Silhouette Spice Jar Labels
|January 26, 2015||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2015 Projects, Silhouette|
About a year ago I took $1 jars from Jo-Anns/Michaels and created spice jars for myself. Over the last year I’ve started using more spices and of course, there were a few I missed. I’ve had the extra jars, it was just one of those projects that wasn’t too important (although it was annoying every time I needed one of those spices).
I didn’t need to buy anything, it wouldn’t be hard, I just needed to get it done-so Saturday I decided I was just going to take care of it. I don’t know why I put off projects like this-an hour or so and I can have something marked off my list.
The first step was to cut the stencils on the Silhouette. I measured the top of the jar and drew circles in Silhouette Studio just slightly smaller. Then I used Arial in all lowercase to write out the names of the spices I needed then sized them to fit in the circles. I then aligned the centers vertically and horizontally so they’d be perfectly center. Three years ago, before even owning the silhouette I bought two clearance rolls of vinyl in pastel pink and blue not knowing what I’d do with them, but they’ve been very handy for stencil making-this is what I loaded in, and they cut with no problems.
Then I sat and picked out all the letters with a straight pin, and carefully kept the centers of letters like “a” and “o”. The next step was to disassemble the jars so I would just have the glass tops. Once that was done I moved the stencils to the jars and rubbed them on with my fingers to make sure there were no air bubbles.
Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens are the key to making this project work. They can be baked on for a more permanent finish. I’m sure you could still scratch off the paint, but after a year of use with my older jars, I’ve not had a single problem with the lettering getting damaged.
Full disclosure here-I actually did this project twice. (I don’t really like repeating things, but I feel I do it a lot…) I had forgotten that you cannot let the paint pen dry. You Cannot Let The Paint Pen Dry! If you do, all of the paint comes off attached to your stencil and thus the jar lid needs washed off and you have to go make a new stencil. Bah. This picture is what they should look like once you have painted them, but do them one at a time, it saves a lot of grief.
After I did them the second time they turned out great. The letters were crisp for the most part. And if the paint did bleed anywhere a bit? Just take your straight pin and carefully scratch the paint that you want removed. This is helpful on things like the fiddly little ‘a’ and ‘e’ in coriander.
After they’ve dried a bit, place them on a cookie sheet and into a cold oven (it has to be a cold oven or you risk the glass breaking), turn the oven to 350º F, set a timer for 30 minutes once the oven has preheated, then after the 30 minutes turn the oven off and let them cool completely (in the oven). After that you have a baked on finish.
This is my spice drawer (it smells amazing). It can hold seven more jars before I run out of room. After that I’m sure I’ll keep the same jars, but I’ll have to find somewhere else to store them, but for now the level of alphabetical organization in this one small part of my life makes me very happy indeed.