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diy project: ikea celeber decal food jars

by Grace Bonney

i have eyed ikea’s celeber jars for some time now, but something has always prevented me from buying them. i realized that i while i love the mix of white ceramic and dark wood, a row of them on my kitchen shelf seems like too much white. i love any project that involves image transfers, so i decided to jazz up these simple jars with some decals of the foods they would contain. i loved the cookie and coffee bean jars so much, i decided to make salt and pepper jars out of the mini celeber jars (isn’t it crazy what salt looks like in mineral form? it reminds me of carly waito’s amazing paintings). these are made using decal transfer paper, which was coincidentally featured on d*s in january in melinda’s project to make lovely personalized mugs. i used this bake on laser paper, which eliminates the need to use any fixative and also creates a much more durable surface. i was amazed at the rich color the printer produced; it really pops against the white. if you aren’t into the food thing, you can create a decal of pretty much anything; i could see these jars holding paperclips, buttons, or any number of fun supplies. find some images you like from magazines or the internet, or you can take the images yourself if you have a camera with a good zoom lens. have fun! –kate

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1. waterslide decal paper (this is available online or at art supply and craft stores)
2. scissors
3. ikea celeber jars
4. dish with warm water
5. printer
6. fixative (only if you are using the non bake decal paper)


decal paper: $15
jars: $ 5-8


1 hour (plus 24 hours drying time)


1. print the decals according to the directions on the paper pack. if you purchased the bake on paper, you need to use a laser printer. i printed mine at kinko’s (okay i know it’s now fed-ex office, but to me it will always be kinko’s). also, most office printers are laser printers. you might want to print a black and white mock up of the decals on regular printer paper first to see if you like the size of the decals. you do not need to worry about printing in reverse, because the decals go on the way they are printed, so what you see is what you get.

2. when you print your sheet of decals, allow them to dry for at least 30 minutes. you can use this time to clean and dry the jars.

3. if you chose the non bake decal paper, you need to add fixative. now is the time to do it. let the fixative dry completely before cutting out decals.

4. cut out the decals, cutting right up to the image so there is no extra paper surrounding the shape.

5. fill a shallow bowl with warm water and place your jar nearby.

6. dip your decal in the warm water. the edges will probably start to curl up. use your fingers to gently push the decal down on the sides for a few seconds, and as the water sinks in it will flatten out. let the decal sit in the water for 30 seconds to a minute. when the decal can slide easily off the paper backing, it is ready.

7. slide the decal off the backing and place it on the jar front. you can easily slide the decal around to position it, and when it is the right place gently smooth out any air bubbles. sit the jar somewhere to dry.

8. bake the decals on each jar in your oven or microwave after they dry (follow the steps on the packaging for temperatures and times). then repeat steps 6 and 7 with remaining jars and let them all dry for 24 hours.

9. fill jars with goodies. these can be cleaned with soap and water. the bake on paper claims to be dishwasher safe! i haven’t tested this yet:)


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