Sunday, September 26, 2010

Canister Makeover

I have recently been on the lookout for some cute new canisters.  
However, so far I've seen only found
 either very pricey ones, or ones that are not exactly what I had in mind.
So I thought hey!!
Why not jazz up my old ones that I already have!

Here are my old canisters BEFORE,
(sorry I really thought I had shown the top of them in this shot).
I had a design idea in mind and went searching at Michael's crafts store and found these darling, very inexpensive little metal frames. 

 I then looked and looked through all the stick on labels and such that they make now and couldn't find any that spelled out SUGAR or FLOUR, so...
I decided I would just have to make my own. 
Here they are below.

After measuring to see what size they needed to be.  I used my photo editing program to get them just right and printed them out.
Now the tricky part was cutting them to fit inside the middle of the frame, especially rounding those corners. But you could probably take a plain piece of paper to practice a few times and then use it for a template once perfected.

There were only a few things needed to do this project, which I happened to already have on hand! These older glass canisters can often be found in thrift stores or garage sales.  I wanted my frames to have a blackend antique look so I dabbed some black acrylic paint on them and dabbed off a bit until I had the desired look I wanted. 

 Of course you might choose a different color to suit yourself and decor.  Oh be sure not to paint the area in the center of the frame where the label goes as it may show through. 

Then evenly brush a thin layer of glue on the inside area of the frame and apply your label. Carefully smoothing it out from the center to the edges, let dry. 
Once dried seal it by again brushing on a layer or 2 of varnish, let dry.   

Before applying your frame wash canisters thoroughly and dry thoroughly.  Then decide where you want it placed.  You could actually use a piece of masking tape as a placement guide (which I should have done), or just eyeball it (which is what I did). 

Apply the hot glue to the back of the frame.   
WARNING!  the frame will become very HOT
You might want to were gloves to protect your fingers! 
Once you've applied the glue quickly place it on the canister
holding the frame gently by the edges. 
Then when in place use a towel over the top of it to press it down firmly. 

Then gently peel back the towel a little at a time because a bit of the glue may attach to the towel and you don't want it pulling off your frame.  A bit of the glue is probably going to squish up through your label.
So when it has dried and hardened it can easily removed by
using a pointed exacto knife (as shown above). 

The top was a piece of cake.
Simply remove the lid and the plastic rim and cover with approximately 3 light coats of spray paint. Allowing paint to dry between each coat. When you hold it up and can no longer see through the paint you've got enough!

Here's a look at them all filled and looking pretty on the counter. 
 From now on I will be spot cleaning the outside with some glass cleaner 
and will have to use care when washing the inside. 

Btw, this whole project only took about an hour or so!

Have fun, and thanks for taking the time to stop by!
 As always, I appreciate your sweet comments!

Hugs, Sherri:-)

I'm linking up with Cindy for
"Show and Tell Friday"

and also with....

Susan from BNOTP for

Oh and a NEW meme 
At Pam's from
"Be colorful"


Please stop by and visit their blogs and the others participating for some

wonderful inspiration!!


The Stylish House said...

I like this alot it's a very clever idea! Thanks for sharing how you did it. It's got me thinking of other ways to use this techique. It's a Winner!!

Anonymous said...

The makeover looks wonderful! I am so impressed with how good it looks.

June said...

You are a genius Sherri! I love these and I am so glad that you would share your idea. I have similar jars and I would love to try this too!

Anonymous said...

I love these! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

OMG, Sherri- this is just adorable and such a frugal way to enhance what you already had. They look very expensive now, too! Great idea I may have to use on my bathroom glass jars. Thanks for sharing your project. :-)
hugs, Sue

Becolorful said...

Love how you took these to the next level. I would be flattered if you would consider linking them up to one of my first linky parties at Becolorful.


Diane said...

How darling is that! Love the little frame you chose. Your cannisters would cost a fortune if bought them that way Ü

Becolorful said...

Thank you for linking and sharing my meme. You are too sweet.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Your canisters turned out FAB~ulous! Great tutorial too:D

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hi, I am over from Be Colorful. What a great idea, they look fantastic!
Best regards,

Rachael said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these canisters! Sadly, I'm too busy...and lazy to actually make, I'll keep drooling over yours!

Janean said...

no stinkin' way did you do this yourself...yet i see the photos with my own two eyes! wow. you got talent, girl.

thank you for sharing how you did it too!!

Lallee said...

Nicely done! They look lovely on your counter.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Sherri, those are just downright too cute. What a clever gal you are and what ideas you have given me. They are just adorable.

Hope you are having a blessed week.

Hugs, Barb

Melissa Miller said...

Sherri they are just gorgeous! I love the little frame and the shape of them. You really created a unique and lovely canister set. Precious!

Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherri...

Oooh...your canisters turned out fabulous! What a great idea...I would have never thought to do something like this! I'm going to have to look for the pretty metal frames next time I get to Hobby Lobby! I love that you antiqued the frames...they really look rich, my friend! Wow...such a beautiful transformation! I love them!!! Thanks for sharing the great idea and the "how to's" with us!

Well my friend, I noticed that you changed your blog header since I was here last! I love it! Soooo frenchy looking! It looks like a design you would find on toile! Very pretty! I hope that my note finds you well, Darlin'!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Gypsy Heart said...

I love these! You did a wonderful job on both and I really like the look. You know, I've been searching for some type of canister to use in my kitchen...the ones I like are too pricey and I can't seem to find the jar types in different sizes. I may use 2 of the same size like yours ~ very good idea!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~
P.S. There's something special for you on my blog. :-)

Life with L said...

Sherri, How cute are those canisters. I adore how you found the metal frames and applied them to your canisters with the label. Very clever lady.....Linda

Dawn said...

Great job Sherri! They really look wonderful! I think when I got the chairs done I may have got the "almost family" discount even though I told Tracy's dad to charge full price. My parents have a small printing business and give so many discounts to family and friends they never make any money so I always tell people I know to pretend they don't know me! Now, if I can get a deal from a store or stranger I don't feel so gulity!

Are all the almonds in yet? It was sure nice to have a little rain here to clear the air!

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