Simple Salt & Pepper Shakers with FolkArt Enamels Tutorial

March 7, 2013Allison Murray

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

I have a thing with salt and Russell has a thing with pepper. It’s truly ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is how irritated I get when I have to refill the shakers. Sure my current ones are cute and I love them but they’re not necessary for every day use. In fact, if they broke, I’d probably not be very happy. Which is why I decided to retire the old into the spice cabinet and  make some cute, but more functional shakers for every day use with the help of FolkArt Enamels.

I found these nifty little jars, about the size of a baby food jar for $1.27 but they were half off, so I scored both for less than a buck and half! BUT, if you have a baby I’m sure you could find some jars for free! When purchasing glass for a project like this at a hobby store (as I did) be sure that they are labeled as FOOD SAFE.

After I got my jars, I found out that I was going to be getting a nifty package of paints and stencils from FolkArt Enamels and I knew the timing couldn’t possibly be more perfect. I was pleasantly surprised at the spring themed colors and the simple but decorating cling stencils.

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Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Now these glings can be used for just about anything, but they work brilliantly on glass. If you’re not in the market for S&P yourself, you can always fancy up some votive holders, a vase, or just about anything, really.  See the bottom of the post for some ideas straight from the creative peeps at Plaid.

But for now, want to make your own S&P or just get the skinny on these using this interesting little clings? Let’s get to it!

For this project you will need:

  • tiny jars (or baby food jars)
  • FolkArt Enamels paints
  • FolkArt Cling Stencils
  • sponge daubers
  • soapy water and rag (for clean up)
  • oven
  • drill with a tiny bit (or a small nail and a hammer)

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Peel the stencil that you want to use off of the backing sheet. Take care not to pull too hard because you don’t want to stretch the shape or mess up any smaller bits. But really, it’s not that difficult.

Affix your stencil onto your jar as you’d like for it to be. Since these suckers are reusable, you don’t have to stick with the first attempt. If it’s all wonky, peel that sucker off and give it another go.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Squeeze out a small amount of your FolkArt Enamel onto a piece of scrap paper and place the sponge end of your dauber into the paint. Move over, and daub any excess paint off onto your scrap. Now lightly daub the paint onto your stencil, reapplying paint to your dauber as needed.

Now, with the daubers I wasn’t able to get a smooth application of the paint, instead I got a kind of a textured appearance which I was cool with. If you don’t care for that, they also have these little tools that look like mini squeegees where you scrape the paint along to fill in the stencil. They’re also very affordable and easy to use.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Peel the stencil away while the paint is still wet. At this point you can use a cotton swab to clean up any mistakes that may have been made.

Allow to dry 1 hour and then put into your COLD oven. While they’re inside, turn the temperature to 350 degrees. When your oven heats up all of the way, run and set your timer for 30 minutes. When your timer beeps turn off the oven, but leave your glass inside.

I did this step right before going to bed for the simple reason that if I did it during the day I risked too big a chance that I’d forget about them and start preheating the oven up again, or remove them before time to bake a sheet of cookies or something. In the end, it worked really well to leave them in the oven overnight.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Now, in the previous step, when I said peel while wet, I meant it. Above is me playing with the stencils as soon as I got them in the mail. I was working on my thing, got a phone call and walked off. When I removed the stencil, the paint came with it. Total fail – follow the directions people!

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

If you purchased your jar new, there will be these white foam inserts in them that you’ll need to remove.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

Looking at my current shakers, I notice that the salt has fewer holes than the pepper. Probably because too much pepper isn’t going to cause your doctor to freak out on you, but I’m just guessing.

Take out  your drill and carefully make holes in the top of the lids. I made 2 on my salt and 4 on my pepper. Take care and you can have a really, really nice looking top. I, however, was using a new drill that isn’t cordless and I haven’t quite gotten the hang of the extra power or whatever it is that is happening when the thing is juicing straight from the wall.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

If you didn’t think to wash these guys before you started, you should now. When clean and dry, fill with your S&P. To make my patten stand out really well, I went with light yellow on the pepper and teal on the salt. These suckers are simple, but I think striking! Plus, there ginormous compared to most salt and pepper shakers commercially made.

Simple salt and pepper shaker Tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger

When you’re done you can put these guys to good use. See that plate of melon up there? Yeah- I salted the heck out of it. What? It makes it taste sweeter… Google it if you don’t believe me!

Now, here are a few projects directly from the crafty people at FolkArt Enamels to inspire you!

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I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.


Comments (19)

  • Rebecca E. Parsons

    March 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    how cute…love the stencils, sorry for the fail!!! looks interesting

  • Allison Murray

    March 8, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Thanks, Rebecca! Fails are just a part of crafting :)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    March 8, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    These are super cute! I love that you used two different colors that would be contrasting on the white or black background. And I'm glad you showed us the craft fail. Way to keep it real, girl!

  • Allison Murray

    March 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks, Lauren – as I'm sure you've experienced being a crafty blogger yourself, fails are all a part of the job :)

  • Alice,Pretty Confused

    March 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    These are so cute! I love your honesty about when stuff goes wrong too! Very cute xo

  • Allison Murray

    March 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Thanks Alice!

  • kate

    March 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    so cute! lots of inspiration and ideas :)

  • Janette Johanson

    March 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I think your salt shakers turned out super cute. I had the same fail with my project but remembered reading about yours and feeling no-so alone. I love that print!

  • Allison Murray

    March 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I love the print, too, Janette. Simple but effective :)

  • Amy Anderson

    April 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    These are awesome! Love the pattern!

  • Allison Murray

    April 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Thank you, Amy! I was worried that they are so simple that they may not be well received… But boy do I love these little suckers and they are in constant use in this house :)

  • Merete

    December 30, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Hi, these are cute. What bit size did you use for the holes on top?

    1. Allison

      January 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      To be honest I’m not sure. I just compared my tiny bits to the holes in a pre-existing salt and pepper shaker sh]et!

      1. Jeanne Heiman

        October 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM

        I would love to know where you found the small jars. I have been searching for some time now and loved your little salt and pepper shaker. I love repurposing items, and as an artist these are just great.
        Thank you for any information you can provide.
        Jeanne

        1. Allison Murray

          October 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM

          These came from Hobby Lobby, I believe. I also have done the same with baby food jars. It seems at work you can always find somebody who has tons of baby food jars so that’s a great resource :)

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  • Samantha

    June 4, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    These are adorable. I’m real big into using what I have present, and not buying unless if I need to…So is there anything else that would stay on the glass besides Enamel paint, or spray paint?
    Also…It’s really weird that your salt shaker had LESS holes than the pepper. Usually it’s the other way around (at least every S&P shaker I have seen) Because salt is a more popular option than pepper, and people tend to use more salt than pepper.

    1. Allison Murray

      June 4, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      I tend to oversalt so when I was making them I kept that in mind. A few extra shakes aren’t going to kill me and I don’t have to worry about my food getting ruined by salt! Whatever paint you use you’ll just need to make sure that it says it works for glass. Some spray paints will work and if you’re not planning on washing them too often even nail polish can work!

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