Do you love Mason jars? These little salt & pepper shakers are perfect for any Mason jar lover and a great addition to your kitchen!
I needed new salt and pepper shakers…. They’re one of those weird things you don’t think about in your kitchen, at least I don’t. My mom has several sets, she works at an antique mall, and they’ve got a ton there. I however have had a salt shaker that I bought from Home Interiors like 12 years ago (the matching pepper shaker is long since broken) and one of those pepper mills that you buy filled at the store and just pitch when you’re finished.
It was time to upgrade. I was on Pinterest and saw a shaker made from Mason jar and thought it would be a great idea for salt and pepper shakers.
However, a pint size jar is kind of cumbersome for having on your dinner table so I asked my super friend Holly if she had any jelly jars that weren’t the quilted kind. She didn’t. I told her what I wanted, a smaller jar that still had the Mason jar look… she didn’t have any. But being the super friend she is I got a text a few days later and she had found just the thing!
These mini jars are perfect! They’re only 4 oz. so they’re nice and little and just ideal for salt and pepper shakers. Mine are from Tractor Supply- you can order them online here. What I love about them is that they just look like shrunken versions of the bigger ones!
They’re just too cute!! Perfect for creating Mason jar salt and pepper shakers!
Here’s what you’ll need!
2 mini Mason jars
Chalk paint & wax
Sand paper or sanding sponge
A small nail or metal punch
Here’s how to make them!
Now you could simply punch the lid and be done with it, but I wanted to paint and distress mine. I decided to use chalk paint because it sticks so well to almost every surface and covers nicely.
It’s pretty simple. Just paint a coat on each jar and let it dry.
I ended up using 3 coats of paint on each jar. You want your surface nicely covered and dried completely.
Once it’s all dry you can start sanding!
You’ll want to take your sand paper over the letters so they stand out and then sand as much as you want in other areas to give it a distressed look. You can also sand anywhere that the paint isn’t completely smooth to give it a nice finish.
Once your sanding is done you’ll want to wipe off any dust with a damp cloth and then you’re ready to apply a thin coat of wax.
Now sit your jars to the side to let that dry!
These little jars have nice one piece lids so punching holes in them is super easy. You can just do holes in a pattern or you can do an S & P like I did. I thought about painting one of my jars black and the other white which would be another cute idea!
Whatever you want to do you’ll want to mark your lids where you want holes before you start punching them .
My super hubby was kind enough to lend me a small metal punch for mine, but if you don’t have one a small nail would do the trick perfectly. You just want to hit it very gently with a hammer until you get a small hole. Keep going spacing them evenly.
For the pepper shaker I made them a little bigger so that pepper can fit through easily.
Once you’ve got your lids finished and the wax is dry on your jars you’re ready to go! Just fill them up and get to seasoning!
I have 2 of these mini Mason jars left! What would you create with them??
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