My husband and I live in a house divided. And no, I don’t mean politically. We fully agree on that. Nor do I mean like his side of the family where it’s OU vs. OSU. Nope, he’s a coffee lover and I am a tea fanatic. Although he’ll occasionally have a cup of tea, I just can’t do coffee. I can’t get over the bitterness. So we have twice the stuff to store to prepare our preferred morning drinks. My tea all fits in a drawer, but I’ve been struggling with what to do with all the coffee paraphernalia. We hardly ever use the big coffee machine and I hate that it sits out on the counter getting dusty, but it’s one of those things you kinda have to have for parties, right? His current favorite method of coffee preparation is an Aeropress which apparently makes excellent coffee, but, you guys, it’s just not cute. So I finally cleared out some cupboard space above the coffee machine for the Aeropress and the 2 different kinds of grinders and the filters and the coffee scoop (geez, coffee require so much STUFF!) but I was having a hard time fitting the beans.
On a whim I grabbed a really cute glass jar with a cork top from the dollar section at Target but when we brought it home, even after washing, we realized it has a really really weird smell. It seems like it was the cork and it smelled exactly and strongly like potting soil but more chemically. Which I don’t think is an aftertaste you want in your coffee. So I started using that as a vase for flowers (without the stinky cork) and gave up. Until I saw one of these airtight hinged glass jars at the craft store! Perfect! So here’s how I made it much cuter. Now I actually LIKE to have it sitting on my counter!
DIY Good Morning Coffee Jar
Here’s the jar I used, I recommend one with a squared off bottom and flat sides instead of one that’s round.
1. The first thing I did was buy a sunburst shape from the Silhouette store. I was going to draw my own but honestly, that would have take three times as long and while my son was happily occupied at that second, you never know how long that will last. So I bought it.
2. I loaded my yellow vinyl into the machine, checked my settings and cut it out. And honestly, the first time, I used a different font that had too many narrow parts and the vinyl tore a bit so I had to do it over. But what you see above is the final version that worked! So be wary of any super skinny parts of your text!
3. Next peel off the negative space. 4. Instead of spending a ton on that special vinyl transfer tape, I used plain old clear contact paper that I got at the dollar store. Worked like a charm. The recommendation I found online was to cut a piece the size of you vinyl transfer, peel off the backing and then quickly stick it to a piece of clothing (like my yoga pants) to make it just a little bit less sticky. Then you stick it on top of the cut out vinyl and use your finger or a credit card to rib all over the design.
6. Then you just position your vinyl where you want it, stick the contact paper down and rub all over again with your finger or credit card to adhere the vinyl to the surface. When you slowly peel off the contact paper, the vinyl should stay behind on your object! If any parts stay stuck to the contact paper, put it back down and go over it again. Add your coffee and you’re all set! If you liked this, you may also like some of my other posts…