Recycled Mod Podge jars for your desk

Recycled Mod Podge jars for your desk - made from old pickle jarsI’ve done a lot of Mod Podge projects, and these Mod Podge jars are one of my favorites. It was SO FUN. I really like to make crafty organization projects, I think because I lack organization in my own life. It’s hard for us crafters, right? Creative and organized don’t always mix! To celebrate back to school as well as the crazy crafter in all of us, I’ve whipped up these “stuff” jars. I did these with pickle jars, but you can apply the same concept to baby food jars or other small glass containers for the same results. I forgot to mention the best thing about this project – it was free! I recycled the jars, and had the rest in my stash. How did I do it?

Gather These Supplies

  • Pickle Jars – 3 large, recycled
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fabric scraps – I had 3 fat quarters in my stash
  • Ribbon – each jar needs about 20″
  • Felt Flowers
  • Buttons
  • Craft Glue
  • Chipboard letters
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Flat paint brush
  • Scissors or cutting mat and wheel
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Wax paper or something to protect your table

Step 1Start with these lovely supplies – soak the jars in water to get the labels off.

Step 2You will want to prepare the fabric. I cut some oversized pieces of fabric out of the fat quarters. Then wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener) in your next load of laundry. Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface. Wax paper is preferable for covering your table.

Using a brush, paint a light coat of Mod Podge Gloss onto your fabric. Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.

Step 3Time to trim the fabric to fit the jars. I have a cutting wheel and mat, but if you don’t just measure and then do it with your scissors. Make sure you leave about 1/2″ extra so that the fabric can overlap in the back.

Step 4Time to decoupage! You are going to apply the fabric, but first you need to lay down a Mod Podge base. Paint a few inches of Mod Podge at a time. You’ll need to smooth the fabric around the jar, smoothing and applying Mod Podge a few inches at a time. Make sure that you add a little more Mod Podge at the seam in the back.

Step 5Smooth everything with your fingers and then allow to dry for about an hour.

Step 6After the jars are dry, add the ribbon at the top and bottom. I used the craft glue to apply. It was really easy because pickle jars have a ridge (at least these did), and that is where the ribbon sat. Make sure to seam the ribbon in the same place that you did the fabric. You now know where the back of the jar is.

Step 7Clean up any craft glue that comes out of under the ribbon with a cotton swab. Doing it with your finger will smear it everywhere (can you tell I tried that?).

Step 8The last part is easy. Break out your stash and plan what you are going to do. I had some felt flowers and buttons, so I laid everything out and kept switching buttons until I was happy. Attach everything with craft glue or decoupage down. Let dry before using.

Here’s what I used to embellish each jar:
Blue Jar – blue grosgrain ribbon, eight felt flowers, eight blue buttons
Seafoam Jar – seafoam velvet ribbon, small scrap of coordinating paper (Mod Podged behind the letters), chipboard letters spelling “Pens”, 24 coordinating buttons
Orange Jar – orange grosgrain ribbon with a green edge, large felt flower piece attached with craft glue

Recycled Mod Podge jars for your desk - made from old pickle jarsI’m so happy with my recycled jars. I want to make one of them for everything in my apartment. They are so fun!

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  1. says

    I need a tip or two on how to use this stuff. It was so easy. I just ended up with some bubbles.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Happy to meet you!
    Amy (aka…the maisy report)

  2. says

    At daughter #1’s apartment (off Ponce) this week I spotted Modge Podge. Who knew. I sent to right to your blog. Thanks so much.

  3. says

    A great idea! My father used these jars to put nails and screws in. He would attach the lid to the lower side of a shelf on the wall. You can then scew the jar back on the lid and it is not taking any space on your desk. Even better, it is using space you can’t use for anything else I believe.

  4. Kits says

    These are adorable!! My family eats up olives as if there will be NONE tomorrow… this will be a great way to decorate those tall olive jars! Thanks for taking the time to share!


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