Farmhouse Cookie Jar – a Quick and Easy DIY Project

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One of my very favorite things to do is to take something old and turn it into something new. When I look at something that maybe just doesn’t work for my style or need anymore I try to think if I could repurpose or give it a makeover.

This cookie jar is one of those things. As it was an old Christmas cookie jar, we hardly ever used it.

I was about to toss it one when I realized the Santa decoration was removable! Here’s how I upcycled an old cookie jar into a farmhouse cookie jar – and how you can do it too!

DIY Farmhouse Cookie Jar

Farmhouse Cookie Jar – Before The Makeover

I don’t have a photo, but our cookie jar just didn’t look appealing before the makeover. Now don’t get me wrong, it had an adorable Country Home Christmas vibe to it that is great and all. The old country home aesthetic just isn’t my thing when it comes to kitchen canisters.

Rather than having a Christmas-themed jar that only sits on my kitchen counter during the holidays, I decided to go with the farmhouse cookie jar look. Once I had my idea in mind, I was ready to get started!

How to Up-Cycle Your Own Farmhouse Cookie Jar

Prepping the Cookie Jar

First off, I started with washing the jar inside and out making sure I gave it a really good scrub. Ensuring your jar is free of any debris, such as oils, is essential when you are going to paint. Many paints suggest using a cleaner such as TSP for this reason.

I removed the old plaid bow from the top and slowly and carefully removed Santa so that he could be repurposed for a later project. We eventually used him for a Christmas wreath the kids and I made as a craft together.

After that, I made sure to scrape off any of the residue from the glue that remained using a razor blade scraper. There was a hollow spot from removing Santa, therefore, that had become the back of the cookie container.

Time to give your Cookie Jar some Fresh Paint

I love to use Rust-Oleum 2X ultra cover spray paint for a quick perfect finish. For this project, I used Satin Blossom White and Rust-Oleum Chalked in Serenity blue. These paint colours are perfect for creating your farmhouse cookie jar and adding black font at the end will pull it all together!

I took the soon to be farmhouse cookie jar to the garage to give it a few fresh coats of spray paint. All the while being careful not to spray the inside of the jar. I also removed the rubber seal so that it did not get any over-spray on it (it simply just slips on and off).

When spray painting I always spray a very light coat to start with to ensure that I do not get any runs or drips. It does not take long to dry when you do light coats so you can quickly add your second, third and fourth coats. I painted the cookie jar in the flat white and the lid in the serenity blue. As you can see below I spray painted a few more things at the same time. I may or may not spray paint everything haha.

These great spray painting tips are essential when doing home decor projects. See more great ideas at The Old Summers Home.

Making the Farmhouse Cookie Jar Decals

Meanwhile, I went inside to use my Cricut cutting machine (a cutting machine is a machine that is much like a printer. Instead of printing things out it uses a small blade to cut different mediums. You can cut different types of vinyl, cardstock and even fabric to name a few. There is much more to this machine but just a tidbit so you know what I am talking about).

I love fonts and have so many to choose from. This one I already had in mind from my other kitchen decor projects. So I just wrote it up, sized it and cut it out on matte black Oracal 651 (a permanent adhesive vinyl that lasts years).

I knew this font would be perfect for my Farmhouse Cookie Jar!

Adding the Label To your Farmhouse Cookie Jar

Once the jar is good and dry, (I think I waited a day or two), apply the vinyl. I like to eyeball where I want it to be rather than marking it up with a pencil line. That is a reason why I only use clear/transparent contact paper or transfer tape when applying decals.

Farmhouse Cookie Jar Upcycle DIY tutorial

If you do not have a cutting machine (and not in the market to buy one soon) there are still some options available for you.

You can order custom decals or you can make your self a stencil and trace it onto the jar, then paint it in. Or if you have a steady hand you can freehand it.

Farmhouse Cookie Jar Shop the Look

Don’t have a cookie jar needing an overhaul? No problem! These are our favorite cookie jars that you can purchase online and in-store!

Farmhouse Cookie Jar

I absolutely love the look of this Farmhouse Cookie Jar! It already has the word “cookies” on it, which you could easily paint the top of with matte black paint.

Heritage Hill Cookie Jar

This Heritage Hill Cookie Jar is airtight and absolute perfection! Large enough for other items when the cookies run out and they are always running out here in our home! Not only is this cookie jar perfect for a farmhouse kitchen with it’s ‘vintage vibe’ but also goes well in a modern touched kitchen too.

And that is all there is to it. Now you need to go bake up some of your favorite cookies and fill your new farmhouse cookie jar! Cute cookie jars like this one makes a great Christmas gift. Fill it up with delicious homemade cookies for an even better gift!

Someday I will add our favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies to our dessert recipes section, but until then be sure to check out our other great recipes like our Sugar Cookies! Enjoy!

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MEET AMANDA

Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.

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