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Remove Labels from Craft Jars

Remove Labels from Craft Jars

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

I’ve been collecting various size Classico sauce jars to re-purpose. I love the character and old-world look of the Classico mason jar– once I remove labels these will make great craft jars. This is a great way to save money and be environmentally conscious by reusing something that you’d normally throw away rather than purchasing new craft jars.

 

Remove Labels from Craft Jars

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

It’s quite a challenge to remove labels completely without leaving any sticky residue. The first thing that I did was wet the label by running it under the faucet. You could also let the jars sit in a bucket of water to ensure that it is saturated. The water will soften the paper and make it a bit easier to peel.

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

Once the label is wet, fill the jar with very hot water to soften the glue. I filled my jar then put it into the microwave for a few minutes. Just keep in mind that the hot water will make the glass jars very hot and you’ll need to use caution when touching the jars. Let the jars sit for a few minutes so the hot water can do its magic!

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

Peel away! Just remember that the jar may be hot. For the most part, I was able to remove labels in large pieces. As the labels come off, they’re starting to look like craft jars!

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

Once most of the paper is removed,  a scrub brush and some dish soap will take care of the stubborn areas.

Remove labels and re-purpose craft jars into stunning projects!

Now that the paper is gone, we’re left with the adhesive. Removing the glue is a cinch with a little olive oil. This is a great application for my misto olive oil sprayer–it’s great for coating the adhesive on the glass. I prefer using my misto olive oil sprayer rather than purchasing disposable cans of cooking spray. Who knew it would also be a handy crafting tool!

Rather than purchasing disposable cans of cooking spray

Using the rough side of a terry cloth towel, the adhesive comes off pretty well.

Rather than purchasing disposable cans of cooking spray

After the glue is removed, scrub well to remove any remaining residue and oil. Now that our craft jars are clean, I’ve got to decide what to make. Any ideas?

 

Amy (91 Posts)

I am a Freelance Graphic Designer full of creative interests! In my spare time, I love to create something new from something old, embark on home decorating and renovation projects, try out new recipes, and attempt to garden. Beyond the artistic pursuits, I have a love for music and enjoy playing the piano and handbells.


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