These DIY mini mason jar salt and pepper shakers are made from two tiny mason jars I found at Dollar Tree. I was looking for some sort of salt and pepper shakers I could buy and dress up for cheap when I saw these little mason jars.
Having a centerpiece on a kitchen table is always a nice decor element, unfortunately if you have a small dining area it can be a nuisance if its not practical. I wanted some sort of cute cottagy farmhouse looking salt and pepper shakers to finish my kitchen table centerpiece. Our everyday salt and pepper mill shakers work well but are big amd clunky and need to stay hidden in the cupboard. I am still silly excited about finding these two tiny mason jars for $1.25.
Making the Salt and Pepper Shaker Holes
The clear glass makes the salt and pepper easily recognizable but the tops are solid and need holes for shaking. Thankfully they were a super easy update.
Start by using the little downloadable printable of an S and a P to print out as a pattern. Or you can draw out your own if your wanting a different font.
Once printed out place the top of your miniature mason jar lid on top of the letter and draw a circle. Cut the circle out.
Place the lids back on the jars, align the mason jar front to match with the front facing forward. This keeps the orientation of the S and P the same, so the letters read correctly when you put your little set together..
Line up the lettering on the center of the lid. I did mine by eye, but you can measure it if your really fussy. Once the patterns are centered tape them to the jar lids.
Punching the Holes
Did you ever notice that salt shakers have less holes in the lids than the pepper ones? That’s because pepper flakes are a little bit larger than salt granuals. When punching the holes remember to place your pepper holes just a little bit closer together to give you a few more holes.
Remove the lids from the mason jars. Take a small nail and a hammer, lightly punch holes along the letters. Start by punching hole at the start and end of each letter. Then place the next hole halfway between those two points, and then fill in with the remaining holes.
Here is a short video that shows how easy they are to punch through.
Once done, remove the tape, wash dry and fill.
Simple Salt and Pepper Holder
This little salt and pepper holder could not be simpler, but it added just the right amount of height for inside the basket and it visually pairs the salt and pepper shakers together as a set.
I used a tiny piece of oak, and rubbed it with some butcher block conditioning oil we had left over from making these DIY Charcuterie Boards.
The simple farmhouse kitchen centerpiece also includes some handmade cloth napkins. Like the salt and pepper shakers they are really quick to make, and very inexpensive. You can make them with canvas, or bleached drop cloth.