Wood + mason jars + hardware = extra storage (DIY)

Look what I made this afternoon!  And you can make one, too!

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I’ve seen a lot of this kind of project popping up on Pinterest and such and it clicked that a little storage rack would be useful for our apartment as our bathroom has practically zero storage.  So I hit the hardware store today on the way home from the beach.

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Gratuitous Beach Shot #1. We got to the beach around 7 this morning. The clouds burned off by 9 and it was a really nice morning.

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Gratuitous Beach Shot #2. My little perch, who swam off successfully after this photo. He was the only catch of the day.  The water was perfect.

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We grabbed sandwiches at Bay Cities Deli off Lincoln in Santa Monica after our beach morning.

Okay, back to this storage project.  I don’t have a specific link to reference, but I looked at several on instructables.com to get a feel for what I was doing.

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Here’s what I bought for the project:
a case of 1/2 pint canning jars
5 [1 5/8 – 3.5″] stainless steel hose clamps
2 packages of 4 #8 (1/2″) Self-Drilling Screws
Sand paper
strong picture hangers
felt pads
a piece of red oak

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I sanded all around the edges and surface of the oak to smooth it out

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Then I laid out the jars and did a few measurements to determine where they should go

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I used self-drilling screws so I wouldn’t have to drill pilot holes through the wood. They drilled through the metal hose clamps, too, without too much difficulty

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Hose clamps, screwed on, thanks to an awesome drill. I had to unscrew the hose clamps before screwing them on, but it was easy enough to screw them to the board.

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Ryan rigged the wall hanger with two more of the screws, wire fishing leader, and two crimps, also from his fishing supplies. Fishing finally came in handy, ha.

Not pictured: I put little felt pads on the corners of the wood to help protect the wall paint.

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Hung.

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And filled! I knew I wanted them to hold q-tips, cotton, and flossers, but I’ll be experimenting with what I keep in the other two jars

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This was such a cool project!  I like making things myself because I can customize everything how I want, choose all the materials, and control every step of the project.  I may be a control freak, haha.

This little rack is fun because it could be used for all kind of things.  If we ever have our own place, I’d make a larger scale version for Ryan to store his fishing hooks and other paraphernalia.  I also like the idea of having one by a vanity to store makeup brushes, eyeliners, lipglosses, etc.  Or by a desk to store markers, pens, paintbrushes….

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3 thoughts on “Wood + mason jars + hardware = extra storage (DIY)

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    • Hi Jacinda,

      I don’t know if there’s a specific name for the size piece of wood I got, but it measures 3/4″ thick, 5.5″ tall, and 24″ long. They had it precut like that at the hardware store I visited.

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