Large Glass Carboy Water Jug Find {& How to Apply Cut Vinyl to Glass}

Large Glass Carboy Water Jug Find {& How to Apply Cut Vinyl to Glass}

I stumbled across this large glass carboy water jug at the local thrift store and couldn’t pass it up. I remember growing up my parents had one that they would throw spare change into and I always thought it was pretty cool. The jug itself is pretty heavy and with the added weight of the change they ended up having to break it open when they moved because they could not even pick it up.

While I am not really sure what I will end up doing with this one, I thought I would dress it up with some vinyl in the meantime to sit in the living room.

I had a few questions about applying vinyl to glass from my last tutorial so I thought it would be perfect to show how easy it is.

I used my Silhouette to size and cut the designs; The designs were purchased from the Silhouette online store {bee_C00002_27011, flourish_1_C00581_23067, flourish_4_C00584_23067} The text was created using Engravers MT font which I already had installed on my computer. All the designs were cut on silver vinyl. {note: there is no need to reverse the images when you cut the vinyl}

Once the designs were cut I peeled away the excess vinyl, not part of the design, leaving only the desired vinyl on the protective backing. They do make a hook tool to help remove the intricate cutouts {the bee has a lot} but I simply used a toothpick since I haven’t purchased one yet.

To keep all the vinyl pieces aligned and in place you use transfer paper. It comes on a roll just like the vinyl and is available in the Silhouette Shop {along with the vinyl}

I cut a piece of transfer paper from the roll large enough to cover my design. The backing was then removed exposing the ‘sticky’ side and then it was place directly on top the vinyl design and firmly smoothed into place.

The backing was then removed from the vinyl, leaving the design in tack on the transfer paper. The transfer paper was then applied to the jug, sticky side down, and smoothed into place.

Slowly pulling in one direction, the transfer paper was then carefully removed leaving the vinyl design on the jug. For this particular vinyl I applied each design separately – I was able to reuse the same piece of trasfer paper though for all four designs. The transfer paper is perfect for lettering as well as it keeps all the letters aligned just as they were cut.

I really like using vinyl on glass as it is super easy to remove without any damage if you change your mind.

I sat the jug on some wood slices that I used to decorate for holidays. {We had a poor tree die on our property and had to have it removed before winter – I love the natural rustic feel of bringing the outdoors in} I thought about filling the jug with something but I am kind of liking it just as decoration.

I hope this tutorial helps those that had any questions – if not just let me know – the transfer paper makes it incredibly easy.
Hope you have a lovely weekend ~ Enjoy!


  1. I love this!! Where did you find the jug? I’ve been looking for one for years!!! Or at least one that’s not crazy expensive…

  2. This is amazing! I have a jug that’s very similar and I am always happy to get some new ideas for things to make with my new silhoeutte machine. Can you believe that I got it for Christmas and haven’t used it yet?!! Crazy, right?! But I have been a little busy. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. That looks bee-utiful! I love the bee motif!
    I so can’t wait to get my own silhoeutte machine!

  4. I am a new follower, and already have a gazillion projects that i want to do found on your site!! I am wanting a Silhouette so badly for a while now…maybe my hubs will finally come thru with tax returns this year!!!

  5. We had one and actually one day when we picked it up to empty it, the bottom fell out. So be careful, sugar, it may suffer the same fate if too full. Money is very heavy. I don’t know how I know because I never have any! Sigh….

  6. What a fabulous project Stephanie Lynn! I love it! I think it would look great with some branches in it!! Have a great Monday! Angie xo

  7. I really love how your jug turned out. Thanks for the tutorial. ‘hugs from afar’

  8. so original !! love the bee πŸ™‚ I will keep my eyes open for one of those jugs.

  9. I love this jug! What a fun way to take something and make it personal. Way cute!

  10. What a nice reminder of your childhood and a fun way to carry on a tradition. Thanks for sharing your idea. πŸ™‚

  11. I had to laugh when I saw the big jug. Not because what you did to it was so funny…but more the memory it gave me! I had no idea it was called a carboy jug. My ex-husband and I had one for many years. We used it to hold water in our fridge because we had sulphur water and if you refrigerate sulphur water, the smell goes out of it so it’s easier to drink! I was pregnant with my first child and sick as a dog. I had what they call now “severe hyperemissis.” It basically means you throw up from sun up to sun down and in between! I used to sneak and drink for that jug of water in the night so I’d have something to throw up!! We all know how bad dry heaves are! I say sneak because my husband would get mad at me for drinking and throwing up all that water! He couldn’t understand why I’d “feed” the throwing up! LOL – Karen (thanks for the memories, though they weren’t fun!)

  12. Hi Stephanie Lynn! Oh, this is gorgeous! You’re so good and I love that big ole jar and the little bee just sets it off!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  13. Great Jar!! πŸ˜‰

    If you ever run out of transfer paper and need to use something else in a pinch –

    Use LOW TACK painters tape – it’s brilliant…I tear of strips and work my way up the design, then peel it off slowly – works just like transfer tape. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  14. Very cute!

  15. Just a note on the wood slices. Be sure they are well sealed or the sap will leak out and damage or ruin your floor. Ask me how I Know?

  16. I love it! I remember having one of these jars when I was a kid and we used it as a coin jar. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for one.

  17. I like Angie’s idea of putting some branches in the jar… especially if you keep it on the wood slices:-)

  18. Love the bee!! Cute!! I can honestly say, I have never seen on of those when I am out junkin’…but…I have one of those – I have had it since I was a kid. Turquoise blue with the original wooden crate – maybe I should bring it back out of storage…

  19. That is to die for Stephanie Lynn!! Beautiful piece with your vinyl design!

  20. Stephanie Lynn – I looove your blog!! Such great ideas you have! Here is an idea for filling your carboy: If you drink wine, :), I suggest you fill your carboy with wine corks. The colour and shape of the corks would look great. Also, these glass carboys are used for making homemade wine – so the wine corks relate in that way. And its a nice reminder of fun gatherings and meals you have had with friends and family. Bonus is, they are fairly light! I have a large jar in my kitchen that I put my used wine corks into and it looks great. Keep up the great blogging and I would love it if you could please visit my VERY!! new and first blog I have started:

    I would love to get your comments!

  21. It is a really nice way to put some designs on your carboy. Its more fun to watch rather than the plain dull carboy.

  22. When I was growing up my parents had one filled with change as well. In the top there were tall peacock feathers.
    Funny the things we remember!

  23. i love this and my parents had one of these growing up, too. it was FILLED with change. come to think of it… whatever happened to all the money? lol!

    i have to keep my eyes peeled for one of these so i can start the same tradition with my family!

  24. I love this big ole jug! I need to get me a Silhouette!!

  25. Love this!! I have a huge old jar I would like to try this on. Can you tell me what flourish you used? Thanks so much for sharing this!

  26. {simple cat} the flourish is called flourish_4_C00584_23067. Ufortunately most of the flourishes in the silhouette library are called ‘flourish’ – so you have to go by the number.

  27. This looks lovely… Could you tell me what is the name of the “bee” font?

  28. Thank you so much for sharing. I am totally going to do this! The next weekend after seeing this I found 4 of these jugs at an antique place for only $29 a jug…it was meant to be. I absolutely LOVE my new silhouette cameo and love the exciting this it can help me create. Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  29. That finished jug would bee the perfect container for a batch of mead (honey wine).


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