaiting their fate.
When I noticed more than a dozen empty bottles from one particular
product, I knew I had a problem there must be something else I
could do other than toss them into a recycling bin once a week.

In order to justify my purchase of a caffeine-laden treat, I decided
to repurpose and upcycle the glass containers from my favorite
splurge. Enter Starbucks Frappuccino. (I know, I know, but I'm trying...)

And no, we're not rich. I realize these drinks can be over two dollars each,
but one a week is hardly a crime. Come Friday, by golly, I'm worth two bucks.
AND a cup of ice.

With a few supplies, and as many glass bottles as you can find,
you can quickly organize a spice cupboard or pantry in a very attractive manner!
For those who often cook, a cupboard full of oddball plastic bottles is not very
helpful. With clear glass, you can see what you are looking for, and if
you aren't quite certain (Oregano and Basil come to mind), read the label.

Drink bottles, salad dressing bottles, there are so many options, so many
different sizes and shapes. The wonderful thing about glass is that it is
recyclable, inexpensive, and readily available. If you feel as though you've
'goofed up' a bottle during the etching process, rinse it off and chunk it into
the recycling bin. Then try again. Consider practicing on a few scrap bottles to
get the hang of it before embarking on etching something nice. Some of you
may even have glass jars now, maybe you'll be inspired to etch them?

Come on, let's see what we can come up with!

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hiveoffive3 years ago
I LOVE this idea! I have all my bottles washed and ready to go, borrowed a cricut, but can't find small enough letters. Which cartridge did you use?

Thanks for your help and thanks for such a great idea!
WUVIE (author)  hiveoffive3 years ago
Hi! Thank you so much!

No matter which cartridge you use, there should be a dial on the Cricut to increase or decrease the size. I can't remember which one I used, but I only
have a few cartridges. Something Plaintain, or Schoolbook? (Not at home right now to make certain.) :-)

msorb75 WUVIE8 months ago
Hello. I love this look and want to do this project but am not sure what the cricut is and how to get the stencils..... Please help!!!
aallen35 msorb757 months ago

The CriCut is a craft tool you can hook up to your computer and make a stencil for labels, I am look to get one too, I have my bottles ready to go

msorb758 months ago
I am interested in the font and labels. Can someone direct me how to get them please
msorb758 months ago
I am interested in the font and labels. Can someone direct me how to get them please
ecurbao1 year ago

I love goo gone and WD40 does work wonders but both are harsh chemicals that I didn't want to use on items intended for food. In my search I came across coconut oil and baking soda, 1:1 ratio, as a great alternative. Mix the paste together, apply, wait a few minutes and scrap off. Worked great when I cleaned up some beer bottle labels with the only caveat being prepeeling the labels that had that plastic waterproofing layer first.

laradioken1 year ago


Is the etching cream thick enough to just paint on freehand?

WUVIE (author)  dablondeemu1 year ago

Hello Dab,

While you certainly could paint it on freehand, it is not thick like paint, and would not stay perfectly placed. But, if you didn't mind it a bit out of the lines...


deepta1 year ago

The day i saw this ible i started collecting the glass containers (not throwing any out to recycle) hoping to do this one some day! a great personalised pantry it will be!!!

I love this idea !! I am growing a herb garden this year and these would be perfect for my dried basil !!
lime3D1 year ago

By far, the best way to remove labels is 100% Mineral Spirits.

afujishima2 years ago
Easiest, and non-toxic way to remove labels is to soak the bottle/jar in vinegar. Labels and glue wipe right off. I usually just leave to soak over-night, even though that's not really needed. Just sometimes, some bottles/jars have really thick adhesive on them, and soaking them over night takes out the guess-work.

I'm gonna try that - thanks!

Heat is a good agent for removing labels - but be cautious - hot bottles can burn you.

What I do is put the bottles in a stock pot, bring it to an almost boil, then lower it to a simmer. After a few minutes, fish one out with tongs and silicon oven mitts, pour out the water, and try removing the label with the flat edge of a butter knife.

They may still stick, but usually have much less fight in them.

I didn't get how to make own labels
WUVIE (author)  Faroukchoudary1 year ago
Hello. In step 6, several ideas are mentioned, including making your own, or even using a cutting machine to make them. You can easily make your own using contact paper and a cutting tool, razor blade, etc. :-)
this is what I like to call the bombdigidy!! :-) I'm sooooo going to do this!! now,... how can I get YOU into one of these little bottles and into my cabinet so I can pop you in and out periodically to use you for all these awesome creative ideas?!!
WUVIE (author)  rnurnberger1 year ago
Ha! What a fun post to read, thank you so much!
hdawson12 years ago
I couldn't tell you the size, but I will tell you that i'm "reasonably" certain that that font is the "Plantin Schoolbook" font with "endcaps" feature on. Which is for the Cricuit machine only. If you like the look of the font but dont care about the stencil gaps, something like Plantin Std or Bold should get you close. @lurajeane I would reply but apparently i can't do that with the captcha.
lurajeane2 years ago
what font and size did you use for the starbucks bottle?
lurajeane2 years ago
I have been able to remove the printing off of Starbucks bottles using "Goof Off". It will also remove the residue from the clear labels as well
Very Cool !!!
dayymonn2 years ago
What font is this?
bmunn12 years ago
My bottles are ready! Any hints for painting the lids?
WUVIE (author)  bmunn12 years ago
Hello Bmunn, unfortunately, I haven't done anything to my lids, leaving them plain for now, until I come up with something. Did you decide to paint yours?
lkuziez96803 years ago
instead of using Goo Gone, rubbing alcohol works very well, otherwise this idea is great considering the amount of spices we have in our house
WUVIE (author)  lkuziez96802 years ago
Thank you so much! So many spices. I share your difficulties, LOL. Hubby is always saying 'where is the such and such'. I end up having to move things around to show him.
WD40 works great too which everyone has in their house! Great idea wuvie!
WUVIE (author)  chrisnotap2 years ago
WD40? I never knew. Thank you so much!
clazman2 years ago
Thanks for this Instructable!

I had one thought in keeping the letters together when doing a positive. I've used this procedure but not with the vinyl.

That is, apply a tape (clear or not?) over the letters before lifting them from the backing. Apply and carefully remove the tape.This would be similar to applying vinyl lettering which uses the backing for "holding" the letters during application. Maybe even us a sacrificial piece of vinyl although it is more expensive.

Again, Thanks.
WUVIE (author)  clazman2 years ago
Hey, that is a great idea! I can never seem to keep my letters straight.
I'll definitely give it a try. Thank you!
afaulk12 years ago
I thought I posted this yesterday but I don't see it. Great project with great instructions. I was wondering if you have ever cut contact paper with your cricut and if so does it work any special instructions for doing that. The cricut vinyl is so expensive I would love to use contact paper.
WUVIE (author)  afaulk12 years ago
Hello! Yes, I do use contact paper with my Cricut, and it works great. You might have to experiment with cutting pressure and such, depending on the grade of paper you purchase. I just use the plain white, and place it onto the Cricut board with the paper backing still on it. Hope you will give it a try. Suddenly, you'll be etching everything! :-)
rstickney3 years ago
I noticed that it was hard to read the etching on some of the spices, is there some way to put a colored back to the etched letters, or will that effect the etched letters?? Is there a way to color the etched letters?
You can rub a colored pencil on the etched area to give it a slight color that helps to make it stand out from the contents of the bottle or jar.
I have a glass etching kit that I purchased a while back and in the instruction video they include with the kit I purchased. Which I will say was expensive because you make your own stencils using a UV light. It states that you can use oil based paint to color the etched areas if you should choose to do so. So if you have a steady hand that would be an option.
WUVIE (author)  raevunstein3 years ago
Good to know, thanks, Raevunstein!
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