DIY: Fun Retro Jars

May 22, 2012

Do you ever have those days where the stars are aligned and by some force beyond you, things just happen? I had one of those days, in a DIY sense. I went to Community Thrift here in Tulsa, and if it wasn’t my favorite treasure box before, it is now. For sure.

Suffice to say, I didn’t get to my pillows today. I instead sorted through a pile of awesome fabric that I found today, that will in turn be used for said pillows. Oh, you just wait.

What I DID do today was this: make some really cute retro-style cups/jars. I found this idea about a year ago, and kept it filed away for the perfect set of drinking glasses or mason jars. Today was the day, I decided, and now I have these multipurpose cylinders at my fingertips.

Here is how it went down:

These are my materials: A set of mason-jar-like drinking glasses, with the tell-tale Mid Century Modern pattern at the bottom, and 2 packs of pricing labels (you can find these at hardware stores, craft stores, grocery stores…etc.)

These are only a few dollars for about 500 stickers. The glasses cost $1.41, for some reason 🙂

I did a “subway tile” pattern for the first glass. I thought mixing up the patterns would add a fun dynamic to the set.

Neon colors work so well against this clear glass. I love the juxtaposition.


I decided to switch up the circle pattern here…

These little teeny tiny circles took a LARGE amount of patience…

So cute!!

And, they are multi-use:

Or use them to hold pens, your hair utensils, cotton balls.

I have to admit that making these simple glasses was one of the most cathartic activities I have done in a while. So, win/win!

I have a HUGE project to finish this week. And I have never been so excited. Stay tuned!

More later,




4 thoughts on “DIY: Fun Retro Jars

    1. thecleverbunny

      Thank Carole! No one (and I mean NO ONE) will ever compare to your creativity. I am still working up the courage to do an inspiration post that will do justice to McCheek’s Academy. I miss you tons and can’t wait to see you this summer when I come to Houston!

      <3 <3 <3

  1. ABigTadooOverGlue

    Oh these are soo cute! They do remind me of something my gandmother had a long time ago.
    Will the stickers stay on through washing or is there some kind of finishing coat that you can put on to preserve the stickers, yet keep the glasses food safe?

    Very cute and creative. I would love to give this project a try .

    1. thecleverbunny

      Thank you! They were so fun and easy – I am loving anything neon right now! I would put a protective coat on them if you plan to use them as drinking glasses. You can use decoupage, which you can find at any craft store for a few dollars. It’s a clear protective coat. I am using my glasses as a place to store crafting utensils. But I want to do a mason jar version for drinking glasses. Also, probably avoid the dishwasher, with or without the decoupage. Thanks again and keep reading! I have a LOT of cool crafty projects coming up this week!
      -Katy @ The Clever Bunny


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