Decoupage Upcycled Jars

Decoupage Upcycled Jars

Looking for diy upcycle projects? Make Decoupage Upcycled Jars from Mitzi Curi. This is a fun project that doesn't cost a bundle.

Decoupage Upcycled Jars


  • Brayer
  • Mod Podge
  • Distress Ink for making your labels look authentically stained and old
  • Foam brush
  • Labels


  1. I selected all three of the labels above from The Graphics Fairy, a fabulous resource for graphic images. If you click on "Advertising" and "Labels" on the sidebar, you'll have lots of great vintage designs just a click away. Print them out, resize them if needed, and age them around the edges with some ink such as Tim Hotz Distress Ink. That way, the white edges won't distract from the label once on the bottle.
  2. The largest bottle was a perfect holder for a gathering of peacock feathers, which pick up the green color scheme I have going on. A little ribbon and some millinery blossoms look at home in my Sigault bottle, and my vintage apothecary jar looks interesting with a collection of green thread spools.

    Decoupage Upcycled Jars
  3. The advertising I selected to serve as "labels" for these amber bottles makes a bit of an optical illusion, but I thought they were interesting nonetheless.

    Decoupage Upcycled Jars
  4. An lastly, I used a copy of an old coffee bag, trimmed it down, and used it for this large glass canister that I filled beans!

    Decoupage Upcycled Jars

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Do you know how much you would pay for something like this at a big box store or a home decor store? It is much more fun to create your own. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and would go crazy digging for treasures (the glass bottles) at my local thrift stores. This makes a great Mother's Day gift idea project for your Girl Scout troop, too.

Look online for old labels...look under Dover Publications...they have many which are free

These Upcycled jars can be used in a multitude of places: as wedding reception favors or table centerpieces; for baby showers or bridal showers; as Christmas or birthday gifts for crafty friends; and, as Mitzi has shown us, as creative ways to display cool objects like peacock feathers for for practical containment of coffee beans. For the shower idea, you could even look in magazines for ads or features that go along with your theme and color scheme, as well as online. This would be a great way to get kids interested in recycling, also! You can have your kids help you pick out which bottles/jars/canisters to upcycle and then show them how to decoupage the labels onto the front! The other containers that you don't use you can keep for another project later or show your kids the proper way to recycle them.

Here's the link for labels: You will have to hunt around for them: you think?

Kitty, You have to go to The Graphics Fairy website, then click on Search. The available graphics will display. There are some great ones!

I don't see any "Advertising" or "labels". perhaps a link would be of some help. thanks, Kitty

I don't see any "Advertising" or "labels". perhaps a link would be of some help. thanks, Kitty

Love this idea! I recycle jars into canisters for coffee, tea, flour and sugar, etc. Can't wait to find old label art to decorate mine!


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