DIY: Kitchen Storage Containers

by Kristina Domitrovich // photos by Lindsay Pace

Tired of those ugly packages taking up all your shelf space? Make these counter-worthy storage containers to declutter your pantry once and for all. The cutout lets you know what’s inside, while also letting you know when to restock.


  • 3 glass canisters with lids, varying sizes
  • Clear sticker sheets*
  • Scissors
  • Matte spray paint of choice, for the canisters
  • Metallic spray paint of choice, for the lids
  • Drop cloth

Wash and thoroughly dry all the canisters and lids, inside and out.

Cut the stickers into varying shapes and sizes. We chose a square and two vertical rectangles – one very tall, the other a little shorter in proportion to the canister. Place the sticker where desired – if there’s a seam in the glass, be sure it’s opposite the sticker. Smooth over to ensure there are no air bubbles, and that the edges are fixed properly.

On a drop cloth, place the canisters upside down, so the opening is covered. On the opposite side of the drop cloth, place the lids right-side up.

Be sure to shake the spray paints as suggested. For the best finished product, spray about a foot and a half away, so there are no streaks or splotches in the paint. Make sure to spray all around the canisters and lids, evenly coating the entire thing. If done properly, it should only require one coat.

Let dry completely for at least 10 hours. Once dry, carefully peel off the sticker from under the paint.

Transfer desired dried goods into the canisters, and secure with the lids.

Editor’s note: We opted for printable clear sticker sheets, which had a grid printed on the backing. This made it easier to cut out straight, even lines, and allowed us to easily customize different sizes and shapes. If you can’t find sheets with a grid, grab a ruler and a pencil for accurate cutouts. Alternatively, find large stickers of varying shapes, and use those instead.

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