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Farmhouse Kitchen Canister DIY

This Farmhouse Kitchen Canister is the perfect way to add some vintage charm to your kitchen without spending a lot of money. 

Organize your kitchen with this beautiful farmhouse kitchen canister. Made from old peanut butter jars that were transformed to look like porcelain french bakery jars.

The vintage inspired DIY is perfect for holding your kitchen utensils. Learn how easy it is to make the farmhouse kitchen canister with the help of your Silhouette Cameo.

Two old jars refinished with white paint and french quotes shown as kitchen jars.

It’s the first Silhouette Creator’s challenge of the year! I love having the themed challenge to help stretch my creativity and this month’s theme definitely made me think.

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This month we were suppose to “Refresh” and make something old new again. Sounds easy enough but for some reason I was coming up with some serious brain block. So instead of crafting, I tried avoiding. Ha ha!

Refinished kitchen jar painted white shown with two kitchen utensils on buffalo plaid cloth.

During my avoidance I was browsing the world wide web and stumbled upon the Magnolia Market shop (cause I never spend hours and hours drooling over the beautiful decor there) and saw these beautiful french kitchen canisters.

I loved them so much and then it hit me, I could create my own version for the challenge and I came up with this Farmhouse Kitchen Canister DIY.

Upcycle old food jars into beautiful french bakery kitchen canisters.

Obviously this challenge has to start with the awful before photo since we are refreshing it. Are you ready to find out what these gorgeous canisters started out as? Peanut butter jars!

set of two glass peanut butter jars with blue lids.

Yep, my family has a slight obsession with peanut butter and our favorite brand (Adam’s) comes in these nice glass jars. I never throw them away when we are done because they are perfect for reusing.

Whenever I make homemade salsa, I use an old peanut butter jar to store it in the fridge. If I have a bunch of craft supplies to organize, peanut butter jars to the rescue!

white painted jar with french quote shown on red buffalo plaid next to basket.

So when I needed a jar for my Farmhouse kitchen canister I knew a couple peanut butter jars would be perfect. With a little DIY, I turned them from glass jars to “porcelain” canisters. Now all that I needed was some beautiful labels.

french bakery jar made from old glass peanut butter jar.

I actually had way too much fun creating these vintage french bakery inspired designs for the canisters. Being able to create whatever I can dream up is my favorite thing about the Silhouette cutting machine.

But after I got everything designed, I realized the detailed label would be a big pain to cut and weed without messing it up with regular vinyl. There are some seriously thin lines and lots of tiny details. I

have yet to try putting heat transfer vinyl onto something hard so this was my first test run. I am happy to report it’s my new favorite way to use HTV and I’m going to be exploring it more.

set of two white painted bakery jars shown on buffalo plaid next to basket.

How to Make a Farmhouse Kitchen Canister



Start by making sure your peanut butter jars are clean and the labels are removed. Prepare the surface to receive the paint by wiping it down with white vinegar or soapy water.

Lay the jar upside down and start spraying. It took quite a few coats of spray paint to get solid coverage, but be patient. Putting too much paint on at once just causes it to run. It took me 6 coats to get the jars how I wanted them.

glass jars turned upside down to spray paint white.

While the jars are drying, cut out your vinyl. When using HTV you always need to mirror your image before cutting. Size your image to fit your jars and cut it out with the HTV vinyl setting in your Silhouette software.

french quotes shown on computer screen for cutting with silhouette machine.

Carefully weed out the excess HTV. I found holding the design up to the light allowed me to easily see where I still had vinyl to be removed.

french quote cut with vinyl using silhouette machine.

Once your HTV is ready, heat up your iron to the cotton setting and turn off the steam. Grab a towel and roll it up on either side so you can cradle your jar. Place the HTV on the jar.

htv vinyl shown on white painted bakery jar.

Now before you start ironing, let me tell you what I learned.

I started out using a pressing cloth, but when I removed the pressing cloth I discovered the places the iron hit the jar that didn’t have the plastic HTV backing protecting it stuck to the pressing cloth (I had to repaint the top a bit).

For the second canister, I didn’t use the pressing cloth and tried to carefully iron without getting the iron on any non HTV backing areas. This worked much easier. The iron on the hard round surface is a little tricky, but take your time and don’t rush it.

iron shown being used on htv for bakery jar.

Once the HTV is ironed on, carefully remove the backing. You may have areas that need to be re-ironed so keep the iron handy when removing the backing so you don’t loose any small details.

set of two french bakery jars shown in kitchen.

Now all that is left is to put your new farmhouse kitchen canister in the kitchen and admire your work.

No more boring glass peanut butter jars, instead lots of french charm. I can’t wait until I get to remodel my kitchen so it will be full of farmhouse goodness. But until then I will keep putting fun farmhouse items in our home!

refinished peanut butter jar turned into french kitchen jar
Turn old jars into something beautiful with your Silhouette with this month's Silhouette Creator's Challenge. Create a beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen Canister or two to bring lots of fixer upper charm to your kitchen. |

Farmhouse Kitchen Canister DIY

Yield: 1 Kitchen Canister Set
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10
This Farmhouse Kitchen Canister is the perfect way to add some vintage charm to your kitchen without spending a lot of money. 


  • Peanut Butter Jars
  • Chalky Finish Spray Paint
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl


  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Iron


    1. Clean your peanut butter jars and remove the labels.
    2. Prepare the surface to by wiping it down with white vinegar or soapy water.
    3. Lay the jar upside down and start spraying
    4. While the jars are drying, cut out your vinyl.
    5. Size your image to fit your jars and cut it out with the HTV vinyl setting in your Silhouette software.
    6. Carefully weed out the excess HTV. heat up your iron to the cotton setting and turn off the steam. 
    7. Grab a towel and roll it up on either side so you can cradle your jar. Place the HTV on the jar.
    8. Once the HTV is ironed on, carefully remove the backing.

Did you make this project?

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Have a great day!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati


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Connie Hill

Sunday 6th of October 2019

where do I create or get a password for your site?


Thursday 10th of October 2019

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Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Can these be made with plastic jars? Using permanent vinyl? I have some coconut oil jars that would look awesome for this.


Saturday 4th of August 2018

I used my glass canning jars and made labels for them. I’ll have to take a picture and post it.


Saturday 4th of August 2018

I definitely would not use heat transfer vinyl on plastic, but I do not see why the permanent vinyl would not work. Because the wording and detail on the image is so thin, make sure you are using a newer cutting blade for clean cuts. I'd love to see them when they are done. Please feel free to tag me on your social media!

Ann B

Friday 8th of June 2018

Hi! I just found your beautiful web site. I love these jars but I don't have a cutting machine. Is there any way you could make them pdf files that I can print out and decoupage on? That would be so awesome! And thank you for your lovely work!


Monday 11th of June 2018

Hello Ann. I do not have a PDF yet, but can add it to my list to get it done hopefully by the end of this month.


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

This is a beautiful idea! Love the vintage vibe. Maria


Sunday 29th of April 2018

This is very pretty, but just so you know, Pierre Hermé is a real bakery in Paris and is very famous for it's many delightful and different pastries and breads. The spelling is as I wrote it above..... Pierre Hermé...... no "s" and an accent on the last "é".


Friday 16th of March 2018

Thanks Maria!

Warry Dailey

Monday 2nd of October 2017

I have been using regular and wide-mouth quart mason jars with purchased plastic lids and a DYMO label for my dehydrated food items; parsley, cilantro, basil, parsley, Italian parsley as well as small quantity stock items; i.e. black rice, alphabet noodles, orzo, etc. I want to see larger jar canisters as I have a lot of kitchen utensils to sort by uses; i.e. baking, making pasta, baked food decorating as well as dehydrated fruit from my yard. I made so much jam this last year, I had to purchase cases of jars of all sizes. All of the contributors ideas are great ideas and since I am going to start giving sewing lessons to the neighborhood children (free for them if they can't afford fabric, etc. as I have an overload from making machine quilts) and I believe this would be a nice way for them to be able to make gifts for their home and contribute their talents. These children will be starting their learning on a treadle machine, and work their way up to using my embroidery machine. I am getting psyched up to make this contribution in my retirement years. Thanks for the ideas!


Sunday 4th of February 2018

Hon, I truly COMMEND YOU, you're contributions to these children, whom may have NEVER had the blessed opportunity to learn such IMPORTANT skills in their lives just makes my heart smile & melt at the same time! YOU rock!! May God bless you!



Friday 6th of October 2017

I am so glad I help spark some ideas! It sounds like you are so creative. I love the idea of helping the neighborhood kids make handmade gifts. Such a great way to enjoy retirement!

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