DIY dipped kitchen jars

I have an obsession with pretty, colorful storage for the home. So of course, when I got these glass jars I just couldn’t possibly leave them alone – I HAD to add a bit of color to them! Is it bad, doctor? Here is a super easy DIY for these dipped jars, using spray paint & foam letters as stencils to mark their content. I really love the way they look on my kitchen shelf (I’d been looking for ways to add more coral and green to my home!) – and even better is the fact that as soon as whatever’s in the jar disappears below the line, I know it’s time to buy some more at the grocery store 😉

I left some of the jars dipped, but also had fun adding a little bit of a pattern to some of them with my sharpie pens. Come on, you know me – one of them HAD to have polka dots one way or another 😉

What you need

What you do

  1. Place masking tape on each jar depending on how much you want to “dip” them.
  2. Use your letter stickers as stencils to paint the words you want on each jar. Quick tip: if you want to align your words right like I did, start with the last letter of each word – spelling your words backwards so you don’t run out of space. 
  3. Cover up to top of each jar with a freezer bag and hold in place with extra masking tape so that there is no chance that the spray paint will mess it up.
  4. Spray paint each jar. Quick tip: don’t expect the spray paint to cover up your jars evenly from the first coat. You will need to apply several coats to avoid drips and runs. I had loads of runs on my first coats but after several coast you can’t see them anymore :)
  5. Once completely dry, remove freezer, masking tape and stencil letters. Quick tips: if too much paint accumulates around the letters, use a knife to break the paint up a bit around the letter so you can remove them easily. In case some paint comes off around the edge of the letters, just use a small brush and paint to touch up. 
  6. Want to add a fun pattern to your dipped jars? Use a sharpie pen and let your imagination run wild :)
PS: I didn’t prime or varnish my jars and they are holding up fine for me, but some readers mentioned the paint scratching off…maybe because I don’t do enough cooking 😉 To protect your jars further from scratches, consider priming them first with clear Gesso right before you paint. You can also apply a coat of matte varnish when finished before removing the tape.

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94 Responses to “DIY dipped kitchen jars”
  1. emily says:

    those are adorable! i love all the detailed drawing you did on top. so clever!

    • audrey says:

      Thanks Emily! I agree, the drawing part is probably my favorite – I am actually thinking about adding some to the few jars I left plain, but I kind of like the mix as it is. Not sure!

  2. Love this!!!! What a great and cute idea.

  3. pearl says:

    Oh my, these are to die for! (Especially the patterned ones; it’s just genius!) I can’t wait to try my hand at them!

  4. Vika Moka says:

    This is a great DIY ! Mais c’est mon impression seulement ou bien on utilise beaucoup moins de peinture en bombe en Europe qu’aux USA ? J’en vois souvent dans les DIYs US mais pas si souvent en Europe (et je ne sais pas si mon magasin de bricolage a de si jolies couleurs !)

    • audrey says:

      En fait je sais pas si c’est plus commun ici qu’en Europe?! Disons que je vois plus de DIYs fait avec ici, mais je sais pas si c’est forcement plus facil a trouver comme peinture. Ici tu trouves ca dans les magasins specialises en art dans un placard au fond du magazin en general, ou bien dans les grands grands magasins de craft. Regardes, tu seras peut-etre surprise! :)

  5. Alycia says:

    these are ADORABLE!!

  6. Ju says:

    These are so colorful and lovely, great idea !

  7. Nina says:

    Je te l’ai déjà dit sur Instagram mais je le répète ici : J’ADORE! J’ai toujours voulu stocker mes farines, légumineuses, flocons de cérales, graines et noix et j’en passe dans des bocaux en verre, mais je sentais qu’il manquait quelque chose à cette idée. Bien sûr, juste les bocaux, c’est joli, mais je voulais trouver un manière sympa d’annoncer leur contenu. J’avais déjà repéré des bocaux avec une zone où on peut écrire à la craie mais j’écris beacoup trop mal avec une craie… Mais là avec les lettres autocollantes, c’est parfait! Je sais quoi faire de mon weekend 😉

  8. Serafina says:

    My husband and I have been searching for mint colored spray paint for about a year now! Where did you get yours?!

    • audrey says:

      I got all of my spray paint for this project at my local Michael’s. Did you check yours? They usually have a (locked) closet filled with all kinds of colors!

  9. Catie says:

    These are beautiful! Are they able to be washed or does the paint come off? :)

    • audrey says:

      Don’t put them in the dishwasher, otherwise you should be able to wash them with soap and hot water just fine. I’ll mostly be cleaning the inside of these so I am not too worried about the paint. To be on the safe side you can do a coat or two of sealer before you take off the masking tape/freezer bag!

  10. Sarah says:

    Would it alsowork on hard pla s tic jars from ikea?

    • audrey says:

      haven’t tried but it probably would! I’ve spray painted plastic things before.Let me know if you try!

  11. Maggie says:

    This is amazing! It seems like such a no-brainer to do this now that you came up with it. So thank you!

  12. Love these- especially the colors and patterns you chose- they are so cheery :)

    • audrey says:

      Thanks Laurel! I was trying to add a little coral to my home, and thought these colors would work pretty well together :) They do make a happy bunch!

  13. Shanelle says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know I made my own version of these this weekend and blogged about it. You can check it out on I referenced your blog so everyone would know where I got the idea.

    Thank you very much for posting this! You inspired me. :)


  14. kelseybakes says:

    These are fantastic – I am in the middle of a kitchen re-organization project and I think I am going to make these! great idea! Do you find the paint stayed well on the jars? I’m always concerned about paint on glass – but I’ve never tried spray paint before.

    • audrey says:

      So far so good for me, I haven’t had any of the paint chipping away. I’ll hand wash these for sure with warm soap and water, I wouldn’t want to put these in the dishwasher anyway :)

  15. Mel says:

    Cute idea. I might try something similar, only with brushing on acrylic paint. :)

  16. Tracy says:

    So…a freezer BAG, right? “3. Cover up to top of each jar with a freezer and…”

    • audrey says:

      Yes! A freezer bag is a bit more practical than an actual freezer 😉 Thanks for catching that mistake, I’ll change it right away!

  17. Lacey says:

    Where did you find the jars? and how much were they? I really would like to make some of these! :)

    • audrey says:

      I found mine at a Crate & Barrel outlet – I think the smallest ones where $5 and the biggest ones close to $10? But IKEA also has some, they are round and my bet is they are pretty cheap!

  18. Melanie says:

    I loved this idea and decided to make them for my pantry. There are a few problems I came across that I thought I would share for anyone else about to make these!
    1) Use painters tape to make it much easier! Maybe the masking tape I used was too cheap (or maybe it got too hot in the garage where they sat drying for a few days) but it pulled some of the paint off with it and left a sticky residue that was a pain to remove.
    2) Spray paint scratches off of glass sooo easily, and I used the exact same brand pictured. Mine already have chips and scratches and I haven’t even put them in the pantry! If I were to start over, I would tape them off, apply the sticker letters, and prime it with clear Gesso. Then maybe apply a matte varnish when finished. That would probably help them survive long-term use.
    Otherwise, these are so adorable!

    • audrey says:

      Thanks for the great tips, Melanie! I haven’t had any issues with scratches, but I’ll add your advice to the post :)

  19. This is woooow! Love it sooo much!! Thanks for sharing the creativity!

  20. Marianela says:

    I saw this on pinterest and I had to click it! What a creative idea! I love how you even went as far as creating your own pattern with a sharpie. So cute! Once I get a larger kitchen with more counter space I’m going to have to try something like this for sure. Love it!

  21. Sophie says:

    this is amazing !! can’t wait to try this out, i have so many plain jar sitting around. Love the idea !

  22. Trusteen says:

    This is such a cute idea! I have a couple of jars that I didn’t know how to decorate so thank you :)

  23. Berce says:

    J’aime beaucoup!

  24. Sarah says:

    i used rustoleum xx2 spray paint, it’s got a primer, paint and sealer and it made for, glass, plastic and metal and only needs one coat, AND comes in really really nice colours

  25. Jeremy says:

    Do you remember where you got those particular stickers?

    • audrey says:

      At my local scrapbooking store, Jeremy. Have a great weekend!

      • Jeremy says:

        Thanks for your reply! Do you remember the particular brand, by chance? I bought some thick stickers to do this project, but the letters leave their adhesive backing when I pull them off.

        • audrey says:

          Not sure – and all of my craft stuff is packed up in moving boxes and at the new house :) But I *think* I have some of the stickers left so I’ll try to take a look this weekend and see if I can find out the brand :)

  26. kim says:

    i love these, where did you get the big jars for this?

  27. Merideth says:

    I used the stuco puffy letters and the adhesive is on the jars. Letters came off fine but now I have to figure out how to get the adhesive off without removing any of the paint. Any suggestions. I’m thinking of using a q-tip maybe with olive oil, I don’t want the paint to come off but the adhisive makes the lettering foggy and not as crisp as I was hoping for.

    I have dozens of jars painted, I decided to do the top portion so I can put them on top of my cupboards and read them from below. I was afraid if I did the bottom I wouldn’t be able to read what was in them. I figured it would save a lot of space in my cupboards and add such a cute decoration with a practicle use. I also used “waso tape” (sp) to add decoration around the jar below the paint.

    Let me know if you have any ideas sure way to get the adhesive off without taking the paint off. Thanks!

  28. Brittani says:

    These are adorable! I think I’m going to go gold and silver when I try this. And maybe add polkadots. My husband is going to go nuts when he sees how dainty the kitchen jars are. LOL.

  29. Debbie says:

    Could I use another paint that could be brushed or sponged on?

    • Rosalyne says:

      I cannot see why not you could even use glass paint to give it a stained glass see through affect.

  30. Nancy says:

    The jars are just adorable. Also, I think I can do it! Thanks!

  31. Rosalyne says:

    You have a genuine gift, why buy decorated over priced containers when you can make a container for all of your constant eatables. I love the idea of putting the design to the height where you need to add it to the shopping list.

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