Around the House DIY: Storage Container
Posted on February 12 2015
I make frequent trips to Target (favorite store ever!) for all my shopping needs. I’m sure everyone can agree that by the time you check out, you can never spend under $100. It’s way too easy to throw stuff in your cart that you don’t even really need.
I saw this mason jar/storage holder near the home décor aisles. I immediately fell in love and wanted to buy it. The $24.99 price wasn’t the issue, I just thought it would be super easy to make. You see, I am not that handy, so at first I thought “I can definitely make this for cheaper!”…little did I know, I don’t know how to attach the brackets that hold the mason jars to the wooden plank. I like my art projects to be super easy and hate using electric tools! If a project deals with glue or tape, count me in!
I am not really a big fan of the rustic look, and mason jars are super rustic looking! I needed to think of something else that could replace the mason jars. I went to my second favorite store (The Dollar Tree) and looked around the aisles to see what I could use. When I walked down the bathroom aisle I found these plastic toothbrush holders. I took the top off the jar and realized I can use this instead of glass jars; plus the glue sticks better to lightweight plastic! $3 in total for the containers. Perfecto!
My family calls me the Coupon Queen. I WILL NOT buy anything without a coupon! I went into Michaels to find some type of wooden plaque to glue these plastic containers to. The one I found was a wooden signboard for $7.99. Of course, I had a 50% off one item coupon, so it only costs me 4 bucks. Since the signboard was unfinished, I wanted to paint it brown. I bought 2 little bottles of paint (.89 each).
Plastic containers (whichever one you find)
...and anything you want to use to decorate the jars
Paint the wooden plaque
I painted the plaque with 3 coats of the brown paint to make sure everything had an even coat.
Glue wine cork of back of container and glue on any of your decorative pieces.
Once you are pleased with your containers… glue them to the plaque.
As I was letting the paint dry, I was thinking of ways to dress up these holders - it looked a
little plain for my liking. I had some raffia that was previously around my bouquet of flowers
(my fiancé is the best) and I decided to wrap them around the top of the jars to add a little
something to it. Since I was feeling extra crafty, I glued these little pine cones to the middle
of the raffia bow. So cute!
As I was going to hot glue the containers I realized only the top half would be able to get
glued down, not the bottom of it because it stuck out about ½ inch off the plaque. I looked
around my apartment desperately trying to find something I can use to put in between the
two. As I was looking through my junk drawer, I saw a wine cork. I cut the wine cork in half
and glued one end to the plaque and the other to the bottom of the toothbrush holder. Voila,
it worked!! I then began to glue the other two jars to the wood.
You can use this for anything you want; hang in the kitchen to put cooking utensils in it,
use it in your living room as a plant holder or you can use it as storage for your makeup
brushes. I used mine in the bathroom; I stored q-tips, cotton balls and makeup remover
pads in them.
My cost = just under $9
Target = $24.99