Hey there, I’m Caitlin from @craftingshouldbemessy. I love doing vinyl projects of all kinds, and today I’m going to re-purpose some glass jars with Kassa’s permanent vinyl! I’ll go through 4 great ideas to re-use jars and give them new life (mine were candle jars I’ve been hanging on to but baby food, sauce jars, etc. will all work too!). While I came up with these four ideas, there are SO many different ways to re-use and recycle empty containers. Here is what I made with mine:
Idea #1: Glass Planter
Succulents, seedlings or small plants can all take root in a glass jar. Whether you’re propagating some clippings (like me!), starting seedlings, or want to keep a small plant in your office, this is a great way to recycle jars with a wide mouth. I knew this project would have a dark background from the soil I used to plant my clipping, so a combination of Kassa white and holographic vinyl was a perfect choice.
Idea #2: Spare Change Jar
Throw your pennies in the jar at the end of the day, or reward you little ones for doing the dishes. However you want to put a few cents away, a spare change jar is a fun way to create a little rainy day fund. I used a jar with it’s top to make a new home for loose change. You could also cut a slit in the top to make adding coins even easier.
Idea #3: Seed Container
In my house, each year we save pumpkin seeds to plant the next season, and the old envelope just wasn’t working anymore. Once the seeds are nice and dried out, they can happily live in a glass container until it’s time to plant them!
Idea #4: Lost & Found Container
Create a space for buttons, screws, and other odds and ends. It’s like a junk drawer in a jar! We’ve all got extra bits and pieces hanging around that could use a new home.
Clearly, there are many more ways to re-purpose a glass jar, and for anything you can come up with, they take permanent vinyl really well for labeling. Let’s walk through the step-by-step on how to design and place label designs from Kassa permanent vinyl.
After deciding the purpose of your jar, we’re going to want to find the perfect font for your label. Sites like fontsquirrel.com, dafont.com or creativemarket.com are all great sources for font files both free and paid. For these designs I used the font duo Blishfully. It’s one of my favorite script and sans combinations. I drew my extra shapes in Adobe Illustrator, but you can use any combination of text/images that you’d like.
If you’re re-using a candle jar like I did, you can remove the wax from the bottom by filling the jar with boiling water. After it cools, the wax will sit on the surface of the water and be easily removable. From there, I used some Goo Gone to take the labels off for perfect blank glass jars. Whatever you’re using, you’ll want to make sure the glass surface of the jar is nice and clean. A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol can be helpful to make sure you’re ready to add vinyl.
Step 1 – Cut Out Designs
With the jars cleaned and prepped, we’re ready to add vinyl to them. Cut the designs out using your cutting machine, and the Kassa permanent vinyl colors of your choice. I really loved the combination of solid color with holographic for my designs. Each one has a mixture of both in different ways. I did some planning in advance in Design Space so that I could cut all of my different colors on one mat.
Step 2 – Weed the Vinyl Designs
Weeding time! There are a couple of different techniques for weeding permanent vinyl. I recommend pulling out and small pieces first, and then pulling up a corner, removing the larger background area slowly. When possible keep the vinyl close to parallel to the carrier sheet. That way you have less chance of tugging your design up with the extra vinyl. If you have very small letters or shapes, a secondary option is to reverse weed. To reverse weed, you apply the transfer tape to the top of the entire unweeded design, remove the carrier sheet from the back, and carefully remove the extra vinyl, leaving the tiny design already stuck to the transfer tape.
Step 3 – Layering Permanent Vinyl
If you’ve chosen to do multiple layers for your design, it’s time to layer the vinyl. Using the transfer tape, start with the top-most layer. Carefully lay the transfer tape over your design using your hand or a scraper to make sure it’s adhered. Remove the carrier sheet. By eye, or utilizing the small shape method, place the layer on top of the next layer down. Repeat with all layers. If you’d like to use the small shape, you can add, for example, a small triangle in the same exact spot on each layer of your design. When you go to layer, simple lay each triangle over the next for perfect alignment. Remove the triangle from the transfer tape before applying to your object.
Step 4 – Apply the Vinyl to Your Jar
As these jars were fairly small, it was pretty easy to eyeball where I wanted my design to sit. If you have a larger object, creating a guide with masking or painter’s tape can be helpful. Once you’ve placed your vinyl design, slowly peel back the transfer tape, checking that the design is fully adhered. If anything doesn’t go to plan, make sure you peel it off right away as once this vinyl sets, it’s on there permanently.
Your design Is all set, and you’re ready to use your jars! If you’re adding vinyl to an item that is going to be washed, make sure to let it cure for a few days and hand wash only.
This project was a great way to not only recycle some useful glass jars but also to add a little character around the house. Permanent vinyl labels are an easy, fun, and quick way to personalize a variety of objects. I’ve labeled toy bins and kitchen containers, but the options are endless. Have you used Kassa permanent vinyl to label jars? Don’t forget to tag me at @craftingshouldbemessy & @Kassa or #Kassamoment so we can see your projects!