Jars & Canisters

So one week ago today I was dealing with the big question of whether or not to buy canisters

The day before I totally had my eye set on some cute canisters at Target. But they didn't have enough on the store shelf, so I resisted purchasing any there. Then I came home and even so much as loaded these puppies into my Amazon shopping cart. . . 

along with a few chalkboard labels. . .

I wanted so badly to duplicate the look of these fun canisters on Dina's baking cart.

But I just couldn't see shelling out that money right now. It was going to be at least $60 to buy what I wanted. So I cancelled the order and went back to the daily grind of changing diapers and sweeping floors.

Then, later that day, I was working in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher and clearing the countertops and I had an idea...why not use canning jars as canisters??? 

We already use them as our primary drinking glasses around these parts. We find them charming and whimsical. 

So I gathered up a few larger ones that were laying around the house and began filling them with goodies - tea bags, Cheerios, brown sugar, sugar and coffee. I figured, why not give it a try? I'm out absolutely nothing and if it doesn't work well, I can scrap the idea and buy my dream $60 worth of canisters and labels. . .

But, so far, I am LOVING our jars-turned-canisters. I'm finding it extremely handy to have these frequently used items out on the countertop, the display looks cute and the best part of the whole thing - it was FREE. :) Makes a nerd like me happy, at least.

I contemplated labeling them somehow, and I may still, but in all reality, it's pretty self-explanatory and I'm just not sure I like the idea of affixing a label to the jars and covering up the Ball, Kerr, Mason labels that are stamped in the glass.

Of course, the day after I did it, I found this image on Pinterest from an etsy shop.

So I guess I'm not the first one to think of something like this. :)

What do you use canning jars for? Anything besides real life canning? I've been using them a lot lately to organize. In fact, I'll probably be posting again sometime soon with more glass jar storage ideas. 


freshnewday said...

I thought I would let you know that I saw the glass lidded containers at Walmart for about $1 about a year ago. I don't know if they still have them.

Katie said...

Rebekah, thanks for the tip. (And glad to know you're still following along even with my lack of posting the past few months). I'll try to hunt those canisters down next time I'm in Wally-world. :)

freshnewday said...

I have to say, your blog is definitely a favorite. Thanks for all the great information and for being you.

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