I'd like to start off the week with an easy craft project using reproduced vintage coffee sack labels. I'm giving you three examples, which you can click on, save, and print out for your own use. I have an extensive stash of great vintage advertising and other ephemera, and it's nice to share once in a while!
Here is the first coffee sack label for you to use:
Now find some containers that look worthy of up-cycling. I look around at flea markets and garage sales for tin boxes, my favorite base for this type of project. Glass jars can also be used, or wood boxes or canisters. Of course, if you can't find something vintage, a trip to the craft store might be in order.
Prepare the surface by washing the metal or glass and painting the wood if you wish. With new wood, you will want to sand it first, remove the dust with a tack cloth, coat it with craft paint and let dry. You'll notice the grain will have raised up in some areas after the first coat of paint. Now you need to sand it a second time, then apply a second coat of paint. Let dry. If you need a third coat (red pigment often needs a third coat), go ahead and do that.
Cut out the label and coat the back with Mod Podge (I use the matte version) using a sponge brush. Position the label where you would like it, and smooth it out with a brayer to get out any lumps or air bubbles. Coat the top of the label with Mod Podge. If your project is on a glass container, clean the edges with a slightly damp paper towel.
After an hour or so, when dry, give it a second coat of Mod Podge.
If your container is glass, you can clean it further when dry with a razor blade. Carefully scrape around the edges of the label so it looks neat.
Besides using your container for coffee storage, consider using it as a planter, craft materials storage, or gift "basket". You could fill it with coffee related accoutrement and present it to a most grateful recipient!
My tin example is filled with greenery from my garden. I just put a plastic drinking glass full of water inside to function as a vase and prevent the metal from getting wet.
Here's the last label you can use for your own wonderful project!
If you complete your own version, I'd love to see a picture of it, so consider sending the image to me at firstname.lastname@example.org