Tuesday, March 30, 2010

numbered jars

This project all started with these numbered beauties...

{photo courtesy of Pottery Barn}

I saw them at a Pottery Barn store awhile back when we went to the mall on a rainy day. I could not stop thinking about them (I have a bit of an obsessive personality). I thought I had to have them and was not going to stop until I figured out a way. They were $12 a piece in the store and $39 for all 3 online. We are not in need of anything, but with me staying home, I cannot justify spending $40 on some jars, you know what I mean? Well, with the jars up front in my mind, I went to some yard sales with a good friend and found these treasures for $3 a piece...

So, I spent $9 for 3 jars and knew almost immediately what I would fill them with and where they would go. I had told my sisters and Mom about the jars that I was in love with so I was excited to tell them that I found the same kind of jars for cheap. My sister, Beth informed me that she had glass paint in several colors, one of them being black. Score. The glass paint would have been the expensive part of the project, but I got it for free. I was so excited...

The first thing I did was to find the font I wanted and print the numbers off on printer sticker paper. I cut out the numbers and used the outline sticker as my stencil...

I applied the paint and when I took the stencil off each time, this is what I would get. Yeah, the stencil was not full proof. I had a lot of toothpick scraping to do with each number to get it back in shape. That was the hard part and it took some time. I also dabbed the numbers with a paper towel while they were still wet to give them some texture and make them appear not so perfect...

But eventually, I had my 3 number jars that I had been dreaming about...

I knew that I wanted to fill them with dice, scrabble tiles, and dominoes. Well, I remembered that I had a huge bag of dice in one of my many teacher containers in the basement so I went searching and found them. Score again. Free dice. Then I just used the scrabble tiles that we had from our game that we never have time to play anymore...

I could use some more dice, scrabble tiles and I still don't have dominos but all in good time, right? I had dreamed about them on the mantel in front of the barn picture and I am very pleased with the end result...

So the total cost of the project was $9. It's so fun to see an idea you love and figure out a way to make it yourself. Where this is a will...there is a way.

Please click here and check out these parties I am linking this project to this week. Thanks for visiting. Happy Tuesday!


Jessica March 30, 2010 at 6:17 AM  

I love this idea! The numbers are well done...writing this down for my yard sale list!

Kelli March 30, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

Adorable and so creative to do it on your own for cheaper. I love Scrabble!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape March 30, 2010 at 6:58 AM  

I love it that you were able to figure them out for much cheaper... and that sense of acomplishment is worth millions. They look great!

Patrice March 30, 2010 at 8:08 AM  

They look great on your mantle! I've loved that barn picture for years too and those jars are the perfect addition!

Jen March 30, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

Neat idea! And it looks so easy too!

Beth McC. March 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

I am so making these this weekend! SO CUTE!! Thanks for sharing!

Kristi March 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

These turned out awesome! Don't you just love it when something comes together like that?

Teri March 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Very cute! :)

Emily Call March 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

I love these. How fun!

Lei March 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

So fun! And I love that you filled them with game pieces. That's cool.

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Heather@ My Frugal Family March 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

Super cute!

Frugal Home Designs March 30, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

Those are really cute. Where did you get that barn picture? I love it.

Lindsey March 30, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

These are so cute - you are wonderfully inspiring! :-)

Shaunna March 31, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

These are adorable!! I love making my own PB stuff! passed by from power of paint; so nice to meet you! -shaunna :)

Tasha March 31, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

I Just love these! I am featuring them on my blog (giving the credit back to you of course). So clever and look just like the others. Awesome! (www.creationcorner.blogspot.com)

Lanie Ree March 31, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

Yay for making it yourself! Yours turned out so cute.

Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Steph March 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

Yay yay yay for being thrifty! You did an excellent job. :)

Jessi April 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

Great idea! They came out great. And at a much, much better price. Love the fillers as well. Thanks for sharing!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage April 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

So very cute -- I love jars!!

PeaceLoveApplesauce April 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Hi!! These are fabulous.. Thanks for the idea!
Visiting from Somewhat Simple. :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden April 1, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Cute! I'm now on the lookout for some of those jars.

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!

Leslie April 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

Everything y'all are posting about rocks! I am following Lemon Tree for sure.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper April 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

those are fantastic! thanks for sharing!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue April 2, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

that is so very creative and a great idea that I might use for a small canister set that I have been wanting for my counter. Thanks for sharing!

Amy Kinser April 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM  

These look great. Very creative!

Partying with you tonight.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking April 2, 2010 at 11:28 PM  

I was admiring those at PB... might have to copy you for my laundry room - those would be adorable there. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

ann April 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Sooo cute! Great job!

raggygirlvintage April 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Great idea, simple yet effective!

One Cheap B*tch April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

I'm chuckling b/c I've had these on my to-do list since last year! Doh! Got sidetracked with other projects - thanks for the reminder!


One Cheap B*tch April 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

I'm chuckling b/c I've had these on my to-do list since last year! Doh! Got sidetracked with other projects - thanks for the reminder!


PS~Erin April 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Brilliant. Love them! Thanks for the diy steps!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft April 7, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

These are SO great. I didn't even know about glass paint. So good to know. Love these! Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party.

Tara May 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

Very Cute! I just found some neat, huge jars at Walmart for my pantry. I think I will do this with them. I love your barn painting BTW. My husbands Godmother has the same one in her living room. I have to find one for my house! If I don't find one, I will just have to make one myself. LOL

Thanks for all the fabulous ideas here ladies. I Love Lemon Tree Creations!!!

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