Make Your Own Cookie Jar With This Quick & Easy Tutorial

Lisa Burningham
by Lisa Burningham

I’m excited to share my latest DIY and show you how to make your own cookie jar. In this project, I transformed a simple glass bowl into a beautiful decorative cookie jar using some recycled materials and a few crafting supplies. It's a fun and easy way to give new life to old items. Here's how I did it.

Glass bowl
Wood round

Tools and materials

  • Glass bowl
  • Cast-off metal piece (I used a part from an old fan)
  • White gloss Rust-Oleum spray paint
  • Wood round
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • E6000 glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
Spray-painting the lid
Spray-painting the wood

1. Preparing the Pieces

First, I gathered my glass bowl and a discarded metal piece from an old fan, which I planned to use as the lid. I took both items outside and gave them a fresh coat of white gloss Rust-Oleum spray paint. This made them look clean and cohesive.

Making the lid for the cookie jar

2. Creating the Lid

For the lid, I used a wood round. I placed the wood round on a piece of scrapbook paper and traced around it with a pencil. Then, I cut out the circle from the paper.

Applying Mod Podge to the design

3. Applying Mod Podge

Next, I grabbed my Mod Podge and a sponge brush. I generously applied Mod Podge to the top of the wood round. Then, I carefully placed the cut-out scrapbook paper on top of the Mod Podge-coated wood.

4. Sealing the Paper

After positioning the paper, I added another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper. This helped to seal the paper and give it a nice, smooth finish.

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Assembling the DIY cookie jar

5. Assembling the Jar

Finally, I used E6000 glue to attach the painted metal piece to the top of the wood round, creating a lid for my new decorative jar. I let the glue dry completely before using it.

DIY cookie jar

With the lid in place, my decorative jar was complete!

It’s now a lovely piece that adds charm to my home, and it’s hard to believe it was once just a simple glass bowl and some recycled materials.

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This DIY thrift upgrade was so satisfying and easy to do. It’s amazing how a little creativity and some basic supplies can turn something ordinary into something beautiful. Give it a try and see what unique pieces you can create from your thrift finds!

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