Love, Pomegranate House


Custom Kitchen Canisters

How is that title for alliteration!? I have to give props to the hubby for that one. It made me happy.

I hope you all have realized by now that I’m a sucker for anything that simplifies my life by means of organization. I like organization. And by organization I mean I-may-be-borderline-OCD-for-realz organization. I like my home neat and tidy {can you tell I don’t have kids yet? Ha.} with everything having its own place. And one step further, I like my organizing systems to be pretty. So the mess of my baking cabinet {I WISH I had a pantry} was driving me bonkers.

Said cabinet was a mess of all-purpose, whole wheat, and bread flour bags stored in gallon Ziploc bags along with half used powdered and brown sugar bags rolled up and clipped closed… all thrown on to a shelf. So I decided to take control of my mess and prettily organize my baking necessities. And I did it all with the magic of water-slide decal paper!! Oooo! Ahhh!

What? You don’t know what water-slide decal paper is? Oh well, let me introduce you!

See those pretty labels up on that picture above? Those were made possible by water-slide decal paper. They are a poor man’s Silhouette. I desperately wish I had a Silhouette but, alas, cannot afford one yet.

To make your own labels {or use my free printable ones at the bottom!} this is what you will need:

  1. Water-slide decal paper {I got mine here}
  2. Clear Gloss Protecting Spray Coating
  3. Jars
  4. A bowl of water
  5. A washcloth

First, you need to begin by designing some labels or using the ones I’ve created for you. Print them out on the glossy side of your water-slide paper and very carefully take them outside and spray a light coat of the protecting spray coating. {I say to be careful because the ink will not be dry and will smudge if touched!}

Once the spray coating has dried {only about 10 minutes}, cut your labels out.

Submerge the label in a bowl of lukewarm water for about 45 seconds. You will begin to see the thin, clear label film separating from the backing. You can kinda see it coming up on the bottom right corner in this picture.

Slide the thin film off the paper onto your jar, positioning it as it slides. You will be able to move it a bit once it is on your jar into your desired position… hence the water-slide.

Use a damp washcloth to press out any bubbles and remove excess water. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Then spray the labeled area on your jar with the clear spray coating to set the label. Allow it to dry.

That is how my kitchen canisters were born {actually, these canisters were for a dear friend of mine, but I have a set of my own!}. I realize that it isn’t the most novel method, but it worked great for me and I have come to really love this technique! FYI, these labels are not dishwasher-safe. I have hand-washed all the canisters with no problems, but was advised not to use the dishwasher.

And because I love you all so much, here is your lovely little free printable of these labels!