Rockford Files Cookie Jar
Written by Jim and Julie Suva
Any true fan of Jim Rockford knows he kept his gun, a .38, in his cookie jar. Of course he also kept his favorite cookies, Oreos, in there too. Over the different seasons, Rockford’s cookie jar changed a bit. Below are several pictures of the different versions.
This year Pat McKinney purchased one of the screen-used cookie jars. See pictures below of Pat's screen-used jar. From what I can find in episodes, this version started to be used in season 4, and lasted throughout the Rockford movies, with the exception on the last movie, If it Bleeds it Leads. That movie had a solid brown cookie jar for some reason.
Over recent years, I have come across a number of Rockford fans that expressed an interest in owning a similar cookie jar. Of course, many Rockford-related items have come up for sale, and are usually priced very high. So Julie and I decided to make our replica. Using the pictures of Pat's cookie jar and the screen capture below, we did just that.
We are sharing what we learned, and giving you instructions so that you can make your own! We started off with a Bisquick cookie tin that Julie got in the 1970’s. We discovered that it had the correct shape. These are available on ebay, along with other similarly shaped cookie jars. The important thing to keep in mind is that you want the proper style lid. Note that this cookie jar is actually smaller then the one used on the show.
I lightly sanded down the original graphics, using a 150 grit sand paper. This was to make the jar smooth and all the same color. We also removed the knob for ease of painting.
We purchased our paint supplies from Michael’s. Below is a picture of the different colors of paint we used.
For the main color of the cookie jar, we used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor ivory satin spray paint. It took several coats to get a nice even cover.
Once the cookie jar dried, Julie started painting the circles on the lid's knob, using a pencil eraser to make the 8 circles on the top of the knob. She used a mixture of Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl and Chalkboard Pink paint, to get the color we wanted.
Next, using a compass she drew the guidelines for the purple and blue dots on the lid. Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Purple made up the inner circle, and Martha Stewart Crafts Blue Satin paint for the outer dots.
The larger dots on the outer edge of the lid, as well as the dots on the main part of the cookie jar were a little harder to make. Julie used the cap from a tube of caulk for the size. She painted the outer edge of the cap with the desired color and pressed it on the surface. Then she filled in the inner area of the circle with a very thin paint brush. This was very time consuming. The dots on the edge of the lid are Martha Stewart Crafts Green Chalkboard.
Moving on to the main part of the cookie jar. Starting from the bottom, using blue painters tape, we measured 1 inch from the bottom of the jar. This was the starting line for placement of the first row of dots. The first line of dots will be the same pink combination used for the lid's dots above.
Moving up from the bottom, the second row is the Purple paint. The third row is Martha Stewart Crafts Light Blue Satin, followed by Green, Blue, Green, Light Blue, Purple and finally Pink.
The final row of dots on the top edge of the jar is Blue.
After everything was dry I coated the lid and jar with Krylon UV-Resistant Clear/Acrylic Coating to seal the colors in.
We hope you like our finished project!