Organize: Pantry Storage Jars and Creative Labeling

I have a thing for recycling simple glass jars and using them around my home. Glass jars are just so versatile and very easy (not to mention cheap) to come by. As you already know, I like to make outdoor lanterns out of mason jars.

Jars are perfect for storing pantry items, too. Foods come packaged in glass jars of all sizes so you can easily find ones to recycle and meet your pantry needs. Eat the spaghetti sauce, or pickles, or jam; wash out the jar, and you have new storage. And, they are clear so you can easily see what is in need of a refill.

If you want some unique labeling for your jars, try chalkboard paint! Paint a few coats and let dry in between each. No need to make sure the edges are perfect, either. (Just note: you can’t put them in the dishwasher or the label will wash/melt away.)

Jars with Chalkboard Labels

Jars with Chalkboard Labels

I also added some chalkboard paint to my compost canister to spruce it up a bit.

Chalkboard Label for Compost Container

Chalkboard Label for Compost Container

Or, for less hassle you can print these vintage tags from and affix to the jar by covering the label with clear packing tape.

Printed Label from

Printed Label from

Gorgeously organized!

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  1. Nadine

     /  August 22, 2011

    I always just toss my glass jar’s into the recycling bin – but you have inspired me to repurpose them – great idea! Much better than the plastic I currently use!

  2. Another great post Stacy!

  3. That’s really neatly done. Nice post!

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