Spice Jar Organization with Free Printable Labels

spice-jar-organization I’ve been meaning to post about the quick facelift that I gave to our spice jars for a while now…and hooray, today I’m finally doing it! I feel like I should first start out by saying that I don’t see anything wrong with anyone leaving everything in the original bottles. I’m not typically such an organized person, but because of the extremely limited storage space in our kitchen, I knew that I needed to streamline the hodgepodge of containers that were filling the space if I planned to hold anything else besides spices inside them. Plus, after painting the interiors I couldn’t really stand the thought of putting the old jumble of jars back inside.

spice-organization-before Here’s what I was working with. Not my fave.

spice-jar-organization-3 And here they are now! The project turned out to be surprisingly simple! I picked up some glass spice jars and clamp-lid jars from World Market (I have to admit that it was a bit painful shelling out money for empty bottles), made up some simple spice identification labels to print onto adhesive paper, filled the new bottles up, and stuck each label on. Tada!

I have to say that the results really have made a world of difference for the functionality of my kitchen! I actually enjoy looking inside my less cluttered cupboards while cooking now, and everything is as easy to find as it is pretty to look at.

spice-jar-organization-5 If this project sounds like something up your alley and you want to get a jump-start on things, I’ve made the printable spice labels that I used available as a freebie through the link below. Please note that they are not sized to fit a specific label template (I was too tired to try to figure that out when I was initially creating them for my project), so I just printed them onto full sheets of adhesive label paper, and used a circle craft punch to cut out the labels for the small spice jars.

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Of course you might have a different assortment of spices in your kitchen than the ones I included on these labels. If so, you can use the free font Miso (the one I used for my labels) to create any additional labels that you need.

spice-jar-organization-4 Juni gives this project two paws up!

Simple DIY Shoe Storage

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I first spotted this shoe storage idea in an old issue of Lucky magazine, and was thrilled to finally be able to put it to good use during my recent bedroom makeover. Since my closet is without a door or curtains, I really wanted to make sure that everything stored inside will look as visually appealing as possible. I’ve got to say, this easy DIY is probably one of my favorite ones to date.

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Here’s how I made mine…I picked up some patterned cardboard boxes (large enough to fit pairs of shoes obviously) from Target, some photo paper, and adhesive glue dots.

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Next, I placed my shoes onto a piece of white foam core board and then snapped photos of each one using the camera on my phone. Since I have Photoshop, I created a basic .JPG template to print each photo onto, so that it would be easy to create the “Polaroid” look that I wanted. You can download that template here if you would like. If you’re using the template I created, you’ll want your images to be cropped to 3×3 inches in size before placing them onto the template to print.

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If you’re not using photoshop, you can still use the template for this project. Just download and print out the template onto heavy-weight paper and set aside. Print out your shoe photographs; making sure that they are cropped to 3×3 inches. Trim around each print and then glue them onto the inner portion of each printed “Polaroid” template, and you’re good to go!

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Attach the photos onto your boxes using adhesive glue dots, place your shoes inside, and you’re done! Stand back and admire your organized shoe collection!

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Quick DIY: Fabric-Covered Magnets

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I’ve been working on a “secret” sewing project lately (more on that soon), and all the excess fabric scraps floating around today reminded me about a quick DIY that I photographed a few years ago (three years ago to be more accurate)! I’m not really sure how the project photos got stuck in a dark corner of my computer to be forgotten about for this long, but you know what they say…better late than never, right?!

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This project is a great way to use up fabric scraps that you’ve been saving up until you find a suitable use for them. I’m not the only one who does that, right?

Supplies Needed:

  • Scrap fabric | light to medium-weight cotton fabrics work best
  • Dritz Cover Button Kit | Be sure to buy the full kit that includes the two plastic tools (shown in the photo). The button size in the kit I used was 1 1/8″.
  • Strong round magnets | found at craft stores
  • Super Glue Gel
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • 2″ Circular template (optional)
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1. Cut circles from scrap fabric that are approximately 2″ diameter or a bit larger. I made myself a 2″ paper template using a craft punch to make life easier, but you can eyeball it if you’d like. If you are working with prints, consider cutting the fabric strategically to display your favorite portion of the fabric design. | 2. Use your pliers to carefully remove the metal shank (the looped portion) from the back of each metal button backing piece in your kit.

3. Place one button front on top of the wrong side of a pre-cut fabric circle. | 4. Press both the fabric and the button front into the larger piece of your button maker. Make sure that your fabric is sticking out evenly all around the edge. If it isn’t, just pop the button out and adjust the fabric before continuing on.

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5. Use your finger to press the fabric excess inward. A little bit of fabric excess is important, but if there is too much you can trim a bit off. Take the metal backing portion (the piece you removed the shank from earlier) and place in on top of the back of your button front, sandwiching the fabric beneath. Make sure all the fabric excess gets tucked underneath. | 6. Use the smaller portion of the button making tool to press firmly down on the back of the button until you hear the two portions snap together.

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7. All the fabric should now be neatly secured by the backing piece. | 8. The front side of your button should look nice and smooth.

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9. Add a dab of Super Glue Gel onto the back of each fabric-covered button. | 10. Hold the magnet firmly in place for a few moments until the glue has set (be careful not to get super glue on your fingers). Allow glue to dry fully…and you’re done!

I hope you will enjoy making your own set of fabric-covered magnets soon! xo Ez

Easy DIY Polka Dot Stamped Pillowcases

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I created these super simple DIY Polka Dot Stamped Pillowcases when I was working on my bedroom makeover a while back, and today I thought I’d share a quick how-to with you, just in case you’re ever looking for a speedy way to makeover a pair of boring pillowcases.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cotton pillowcase(s)
  • Acrylic paints | Any colors you’d like
  • Textile Paint Medium | When using acrylic paint you will need to use a fabric paint medium to convert the paint into a fabric paint. I purchased mine from the craft store.
  • Dish(es) for mixing paint
  • Flat paint palette or plate
  • Paintbrush or stir stick | For mixing the paint
  • Standard eraser-topped pencil(s)
  • Scrap cardboard | sized to fit snuggly inside the pillowcase
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Cotton cloth | for ironing

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Make sure your pillowcase has been washed and ironed. Insert your scrap cardboard inside. Now you’re ready to choose your paint colors and mix up your paint solution. Refer to manufacturer directions on the textile medium bottle when adding it to your acrylic paint. You can go with just one single paint color like I did here, or use as many colors as you’d like.

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Pour a bit of your paint onto a flat surface (I used an old plate) and dip the eraser end of your pencil into the paint. Press eraser straight down onto your pillowcase and then lift straight up to stamp your first dot. Continue stamping dots until you have achieved a look that you are happy with!

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Allow stamped design to air-dry for the length of time recommended on the textile paint medium bottle (usually around 24 hours). Iron the stamped design on medium heat to set the paint (cover the painted area with a thin cotton cloth to protect it while ironing). Wash and dry as usual…and you’re done!

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You now have a custom pillowcase that will perk up even the drabbest of beds! xo Ez

5 Minute DIY: Gilded Animal Figurine Ring Holder

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I’ve been meaning to post this quick little DIY for a while, and what better day than an ordinary Monday to finally share it! You may have already caught a glimpse of this little golden ring holder that I made, in my bedroom makeover reveal post. If you follow along with the super simple steps below, you’ll be able to create a whole menagerie of your own in no time!

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Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Toy Animal – my favorite ones are from Schleich brand | Be sure to select a figurine that has a head, horns, or antlers that are narrow enough to hold rings
  • Krylon Short Cuts® Brush-On Liquid Paint in Gold Leaf
  • Paint Brush | A paintbrush designed for use with acrylic paint will work best
  • Disposable gloves (optional)
  • Scrap paper
  • Well-ventilated workspace

Project note: the paint used in this project has very strong vapors. Please work in a well-ventilated area.

Start by protecting your work surface with several sheets of scrap paper. Shake paint until it is fully mixed. Paint your plastic animal, paying special attention to the underside, and any hidden nooks and crannies. Recap paint and allow animal to dry (this type of paint dries very quickly). Once fully dry you can use your figurine as a ring (and bracelet) holder!

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