Step 13: What a Great Way to Repurpose and Recycle!

Now just how cool is that?

The ideas are really flowing, now, aren't they? Suddenly you have the desire
to visit your local grocery store. Imagine the possibilities!

All those glass baby food jars your sister has been saving? Put them to use!
Organize, label, create and enjoy your new project. If you aren't too proud, visit
a restaurant or cocktail lounge. Ask them what they do with all their glass.
You would be surprised at how many sources there are for the asking.

Next, invite someone over for dinner. While you're cooking, you could 'accidentally'
leave your spice cupboard door open for all to see and admire. After all, these would
make wonderful gifts for that neat freak on your list.

Remember, you are hardly limited to spices. A few other ideas:

Paper clips, buttons, safety pins, beads, coins, those little things that get lost in a drawer.

Candy, tiny bits of baking goods such as semi-sweet morsels, nuts, etc.

Nuts, bolts, screws, nails and the like. Imagine your significant other walking in to find you've alphabetized,
organized and etched the shop!

More candy. After all, who doesn't need half a dozen bottles of M & M's candies, each with color identification etched on them?

Have fun, and considering creating your own Instructable with your new creation!

Thanks for reading,

<p>You have posted quite a variety of ideas here. Thank you very much. The instructions to utilize those sorted ideas makes it all appear to be very easy to accomplish. I can remember my Grandfather manually etching glass jars for my Grandmother's preserves and other things that she routinely canned. He used some sort of rotary tool but was always griping about how often the grinding bits would break or wear out. If only he had had that etching cream!</p><p>Thanks again!</p>
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? <br> <br>Thanks for your help and thanks for such a great idea!
Hi! Thank you so much! <br> <br>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 <br>have a few cartridges. Something Plaintain, or Schoolbook? (Not at home right now to make certain.) :-) <br> <br>Karen
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!!!
<p>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 </p>
I am interested in the font and labels. Can someone direct me how to get them please
I am interested in the font and labels. Can someone direct me how to get them please
<p>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. </p>
<p>Is the etching cream thick enough to just paint on freehand?</p>
<p>Hello Dab,</p><p>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...</p><p>:-) </p>
<p>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!!!</p>
I love this idea !! I am growing a herb garden this year and these would be perfect for my dried basil !!
<p>By far, the best way to remove labels is 100% Mineral Spirits.</p>
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.
<p>I'm gonna try that - thanks!</p>
<p>Heat is a good agent for removing labels - but be cautious - hot bottles can burn you.<br><br>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.<br><br>They may still stick, but usually have much less fight in them.</p>
I didn't get how to make own labels
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?!!
Ha! What a fun post to read, thank you so much!
I couldn't tell you the size, but I will tell you that i'm &quot;reasonably&quot; certain that that font is the &quot;Plantin Schoolbook&quot; font with &quot;endcaps&quot; 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.
what font and size did you use for the starbucks bottle?
I have been able to remove the printing off of Starbucks bottles using &quot;Goof Off&quot;. It will also remove the residue from the clear labels as well
Very Cool !!!
What font is this?
My bottles are ready! Any hints for painting the lids?
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?
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
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!
WD40? I never knew. Thank you so much!
Thanks for this Instructable! <br> <br>I had one thought in keeping the letters together when doing a positive. I've used this procedure but not with the vinyl. <br> <br>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 &quot;holding&quot; the letters during application. Maybe even us a sacrificial piece of vinyl although it is more expensive. <br> <br>Again, Thanks.
Hey, that is a great idea! I can never seem to keep my letters straight. <br>I'll definitely give it a try. Thank you!
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.
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! :-)
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.
Good to know, thanks, Raevunstein!
Hello Rstickney, <br> <br>I didn't want the labels to be too 'in your face', which is why I like the <br>etched letters. It may also be due to the angle of my picture. <br> <br>The good thing, though, one can always look at the herb in the bottle, or <br>smell it, or tilt your head for better lighting. LOL. <br> <br>I'm not sure if you could mix paint with the etching, but I would definitely <br>do plenty of research just in case.
Thankyou so much for sharing this incredible instructable! I can't WAIT to create gifts from repurposed jars now! Beautifully done AND written!
Rheinze1, thank you so very much! I hope you are able to have a lot of fun when making them. :-)
Thanks for posting such a great &amp; green project. I'm lamenting all the olive jars I've recycled. They'd be a great size for this. I'll go through my recycle bin right now! <br> <br>You have a good writing style, by the way. Informative and organized but very readable.
Hello Beti! <br> <br>Thank you so much! Wow, my ego is lifted today, thank you! <br>
A perfect example of &quot;hand made&quot; and not &quot;home made&quot;! Beautiful, well crafted and useful - and looks like you paid a mint for it!<br><br>I've favourite'd this and now am following you for more!
Hello Dalai Farmer, love your username! <br>Thank you for the kind compliments!
This is why I love Instructables. I absolutely hate throwing away glass jars. As a result I have boxes full, and no idea what to do with them. Thanks for the great idea.
Aw, thank you, Huf! :-)

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