DIY Moroccan Spice Jar Labels from Scrapbook Paper

The spice trade over the centuries has brought wealth and war to civilizations. But here, things are much simpler – it just brings Christmas gifts and hopefully some richness to food. I bought more spices than anything else in Marrakech. It was really a ridiculous amount. Here’s a set in my kitchen:

Moroccan Spices

I don’t know how it happened, but it’s only been 5-6 weeks since I left Marrakech and the spices are in short supply already! We got greedy and ate it all ourselves! So we had to go to a local spice place to put spice gift packages together. We got spices in bulk and then they needed jars.

I didn’t want corporate-looking jars with brand names. So, scrapbook paper to the rescue! I typed labels in a Word document. Then I printed the jar labels and ingredient labels on scrapbook paper. Did you know you can print on scrapbook paper in a regular ol’ inkjet printer? Just cut your paper to size:

Cut the Scrapbook Paper to Printer Paper Size

Scrapbook Paper Cut for Printer

Scrapbook Paper Cut to Printing Size

Most scrapbook paper is 12″ x 12″ but you can cut it to 8.5″ x 11″. As you can see, my printer tray maxes out at 8.5″ x 11″ but some printers will take larger sizes of paper. Just check your printer and cut your paper to the right size.

Then make sure you put your paper in the tray in the right direction. My tray says right side down. Then hit Print.

Printing on Scrapbook Paper

DIY Spice Jar Labels

It’s as easy as that! I chose a paper in a spicy color. One tip is to choose a paper without a busy patterned background if you’re printing words. Words might get lost on a busy background. But there are plenty of papers with more subtle patterned backgrounds, like the paper I used from an Olde World book of scrapbook papers.

Then cut your label and attach it to your jar. I put some rubber cement on the back of my paper labels but that wasn’t enough to hold the paper securely to the jars. So I wrapped some jute around the jars and tied it in the back to give the jars a rustic look.

Making DIY Scrapbook Paper Spice Jar Labels

Cutting Spice Jar Labels

Scrapbook Paper Spice Jar Labels

Jute is pretty rough stuff and you might wind up with some big pieces sticking out, like a bad hair day:

Spice Jar Label

Just trim those pieces off and the jute will look neater.

You can also use ribbon or yarn instead of jute, whatever will give the look you want.

And that’s it – you can make a whole set of spice jars and package them in a theme gift box. You could even print labels on different colors of scrapbook papers.

Moroccan Spice Jar Labels

 

7 Replies to “DIY Moroccan Spice Jar Labels from Scrapbook Paper”

  1. Hello Deb, I just found your blog and feel as if I have connected with a kindred spirit. Like you I love and live for travel and global home decor. I absolutely love the picture of the authentic Moroccan spice jars. Can you tell me where I might be able to find jars like these? Your help would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much. Kim

    1. Hi Kim! It’s great to hear from you, and I hope you enjoy it here. I found the Moroccan spice jars in the first picture in the Marrakech airport. There are similar ones at eBay UK here:

      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handmade-Moroccan-Cosmetic-Bottles-Spice-Perfume-Oil-Glass-Oriental-Herbs-Gift-/151230653423?pt=UK_Collectables_Fragrances_EH&var&hash=item23360ca3ef

      Apparently these are not that common. I searched Google Images for “Moroccan spice bottle” and “glass” and “silver” – and while that pulled up a lot of unrelated stuff, it did lead me to these.

      There are also ceramic and metal spice jars like these:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-4-Moroccan-Hand-Made-Ceramic-Silver-Metal-Trim-Spice-Jars-with-Lids-/221526048955?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3393fb40bb

      And these:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-5-Moroccan-Hand-Made-Ceramic-Silver-Metal-Trim-Spice-Jars-with-Lids-/321495655907?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4adaa265e3

      I hope this helps! So many people are interested in these glasses, I should have picked up some empty ones at that airport!

      Deb

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