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upcycling spaghetti jars

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I have seen this idea on Pinterest and know there are a ton of tutorials out there so I will keep the chit chat to a minimum today.

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I love nothing more than taking something doomed for the trash heap and turning it into something useful and pretty (I think).  It’s such a feeling of satisfaction.

This is such an easy project and takes all of one hour (50 minutes of that is from a cycle in the dishwasher).

To start, I grabbed an empty spaghetti jar, washed it then removed the label.  This is the hardest part of this project, as those &*%#$ labels are glued onto the jar with super-human adhesive.

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See what I mean?  You will have some goo left on your jar so grab your Goo Gone, squeeze some on a paper towel and be amazed.  (I do not know what is in this stuff, nor do I really want to, but it’s the greatest invention!)

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Five minutes later and I had a sparkly clean jar!

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Next I spray painted the lid with black spray paint.

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Then I drilled a hole in the center of the lid and inserted a small screw.

lid_with_hole

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For the “handle” I used my son’s old dresser knobs and also gave them a quick squirt of black paint.  They came with his IKEA Hemnes dresser and I recently replaced them.

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Now you simply attach the knob to the jar and you should have this

lid_with_knob

Now just put it all together and here you have your upcycled spaghetti jar

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To fancy mine up a little I added some jute rope and a chalkboard label I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

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(No, I didn’t spell coffee wrong, I’m married to a German!) :-)

I also attempted to create a mercury glass look on one jar using Looking Glass spray paint+black spray paint.  Tutorial coming soon!

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I love how they turned out and especially love upcycling “trash.”

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